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General Homebrew Discussion / New Member
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:21:45 AM »
Welcome to the forum!

4007
Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:16:09 AM »
I would think such low temps if kept throughout the entire apparent fermentation would lead to a residual acetaldehyde presence.

Yeah, wouldn't want to run it that long for long. That said, the sample I pulled was amazingly clean! I didn't take a gravity reading so no telling how far it dropped.

Will post back on results. FWIW I had something similar happen on 1056 though not quite as cold (in the low 50s) and it was fermenting too and finished out and tasted great.

4008
Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:13:57 AM »
I use US-05 on my IIPA sometimes, I like the results. Well, I pitched and aerated and I took off for a few days and came back to see that the auto valve on glycol unit failed and left the valve open and had crashed the beer to 45 degrees. And the US-05, while albeit slowly, was steadily fermenting.

Got it ramped up and fermenting away nicely now but pretty amazed that it would ferment at those temps. The yeast was rehydrated (see, Tom ;) ) in about 95 degree water and I'm not exactly sure how long the lag was, but it was fermenting 2 days later at 45 degrees after pitch.

I have purposely fermented US-05 at around 54 degrees with good results before. But shocked to see it chugging along this cold. I seen some lager yeasts that struggle under 48.

Hey Keith, make sure you comment on the finished results. I have some friends who are brewing pro and seem to be having major problems with yeast handling. I suggested they use dry until they get the rest of their operation in order and they have pooh pooh'd the suggestion. I habitually have 04 and 05 on hand for those "just in case" disaster times and it has saved the day on a number of occasions when something unfortunate has happened to my propagated batch. Do I prefer my beers made with the liquid strains? Yes usually. But the differences are sometimes pretty subtle and it can be hard to pick a favorite.

Yeah, I prefer liquid yeast but for a IIPA I doubt anyone could tell the difference. I've used it for my regular IPA before with very good results, too. The liquid on the reg. IPA tastes just a little more "polished", but the IIPA is so hoppy I just can't tell the difference. AND while perhaps not the most ideal I'm perfectly satisfied subbing US-05 for my reg. IPA as well. Makes a great beer.

4009
Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 - pretty amazing stuff
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:43:56 AM »
I use US-05 on my IIPA sometimes, I like the results. Well, I pitched and aerated and I took off for a few days and came back to see that the auto valve on glycol unit failed and left the valve open and had crashed the beer to 45 degrees. And the US-05, while albeit slowly, was steadily fermenting.

Got it ramped up and fermenting away nicely now but pretty amazed that it would ferment at those temps. The yeast was rehydrated (see, Tom ;) ) in about 95 degree water and I'm not exactly sure how long the lag was, but it was fermenting 2 days later at 45 degrees after pitch.

I have purposely fermented US-05 at around 54 degrees with good results before. But shocked to see it chugging along this cold. I seen some lager yeasts that struggle under 48.

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:05:37 PM »
Everything above except the not rehydrating yeast comment.  Sorry Keith!   ;)  Love this debate....

I would also go on YouTube and check out a few brewing videos.

Most of all, enjoy the process.  It's supposed to be fun!

Dave

It's fine. But try it side by side and see if you notice a difference on a beer under 1.065 - hint: you cant! ;) One of the benefits of doing 12 gallon batches in 2 different carboys was all the side by side experiments I was able to do (still do occasionally) and tried this particular one many, many times. Sometimes the rehydrated took off a little faster but I never noticed a flavor difference so had to ask myself .... what's the point? Currently occasionally use US-05 on higher gravity IIPAs and I do rehydrate for that but realistically all you have to do is pitch an extra packet to be safe.
I have done the same, sometimes you can tell, sometimes you can't.  But I think it is important that people learn best practices, they can deviate from them later when they think they know what they're doing. ;)

Except its not really a "rule". On a brick of us05 it specifically says "rehydrate or alternatively sprinkle slowly onto wort".

Is it best to rehydrate, theoretically yes. But will a new brewer who is just getting the hang of brewing and sanitation probably be better off just pitching the dry yeast and not worrying about rehydrating? IMO yes. Too many new brewers have also made the mistake of rehydrating top warm and killing the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:26:59 AM »
Everything above except the not rehydrating yeast comment.  Sorry Keith!   ;)  Love this debate....

I would also go on YouTube and check out a few brewing videos.

Most of all, enjoy the process.  It's supposed to be fun!

Dave

It's fine. But try it side by side and see if you notice a difference on a beer under 1.065 - hint: you cant! ;) One of the benefits of doing 12 gallon batches in 2 different carboys was all the side by side experiments I was able to do (still do occasionally) and tried this particular one many, many times. Sometimes the rehydrated took off a little faster but I never noticed a flavor difference so had to ask myself .... what's the point? Currently occasionally use US-05 on higher gravity IIPAs and I do rehydrate for that but realistically all you have to do is pitch an extra packet to be safe.

4012
General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:54:36 AM »
Oh, and do yourself a huge favor and pick up a good homebrewing book like Palmer's "How to Brew". Yeah, there's a free online version but you will want the hard copy. Plus it is updated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 04:53:13 AM »

Rehydrate dried yeast if using it, but don't make a starter.  Make a starter for liquid yeast.  Use an online pitching rate calculator (eg mrmalty.com).


Always something to debate. ;) You don't really need to rehydrate yeast, especially in low gravity worts, and I would recommend not worrying with rehydrating it if its your first few batches. I would recommend using dried yeast your first few batches, or if you use liquid yeast, pitch 2 or three vials/packs so that you are sure you are pitching enough yeast. Dried yeast is easy to use and one packet of Fermentis dried yeast should have enough active cells to ferment up to a 1.065 batch even without rehydrating.

Have fun and good luck. You save so much money by making it yourself *snicker* ;P

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The Pub / Growler fills at Delaware liquor stores
« on: March 12, 2013, 06:04:29 AM »
The stores in AL that sell draft to go also sell liquor and sixpacks. I don't see it being an issue at all. These places do a really good job and you can buy beer by the quart, half gallon or gallon. The distributors in the area have deals with establishments to maintain taps and keep lines clean. The tops of the container is shrinkwrapped or taped before leaving building.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Expected lifespan of O2 canister
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:31:27 PM »
Thanks for the replies, all. I had been cranking the regulator all the way open, so it looks like no surprise that I was running through them so fast. The instructions that came with the kit from the LHBS weren't very detailed. They did tell me to keep a spare bottle on hand, so I've never been short of O2.

And I'll take the regulator off when not in use. I suspect that doesn't have so much to do with it, but fewer parts that can fail = lower probability of failure.

I use my hearing as well as sight to get a feel for the flow. Put yer ear up to the regulator while you feather the flow in on the dial.

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The Pub / Re: Growler fills at Delaware liquor stores
« on: March 11, 2013, 02:38:57 PM »
Unfortunately i see way to people that are not responsible with their alcohol consumption.  I agree that most normal/responsible drinkers will at least wait until they get home to crack open the growler and enjoy, but there also a good number of people that would be coming multiple days a to get a refill (especially if the Coors or similar started offering their beers) and not being responsible . In today's society it seems like it only takes a few bad apples to ruin it for the rest of us. Like i said before the logistics for a small corner store like mine would make this idea nothing but a hassle. This concept would only be viable for the bigger stores and even then would probably present a challenge in-terms of the extra storage needs.
As a store employee I'm technically liable for accident that involves a customer, just as bar tender is technically liable for serving an intoxicated person, so i guess i see too many negatives in this idea.

Aside from the extra work, how are growler fills any different than 30 packs?  Someone can dig into that on the way home or come back every couple days for another.  I don't get the logic that the container has anything to do with the behavior.

+1. I'm in the middle of fighting against these kinds of stupid regulations of container size and abv limits. Drives me crazy to see suggestions that we should put more in place!  There is nothing in this world that should stop me from being able to purchase a gallon of beer, especially when I can buy a gallon of wine or pure grain alcohol!

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The Pub / Re: BB King tonight
« on: March 11, 2013, 01:09:46 PM »
Yeah, I love BB but when I saw him 15 years ago it was obvious to me he was just "wheeled" out there and that the thrill really was gone. They had another guitarists doing most of the riffs and BB played a bit here and there but was mostly just on display. Cool that I can say I saw him though, he is a legend.

This sounds like the same tour I saw.  The guitar player with the blonde pony tail from Saturday Night Live (Jones, Johnson?) did all the work.
Still not as bad as the time I saw (the back of) Bob Dylan's (head) concert.

Yeah, that might of been it. Thinking now it was almost 16 years ago this coming fall or late summer. My wife was pregnant with 1st child at the time.

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The Pub / Re: BB King tonight
« on: March 11, 2013, 11:46:16 AM »
Yeah, I love BB but when I saw him 15 years ago it was obvious to me he was just "wheeled" out there and that the thrill really was gone. They had another guitarists doing most of the riffs and BB played a bit here and there but was mostly just on display. Cool that I can say I saw him though, he is a legend.

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The Pub / Re: Growler fills at Delaware liquor stores
« on: March 11, 2013, 09:00:23 AM »
i know of few liquor stores in Colorado that sell beer in growlers, but they don't fill growlers. As a liquor store employee i can only see added issues in terms of inconvenience for the store. I like the idea as customer but as someone who on a daily basis sees what non-responsible drinkers consume it seems like this would be a bad idea.

I missed this. Let me just say I can't abide by the attitude that some "big brother" needs to watch out for the "non-responsible" drinkers. What's to stop someone from buying a gallon of pure grain alcohol and drinking themselves to death? We can't have a society that curtails freedoms for the vast majority of responsible people just because of the few irresponsible. I personally don't like the idea of someone deciding how much alcohol I can "responsibly" buy.

If I am going to buy a gallon of 10% ABV beer I'm most likely not going to be drinking the entire thing by myself. I should have the freedom to buy it and split it with friends. But if I'm at home watching a movie with my wife and I want to try to knock out the gallon myself - as long as I don't get behind the wheel of a car or make a nuisance of myself I should have the right to do that. And it kinda chaps my ass that some people out there think they need to manage other peoples alcohol purchases.

Just sayin'... ;)

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The Pub / Re: BB King tonight
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:08:05 AM »
And he defies gravity!

haha! On the iPad it is not upside down.

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