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Equipment and Software / Re: Safe way to raise a burner
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:44:23 PM »
The safe way to raise a burner IMO is to talk to it about drugs and safe sex. There's nothing much else you can do but let it go and hope for the best.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 05:42:56 PM »
Did I say my Thermapen is my favorite of all brewing gadgets?

There...now I did.  ;D

My meter and refractometer are just as valuable but the Tpen is my favorite. ;) 8)

If that is your favorite gadget I have to say I feel really bad for you. I think you should get a heated/cooled conical right away and I have a feeling you will change your mind .... big time. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:51:34 PM »
Did you purge the kegs with co2 when racking? was there a leak in your racking cane? Did you purge the bottles with co2? Any of those times could have introduced o2. Not idea if oxidation caused it, just sayin'.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pediococcus...Diacetyl...Causes?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:39:00 PM »
pedio is definitely a sanitation issue and can cause diacetyl. Also, oxidation can cause diacetyl to reform in the finished beer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:29:40 PM »
Oh, I wouldn't do without my refractometer. Talk about saving time, no thermometer even comes close.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:15:30 PM »

You can install 10 permanent dial thermometers to get a reading from around the mash, or you can get a thermapen and just move it. :)


BTW if you vorlauf you will get your temp range more or less even throughout. One dial thermo is all you would need.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:01:44 PM »
Well, I of course want one.  I'm just not going to admit that now.  ::)

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huh. Never heard of that one either. I guess if English malsters can malt lager malts German malters can malt ale malts. Or whatever.

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Not Bo Pils, but I've used Weyermann floor malted marris otter and loved it.

umm... i think you mean Warminster MO. Pretty sure German Weyermann isn't making any Maris Otter?!?

That makes more sense to me as well. Never heard of wyermann MO.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 22, 2012, 11:11:27 AM »
You can instal a permanent dial thermometer and just walk up and look at it at any time and save way more $$$$$ if that's the way you look at it.  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lager starters cooled?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:46:53 AM »
Rooms temps are fine. You are growing yeast, not making beer, so you will be good at room temp. You definitely want to pitch the starter cold, into cold wort, however.

edit: dang, david beat me to it.  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:44:02 PM »
Well if you start with RO, it's probably close enough...

Missed where he said he used RO water.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:08:59 PM »
Bru'n water software would be a total waste for me. My water changes often. I'd be willing to bet all ya'lls water changes regularly as well if it is coming from a municipal source. You can type your report into any field you want but that doesn;t guarantee that your water is anything like that report on any given day.

On light beer or dark beers I have to make adjustments (amber beers almost always hit spot on) and I personally wouldn't trust anything but a meter. I keep the strips around "just in case" but I don;t really trust them either. I never have been able to find the exact color match, even on the colorpHast strips.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 11:53:06 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)
I have strips.  I don't use them, but I have them

Now I just wouldn't have admitted that. ??? ;)

$88 for a damn designer thermometer. Sheesh. I bet all you kids have jordash jeans, too. ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:22:34 AM »
Even at $88 that sounds like a rip off for a thermometer. How many of you have an $88 thermometer but don't have a decent pH meter?  ;)

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