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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: totally random
« on: January 23, 2011, 04:36:40 PM »
I've been brewing for 13 years.  I brewed my 392nd batch today, and I can't wait to learn everything, too!  ;)

When you learn it all please post it here!  :D

The Pub / Re: What gives?
« on: January 22, 2011, 05:30:05 AM »
I was at the brewery for 12 hours yesterday. I was asleep by 10 last night PM.  :-\

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3942 - Belgian Wheat
« on: January 22, 2011, 05:22:41 AM »
I have not but I can tell you that you can't go wrong with wlp500 for a belgian wheat beer. Its what I use on mine, I brew with that strai once or twice a week now and it works like a champ. Pitch around 64 and raise it up to 66-68. Has a very nice spice note with light banana.

The Pub / Re: So I got myself an e-cigarette
« on: January 21, 2011, 05:12:16 AM »
I just wanna look hip and cool without the icky cancer side affects.  :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Question
« on: January 21, 2011, 05:09:11 AM »
Unfortunately it probably is not safe to use. Refrigerators are not sanitary by any means. If I were in your boat and lived in a place where getting yeast was problematic I would use dry yeast. The shelf life is much more stable and, best of all, no starter is needed (in fact it can be detrimental to yeast health). US-05 is my favorite dry yeast. Its very clean, attenuative and easy to use.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Rice Hulls?
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:10:12 PM »
I've never had a stuck runoff, so I've never had a reason to use them.

+1. I brew a beer with 50% wheat very regularly (weekly in fact) and never use them and never have a problem. That said, YMMV. ;)

The Pub / Re: So I got myself an e-cigarette
« on: January 20, 2011, 08:00:00 PM »
I just got back in from a hot tub smoke with a Macanudo Cru Royale and a glass of Bookers. :)

The Pub / Re: Going back in for surgery in a week.
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:57:20 PM »
Good luck dean. I hope you get back to healthy!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Two questions
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:54:34 PM »
One thing the OP didn't mention is what he's using in his airlock.  If it's plain water, I would be more concerned about the wort bubbling though making for a dandy bacteria culture medium that might get sucked back in.  If the OP did have plain water in the airlock I would strongly recommend against yanking the thing out, as this could suck contaminated water into the fermenter!
I would recommend that he first use something like a turkey baster to replace the liquid with sanitizer before trying to remove the airlock.   When I've had similar problems I've gone to using StarSan at 5X the recommended concentration, just to make sure that the pH doesn't get buffered to a point where the sanitizer is ineffective.  +1 on removing the 'x' at the bottom of the airlock.  Airlocks are cheap.  They also break occasionally.  It makes a lot of sense to keep a couple spares on hand.  When changing airlocks I place a StarSan wet sponge over the hole.

FTR I rarely even use airlocks until fermentation is close to finished, and while I agree this is a minor concern it really isn't a major one. The pressure of Co2 coming out of the fermenter will keep 99.9% of airborn contaminants at bay. Near the end, when fermentations starts to slow, that is when you want to make sure the airlock is clean and put back in place. Otherwise it is not much of a concern.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: no signs of bubbling
« on: January 20, 2011, 07:48:04 PM »
You don't want to transfer until you check the gravity. And don't rely on bubbles from the airlock. You never want to transfer until you are sure the beer is finished fermenting.

The Pub / Re: So I got myself an e-cigarette
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:10:28 PM »
I don't smoke cigarettes. But this thread has convinced me to give the e-cig a try.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What stops US-05?
« on: January 20, 2011, 02:47:56 PM »
Re: What stops US-05?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Belgian Tripel
« on: January 19, 2011, 02:28:19 PM »
I've done the incremental feeding method ad it works pretty well. Right now I am brewing a tripel regularly and have had no problems reaching slightly above 90% aa by adding sugar to boil (about 15% I believe) and doing a long, low mash. But the incremental feeding is a good tool to use if you ever have a problem reaching proper attenuation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Belgian Tripel
« on: January 19, 2011, 07:55:57 AM »
Ironically it's often pubs who are not in possession of the most up to date or accurate information. A smack pack/vial has enough cells to "properly" ferment about a 1.040 ale by industry standards. However, your attenuation woes are probably due more in part by the extract you are using. Try and find the lightest extract possible and mash or steep specialtygrains for color and flavor. Also consider subbing sugar in for some of your extract if the problem persists. Eventually you may want to move onto all grain to have more control over flavor, mouthfeel and attenuation. Not to mention saving money.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question about aging.
« on: January 19, 2011, 05:35:33 AM »
For more info on IIPA see - and for heavens sake get your hands on a good one and drink it!

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