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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 21, 2015, 11:23:36 AM »

"Organic" yeast sounds like a gimmick.

Yeah I wondered about that too.  Clearly it is important to a growing segment of the market.  Specifically I wondered how the managed culturing yeast in a way that it could be described as organic.  I wouldn't be surprised if most or all yeast could be labeled 'organic.'

Regardless, I too am interested.  The thing I see regardless of packaging (smack pack, can, vial...) is that they all are attempts to meet the needs of the producer.  No one seems to make packaging that meets the desires of the homebrewer.

As an example of what I am talking about: if they would put a spout on the package it would be more sanitary (no package entirely open to the air) and effective (how many times have you cussed while trying to pour a smack pack into the top of an Erlenmeyer flask?)

I think everything what grows is organic. And everything what is on this planet is natural.

Do not let me start on word "fresh".

Sometimes words lose their meanings in this age.

Equipment and Software / Re: Promash Status
« on: June 20, 2015, 06:56:36 PM »
Still using ProMash. Works fine.

Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 14, 2015, 06:34:49 AM »
I have seen the ships when I was in Reingensburg. I am cheep. I was traveling by car thou. They look quite fancy.

Going Pro / Re: GABF is anyone entering?
« on: June 09, 2015, 03:15:52 PM »
Nop. Too far. Too expensive. I have a building to remodel.


We're six figures in debt and we haven't even opened the doors!
Welcome to the world and good luck to you.

There is a saying "you can't have it on the boat and you can't have it on the moat".

Your TTB license has to be tied down to physical location. If you want to open bar then that is a municipal decision.

I would agree and disagree with Major. You need to make money. Higher margin you have less volume you need and via versa.

So if you sell it by yourself, you need to produce less beer then if you sell thru beer distributor.

If you are unsure about it, be cautious and do more research. Also how do you expect to be successful at it if you want to do it only part time?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Delay in pitching yeast
« on: May 23, 2015, 11:48:35 AM »

Yep, no big deal to go as long as 12 hours. It's better to wait 12 hours and pitch at the proper temp (below 70 for most ales) than to rush pitch into a warm wort anyway. I wouldn't suggest going much longer than 12 hours but I have gone as long as 24 without any problems.

It all depends how clean your process is. Agree 12 hours will not hurt anything.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Food Grade CO2
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:18:27 PM »

I'm telling you only what I heard from the co2 guys. There's also the guys who said "they pull it a from the same tank" so there's that. Regardless, I wouldn't worry too much about it for homebrewed beers.

And my supplier name is .... Welding and gas. Bring CO2 on big truck and fill my 600lb tank.

Now when we are talking about O2 and CO2. There is O2 in CO2 I think.

General Homebrew Discussion / Five Star acid wash #5
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:08:54 PM »
It will work just fine. No need to evacuate CO2 with acid.

I use more acid cleaner 6 but I use 5 from time to time. Read MSDS and tips sheet.

It is not too aggressive to my opinion. Wear glows when working with any concentrated chemicals. Also glasses are recommended.

Beer Recipes / Re: Session Czech lager
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:03:04 PM »
They would call it 10 (Plato). Never session.

Ingredients / Re: Great Base malt debate?
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:37:10 PM »

Use German malts for German beers, English Malts for English Beers, Scottish malts for Scottish beers and American Malts for American beers. You can use Belgian Malts for Belgian beers, German and French malts work well too. Not too hard to figure out when you look at it that way.
So, it almost seems like you're saying that when you try to recreate beers from certain areas that you tend to use ingredients from those areas. Or am I reading into it too much?

Yes I do it the same way.

Equipment and Software / Re: StPats Service
« on: May 07, 2015, 05:22:07 PM »

Hi All,

I've been lurking here after a few posts and Q's back in Jan.  We've come a very long way in 4 short months and we're having some very good success.

I want to write and let you all know about the absolutely miserable experience I had trying to make a simple online purchase from StPats in San Antonio, Texas.

It went like this:

1. I'm seeking a stainless coil to use in a BBT for our large home brewery.  STOUT tanks suggests a Letina plate kit sold by StPats, and even gives me a link to the item on their site - very helpful.

2. I hum and hah about the BBT and the plate, and after about 10 days I decide that no matter what tank I choose, the plate will work.

3. I head to the StPats website on May 4.  I'm more than a little shocked by it's amateur/Y2K feel.  I'm a little shocked by the fact that the website forbids you from using the "go back" function of your browser once you have placed something in your cart - seems odd, but OK.

4. I persevere.  I see that StPats has no interest in taking the money of those who hold either Mexican or Canadian credit cards, which I find odd, since Visa is more than happy to convert my CDN in to USD.

5. I continue to perservere - forgetting my own rule that the internet is a very, very big place and that there is likely a more willing company that'd gladly take my dirty Canadian dollars.  I see that the website states that they will not ship an order of less than 1000$ to Canada.  "No problem!!" I say, as I have a drop shipping place in MT - problem solved - so I thought.

6. As StPats is not interested in my dirty Canadian (platinum) Visa, I must enter a BS number and wait for them to contact me with wiring or mailing instructions.  I'm good and pissed off by now, as again, this is 2015.  I have still not remembered my own rule re: the size of the internet.

7. I wait.  I wait for 48 hours - no call, no email.  On the morning of May 6th I try calling.  "Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring.......ring" - no answer.  I then realize that the very modern StPats website doesn't actually offer a phone number, and that by using I have likely broken some StPats rule, so I email.  I email within the narrow window on hours that the StPats website will allow, and I get a response....

8. The email states this, and this alone:

As stated online our terms are $1000 minimum order for Canadian customers regardless of shipping point.
Your order does not meet the minimum $1000.00  so it was cancelled.

St. Patrick's of Texas
10601 Wetmore Rd
San Antonio, TX 78216

9.  Nice.  No call, no email, no flexibility.  Apparently canadians have a $1000 minimum cover charge for the privilege or shopping with Don.  I don't know who is keeping the lights on for this Jerk.  My guess is that he's a real sweetheast when Mondavi or Coor's calls, and the rest of us are a bother to him.  It was at this point that I used Google to learn more about other's experiences with StPat's, and it seems I am in good company.  See for yourself, it's ugly.  I'll be letting all of his suppliers know exactly how their products are being represented in the Southern USA.

I simply wanted you all to know what to expect should you wish to procure some goods from Don at StPats.  I eventually recalled my rule, and have found several other Letina dealers in the US, and a couple in Canada.  I'm gonna see if they're interested in my 500$ - even though they're just Canadian dollars.


ps - I found this gem on the website too:

Ordering Parts

    We supply parts for equipment sold by us. We do not supply parts for equipment purchased elsewhere. In short, we will no longer be the service department for most of the winery equipment suppliers.
    Use the links below to find parts and order online. If the part is not listed, then send an email. Use schematics online to clearly specify the part.
    Do not call us about parts. Use email as it is far more efficient and accurate.

Apparently is is the upfront sale, and the upfront sale only, that is important to StPats.  "Find your own damn parts", "Make sure if you bother me, you have a part number", "don't call"........

Sorry about your experience but Internet is littered with similar reviews.

Beer Recipes / Re: Czech Dark Lager
« on: May 07, 2015, 05:18:37 PM »

Anyone got a good recipe? I can't find much info but I think the style falls somewhere between a Dunkel and Schwartz? This is what I've come up with so far.
50% pilsner
40% dark Munich
6% caramunich III
4% carafa II
25-30 IBU saaz
WY 2000

Search for bohemian dunkel and you will find great article.

You need a o have more caramunich and about 24 IBU. You can use hellertau if you want smother beer.

Otherwise your recipe is in the ball park.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in Brazil
« on: May 07, 2015, 05:14:02 PM »
Nice article. Glad you guys had a great experience.

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