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Beer Recipes / Re: Red Lager - Recipe Feedback?
« on: December 20, 2017, 03:30:43 PM »
Your finish gravity will be lover then 1.017.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Filtering Pump vs CO2
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:59:54 AM »
It depends where you start racking from. If you put your heavy load to start from it will take longer time to filter.

Never filter rye, flaked barley or flaked oats.

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The Pub / Re: Left Hand Suing Whitelabs
« on: December 14, 2017, 02:43:11 AM »
I read forum as much as time permits. Thank you for stopping my and trying our beers.

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The Pub / Re: Left Hand Suing Whitelabs
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:19:10 AM »
I still use White Labs and Wyeast without fear.

Yeah me too I just don't spend $500+ dollars for a 20 bbl pitch anymore, I grow yeast up from packs.
Do you make some QA checks as you grow up? Just asking as to why that is better for you.

There are multiple reasons why it is better, I can get packs of yeast within a week WL and WY were taking sometimes 4-6 weeks or longer to get me a pitch and when one showed up DOA that was a real problem. As far as quality checks, everything acting "normal" is a pretty big deal, once I have the pitch grown up I will do a cell count/viability, check for misshapen cells and do a sensory evaluation. If everything checks out I will pitch either into a 15 or 20 bbl batch depending on what I am trying to do. Takes me a week to go from a single pack of yeast to a 20 bbl pitch so time saving is huge and I have started a regular rotation so as to keep better track of generations.

Having the problems with WY has forced me to start taking more control of my yeast in house so that is a good thing but still smarting from the issues I had from them last year.

I still primarily use WL and WY, but also use Yeast Bay and Imperial.  I definitely think that the explosion of craft beer has caused a strain on the yeast companies. I still trust all of their products but I do not think they are infallible.
I bought yeast only 4 times in 7 years. As long as I get flavor profile what I want and get good performance, there is no need for new pitch. It takes up to 6 generations till yeast starts performing to its best.

I know of much smaller breweries then Left Hand that have yeast propagator. I am very surprise their lack of control
On the front end.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Filtering Pump vs CO2
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:00:08 AM »
If you insist on filtering try to filter with 5 micron filter only. Also your filter medium longevity is dependent on how “clean” the filtered beer is. Try to find it with gelatin or increase your surface area. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Alt beer wyeast2124
« on: July 22, 2017, 01:54:56 AM »
WY 2124 loves 60F and it does a great job. Ferment it as a "hybrid" beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Cocoa Nibs vs Cocoa Powder
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:07:23 PM »
Is there a recommended usage with this product?

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The Pub / Re: "High End's" Message to Craft
« on: July 02, 2017, 04:12:33 PM »
They are all repeating what they told themselves when they sold out!

If i am on the fence between 2 beers and one has the bottle and the other doesn't, i am going with the beer that shows the bottle.

And if the one with the bottle tastes like crap? What then?

There is a lot of bad craft beer out there. That doesn't mean I want to see good ones go down the tubes but a label isn't going to solve this issue.

This might be a little bit off topic but notion that because I am a small brewery = I make bad beer is offensive to me.

I have heard it first time last year by owner of Summit Brewing. He said if small brewery does not have expensive lab, then we are making bad beer.

At that time I took it as a cheap shot at us to say that bigger brewers are making better quality beers then smaller brewers.

If you like my beer or do not like my beer is matter of personal preference.

How financially successful my beers are is matter of marketing and branding offer.

Just because you do not like my beer, it does not mean my beer is bad quality. 

So bring it back home. The BA mark of independent brewery does not guarantee that you will like the beer nor it will tell you how commercially viable this brand is.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Favorite yeast strains
« on: November 12, 2016, 05:58:43 PM »
WY2124 for me. Love it. Fast fermenter. Works well at different temperatures and pitching rates = creates different flavors.

Last pitch I used it over 40 generations. Current pitch I am on 20 generations with no signs of slowing down.

It is true that yeast become more powdery with more generations but biofine clear can handle it.

Going Pro / Re: Market research in Starting Your Own Brewery
« on: November 12, 2016, 05:40:23 PM »
Now you know how much beer I sell.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 03, 2016, 10:37:04 PM »
Here is the glycol system I think you will need. 

SS Brewtech Glycol Chiller 1/3 hp $999.95
I'll hold off until they offer a jacketed fermenter. The current internal cooling coil fermented look like a nightmare to clean.
I used to have internal coil fermenters for couple of years. It was quite easy to clean with CIP.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:59:17 PM »
Glycol is a cooling fluid. So you would have a glycol chiller and the you would distribute this fluid to the fermenters with cooling jacket.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My New Brewery
« on: September 03, 2016, 01:37:26 AM »
You need to have a 3 compartment sink :).

Looking good. 

Equipment and Software / 2016 ProMash .dat Updates
« on: August 12, 2016, 09:48:43 PM »
Hey RPIScotty,

I would Love to get a copy of the various updated DAT files for ProMash.
I have a Windows XP SP3 HELP.EXE file I can give you.

I believe that those files however old they are still hold their copyright status and you can not transfer them to another person.

The Pub / Re: Tribute Brewing, Eagle River WI
« on: July 24, 2016, 06:23:43 PM »
Looking good.

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