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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Washing/rinsing and Re-Using Yeast
« on: October 30, 2010, 05:13:44 PM »
Mr malty pitching rate calculator can help you with your first question.
On your second question.
I decant my slury that I have 50/50 yeast and liquid.
Then I pitch the recomended amount from the calculator.

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Zymurgy / Re: PDF of Zymurgy?
« on: October 30, 2010, 09:42:08 AM »
Nope, then you'd have to take an ipod or laptop into the potty with you.  :-\ :-[ :-\
welcome to 21-st century. :)  ;D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Why mash for 60 minutes?
« on: October 30, 2010, 09:28:15 AM »
As Bluesman mention one way to experiment with it would be to measure your mash OG at different time.
When your gravity does not go up anymore you are converted.
Also your mash speed depends on Mashing temp.
Higher temp faster conversion.

All that said we should mash our grain to get certian fermentable profile instead of how fast it converts.
This should also apply to commercial brewers.   
Just saying. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Giant Tea Ball for hops?
« on: October 25, 2010, 03:27:45 PM »
Edit: I wonder how well a 5 inch diameter ball will fit into the lid opening of a corny keg??
I would say no.

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You need to autoclave for slants.
If you boil then they turn milky and you will lose seal from the cap.

After I use yeast from the vial I add some (20 ml) autoclaved 1035 wort and grow yeast in there.
It seams to be working.

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: October 23, 2010, 09:12:00 AM »
Great news.
Thank you Frank.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Giant Tea Ball for hops?
« on: October 23, 2010, 07:28:12 AM »
One think to remember is that pallet hops will expand when wet.

Once is used small SS tea bag for dry hopping.
Hops expanded and I ended up with tea bag filled with hops and beer could not get thru it.

In OP you said you want to use it for boil. It could work afterall.
Heat might be a concern but then BK is hot too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: October 20, 2010, 08:35:46 PM »
6 hour drive for me to come buy a beer.  :(
What are your distribution plans - at least initially?

New Glarus won't distribute in Illinois because of the BS here.
We will be self distributing brewery and we will try to go after local market first.
I do not see us going out of the state any time soon.

So you best chance to get our beer would be visit Eau Claire.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: October 20, 2010, 08:28:58 PM »
Looking forward to seeing some pics of the brewery.

Are you still planning to use conical fermeters?

Best of luck to you.

So far we have empty space.
We should be getting 6 350 gal conical and one 110 Gal propagator tank.
No open fermenters so far.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New brew kettles
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:42:49 PM »
When we get all the permits.
TTB interview tomorrow.

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Ingredients / Re: High alpha EKG
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:38:48 PM »
May be it was the year.
I got some Czech Saaz from HopsDirect and they are 5.5 AA

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Ingredients / Re: 100% Dark Munich Bock
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:35:44 PM »
I just made Czech Dark Lager with 90% Munich II and I thought it was too much.
100% Dunkel is great but it might be just too much for Bock.
Doing 50/50 Munich I and Munich II might be fine.
You could add 10 to 20 % Pilsner malt just to make it little lighter and add some enzymes.

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Equipment and Software / New brew kettles
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:19:53 PM »
I am having new brew pots done.
I just went to see them.
I think they are quite large.
What do you think?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A day in the life of a nano brewer
« on: October 20, 2010, 07:09:51 PM »
I would say pretty cool too.

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Brewing another Bohemian Dark Beer.
I would like to be close to desired recipe now.
I have been brewing the same two beers for over 5 months now.

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