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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast Episode 31
« on: January 16, 2017, 06:15:54 PM »
If this is true it would seem there's the answer why so many dry yeast brewers also say they get better results on a subsequent batch by pitching slurry. What say you?

I thought there was some (my recollection is US05) that aren't recommended for repitching.  My recollection is that supposedly the initial pitch performs better.

I could be misremembering.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching yeast warm
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:36:23 PM »
Why bother rehydrating dry yeast?  Sprinkle it on top and forget about it.

As far as a starter, if you're pitching at high krausen (shaken, not stirred) I don't think you need to worry about the temp, just pitch it.

It you're doing a stirred starter (or if you just don't want to pitch the starter wort) put it in the fridge to crash the yeast when you fire up your kettle.  Or the night before.

You may be over thinking this one.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Tips for Bottling from Keg
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:39:33 PM »
I do pretty much the same as everyone above, but I've got a T in my line so I can flush the bottles with CO2.

I use standard pneumatic fittings (on the gas side) and use an air gun fitting with a tube to purge the bottles.

Not perfect, but pretty much same as the beer gun.

Cold bottles, dipped in star san, low pressure fill and you can minimize foam.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Tropical Stout
« on: January 11, 2017, 03:38:28 PM »
Cool.  Congrats.  Glad to hear the molasses was subdued.  I think it's a great addition when it's subtle, but it's easy to overdo.

Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:16:05 PM »
Jon, it's called Pipewrench.  I don't recall what hops they use for it.  The website says "citrusy".

That's close enough. I was just trying to picture what sort of hops would work best with gin character.

Something like lime and tonic?

Ingredients / Re: How to get gin into an IPA?
« on: January 09, 2017, 03:55:07 PM »
I just don't know why you would do that to good gin...

But seriously, this is a thing?  Gin in IPA?  Maybe I need to get out more.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Glass Disaster
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:36:14 AM »
Right.  I used mine for many many years.  They can be used safely.

Having them around my kids though made the risk analysis a bit different for me.

I'd rather not worry about it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Glass Disaster
« on: January 09, 2017, 10:27:27 AM »
I hear milk crates make excellent carboy carriers.
Yes, even better than the straps they sell. The only time I ever came close to breaking a carboy after moving them hundreds of time is the first time I tried the strap thingy.

I kept all my glass in crates, before I cracked one while cleaning it (outside of the crate).  I got rid of the glass, but still use my crates for better bottles.

If you're using glass carboys, crates are the best way to go.  Protects them on the sides and gives convenient handles for lifting/moving.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New England IPA Extract Recipe
« on: January 03, 2017, 07:12:40 PM »
Can't edit from taps talk. That should say two row and your specialty grains.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: New England IPA Extract Recipe
« on: January 03, 2017, 07:11:34 PM »
If you can steep grains you can do a mini mash. Get a 5 gallon paint strainer bag so you have a loose bag. A pound or two of two row and your pay and what have you. Mash for 60 in your kettle. Add extract do the rest.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle cap issues
« on: January 03, 2017, 08:44:57 AM »
As far as I know, caps is caps.  I've had problems with wing cappers and certain bottle types, as flars notes.  Or it's possible your priming sugar was not well mixed and some bottles have more.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: December 31, 2016, 10:29:54 AM »
I use this silicone six cube tray and each time I empty it I freeze another six.

Each cube looks like this in the glass.

The cube looks even better with the Sazerac.  I was drinking Templeton last night.  Not bad, but relatively boring.  Fine for a party.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Science vs. Citizen Science
« on: December 28, 2016, 09:29:51 AM »
Unsubscribing.  This has derailed badly.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Brewing Science vs. Citizen Science
« on: December 27, 2016, 03:10:45 PM »
I imagine that it would be an enormous investment for a smaller brewery to implement these processes (degassing, purging, etc) for what they might not deem as reasonable improvements to their product.

Methinks that's Denny's (and others) position throughout this discussion. 

For some it's worthwhile.  For others, not so much.  I don't think anyone is saying there's no benefit to limiting DO.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Temp Control
« on: December 27, 2016, 01:20:42 PM »
I've done the rubbermaid tub, filled with water and frozen 1 liter bottles.  I cap it with pink rigid insulation and also have put insulation on the sides.  The bottom sits on the cold concrete floor of my basement.  I've been able to maintain decent lager temps with this method.

You can also get an aquarium heater to raise the temp of the water bath if your ambient is too cold in the winter.

Either way works just fine and is pretty inexpensive.

Good call but this is also dependent on where you live. Our house never gets below 70, typically, and many people (myself included) don't have basements due to the limestone shelf. Thus I was never able to get to lager temps with these methods.

You are 100% correct. Regional temp differences will impact the effectiveness of this method.  In a warmer clime, maybe you insulate the bottom as well and need to pay more attention to frequent ice bottle changes.

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