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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should we avoid bottle conditioned beer?
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:17:41 AM »
Pro tip: don't google wine enema.

Thank you.  I won't.

I'd like to think I learned my lesson on the beaver anus thread.  My search history is probably pretty disturbing for whomever is checking on it at the NSA.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Strong dark Belgian ideas from mixed grains
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:05:48 AM »

Really? Do you agree with this statement Denny? I've never heard about proteins getting 'used up'.
 
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Lastly, homebrewers who keg their beer should be aware that foam positive molecules can get “used up” when foam is created. Thus, if you shake your keg to carbonate it, you may be dipping into your pool of foam makers for your beer.

This comes up now and again.  I've never experienced the foam positive molecules getting used up.  My recollection is that Denny's experience is similar. 

That said, the head retention in my higher alcohol beers is something I would like to improve, if possible.  After I got the carbonation dialed in on my last keg, the head retention is not bad but I'm not getting the lacing I'd like.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:15:12 PM »
I use a starter every time.  It's been quite awhile since I've gone with an immediate repitch.  Over a year, for sure.

Of course, I pitched dry yeast on Sunday because it was easy.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:47:32 PM »
Your scientific approach is very close in method to my random estimation approach.

I use tupperware containers, however, not jars.

Unfortunately, I am rarely able to time my brews that close to packaging these days so I'm repitching older yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:27:31 PM »
I always take the safe route and keep the lid off.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lid on or off during boil?
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:11:44 AM »
Off.  Always.  For the DMS reasons stated above.

If boil-off is too great, you can split the difference and leave it partially on.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 17, 2013, 11:07:55 AM »
The sooner the better on a repitch.  Saturday to Sunday would be just fine.

Re-using it that soon will not require a starter as long as you pitch enough slurry.

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I think it was longer than a year, but I'm not certain.  I find it interesting that after all the squall over shutting down TechTalk, the new one goes months without anyone posting.

I think it was 2010.  Time compresses when you get older.  Or so I'm told.

There is no there there any longer.  HBD is pretty much the same way.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Harvesting yeast
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:53:46 AM »
I typically build a starter from my harvested yeast, so I don't worry too much about what beer it came from previously.

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The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 13, 2013, 11:05:40 AM »


So, you're the Tickle of Hawaii? ;D

One of the reasons I'm cancelling The Discovery Channel.  That crap is a joke and I'm done paying for it.

Streaming is the way to go.  Netflix, Amazon, Hulu.  Everything you want to watch much cheaper.

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I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!

Like I said, fond memories...  but there's people we never hear from anymore.  Diki Short, David Houseman, and many others, I'm sure.

As much as I respect all those people, personally I find too much of the advice on BTT stuck in the past (kinda like the whole BTT concept!).  The give and take on the forum presents much more information that is much more up to date IMO.

It may be a good example of a self selecting group comprised of people adverse to change.

I will keep my fond memories and continue to participate here.

FWIW, I also have fond memories of my first car although my current car is much much nicer.

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I checked and the last BBT went out on Nov. 12 last year!

Like I said, fond memories...  but there's people we never hear from anymore.  Diki Short, David Houseman, and many others, I'm sure.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Resin
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:25:48 AM »
As far as I'm concerned, both "resinous" and "dank" are broad terms that convey a sense of weight.  I would expect thicker, heavier flavors from a beer described this way.  Almost viscous.

I had Resin last weekend (albeit at the end of a long session so my recollections are not necessarily crystal clear) and it was a sippin' beer, not one you would quaff.  Heavier, viscous.

While there may be ambiguity on the specific flavors you might expect to taste, I think both are more broad descriptors of the overall impression of the beer.  I wouldn't expect a light, bright, fruity beer if someone said it was resinous.

Also, a fruity beer could be grapefruit, lemon, etc.  Fruity being the broad descriptor of a whole range of flavors.

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I have no problem logging in to the forum and I find it much more useful than Tech Talk ever was.  But so many people missed Tech Talk, we brought it back as BrewTechTalk.   I'll get the signup info and post it here for you, but let me warn you...so few people use it that months go by without a post.  Don't expect it to be nearly as active nor informative as this forum.

I've set all my devices to keep me logged in at all times, so logging in is never an issue for me.

I don't know if the forum is more useful than Tech Talk, but it's certainly more active than Tech Talk was albeit more wide-ranging (BBQ, etc.)  I haven't see an BTT e-mail in ages.  Nothing there but fond memories.  I miss input from some of the members who used to respond on TT, but there's great people here, too.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Strong dark Belgian ideas from mixed grains
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:58:31 AM »
I've never used more than .5 lbs of carapils in 5 gallons that I can recall.  I haven't used carapils in years, although I've been considering it as I'm not happy with my head retention these days.

Carapils, wheat, or other protein laden grains are not a panacea for poor foam.  To help yo diagnose your problem, see...

http://byo.com/stories/article/indices/35-head-retention/697-getting-good-beer-foam-techniques

I know.  It's a crutch for the lazy.  I was planning to throw some in my last two batches to see if it helped but, of course, I forgot.

EDIT:  As far as the article, my temps are under control, my glasses are clean, my wort is well aerated.  I may have under-pitched the last two batches, but they are also high alcohol beers so I should suspect a thinner head... 

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