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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Step-up starter
« on: November 08, 2013, 01:49:50 PM »
Regarding the time, I'll let it ferment in the primary for 5 weeks, then straight to the bottle, then I won't drink for at least months... if I'm patient.

Let the beer set the timeframe.  Bottle it when it's done and not before.  6 weeks won't hurt if that's what it takes.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Step-up starter
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:14:44 AM »
Everything Mort says is correct.

What most people mean when they talk about stepping up a starter is doubling the size of the starter at each step.

I will sometimes decant my 1 liter starter and add a fresh liter of wort.  I'm probably not getting as much yeast growth, but whatever.  It's worked for me just fine.

On occasion, I'll use a growler to make a larger starter.

If I were you, I'd make that second step a whole liter to get as much yeast as possible for a big stout.

As for attenuation, sometimes big beers just need time even with an appropriate pitch of yeast.

Going Pro / Re: Sourcing Glassware
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:58:04 AM »
We did 500 or so shaker glasses from Grandstand for an event in September.  I can't say enough good things about them.  Customer service was great.  Printing and delivery was timely.  Good people, good service, good product, good price.

We did three color printing and we were under $2 a glass.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting you wife
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:49:08 PM »
Wasn't that Jerry Seinfeld's signature move?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Converting you wife
« on: November 07, 2013, 11:55:01 AM »
Protein rest to convert my wife....  I'll give it a try.   8)

A hotter mash will get you more sweetness.

Do you stir that mash?  And if so, clockwise or counter-clockwise?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic off-flavour issue
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:01:36 AM »
'Tis easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First "big" beer
« on: November 06, 2013, 02:34:06 PM »
I know it's not part of your question but don't forget aeration and a big pitch of yeast.  These are especially critical for a big beer IMO.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Phenolic off-flavour issue
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:36:40 AM »
I recently joined the "I hate plastic" club after way too many contaminated batches.  I switched to glass carboys last year and will never look back again.

And I've gone the opposite way.  No offense, Dave, but I look at it as a technique problem, not an equipment problem.

I'm with Denny on this one.  I don't use buckets, but I do use Better Bottles and have had some of them for close to 10 years.  They work great.  I've had only a couple batches get infected over the years and I don't think it's related to the fermenters as I still use them and have no persistent problems.

I used to love my glass carboys but I got rid of them all last year after I cracked one with one of my kids nearby.  I just don't need the risk.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: The cheap yeast
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:34:15 AM »
The only time I've had a problem with old yeast was a recent pitch of an expired packet of Nottingham.

I pitched a second packet (also expired) after 24 hours and then a packet of Windsor when there was no activity 36 hours later.

The beer turned out great, so it wasn't really a problem.

Since I'm making starters anyway when I use liquid yeast, I've never really been to concerned about it.

The Pub / Re: Any statisticians here?
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:55:47 AM »
I hated statistics in grad school.  Hated it.

But you ought to be able to do anything you need to in Excel.

I'm pretty rusty so I'd likely be no help.

The Pub / Re: Trick-or-treat
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:12:10 PM »
No costume, no candy. Don't come back twice.  Kids only. 


Also no candy for babies and no candy for people in a car.

One year we gave out glow in the dark skeletons. They were cheaper than decent candy and I think the kids liked it since they had a bunch of candy anyway.

Sounds like you get hit like we do.  We had a couple years about 4 years ago where NBC came out to film because of the hordes.  It's like locusts when the weather is good.

The Pub / Re: Trick-or-treat
« on: November 01, 2013, 01:02:14 PM »
I'm not so polite in return, particularly after two Manhattans.

No costume, no candy.  Don't come back twice.  Kids only. 

We get so many kids coming by there's no candy to waste on the bust-outs who think all they need is a plastic shopping bag and they get free stuff. Put some effort into it.  Seriously, I had some lady tell me last night she was dressed as a hungry college student.  That doesn't fly.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Blast of random trub during dispensing beer.
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:35:34 AM »
First pour after the keg has been sitting?

I've had that with some poor floccing yeast.  I now fine with gelatin on those batches before I keg.

The Pub / Re: Trick-or-treat
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:32:04 AM »
Discovered a new candy (for me) this year - Nerds.  Damn things are addictive.

Welcome to 1983

I was going to say I think they first made those in the 70s.  Shipped them on a slow boat to Hawaii apparently.

Despite the rain, we still gave out well over 1000 pieces of candy.  I try for one piece per kid, but the MIL and my kids might have been generous.  Slow at first, but a constant stream from 5:30 to 7:30 when we ran out.  People were still going door to door at 8:30 when I brought in the pumpkins and shut off the lights.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure difference between kegs
« on: October 30, 2013, 12:24:40 PM »
Have you sprayed the lids with starsan to make sure you have no leaks?  The lid seal could be leaking and/or the pressure relief.

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