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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 01, 2013, 08:58:30 AM »
A better selection exists than what was available in 2007 IMO

Back when I started brewing you got a small foil pack of yeast with a can (John Bull?) of malt extract.  Or you could buy an additional pack of ale yeast.  I don't even recall if there were different strains of dry yeast at the time.  Liquid yeast was such a huge difference, it was a no-brainer.

I keep a variety of dry yeasts in the fridge for emergencies and for spontaneous brew sessions (which don't happen anymore), but if I'm planning a brew it gets liquid yeast 99% of the time.

All Things Food / Re: Tip
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:16:29 AM »
Love a good brat. But Johnsonville is crap.

Truer words have never been typed.

All Things Food / Re: Tip
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:28:41 PM »
How is a brat not healthy?  Ditch the tortilla, put it on a fork and it's easier to dip it in mustard.

Heading up to Wisconsin next week.  I shall be eating brats.

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 30, 2013, 01:56:51 PM »
Any ass juice in my food is verboten.

See, that's where you lose me, because honey is delicious.

Is honey not regurgitated as opposed to shat out?

Maybe "mammalian ass juice" would be more precise, but I can't think of anything passed in that way that I care to ingest.  I also have no desire to seek out Kopi Luwak coffee, though if someone brewed a cup I might could be tempted...

Ingredients / Re: The "Truth" About Commercial Beer.
« on: July 30, 2013, 09:36:28 AM »
Gelatin, fish bladder and beaver ass juice are a problem if you are vegetarian because they are all animal byproducts.

I am not a vegetarian.  I have a problem with beaver ass juice being used in my food.  Actually, it's got nothing to do with the beaver.  Any ass juice in my food is verboten.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:09:35 AM »
Decided that it would be good to get some cement countertops under my belt before doing a nice one for our kitchen, so I'll be doing a new top and some reconfiguration of my outdoor bbq table/bar.

I looked into this, but have not built anything yet.  The big thing I found, if you're putting a grill inside the table, is that you need to have space between the grill itself and the concrete, or else the concrete will degrade from the heat.  If you're using a BGE, it's not such a big deal, but I've got Weber kettle.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Exploding bottles, what the heck?
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:46:56 AM »
Got it.  I mis-understood.

Definitely sounds to me like the the beer got infected somehow.  Assuming it was at a stable final gravity at bottling.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Exploding bottles, what the heck?
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:41:35 AM »
I'm not sure why swing top bottles would increase the possibility of wild yeast.  I've stored beer in swing tops with no problems.  We're the bottles clean?  Were the gaskets and the swing top itself sanitized?

I've had over-carbed beers leak out through the gasket, but I can't imagine that anything is being drawn in to the bottle once it's capped.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: advice on dry hopping
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:32:46 AM »
I've got some stainless tea balls that fit in the neck of my better bottle.  I think the opening of glass carboy is tighter, though, so they probably wouldn't work there.

Last time I dry hopped I did it in the keg.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:27:33 AM »
Then they will get soaked from anywhere from 6-24 hours in oxiclean.

This should take care of the film. 

Typically, I rinse clean and let them dry.  Check them and sanitize prior to bottling.  The oxyclean soak isn't something I've typically been doing bottles that appear visually clean.  It appears to be needed more regularly.  FWIW, the beer that left the film had been bottled for years and the saison definitely had gotten oxidized and funky.

The Pub / Re: Kitchen re-do
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:33:21 PM »
Take the tile up the walls a bout 18 inches and make it a big tub!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Clean your bottles !
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:47:25 PM »
I've seen this in some of my bottles recently, too.  They look clean on a cursory inspection, but not under a good light.  These were champagne bottles that had held a variety of strong Belgians and/or saisons.

Sadly, I really only noticed when I put one that I thought was clean on a bottle washer and stuff kept coming out.

A good long soak brought them nice and clean.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Rust inside kegs
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:19:23 AM »
Well, it's theoretical at this point since the deal was sold out.

It just struck me as odd that they made a BIG deal out of disclaiming not for food use.  It even said something like only good for carpet cleaning and other industrial uses.

Unless it was massive rust, re-passivisation just doesn't seem like that high of a hurdle. 

If they ever post the deal again and I come across it in time, I might just jump on it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Saison per Wyeast
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:21:15 AM »
I've thought about those, but am leaning towards the no-cost solution of trying to use things that are laying around.  Like the aquarium heater and a tub of water.

At some point, I'll need to get a decent heater and a temp controller for it and when that happens maybe I'll use 3724 again.  But not until then.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Question
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:12:24 AM »
OK, I grabbed a C02 cartridge and slapped it onto my keg - before reading the "not for human consumption" warning :-[.  Is my beer ruined? :(  I popped it off, and sampled a glass - didn't notice any off flavors.  Will hit the homebrew store on Friday to pick up the "human-safe" ones...

That's because CO2 isn't safe for human consumption!  It doesn't have any meaning in relation to the contents of the cartridge other than that.

That's a good point.  However, the Crossman cartridges are stamped stating that they contain oil.  I assumed that's what he was referring to.  Way back in the day (mid-90s) I used one or two of those to dispense a mini-keg (or several) to no ill effect.  The quantity of oil that might actually wind up in the beer has got to be minimal, especially in a 5 gallon keg.  Nonetheless, there are better options and I don't recommend using the wrong type of cartridges.

You ought to be able to get good cartridges at any kitchenware place that sells whipped cream dispenser or soda water chargers.  You could also use the nitrogen cartridges to dispense, but they tend to be shorter IIRC.

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