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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:15:25 AM »
Mine is more like the one linked below, but I'm sure any would do the trick.


http://www.amazon.com/EHEIM-Jager-Aquarium-Thermostat-Heater/dp/B003U82YEY/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1424291756&sr=1-2&keywords=aquarium+heater


I imagine the ambient temp plays a very large role in the ability for these to work well. Mine was in the house where the ambient was 68-72

Ordered one of these last night.  I did a test fit in a tub with an empty fermenter and I think it will work.

My saison is going along in the low 60s, but I want to push it higher to finish.

If it works out, I may give 3724 a try again.  I gave up on that yeast a few years back.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Dubbel
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:09:53 AM »
IMO, a dubbel MUST have candi syrup.  Until I started using it, my dubbels didn't taste like dubbels.

Back in the day, I used dark candi sugar and thought that was the trick, but the syrups are definitely indispensable.

I think 1762 is great for BDSA, but for dubbel I stick with the classic 3787.

I don't think I've ever used 3787 for a dubbel.  I might have to try it.

There are strains I would avoid for a dubbel, such as the Ardennes strain.  I know there's another but I can't think of it at the moment.

I've got one headed to NHC fermented with the Unibroue strain.  It's quite nice.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old yeast slurry
« on: February 18, 2015, 08:18:13 PM »
I think 100ml would be more than enough.  You might could go with a little bit more for a 2L starter, but I certainly wouldn't do the entire 800ml.

There are other threads where people get deeper into the right amount of cells to pitch in order to have optimal growth, but in my experience 100ml should be fine.  You want to grow new yeast, not just wake up the slurry.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:22:20 PM »

Try right clicking and selecting copy image URL. the image below is from my Google Photos



That box label is open to misinterpretation.  Just saying. 

I don't imagine there's different cups for the Asian kids, etc.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Crush
« on: February 18, 2015, 03:20:05 PM »
I crush a lot finer than that.  Depends on your system, though.

I think I need to do so.  Used my new Barley Crusher on Monday and got a crush like the one posted.  Not pleased with my efficiency, but I am consistent.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Issues with BYO stir plate
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:34:55 PM »
Dunno.

Could the magnet be flipped?  But then the bar wouldn't stick to the box.

If the fan is too fast, you'll throw the magnet.  If the magnet was too strong, I think it might stop the fan from spinning.  But I don't know for sure.

I've never had an issue with my stir plates.  I used hard drive magnets, which have a different shape.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Issues with BYO stir plate
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:25:38 PM »
Are you sure the fan is spinning? Are you testing it with the stir bar in a flask?  Or right on top of the box?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:01:45 PM »
Another thing that helped me was to put the heater on a timer so it only came on at the coldest times of day.  That will depend on your local weather, though.

9F and dropping.

I should have brewed a lager.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:41:30 PM »
My basement is maybe 60 right now.  Maybe.  And dropping, what with the current freeze.

I might just bring the fermenters upstairs for a week.

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Equipment and Software / Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:26:16 PM »
Anyone use one?  I have a saison going and I'd like to raise the temp as it ferments.

My thought was to put it in a tub of water with an aquarium heater.

I tried this before with a small heater that did nothing, so I'm looking for recommendations on one that would work.

I'm not looking to put the fermenter in a box or fridge with a brew belt, heating pad, or light bulb.

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The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:30:20 AM »
That's an impressive slate of candidates. 


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Old yeast slurry
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:01:22 AM »
I store my slurries the same way as you have described.  Make a starter and you should be fine.  This is my standard MO.  I have two batches fermenting right now with yeast from old slurries.

I wouldn't pitch the whole slurry and hope for the best.  I think that is less likely to be successful.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 17, 2015, 03:04:24 PM »
The cold front is coming through right now bringing a low that is expected to be 54 tonight.  My planned brew day, Sunday, looks like a high of 79 and sunny.  I think I'll brew outside.

Shoot.  It's in the 50s in my basement and the two batches I brewed yesterday are taking a slow start to fermentation.

Outside is too cold for me.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3724 Fermentation Temperatures
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:05:32 PM »
3724 is a fickle beast, and a temperature drop of 10 degrees is likely to put it to sleep. Constant 90F is what we are all doing here, not varying temps.

TL:DR - I would not ferment this yeast as you have stated in your first post, despite it being able to behave at 90F.

Fickle is an understatement.  I've given up on this yeast but if you have the patience and you're willing to bend to it's will it will make a great beer.  You must do what it wants, it will not do what you want.  Temp swings are not good.

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