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Messages - Joe Sr.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: June 24, 2015, 06:53:51 PM »
Don't you mean "stange condensation?"

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:00:16 PM »
Yep its whether or not you value it enough to spend more. If your happy with bud craft beer is a chance to charge 50-150% more.

Ouch!  I like how you did that, but I think that's a false analogy.

If Budweiser made a beer that tasted just like Chimay but was half the price, I'd be happy to buy it.  They don't.

I can't really tell a difference between organic and non-organic produce (beyond price).  So the benefits are something I have to take largely on faith.

I would bet that organic yeast will perform exactly like non-organic yeast and under a micro-scope they will look identical (assuming the same strains of course).

So, if you're sold on organic yeast the reasons are not because the yeast themselves are better but for the intangible benefits of organic.  At least intangible to me.

So... it's a reason to up-charge.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 23, 2015, 02:45:17 PM »
They aren't in stores yet, but at NHC they were saying around $10.

I can get WLP for $6 something at my LHBS, add $1.25 for the DME for a starter is quite a bit less than $10.

But that's not organic...

I hear all the arguments about organic, but it just sounds to me like a reason to charge 50% more.  It's like going to Whole Foods.  You can get the same stuff elsewhere, it just doesn't cost as much.

However, if organic is important to you, and it is to many, than maybe you're OK paying more.  Even if the definition of organic is open to interpretation.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Purging Keg
« on: June 23, 2015, 11:40:55 AM »
Add to that the o2 scrubbing action of the remaining yeast and I suspect it's even less important so long as you're not splashing the beer around all over the place.

The only batch I've had a problem with was when I forgot to purge the headspace after filling.  Combine that with shaking to carbonate and you have an instant disaster.

I don't fill the keg with sanitizer and push it out, but I do try to purge the keg before filling and then after. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / North Coast Puck - Petite Saison
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:45:50 AM »
Was excited to try this, as a nice flavorful petite saison would be perfect for the hot humid weather we had yesterday.

Unfortunately, I found it disappointing.  Thin and watery.  Too bitter with few other flavors.

It was OK, at best, and I doubt I'll buy it again.  Especially since it costs the same as their other beers, even at 4% abv.  Next time, I'll just get a four-pack of Pranqster.

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The Pub / Re: A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:34:13 AM »
There's more old drunks than there are old doctors...


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I think the biggest takeaway from all the Exbeeriments so far, for me, is that if you have otherwise good process control (as Marshall clearly does), letting one variable slip probably won't compromise the beer.

I agree 100%. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:05:09 PM »
Software says at 1qt per #, you can mash those 17# with 1.42G of extra space for a 5G batch @ 1.086

I see you ran the number for 1qt/# vs 1.25qt/#. Can you up the pound to 20 keeping 1qt/#? Thank you so much, I need to buy that software your using.

You can download it and use it for a 21 day trial for free...

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 22, 2015, 12:00:06 PM »
You can always bump your OG with DME or sugar for an Imperial style if you can't fit everything in the mash tun.

Ain't no shame in that.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: A few bottle harvest qusetions
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:58:12 AM »
Cool.  Let us know how it turns out.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pulling Keg off of CO2
« on: June 21, 2015, 08:19:21 AM »
I can fill a pitcher from head pressure.  After one pitcher the pour slows noticeably.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 20, 2015, 08:52:35 AM »
"Organic" yeast sounds like a gimmick.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pulling Keg off of CO2
« on: June 20, 2015, 08:47:26 AM »
OH, who would take the hose off the disconnects? In my case, that would mean ripping off the Oetikir clamps.

I'm guessing he speaks from experience...

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:46:24 PM »
I didn't mean to imply incivility. I was thinking more along the lines of opposite but complimentary.

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Equipment and Software / Re: 5 gallon Igloo mash tun is best for me?
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:38:19 PM »
If you batch sparge, as I do, then grain bed depth doesn't matter.

if you continuous sparge like I do, grain bed thickness, tun geometry, and false bottom design all make a difference. 

The answer to the question, as in most cases, appears to be "it depends."

This is what's so great about brewing.

I'm also starting to think that Denny and Mark are like the Yin and Yang of the home brew world.  Batch sparge/stir plate or continuous sparge/shakey-shake, whichever you prefer.  Or mix 'em up.

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