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Kegging and Bottling / Re: b0ttle cap issues
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:55:53 AM »
Nothing is impossible.  Since I have at least four cappers, perhaps the wear and tear has been spread out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP: WLP540 Abbey IV Attenuation
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:54:39 AM »
I also start cultures from a bottle at 1.20 or so

This is exactly what I was thinking.  If I'm culturing from a bottle, I start low and step the gravity up with each successive step.  Same methodology as S. is talking about, and it works quite well.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP: WLP540 Abbey IV Attenuation
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:16:38 AM »
If you start chilling you likely won't go any lower.  If you're happy with 1.021 that's fine, but if you think it should be lower I would just wait.

I've left big beers for two months to reach terminal gravity.   Sometimes you just have to be patient.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: b0ttle cap issues
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:14:39 AM »
What bottles are using? I find certain bottles cap better than others.

This is so true and I'd bet this is where the problem lies.  I find that Goose Island bottles have an odd shaped neck and don't cap as well as most other standard bottles.

I have a number of cappers acquired over the years and if a bottle doesn't seem to seal right, I'll go to another capper for the second crimp.  My cappers are from the 90s.  I don't think something so simple wears out.

Mostly, I just weed out the bottles that have the odd shapes/sizes.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 Gallon yeast choice
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:50:32 PM »
Side by side is how I confirmed my distaste for Nottingham.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 Gallon yeast choice
« on: October 16, 2014, 03:14:25 PM »
I like doing splits like that, but I usually use two yeasts that are a bit less similar.

It will be interesting for you to see the differences between two yeasts of the same origin.  I'm certain they will be different, whether its subtle or not I have no idea.

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The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:22:02 PM »
I believe UPS bought MailBoxes Etc. a few years ago.  One in the same now.

Paul

Well, they up charged me and I haven't been back in years.

I find the on-line system aggravating, but it works pretty well.

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The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:20:03 PM »
FTR: They didn't lose my package. They opened it at the "UPS Store" and refused to deliver it. Refused to contact me about it and then acted like real pricks when I called in looking for it.

I think they up-charge you at the UPS store. I maybe wrong, but that's been my experience. Maybe it was Mailboxes Etc. though and not the UPS store. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP: WLP540 Abbey IV Attenuation
« on: October 16, 2014, 06:43:12 AM »
1.087 is not that big, in my estimation.  There is no reason this shouldn't attenuate further.

I'd go with a decent sized starter pitched when the yeast is active.

Is this advice to try to get the FG down a bit? I'm going to do the same later today with my own, 'stuck' at 1.016.  Guessing I will have to stick to a 1L starter (using US-05) to keep to the general rule of keeping it below 5% of the 21L batch, seeing it won't be decanted.  Not sure whether to use 1 sachet or two, though will assume I should stick to 1.040 wort.

Yes.  I haven't had great luck with it, but others have reported that pitching fresh active yeast has been effective at finishing out bigger beers that have stalled.  I've found that patience is required.

I think you want a LOT of yeast for this, so a bigger starter wouldn't hurt.  Or slurry from another batch.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP: WLP540 Abbey IV Attenuation
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:53:44 PM »
1.087 is not that big, in my estimation.  There is no reason this shouldn't attenuate further.

I'd go with a decent sized starter pitched when the yeast is active.


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The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:29:53 PM »

You can't tax gifts. 

False, but there is an annual exclusion amount for gifts.

OK, I'll give you that.  But that doesn't explain any different treatment of alcohol for shipping reasons.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: mini batches
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:57:20 PM »
and something to ferment in. Maybe a colander.

Fermenting in a colander might be problematic...  But I think it's a great idea for draining the bag.

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The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:21:26 PM »
It could violate laws in some states, which is why I think the companies try to avoid it.

I don't see how me shipping to you should be an issue.  I do know that some states prohibit out-of-state retail shipments, but I think that's a different animal.

Taxes. States want their cut. I know with Texas, the max amount is 288 ounces of beer in a 30 day period.

You can't tax gifts.  I can ship just about anything anywhere and there's no issue with respect to taxes.

I'll buy the insurance argument that Slowbrew threw out there, though.

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The Pub / Re: I now officially hate UPS
« on: October 15, 2014, 09:22:29 AM »
It could violate laws in some states, which is why I think the companies try to avoid it.

I don't see how me shipping to you should be an issue.  I do know that some states prohibit out-of-state retail shipments, but I think that's a different animal.

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Zymurgy / Re: Haven't Rcvd a Zymurgy Mag yet
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:43:15 PM »
You should have access to the e-version regardless.

I haven't checked it out in awhile, but I do recall having some issues logging in.  I think you need to establish a user ID on the AHA main page, and not just on the forum.

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