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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Storing open container of liquid yeast
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:34:03 PM »
I agree with Jim.  Alternatively, you can collect the slurry after you rack your first beer and reuse that yeast for your next.  It's as simple as pouring the yeast into a sanitzed jar/container.  I use tupperware one liter bottles.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3864 - Canadian/Belgian Ale
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:26:56 AM »
No argument here. I have a starter going for tomorrow. One of my favorite yeasts.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3864 - Canadian/Belgian Ale
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:41:37 AM »
Unibroue yeast is easy to culture from a bottle. Just saying.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Celebrator
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:59:17 PM »
I don't do anything particularly special to keep a steady temp.  I check it, and if it drops I heat the kettle a bit.

I rinse with approximately a gallon of water.  I try for 170, but I'm not particularly careful about it.

Beer Recipes / Re: Celebrator
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:43:16 PM »
I mash my grains in a 5 gallon paint strainer bag.  Works great.  I have a strainer that fits over the top of my kettle so I can put the bag in the strainer and let it drain and/or rinse it/sparge it.

For conversion from grain to extract of vice versa, a good rule of thumb is 1 lb of grain = 2/3 lb DME or 3/4 lb LME.

Equipment and Software / Re: another burner recommendation thread
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:38:10 PM »
I have the dark star. Been very happy with it. Seems to work well heat quickly and the propane lasts.

That's good to hear.  I got one of these free with an order from NB.  Haven't used it yet.

Beer Recipes / Re: Celebrator
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:15:12 PM »
IMO it is also always a good idea to do a mini mash. First off, it is easy. Second, it will help add back some of the missing FAN.

100% agreement.

I wonder if any maltsters will start making specialty malts with varying degrees of fermentability and more information. For instance " light extract made from 100% Belgian pilsner malt mashed at low temperatures for maximum fermentability"

I don't know if they have the more information part down, but I've found Breiss Pilsen DME to be highly fermentable and very light in color (I do 100% late addition, since I'm mashing 5+ lbs of grain). 

The caveat here is that per Martin Brungard's analysis the water they use at Breiss is very high in sodium and that will carry through to their extract.  This hasn't caused issues for me (of which I am aware) but its a data point to consider.

The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:01:36 PM »
Blood Meridian is tough going. The violence in that book is mind boggling. I really enjoyed Sutree.

No doubt on Blood Meridian.  It was the first McCarthy book I read, though, so it stands out to me.  Read it on the beach in Hilton Head one summer. Light summer fare.  Sutree is good.  I also enjoyed the Orchard Keeper, but for the life of me I can't recall the narrative.  I'll have to go back and re-read it.

Like Jeff said, don't expect happy endings.

I will look for Craig Childs.  I've got stack I'm working through right now.  Peter Matheissen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and some Henning Mankell.  I only get to read for a bit after the kids go to bed, so it's slow going.

The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: November 13, 2014, 01:16:10 AM »
I would also add anything by Graham Greene and anything by Cormac McCarthy.  Blood Meridian is phenomenal.  The Road bothered me for ages.  Still does.  All The Pretty Horses is great, despite the movie. 

Avoid D.H. Lawrence.  I labored for most of the summer with The Plumed Serpent.  I gave up.  Not a proud moment, but I only have so much time.

The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:56:28 AM »
Henning Mankell's Wallander series.  Anything by Roddy Doyle.  For light reading, Faulkner and Styron.


We should get together with some fine whiskey and homebrew and discuss these writers. Good stuff. Also, Mark Twain is always great, and you can pick him up anytime.

I'll drive south. You drive north. Meet in Kankakee

Cigars with that whiskey?

The Pub / Re: What to read
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:55:25 PM »
Henning Mankell's Wallander series.  Anything by Roddy Doyle.  For light reading, Faulkner and Styron.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back to basics - the perfect blonde
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:43:46 PM »
I always thought a perfect blonde was more an ultimate goal than 'basics'

I've yet to brew a blonde that I'm truly happy with.  Still trying.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flashback Brewday
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:11:40 PM »
Toad Spit Stout, circa 1993 or thereabouts.  I'm pretty sure it was some dark LME, some light LME, some steeped grains, and Fuggle hops, but I haven't checked the recipe.

Would be interesting to brew it again, but I get so few brew days lately I'm not sure I want to give one up.  And the last brew was 10 gallons of stout, so I'm set there for awhile.

IIRC, it also called for 4 Tbsp. of gypsum.

If so, I'm sure we added it.

All Things Food / Re: Those Brats
« on: November 11, 2014, 02:53:05 AM »
No crock pot.  Smoker.  Simmered in beer with onions.

Remove from beer and finish them on the grill.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Force carb vs Keg conditioned
« on: November 11, 2014, 12:14:27 AM »
Hopefully that was it. Both gas tube o-rings were dried out and deformed. I replaced them along with all the others and hooked back up to the gas. Time will tell.

Incidentally, on one of my kegs, the gas side poppet fell out of the housing. I reinstalled it but plan to replace the assy.

I think the poppets are supposed to come out. sometimes they will get gunk in there and you have to take them out to properly clean them up.

Except on new kegs, where the poppets do NOT come out.  Which is weird.

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