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Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: June 09, 2016, 12:57:08 PM »
Have you ever worked with someone and thought, "until meeting this person I never considered that annual pay decreases might make sense for some people"?

Since I'm not allowed to counter the political statements, can we just end on a high note and call that the thread?

Beer Recipes / Re: Help designing a recipe for Mango Habanero IPA ?
« on: June 09, 2016, 12:53:45 PM »
FWIW, my "local" Trader Joe's has frozen cubed mango for $2/lb. I threw it in with the dry hops.

I keep an emergency stash of dry yeasts.  Lager, ale, wheat, saison.  Just in case.  Maybe I have issues?

I'm pretty sure we wouldn't be here if we didn't. ;)

I do counts on my homebrew pitches, so it's just a *different* issue.

Perhaps so.  But long lag times freak me out.  48 - 60 hrs would have me repitching with a pack of dry yeast.

Not having an LHBS makes you a much more casual brewer.

I would pitch that and not think twice about it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermenation?
« on: June 08, 2016, 08:41:54 AM »
Are you using a hydrometer or refractometer?

I voted for the slurry simply because I wouldn't have any confidence in the expired vials building up to a reasonable cell count by tomorrow (today?). 500 mL of normal slurry should be plenty of yeast even if the viability is a bit off.

FWIW, I just repitched some W206 (allegedly the same strain) that was 35 days old. The lag period was disconcertingly long (48-60 hr) but it's now five days later and nearly at FG. I did over pitch a little (1.8 M/mL-°P) to compensate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: APA without dry hopping
« on: June 05, 2016, 06:47:28 AM »
I do around 6 g/L (1.5 lb/bbl) total late hopping, although that's split between 15 min and whirlpool additions. 30 min whirlpool starting at 91°C and dropping to ~85°C.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen Classic Sale
« on: June 04, 2016, 07:22:07 PM »
Just in case anyone's more budget-conscious, their RT600C, which has essentially the same specs, is still on sale for $19.

The Pub / Re: Brewery Visitor
« on: June 01, 2016, 06:10:13 PM »
It was a blast! And there are two other breweries literally on either side, so you don't have to drink Keith's beer!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration with Whisper Aquarium Pump
« on: June 01, 2016, 02:29:30 PM »
With the air pump, let it go as long as you like.  An inline filter is important.

When I use the pump, I run it until foam comes out of the fermenter.

I'll second all that. At least with my setup, it's pretty obvious when the wort is getting close to saturation - for a few minutes, almost no bubbles make it to the surface, but at around 10 min it's climbing out of the bucket.

Alright can someone explain the importance of the stainless steel stone?

It doesn't have to be stainless; I use the cheap plastic ones from the pet shop and just throw them out every couple batches. The important thing is that it can be sanitized.

There's an annoying spelling error in the doc: "A gelatin solution of 1/4 teaspoon combined in 1/4 cup hot water was added to one carboy while approximately 1/t teaspoon BioFine was added to the other carboy"

How much is 1/t?

It's been corrected to 1/4 tsp. Which is about half the minimum recommended dose (30 mL/bbl), assuming my math is right.

Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:54:33 AM »
As one data point, I made about that as lead cellarman at a mid-size production brewery.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewometer
« on: May 14, 2016, 09:20:32 PM »
Don't know anything about its accuracy and reliability, but the price point is very reasonable.

Dang, really?! If I'd known they would sell at that price I would have started making these a couple years ago.

Are you around next weekend, by the way? I'll be in town for a wedding.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Iodine vs Starsan
« on: May 14, 2016, 05:20:00 PM »
Iodophors are great; they're actually more broad-spectrum than acid sanitizers like Star San. But either is plenty effective for brewing use (when used properly, of course). Iodophor effectiveness can be accurately gauged by its color; Star San needs to be checked for pH. Iodophor can only be stored in an open container for a few hours to a day, but Star San leaves a residue on plastics. It's pretty much a toss-up.

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