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All Grain Brewing / Re: Vienna Lager (pic)
« on: November 12, 2011, 06:10:00 PM »
Jealous... I have everything ready to go, but I need some snow to melt, or at least for the wind to die down for a day. Fingers crossed for Monday/Tuesday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: bad starter?
« on: November 12, 2011, 02:16:18 PM »
Have you checked the gravity of the starter? They certainly can ferment out in <24 hours.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Too Little Time for a Cream Ale?
« on: November 12, 2011, 12:18:00 PM »
Unless they're dry-hopped, I'm drinking most of my average-gravity ales in the 15-20 day range. Standard pitching rate, it should reach FG after 3-4 days. Cold crash it about day 7, rack to keg around day 10, shake it to carbonate for 2-3 days, let it rest 2-3 days to clear, pour off sediment and start serving. Using a fairly flocculent yeast strain (1272 for most things), the beer will be bright by that point - no filtration or finings required.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did I Just Ruin My Wort?
« on: November 12, 2011, 08:24:01 AM »
The reason I am worried about the wort that I aerated with the yeast in it is everything I have read has told me NOT to do that once the yeast is pitched.

They may have meant not to *oxygenate* once the yeast has been pitched. Pure O2 is pretty toxic.

I know I wont get the right flavor profile as a true Belgian, but that doesnt matter to me as long as the beer is drinkable!

In that case, go ahead. It will be drinkable. But it will have almost nothing in common with a Belgian-style Dubbel.

The Pub / Re: Black friday
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:53:25 PM »
Man, I was working at Wal-Mart the year they started opening at 5 AM, and I thought *that* was absurd.

The Pub / Re: CD to mp3
« on: November 11, 2011, 05:51:14 PM »
the easiest route is to use a DAC

Not being an audiophile, maybe this is a stupid question. What's the advantage of a DAC over just using a 3.5 mm to RCA adapter cable?

« on: November 11, 2011, 05:46:02 PM »
For fly sparging, 60 min is typical.

The Pub / Re: Hops spill brews a 10-car pileup
« on: November 11, 2011, 11:54:58 AM »
who's != whose

Speaking of bad reporting. I mean, it's a 117-word article. How long would it have taken someone to proofread it?

The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 11, 2011, 11:49:06 AM »
"You know, several, you know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported."

Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: November 11, 2011, 10:28:33 AM »
Maybe both, actually. At 5% AA the bittering addition would be ~30 IBU, so I'd probably drop it to 1 oz at 5% AA. I'd get rid of the flameout addition, and maybe even the 15 min addition, depending on what you're going for.

Beer Recipes / Re: I need something for the masses
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:07:41 AM »
I think that'll be too hoppy for the BMC crowd.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching 2 Smack Packs vs Creating a Starter
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:04:10 AM »
With the Wyeast smack packs, it's essentially the same thing. If the packs swell, you know you have viable yeast, so the starter is just there to increase the cell count.

With White Labs vials, you really have no way to test viability other than to make a starter.

Two packs/vials is about right for an average-gravity (1.050-1.060) ale, BTW. For higher-gravity ales or any lager, you'd need more.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 11, 2011, 08:43:54 AM »
but can it keep batches and recipe multiple versions etc separate?

You can log as many batches/versions of a recipe as you like. All you have to do is enter the date, and then in the recipe list you can sort by date to go through your past brews in chronological order. You can even enter the time of day, if you do multiple batches per day.

Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 10, 2011, 04:57:45 PM »
I haven't tried BeerSmith, but I use BeerTools Pro and I'd imagine that functionally they're almost identical. For me, the big advantage in using software isn't recipe formulation, since those calculations are pretty simple, but having it log my brew sessions and deduct from inventory automatically. Not having to break out the scale to figure out whether or not I can brew the next batch is a big plus for me.

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