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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-pitching technique...
« on: November 14, 2011, 05:30:26 PM »
If you're going to be pitching it in the next week or so I wouldn't bother with a starter. Just pitch about 75 mL of packed slurry per 5 gal of average-gravity ale.

I like to rinse the yeast cake upon harvesting to remove any trub or hop particles to mitigate any potential bacterial infection.

That's an interesting thought. Is your concern that the trub might be contaminated (which seems unlikely since it's been boiled), or that it might be a food source for bacteria?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-pitching technique...
« on: November 14, 2011, 04:43:44 PM »
How much do you have, and how long are you going to store it before re-pitching?

Going Pro / Re: Scaling recipes
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:40:55 PM »
There aren't any chemical effects IME. You just need to make adjustments to fit the equipment, like changing to any other brew system, regardless of scale. Your boil-off will probably be proportionally less, for example.

Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for a holiday spiced ale recipe!
« on: November 14, 2011, 03:38:00 PM »
You need to decide on the base beer recipe first. Then the most fool-proof way to do it is to steep the spices in vodka for a few days, and when you pull a gravity sample post-fermentation, add the vodka a little at a time until the spice flavor is at the level you want. Then calculate the amount of vodka needed to dose the entire batch to that level, and just pour it in the fermenter, keg, or bottling bucket.

As far as spices, I use (by weight):
2 parts grated ginger
2 parts whole clove
1 part cinnamon stick
1 part grated nutmeg

A total of 30 g is about right for a 5.5 gal batch IMO.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Rasputin
« on: November 13, 2011, 06:59:43 PM »
I don't drink RIS often, but when I do it's almost always Old Rasputin.

Stay thirsty, Denny.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Vienna Lager (pic)
« on: November 13, 2011, 01:10:00 AM »
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, 09:16:18 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, 07:18:00 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, 03:24:01 PM »
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 12, 2011, 12:53:25 AM »
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 12, 2011, 12:51:14 AM »
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 12, 2011, 12:46:02 AM »
For fly sparging, 60 min is typical.

The Pub / Re: Hops spill brews a 10-car pileup
« on: November 11, 2011, 06:54:58 PM »
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, 06:49:06 PM »
"You know, several, you know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported."

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