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The Pub / Re: Movie soundtracks
« on: January 03, 2017, 06:22:24 PM »
   I meant to include the qualifier of soundtracks that had an original score written specifically for the film. Would you listen to your suggested best just as a work of music, driving in your vehicle or sitting in your easy chair reading a homebrew magazine?

In that case, it is without question Basil Poledoris's The Hunt for Red October. As runner up I'll take Evita.

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If I'm interpreting this correctly, adding ";all" to the URL of the Unread link should do what you want:

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?action=unread;all

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Pressure Regulator Advice
« on: December 13, 2016, 03:19:26 PM »
SOP for setting a regulator:

Close valve to keg(s).
Turn down regulator until it reads zero and/or begins leaking gas.
SLOWLY increase to desired pressure.
Open valve to keg(s).

If the needle doesn't come back up to the set point within a few minutes, the regulator is defective or you're out of gas.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lower brewhouse efficiency
« on: December 13, 2016, 11:45:47 AM »
Which will lower your efficiency by collecting less wort.  Round and round we go....

True, but probably not by a significant amount on a moderate-gravity beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lower brewhouse efficiency
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:50:40 AM »
Pre boil gravity was around 1.050
Gravity going into the fermentor was 1.059
Preboil volume was around 8.1 gallons

Assuming those numbers are correct, your post-boil volume was ~6.9 gal, and the problem is simply starting with too much wort in the kettle. If the recipe you're brewing is based on a 5 gal volume, then you need to start with ~6.2 gal to boil down to that (based on 1.2 gal boiloff for this batch).

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st runnings gravity reading
« on: December 11, 2016, 08:58:27 AM »
The chart should work pretty well. If you want to plug in some different assumptions I have a calculator that's a little more flexible: http://seanterrill.com/batchsparge

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Lower brewhouse efficiency
« on: December 11, 2016, 08:10:30 AM »
What was the pre-boil gravity? Yes, it will increase throughout the boil as water evaporates. What was the post-boil volume?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cold crashing yeast starters
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:05:17 AM »
1272 should be good to go after an overnight crash, at least in my experience. If I find myself in your situation I generally just store the wort cold overnight and pitch the next morning.

Unfortunately, he won't be putting in to cold crashing by night since he just made the starter at noon. But it may be a good idea as stated above to cold crash it in the morning, then pitch later that night (or next morning) if you can.

The way I read it, he was brewing the day after the starter prep, so pitching the day after brewing would be a full day on the stir plate (or whatever) plus an overnight cold crash.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cold crashing yeast starters
« on: December 07, 2016, 10:45:51 AM »
1272 should be good to go after an overnight crash, at least in my experience. If I find myself in your situation I generally just store the wort cold overnight and pitch the next morning.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yellowhammer Belgian White
« on: December 05, 2016, 12:20:48 PM »
I find that all my beers have a "tap water character" to them.

Is he cleansing his palate with liquor? I didn't know Taaka made a gin...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starter Question
« on: November 19, 2016, 10:30:28 AM »
So a 1500ml starter is really more like 1725ml? 1500ml of water + 5oz DME + 125ml yeast pack.

You're probably over-thinking this a bit. For starters (pun very much intended), being off by ±20% on your pitching rate is totally normal and no big deal. But 1500 mL water with 5 oz DME dissolved in it will be more like 1550 mL of wort.

Target OG is 1.078, not sure about pitch rate, BS says I need 280.1 billion cells

Figuring 5 gal wort, that's 280 billion / (19 L * 19°P) = 0.78 M/mL-°P, so you're probably targeting the standard (ale) rate. A 1500 mL starter with a fresh pack should be just about right, final count-wise.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash thickness
« on: November 19, 2016, 10:14:54 AM »
Playing devil's advocate, why not mash all the grain together? Or use enough strike liquor to account for the total grain bill?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pumpkin Ale
« on: November 15, 2016, 06:50:41 PM »
After tweaking my pumpkin beer the last few years I took a total flyer and brewed a pumpkin dubbel yesterday. No spices, but 1 lb pumpkin per gallon. The 2 hr lauter was just my special reward...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast strains
« on: November 12, 2016, 11:08:28 AM »
Sean, I would think the biggest concern with blending those two strains would be harvesting since the 3522 is so much more flocculant.

That's actually why I use it; the 1214 gets caught up in the flocs and the beer drops bright with just a couple days of crashing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast strains
« on: November 11, 2016, 12:29:47 PM »
Do you repitch that?  If so, does it stay consistent?

Good results so far; tomorrow will be pitch #4 which is the furthest I've gone yet, and it's a high-gravity dubbel so it should be a good test. I would expect that over time the 3522 would dominate since it's the faster fermenter, but who knows? I keep the cultures separate so that I can play with the ratio and I may end up reducing the 3522 since it's mostly there to aid in flocculation.

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