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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: October 06, 2015, 09:40:44 AM »
Denny has a good point about the certainty with which Mark makes some statements.  I think it can be off putting at times, particularly to newer brewers or people who don't spend as much time on here as some of us.

I did not see any objecting when Keith basically called IPA and stout newbie poser beers.

I am not attempting to be off putting.  A lot of unqualified data enters this hobby as fact when people refuse to stand up and claim that the emperor has no clothes.   What Dave Line said about animals does have merit.  I own goldens, and I can say without reservation that brewing with them in the house is much more challenging than it was when I owned non-shedding breeds.  Is it possible to brew with animals in the house? Absolutely  Do animals add complexity to the equation? Absolutely  Wild microflora rides through the air on house dust.  Anything that increases the amount of house dust in a house increases the possibility of infection.  Animals increase the amount of house dust in a house, and so do people.

I bathe my dogs in Star San to avoid such a problem

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New starter procedure trial
« on: September 29, 2015, 08:13:52 AM »
So could there be an advantage in this technique if you added pure O2 to the wort via a stone, or to the deadspace prior to shaking, or would that be unnecessary?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PBW Alternative?
« on: September 23, 2015, 07:11:38 PM »
I have used Easy Clean and liked it. I am currently trying Oxiclean and don't really like the slippery feeling it leaves. I usually give it a quick rinse to loose that feel but prefer Easy Clean. I haven't use PBW because of price.

Might have to give the Craftmeister stuff a try.

Do you use the Craftmeister product in similar quantities to PBW?  If so:

Craftmeister = 5 lbs for $32.99 = $6.60/lb (their web site)
PBW = 8 lbs for $49.95 = $6.24/lb (High Gravity)

If it works better or you use less, it is cheaper or more efficacious. 

Otherwise, its a wash (pun intended)

The most important tip is #1. 

Don't worry about it.  Sparge until you get the pre-boil gravity you desire and don't worry so much about the volume whether a little high or low.  Your goal is to make good beer.  Adjust any other additions on your kettle volume.

If things are really off, proceed to tip #2.

Very interesting.  Obviously a LOT of work to tally and interpret all those stats.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile Importance
« on: August 16, 2015, 04:36:34 PM » need to boil with campden tablets at the very least prior to mash out...
I have been adding Campden to my brew water in the HLT prior to transferring to the MLT to remove chloramine. No boiling. Have I been doing it wrong?

You don't need to boil water with Campden tablets to remove chloramines.  Just add it.  It works very quick.  Here is a link to a great source about it:


All allowing a starter to ferment past high krausen does is waste ergosterol and UFA reserves because the mother cells that were in suspension while O2 was still in solution share the ergosterol and UFA reserves that they built with their daughter cells.   High krausen occurs as the culture reaches maximum cell density.  All replication beyond this point is for replacement only, which means that we are wasting ergosterol and UFAs when we allow a starter to ferment out.

So if I were to cold crash a starter at high Krausen would that be a reasonable option for those of us that get into scheduling problems as and have to make a starter several days in advance?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: maiden voyage white labs pure pitch
« on: July 23, 2015, 04:01:22 AM »
The White Labs website says 2.5 Billion cells per ml.

 Anyone know the volume of the package?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Magic: Taste the Magic
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:49:48 AM »
Since one of the main reasons we do decoction mashes is to increase melanoidins and malt flavors by boiling the decoction, how is that different than boiling in the kettle?  Does the presence of the grain help it? 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:10:41 PM »
FWIW, according the NHC Gambrinus page, BN was second to the last in points per entry at 0.0391 (PPE).  Quaff was last at 0.030. 

I question the data a bit because if you back into the total entries (Total Points/PPE = Total entries) the total entries for BN = 4,347 and Quaff = 5400 - more than the total entries of the competition if you maximize each 1st round site at 750 (12X750 = 9000).

Maybe someone could check my math......

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:12:17 PM »
With the exception of the first 2 chapters, Modern Homebrew Recipes is going to be more of a reference book than a cover to cover reader.  I received mine last weekend (preordered with Amazon).  I've gotten through part of it and it appears it is going to be an excellent resource (there may have a lot of similar beers in the up-coming comps).

My favorite book that has been recently published is the American Sour Beers by Michael Tonsmiere.  You may already have it. It is well written and very informative.  Easily the best of the recent Brewer Publication books of late.  If you don't already have it I highly recommend.


Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:25:44 PM »
I like the drive you have set up.  Less bulky than the fly wheel I have.  Any problems with it?

Pimp My System / Re: New base for my Schmidling Malt Mill
« on: June 01, 2015, 09:56:08 AM »
Speaking of hoppers, what type of Hoppers have Malt Mill owners made?  I have just attached a wastepaper basket to the top and it works fine except that the last bit at the bottom has to be swept into the mill making it a little bit of a hassle.  I have been planning on replacing it for something a bit more functional, but it has been on the back burners for a while.

Anyone care to share their creativity?



Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 23, 2015, 09:07:17 AM »
Come to think of it, if I was a Steward, I could bug all of those guys.  Maybe that's what I'll do next time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:26:35 PM »
Judging at the NHC finals is one of the coolest things I have gotten to do....twice.  It was certainly not a burden.  You meet other judges from all over the country(ies) and sometimes you sit at a table with someone like John Palmer.  Hard to beat that!

Hell, I would pay to do it......

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