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The Pub / Re: Give it up for Michael Jackson....
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:46:56 AM »
I appropriated some unused servers for a project one time only to discover that their host names were BillieJean, Thriller, BeatIt, etc. In keeping with the MJ theme (almost) I renamed them Avery, DryDock, LeftHand, etc. The big slow hunk of junk with all the disk drives we used for backup on that project got renamed to Coors.
Awesome :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: cold crashing process
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:53:43 AM »
Thanks for the info. I have been doing all 5 gallon batches so far and have not had a yeast starter greater than 5 gallons. Wasn't sure if I should be cold crashing or not.

Do you use mostly DME when making the starter? I read that your starter should match the sugar profile of the wort as the yeast adapt to the environment of the starter, and if these environments are not the same, this can inhibit fermentation. If so, how do you determine what to make the starter with?

Just about everybody uses plain DME. I wouldn't recommend using simple sugar in your starter, even if you will end up using some in the finished beer. Saccharomyces strains shouldn't have any problems consuming simple sugars, so there's no need to get them accustomed to them in your starter.
Right, there will be no issue for the yeast to ferment sucrose or glucose, they don't need to get used to it.  DME is the way to go for starters.

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Saw this hit the news earlier today... Apparently they are revising the proposed new rules...

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20140403/articles/140409816
That's potentially good news, but I am confident they will manage to screw it up somehow.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager starter and krausen.
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:34:58 PM »
It's hard to say.  Decanting after only a few hours could have been the problem, did it drop clear in that time?

The dead yeast will drop out first, that's for sure.  I would have expected the next round to start faster, but activity with lager yeast can be hard to judge.  I think you're doing about the only thing you can do right now, I hope it works out.

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Ingredients / Re: What's your favorite maris otter...
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:23:02 PM »
I use either Crisp or TF all of the time, they're both great.  I haven't used Warminster at all.

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The Pub / Re: Dammit Florida!
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:13:50 PM »
Damn, they're shooting themselves in the foot.  Nothing like shutting down breweries in the state.  That's just crazy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:00:41 PM »
Didn't look like a joke to me.  I've seen that level of quality, and worse, from real competitions.

That scares me. I made it up to be humorous and took a photo. My goal is to do better than that in reality.
Yeah, I thought it was a real one too. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Two great links
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:55:15 PM »
The first one is just plain ol' entertaining "Washington State Beer Scene in 1984": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UVRrmddhKc
I love it!  Charles Finkel is a legend, he founded the beer importer Merchant du Vin and owns Pike Brewing.  Man, he looks young!  They all do, a lot of those people are still active in the local beer scene. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Yeast Hypothesis
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:30:07 PM »
However, the ARS NRRL only ships to laboratories. 
Are you looking to get something and lacking a lab?  If you want to pay, I can order it for you and send it to you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:01:12 PM »
Pencils smell like cedar, especially when they are just sharpened.  Try it.

You are allowed to use scratch paper of course, but I would discourage it.  You are trying to get your thoughts down completely and quickly.  You can't spend 20 minutes judging a single beer.

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Equipment and Software / brew nanny
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:58:34 PM »
These things are pretty cool, but really pricey.  I wonder how many they will sell.

http://www.cnet.com/news/a-good-brewnanny-is-easy-to-find/

And is it me, or does it look like the carboy is moldy?  :o

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:15:42 PM »
As an entrant, I always treat the erased pencil marks as my true scores.  I sometimes wish that the judges wouldn't erase so hard so that I could actually read their original scores.

Sometime erasing can be problematic

Ha!  Strange rubbery odor indeed.  It smells like pencil eraser. ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgot to Dry Hop
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:53:46 PM »
One ounce per gallon is a lot of hops for dry hopping.  But still, trying to do anything would probably make it worse.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer infected?
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:51:16 PM »
It's surprisingly good! I had it in Seattle at NHC. Balanced flavors.  :)

Me too.  That booth had some really good beers at Club Night.
Apparently you're not too old to remember a sip of beer during a beer conference two years ago. Great! ;) 
Was that the one where you brought the Cross Dressing Amateurs beer?

There's another one I remember.  San Diego, Tom made a Black IPA with sinamar, which, to me was still too roasty.
That was the same the same conference - I'm pretty sure you tried the sour first Jeff. :)

Maybe.  Weren't there 45 taps on that cooler?
Something like that.  Drew built it, he would know the count better than I would.

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Beer Recipes / Re: 1st Barleywine
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:50:10 PM »
Out of curiosity, if it is glorious now why not just bottle it and start drinking it?  You can save some to see how it ages, and still enjoy it now.

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