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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Harvest
« on: May 22, 2013, 08:41:14 AM »
Only at the lab on 3 ml cultures.  The biggest centrifuge I know about in our building will handle maybe 250 mls per container.  Here is a pic of the inside of one of those that broke - good thing the outside remained intact while the inside shredded itself.  The size of centrifuge you would need to pellet yeast in a 5-gallon batch . . .

My old boss was a mechanical engineer who previously worked for Dupont designing centrifuges. He told me stories about doing this on purpose to test the housings.  Fun!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First beer taste
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:25:02 AM »
If it tastes good at bottling you're definately doing it right! There is some old homebrew myth that beer needs some age, but I think most of that is bad techniques creating flavors that need time to age out. We know better now.

The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:10:48 AM »
Doesn't look anything like it to me. Line weight is different. 9 doesn't connect the loop, I would never mistake the two.
Three dominant graphic elements -  The font is nearly identical. The green is within the color pallette Magic Hat normally uses. And many Magic Hat logos use a starburst. I wouldn't confuse it with the #9 label specifically, but if I saw that label from a distance I'd probably think it was Magic Hat one-off. 

Beer Recipes / Re: ESB suggestion - Victory or no?
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:01:31 AM »
Not for today, but I'd try floor malted marris otter to increase breadiness and keep it simple.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Ideal bottle conditioning temp
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:56:29 AM »
30°C (86°F) is pretty standard for breweries that bottle condition. You're definitely in the ballpark.

Wow.  I had no idea it was that warm.....
Yeah, they want quick turnaround. Space and time are money.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: SS Bottles
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:54:56 AM »
If somebody would sell blank aluminum bottle-cans. I think they'd do well. Similar purpose - you can bring them places that glass bottles aren't allowed - but at a much lower price. I suppose the liner might not last through multiple fillings and that's where stainless has an advantage. But it's an expensive advantage.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Harvest
« on: May 16, 2013, 04:13:47 AM »
Yes, and I'm doing cell counts with a flow cytometer O0

- Sent by my R2 unit

Classifieds / Club T-shirts
« on: May 15, 2013, 02:26:14 PM »
Delmarva United Homebrewers is getting club T-shirts for NHC. Since this is the coolest forum out there, I'll let you guys in if you want to get one. You can order through this link and I'll ship it too you (don't choose the local pickup option though.)  We're ordering next week (this page will only be available until then) and the shirts will be ready in early June.
This is the shirt design.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:33:46 AM »
If I were looking to buy a bottle tree, I'd probably get this instead. I have a red bottle tree and it takes up space and only holds 45 bottles. An inconvenient number since a 5 gallon batch is ~52 12oz bottles.

My bottle tree is expandable; just unscrew the top hub/handle and screw on another "wheel" of nine drying "branches". When I got it, it had five wheels that could hold 45 bottles; I added another to get to 54 to handle a 5 gallon batch.
I've been wanting to do that, but can't find single "layers" for sale. Do you know where to get them?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:14:21 AM »
Some dishwashers have a sanitize setting that super-heats the water to kill bugs. It won't work in a dishwasher with regular hot water.
My problem is that I usually just filled the dishwasher while clearing the counter for bottling equipment.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:56:42 AM »
Perhaps contact him directly then. Tell him you want to organize an event that is legal under that part of the law and ask what is required. At least it will make him think about it.  Maybe you just need to make each meeting a "competition". Each person brings beer to sample, everyone votes, and the winner each month gets a certificate.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:45:12 AM »
It sure seems like the ABC rep is wrong from the highlighted quote below.  Maybe try contacting someone else for clarification - someone above him at ABC or one of your state legislators.
s 4.1-200 Exemptions from licensure.

The licensure requirements of this chapter shall not apply to:
6. Any person who manufactures at his residence or at a gourmet brewing shop for domestic consumption at his residence, but not to be sold, dispensed or given away, except as hereinafter provided, wine or beer or both, in an amount not to exceed the limits permitted by federal law.

Any person who manufactures beer in accordance with this subdivision may remove from his residence an amount not to exceed fifteen gallons of such beer on any one occasion for (i) personal or family use, provided such use does not violate the provisions of this title or Board regulations; (ii) giving to any person to whom beer may be lawfully sold an amount not to exceed seventy-two ounces per person per year, provided such gift is for noncommercial purposes; or (iii) giving to any person to whom beer may lawfully be sold a sample of such beer, not to exceed two ounces by volume for on-premises consumption at events organized for judging or exhibiting such beer, including events held on the premises of a retail licensee. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to authorize the sale of such beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bottling prep
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:28:51 AM »
I tried to drink the last few ounces out of my bottling bucket last night.
Note: bottling buckets are too wide to make good cups.

The Pub / Re: A Free Kindle Book
« on: May 14, 2013, 07:13:30 AM »
Sweet. I like free, and beer, and free beer.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Problem with club growth in VA
« on: May 13, 2013, 12:33:46 PM »
Maybe you could find a restaurant without a liquor license to host. I'm assuming that the problem is with bringing unlicensed alcohol into a licensed place, so a place with no license might not need to worry. Granted, those locations might not be "cool" locations for a meeting and they probably aren't common anyway.

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