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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cornelius vs firestone
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:46:40 AM »
What do most homebrewers use... ball or pin lock soda kegs?  What would you recommend I purchase?

If you know other homebrewers that keg, you might want to use what they use. If you don't, then it doesn't matter much. Pin locks are usually much cheaper. All of the brand new kegs being sold are ball lock and eventually that may be all that is available.  If you get threaded disconnects though, it isn't hard to swap them out.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lesson Learned...
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:41:40 AM »
I think the "airborne wild yeast" thing is kind of a myth.  I bet the equipment in lambic and other wild fermented breweries is coated with the organisms those breweries want, and it gets innoculated mostly from contact with the equipment and only minimally from exposure to air. A friend tried to do what you did and ended up with 5 gallons of acetone.
Dogfish has done a few experiments with isolating wild yeasts and never had luck with airborne microflora. The yeasts they've used were usually collected directly from fruit - rotting fruit from what I hear (I know the lady who isolated their DNA yeast).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I vacuum seal yeast?
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:30:24 AM »
Well I'm sure you can, but the real question is will it benefit the yeast during storage? I don't know the answer to that. Actually, I don't know what the benefit would be - so - What benefit do you think you'll get?

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 17, 2013, 08:57:32 PM »
Did you get the free promo rack they're advertising? I've been wondering what you need to do to get it.

I just ordered two of them.  To get the free promo rack, a friend needs to place an order within 72 hours of yours, and they need to click "add a note for the seller" and enter your email address.

Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:37:48 PM »
On another note, some of us are thinking about taking Amtrak from Lynchburg, Va into Philly. Appears to be only $55 round trip. My question is for people in Philly, which stop should we get off on in Philly? One is called "North Philadelphia" and the other is "30th Street". Which one is closer to the hotel? How far away is it, would we ned a

See answer on other post.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:36:54 PM »
30th Street is about 10 blocks away. North Philly is really far.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Can I vacuum seal yeast?
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:32:51 PM »
Do you mean a yeast slurry?

Ingredients / Re: Polenta
« on: February 16, 2013, 11:38:03 AM »
I think you're correct on the instant polenta.  If it cooks in <5 minutes I doubt it will be a problem in an hour long mash.

Going Pro / Re: Yeast Nutrient
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:23:43 AM »
I think the biggest difference would be that pro-brewers are more likely to re-use their yeast, so they'd want to take extra steps to make sure they are harvesting healthy yeast. Of course, homebrewers who harvest yeast would want to do the same, but more homebrewers are one and done with yeast.
I suppose yeast might react differently to the large scale environment too.

Equipment and Software / Re: Banjo Burner Issue...
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:20:15 AM »
Nice. I like the heat deflector on your valve too.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Two Tap Kegging setup Question
« on: February 16, 2013, 08:54:51 AM »
The cheapest and easiest setup would be one CO2 bottle feeding a single output regulator, feeding a dual output manifold.
This is what I have for four taps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermax Yeast Nutrient
« on: February 15, 2013, 11:51:45 AM »
It's for the yeast, so it doesn't really matter when you add it. I don't think boiling hurts it, so you could add it beginning, middle, end of boil, in the fermentor. Same effect. Just pick what is convenient for you. I like to throw nurtients, irish moss, etc in the bowl with my flavor hop addition if I'm using one. That way I can't forget it.

The Pub / Re: Pub blather
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:56:34 AM »
A guy walks into a bar.
He says "OUCH".

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:54:45 AM »
I just received my order of 3 FastRacks and 1 tray that I placed last week.  Very sturdy racks.  Looking forward to using soon.
Did you get the free promo rack they're advertising? I've been wondering what you need to do to get it.

Going Pro / Re: Business Plan
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:38:53 AM »
From a competition standpoint I wonder whether the instructors will look kindly on your idea of outsourcing production for most of your product. I'm not sure what the requirements are for the assignment or who judges the competition but it seems like the kind of thing that wouldn't score big points in a competition unless you could articulate the economic advantage of that arrangement.
It worked for Boston Beer Co. It is definately economically viable and the whole point of a business plan is to show economic advantage anyway.

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