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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: W34/70 vs S-189
« on: November 24, 2016, 12:18:55 PM »
I'm a big fan of 37/70, but I used s-189 for my last lager and I will definitely use it again. It might even become my go-to yeast for lagers. I pitched at around 9C and ramped up over 5 or 6 days to 18 (the temp in my cellar), went on vacation, kegged it when I got back and put it in the fridge for about 3 weeks at 6-ish, then tapped. It's possibly the best lager I've brewed and definitely had the most authentic Germanic lageriness of the lagers I've brewed.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First all-grain, water concern
« on: September 08, 2016, 11:51:52 AM »
You softener should have a bypass setting (knob, lever or something). Try to bypass it and taste the water. If it tastes ok, try brewing with the unsoftened water or even try half-and-half (which I've done often). I've also done brews with 100% softened water and they turned out fantastic. Granted, the softening settings on my softener are set pretty low.   

... Suspicious first post.

Indeed. First and, so far, only post.

When craft breweries sell out, it allows ME to remain steadfast in the brewing of my own. I'll start worrying when the various maltings, hops growers, etc monopolize.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:58:43 AM »
Over here in the UK, we have some show about wine.  I reckon a similar format for beer with a slot about homebrewing could work.

Yeah, that was my point. One can brew a lot of batches in the amount of time it takes to grow an eggplant (aubergine). If anybody can pull it off, the BBC can. Actually, maybe I should say, If anybody would be willing to take a subject that would normally result in incredibly boring television and make a program anyway, the BBC would.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why no home brew TV shows?
« on: August 25, 2016, 11:01:54 AM »
The BBC should be able to pull it off. They manage to have shows about lambing and a competition program about gardening.

The Pub / Re: Espresso machines
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:59:05 AM »
Just get the freshest and best coffee beans on the planet, and a very good grinder. Then you can make fabulous coffee with your grandmother's stockings.

I agree the coffee makes all the difference. However the preparation is also important. I like espresso but it hasn't replaced my simple single cup hand pour. That makes the best coffee for my tastes. I like the Aeropress but think the hand pour is still better. I'm not a big fan of the flavor of press pot coffee but will drink it that way from to time (used to be my go to preference.)

Anything is better than preground nasty hotel coffee.

I might have more in common with homoeccentricus than I care to admit.

I agree that process is also important. Since my espresso machine died (Gaggia Baby Class), I've been using an Aeropress. I think I've found a good balance between simplicity and flavor, the key being temperature. I think the same goes with press pot coffee. As homebrewers, we have cool tools on hand like a Thermapen. My Thermapen gets more use with coffee than beer these days. 

Oh, and on roasters... I've been doing the hot air popcorn popper method for years. The volume is too low for hardcore drinkers, but it works.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why Do You Homebrew?
« on: July 27, 2016, 09:27:53 AM »
The fact that it's a hobby helps to offset the costs of equipment while the reward of the hobby is high quality beer for less.

^^Well, said, this. And the instances of paying too much money for mediocre beer are becoming too frequent. I brew what I like and I like what I brew.

All Things Food / Re: Pressure Cooker
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:59:57 PM »
I bit the bullet on an Instant Pot IP-Duo60 about 6 months ago and have never looked back. I love it. I can have a bag of dry beans ready to eat in about 45 minutes including ramp-up time. Downside: It's not recommended for canning. Upside: It can work as a slow cooker as well.

Cooking with a pressure cooker definitely takes some getting used to and I'm still learning.

Zymurgy / Zymurgy App - Rotate?
« on: July 08, 2016, 09:53:08 AM »
Are there any plans to update the app? I've never had a problem on Android, but it drives me insane that it's portrait-only. If it could rotate into landscape mode, I could actually read it at the table while enjoying coffee or breakfast (most tables covers only prop up the tablet in landscape mode). If that were implemented, I would have no problem going mobile-only.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 24, 2016, 10:05:39 AM »
The airlock was bubbling away in less than 24 hours. Relax and all that...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 06:19:32 PM »
I would "proof" it by hydrating and seeing if it foams. If so, fire away.

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Puffed up like a meringue.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 06:05:21 PM »
I rehydrated and pitched it. If I don't see any activity in a day or two, I'll toss in the K-97.

Man, it was one problem after another today. I still managed to hit my numbers and I'm sure beer will happen.

Yeast and Fermentation / How old is too old S-04?
« on: June 19, 2016, 11:54:01 AM »
I'm getting ready to pitch a packet of Fermentis S-04 into a 1.045 20L batch and I just noticed that the date is June 2015. Oops. One year past the expiration. Mr. Malty says I'll need 72 packets of this stuff. I'm using production date of June 2013. What do you think? Pitch it anyway?

I have a fresh K-97 to use in a pinch, but I was hoping for a more Englishy beer.


Supposedly the only sake the Japanese will drink warm is the bottom shelf crap. If it's good stuff, you're ruining it by warming it up.

Beer Travel / Re: Berlin
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:56:37 AM »
You didn't give much notice. I hope you found some good stuff. For future reference, here are some suggestions I recently gave a friend: - Strange little place, a little smokey, but the beer is solid. Probably the best I've had in Berlin. My friend has had good experiences there as well. - Great little beer bar, serving only quality German beers. Some meaty food options as well. Very cool people running the place. - Pretty cool hipster craft beer bar. Very well chosen selection. If they have Spent Brewers Collective beers, go with those. - The beers are actually not very good, but the location is cool. They're in a fairly trendy market hall with lots of good, cheap food options. Beware - the food stalls close pretty early.

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