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The Pub / Attention Wachovia home bankers....
« on: March 25, 2011, 06:58:21 PM »
Wachovia is merging with Wells Fargo, and many if not all accounts are migrating over the middle of April. I have been getting messages about how to move my banking over to their web site, so far so good.

Buried deep in the fine print is the following statement:

Wells Fargo does things differently then Wachovia. Money scheduled for on line payment may be taken out of your account as many as five business days prior to the payment date.

I get paid on the 16th, and thus have a pile of payments scheduled for the 17th of every month.....if I hadn't noticed the crap would have hit the fan BIG TIME around the 11th, when I least need it.....

The good news is, many of my payees have agreed to move the due dates to the 24th/25th, so to a great extent I am able to pass the buck, so to speak....

I can only imagine how many people are going to fcuk this up and how many millions WF is going to make in late fees.....bastards.

Yeast and Fermentation / Starter Questions
« on: March 17, 2011, 08:54:53 AM »
OK, I need 600B cells according to Mr Malty for 10 gallons of 1.080....

I have a smack pack of Wyeast 3789-PC Trappist Blend
1 2000ml erlenmyer and a stir plate.

How do I step this up? Quantities? Schedule? Can I do this in the single erlenmeyer? If I follow Mr Malty I can do one doubling and then run out of room..... Can I let it settle, pour off the liquid and top off with fresh "wort", repeat three times?

Also, the 3789 contains Brett in addition to the regular yeast........ will this multiply as well?

Ingredients / Pale vs Pilsner
« on: March 15, 2011, 08:23:46 PM »
Hypothetical situation....

EXACT same recipe....but replace the Pilsner malt with 2 row Pale....

How much of a difference?

I know, you want more details. But lets just keep it hypothetical.

Beer Travel / To be, or not to be......
« on: March 14, 2011, 01:18:47 PM »
Stratford upon Avon, home of Shakespeare and the Shakespeare Theater Company. Just woke up from my hard earned nap. Time to head for the Dirty Duck where all the theater types hang out  and have a "real" ale....

Want to check out the wares from these guys..... looks interesting:

Will report back later.

Equipment and Software / Scaling up.......
« on: March 13, 2011, 06:52:08 PM »
No, not production.... I have small electronic scales, perfect for hops. But the max is 3 pounds and I was weighing 22 pounds of grain in batches..... it's only a matter of time before you lose count... (like last batch.....) So better scales. Got these:

What makes these 35 pounders so cool is that the face of the thing, with the buttons and gauges detaches and pulls away on a cord. I am now able to put a large tub on there and weigh out my entire grain bill..... So yesterday I actually knew how much grain went into the tun.... ;D The only drawback is that the auto power off feature is quick.... so you have to be ready to go and do it all.

For the money I recommend it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Got a break on the hot break......
« on: March 13, 2011, 03:19:12 PM »
Yesterday I cooked up 10 gallons of the WS APA.

The boil, for some reason was very civilized. The hot break was not violent, and very easy to control. I also didn't have the egg drop soup going and no "bloom" in the bottom at the end...... strange.

I did two things different from before. I mashed slightly cooler than before (152º) and I mashed 90 instead of 60 minutes, with a 15 minute batch sparge.

The 60 and 10 minute hop additions were pellets, but this time the 2 minute addition was whole hops. This of course has no effect on the hot break, but it seems like a lot of "particles" may have clung to the leaf hops. The wort came out very clean looking (not clear, but no visible particles).

Any thoughts here?

Equipment and Software / Bubble Counter.
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:11:04 PM »
Whoa..... On the Dutch forum dude describes his "bubble counter" for on the air lock. Sorry, it's in Dutch but there's good pictures. If someone here REALLY wants to get in to this, I can help establish communication.,16745.0.html

Equipment and Software / Fermentation Chambers.
« on: March 10, 2011, 07:07:23 PM »
OK, it's all up and running. Turns out disposing of the evidence of my stupidity wasn't as easy as I thought. The recycling folks wanted a sticker from a licensed refrigeration dude that the gas was out. Well, it was out. Duh! In fact I had removed the compressor. So at Lowe's I found this cute 7 cubic footer for a good price and the dude let me drop the carcas of the dead one in the back. So I broke down.....lesson learned. BUT, I now have a KILLER setup! OK, maybe one more for lagering down the line...but THAT'S IT. ;D

Equipment and Software / Fermentation Station Sanitation....
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:09:21 PM »
No I am not becoming a beer rapper.

So I had the TWO nice used chest freezers and after murdering the 15 cu I have now successfully rigged the 12cu on a two stage controller with an infrared bulb in it for heat and it is smack on 65º in there. So far so good.

But I was thinking.... (here we go again) With the lid on at 65º this is a perfect breeding ground for bugs. I hosed it down with starsan but I was wondering if I should put a very small bowl of bleach in there or something to keep the air in there sterile.

Any thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / Strange fuzz......
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:38:26 PM »
Have a German ale in secondary... (2/23/11) in a better bottle. Where the rings in the bottle are there is a ring of a white stringy fuzz.....not a lot, just a ring around the bottle, thin stringy hair running about an inch down.... odd......tough to get a picture of.... It also had a white thin foam for a while on the top after I racked it....... Do I have "visitors" ?

Anyone ever seen this?

Equipment and Software / Don't ever......
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:23:01 PM »
.......EVER drill a hole in a freezer.... not even a tiny one that JUST goes through the metal......

General Homebrew Discussion / Hops and Lattice.....
« on: March 06, 2011, 01:38:04 AM »
Will that work? I need to put two vertical 4x8 sections of lattice up to block out some crap in the neighbor's yard.....Ordered two cascade plants, wonder if they would like climbing on lattice, the pressure treated kind with approx 2x2" holes.....

General Homebrew Discussion / I'm kinda proud......
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:10:57 AM »
Since I started brewing in October I've turned on 2, and re-energized 1 colleague to the point that they brought stuff over to the barn and cooked it up. Extract for now, to be sure, but they're watching me grind and mash.......

It's a good thing.

Equipment and Software / Beer pickers!
« on: February 28, 2011, 05:07:50 AM »
SO a bud in the brew club is selling an old CO2 bottle plus regulator, some rust.....$50. I bite. Good for the shop. Purging, filtering, and on the road for parties. Go to his place, turns out he's also sitting on 2 pounds of Cascade pellets, in the freezer vacuum sealed. Just not going to use them. $20

On the way out the door I mention I'm looking for a fermenteezer..... He says, don't you know I sold one out of my mom's house to a bud recently....but he got a job as a brew master down state, and can't bring it with him....let me give him a call. An hour later the 12cuf Kenmore was in the back of my truck ($50)

Not bad for a day's pickin'.......

I got room for one more 12 cufooter, so I went ahead and ordered 2 two stage controllers.... $300 DAMN! But, that's the part you don't want to skimp on......

Loose some win some. All in all I'm moving forward.

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