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scottish 80/- here. I think the rye stout is about to kick so I might have to brew next weekend to. what a bummer ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP007 - how cold?
« on: April 25, 2012, 08:57:20 AM »
I have taken that strain down just below 60* a couple times without noticable problems, but that was towards the end of the fermentation so it might have been done, it certainly flocs out well at low temps though.

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:54:10 AM »
The hallertau are troopers in less then a week I have two tall sprouts.

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Mine grow really well. Production of cones is another story.

so now I am curious. did your Hallertau not produce any cones? or just a few. I am wondering if it's a dark/light cycle thing. If a variety is bred for a certain latitude it may need more hours of darkness to really produce flowers. If this is the case you might try (and this is going to seem like a huge PITA) trying to create a light tight environment around the bine so that you can extend the hours of darkness beyond what mother nature is providing. If it works it would probably only take an extra hour or so of total darkness.

just a thought

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Buddy BCS-460 your thoughts
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:41:03 AM »
harkening back to that rules of grammer and spelling thread, I hope these guys have better syntax and grammer when programming then when writing copy.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill
« on: April 24, 2012, 11:34:28 AM »
Why didn't the CL mill work out?

Does one need a certain amount of powered drill to run a Barley Crusher?  I have a drill, never used it for my mill, but not sure it's powerful enough. 
This is the one I have:

CL mill didn't work out because the seller contacted me just before I was to meet him and said that he had someone offering $145.  Considering he originally agreed to sell it to me for $65, I told him to go ahead and sell it at $145.  Good for him, but more than I wanted to pay for what he had.  It's not an urgent piece of equipment, but something I'll be adding to my set up in the near future. 

The drill question is a good one.  I've got a couple of chord less drills, my Ryobi 18V One+ being the most powerful of the bunch.  I hope one of them will be able to run my mill when I get one.

I tried to run a mill with a cordless, not a super powerful one but I am pretty sure it was 18V. It worked... for about 5 minutes then the battery was dead. went out a got a 20$ corded drill and that works much better. Just have to feather the trigger to keep it from going to fast or binding up.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Zero Headspace in Carboy
« on: April 24, 2012, 09:55:56 AM »
It's not wort anymore.  It's beer.

It was only 'fermenting' for 12 hours at 52F.  I'll take a gravity reading.  Do you think it's not usable at this point?  Just toss it like Tom said?

I don't think it's a question of if it's usable. If your sanitation was good, and/or you boil it it will be fine. You could let it ferment out, decant, add more wort and you would have a start ready to go for you next batch.

I think Joe Sr. was refering to the idea that as soon as yeast hits the wort it becomes beer. Hence the saying that brewers make wort, yeast makes beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Growing Hops in a Half Wine Barrel
« on: April 24, 2012, 09:48:19 AM »
isn't that exciting? I planted 12 rhyzomes in the last month and of the first 5 I planted 4 had come up but I was starting to worry about number 5, last night I noticed a little shoot.

so 5 centenial, growing well. 6 cascade, in, up still looking for a real burst of growth on those though. and 1 sterling of which there is no sign  :-[ it's only been 2 weeks though so I am crossing my fingers still (makes it really hard to type!)

It's SO exciting! That is a lot of hops, where do you have them all planted? We just have the Willamette which is rocketing up, and a cascade that hasn't shown itself yet.

I have the centenials against the south facing side of the garage, the cascade on the south facing side of the house and the sterling (which popped up this weekend, yea!) on the west facing side of the house in front of the bedroom window. with luck and some time I hope the cascade and centenials will shade the house a bit and cut down on thermal gain while the sterling will provide a lovely restful aroma coming in through the bedroom window. With even more luck the hops aroma won't drug us into lethargy.  ::)

All Grain Brewing / Re: No head!?!?
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:49:09 AM »
Your wort did not get up to 216F under any kind of normal brewing conditions

A ~20°P wort at sea level would boil at 216°F. Not that that's necessarily what happened, but it wouldn't be abnormal.

okay but a 7.5 plato wort would not. So, to the OP, what's your elevation?

All Grain Brewing / Re: No head!?!?
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:03:26 PM »
I would also calibrate your thermometer.  Your wort did not get up to 216F under any kind of normal brewing conditions, let alone get there and not be visibly boiling.

I was thinking the same thing Tom, If it looked like it wasn't boiling at 216 then it was likely down in protien rest temps for a while in that sac B rest which could kill head retention.

Also soap/oil on the glass, fermenter, etc.

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 23, 2012, 03:33:11 PM »
I'd be more concerned with ordering a "pint" as advertised and being served less. Might not be a big deal to some - but its best not to deceive your consumers.

I called them out on the glass sizes once.  I had a stout in a British pint glass (with the bulb out near the top).  I told the woman behind the bar it was a 12 oz glass.

She filled one with water and poured it into one of the other standard "pint" glasses to prove it was a pint.  I told her all she did was prove that all of their glasses were 12 ounces.

She did not like me much.

I gotta ask, how did you know it was only 12 oz? did you bring a measuring cup with you? she might have been unhappy becuase you were accusing them of something they weren't doing.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:18:52 AM »
looks like a cool product. Look for vital wheat gluten and you can learn to make your own. Whole Paycheck probably has it, or look up your local healthfood/co-op food store.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Zero Headspace in Carboy
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:16:12 AM »
Well, Krausen is mostly yeast, fermenting wort is yeast/wort If you remove all the krausen you have significantly reduced the ratio of yeast to wort whereas if you pull a couple pints out now, before the krausen has formed you are pulling both and the ratio of yeast to wort has not changed. If you want the best beer possible I would pull some now.

All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:47:57 AM »
First time cooking seitan tonight. Chourizo seitan with black bean salsa over mojo rice. Came out incredible. Meals like these make me think I could actually be OK if I was a vegetarian.

seitan is great. you can grate it on a box grater and spice it up for tacos, you can stuff it and roast it with root veggies, you can chunk it up, brown in a skillet, cool and mix with dressing for a 'chicken' salad. it goes on and on. did you buy it pre-made? or start with gluten powder? If you want to get really crazy you can wash it out of whole wheat flour but that takes for friggen ever. The only shortcoming of vegetarian cooking that I have encountered is the simple dishes. although even then, a seitan cutlet sauted in butter with some mushrooms on top is pretty damn good to.

Equipment and Software / Re: My letter to SWMBO
« on: April 23, 2012, 07:36:45 AM »
Here's more progress on the fermentation chamber.  Got the foam all welded into place.  Just need to buy some hinges so I can mount the doors!

Here it is rolled under the workbench where it will stay!

Nice, looks totally at home there. as if the whole thing was one unit

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 20, 2012, 01:37:10 PM »
I think there is a parallel here with the advice one receives when the first child is on the way. It's all about how hard it is, how little sleep you will get, how much it will cost, etc. It's not that people are trying to discourage you as much as they don't want you to look back and say 'why didn't anyone tell me it would be so hard?'

It's all true, I don't sleep, have no money and have never worked so hard (a child for me, not a brewery but same same) but I wouldn't trade it. I think Major and the rest of the dream catchers on here would feel the same way about their 'babies'.

You can imagine how wonderful it will be, it's harder to imagine how hard so everyone is trying to 'help out'.

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