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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for Pliny the Elder Clone
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:49:48 AM »
let it cool to blood temp (under 100*f) and pitch two vials of yeast into it. shake again. and then leave it somewhere where you can swirl it whenever you notice it.

Might want to at least loosen the lid after you shake it, else you may see explosive results...

good catch. although with mason jars they are designed to keep a vacuum inside. they aren't actually very good at holding positive pressure in. excess pressue slowly slips past the seal. still not a good idea to seal them with active yeast and yeast food inside.

fill the keg with sanitizer to the very tippy top brim, put the lid on and force that all out (into the next keg, a bucket or other storage device). result, sanitized, very nearly perfectly purged keg.

but yeah fill with co2, release and repeat a couple of times will get you pretty close.

I was recently schooled on this here on the forum. so as I understand it with the empty keg and/or headspace purge like this you are dilluting the air with pur c02 alot. so that each time you release the pressure there is many times less 'air' and many times more co2 left behind.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 14, 2013, 07:45:00 AM »
potatos started poking up above ground, this years potatos that is, last years started poking out about a month ago.

Got corn seed in the ground and a few strawberry starts planted.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bigfoot 2013
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:11:34 PM »
I like it fresh. Its always good but this year seems better (maybe because I did not get any last year).

hey if you've got a bottle of 2008 hanging around I'll trade you 2 2012 bottles

The Pub / Re: Making Grumpy Cat Happy
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:46:03 AM »
Is that a shark with a friggin laser?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Advice on teaching someone to brew.
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:45:01 AM »
I think it's really going to be up to him in terms of how much up front help he wants.

I recently tought a friend to brew and I asked him how he wanted to go about it.

So we started with a session just talking over the basic process and all the things to watch out for that I have come across so far. Then he asked questions and I attempted to give good answers.

then he built the recipe (he is a bit of a DIYer but a kit removes this step) and asked questions about this as he did. I looked over the recipe as he finished and asked if he wanted critique he did so we went over what I thought of the recipe. In this step it's important to remember that it's his beer and your advice should be couched in a 'This is what I would do because x...' format. Let him decide on his own if he wants to do it.

Then the brew day and I just hung out with him. helped lift heavy things and kept an eye on the brew day as it progressed so I could catch steps he might have missed.

Most important is to help your friend RDWHAHB (bring some of yours to this first brew day)

Don't get frustrated if he doesn't take all your advice and resist giving critique unless he asks for it.

after it's done sit down and drink a couple with him and see if he wants to go over the final product and ideas you have for changes/improvements.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops are coming up
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:51:56 AM »
I have this greenhouse that's attached to the front of my house.  It's not very large but during the winter it can get to over 90 degrees in there during the day (I know because there's a fan that turns on at 90 degrees). 

I'm curious if I could grow hops year round in there?  Another problem would be space to let them climb and grow, but I think I can solve that.

hops are very dependent on day light. you could keep them alive even above ground but I don't know that you would gain anything from it. they will only produce a harvest when the light/dark balance is correct (hence their dependence on latitude) but they can be above ground perennial. But they MIGHT only flower on new lateral growth (not sure about the new part, sure about the lateral part) in which case keeping the above ground portion alive year round would probably end up takeing resources away from new lateral growth.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Rate for Pliny the Elder Clone
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:48:11 AM »
+1 to amandak

starters are easy though. get a .5 gallon mason jar and put 100 grams of Dried Malt extract in the jar. add water to the 1 liter line, close up with the dome and band that came with the jar, Shake the beejeesus out of it until it's all combined, and put it in a pot of water so the water comes up to near the level of the liquid inside the jar and boil until you see good boiling action inside the jar.

One hint, if you shake for a while and then put it in the water for a while and then take it out and shake some more it's much easier to get everything to combine.

anyway, when that is done you have a very nearly sterile jar or starter wort at just about esaclty 1.037 perfect.

let it cool to blood temp (under 100*f) and pitch two vials of yeast into it. shake again. and then leave it somewhere where you can swirl it whenever you notice it.

Equipment and Software / Re: deck planter box for hop rhizome
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:39:26 AM »
I don't know how they'll do in the planter, but only put 1 rhizome in there for sure. I've read they should be planted 10 feet apart. My 2nd year Nugget hops had shoots coming up a couple feet from the rest of the plant. I imagine this year they'll grow even further from the plant site.

the 10' apart is for different varieties. you can plant rhizomes 2'-3' apart and they will be fine. If they are different varieties you are going to have a heck of a time sorting them out come harvest time and even more come root pruning time.

Ingredients / Re: Colorado Hop Garden Techniques
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:37:31 AM »
I wonder if you could simulate the 'shaded ground' thing by applying a thick layer of mulch or hay around the bottom of the vines?

you sure could. it would be a good idea. You could use a nice thick layer of well worked compost and it would be even better.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Took a Yeasty Shower
« on: March 12, 2013, 11:43:29 AM »
So I think I must be doing something wrong when I use the stopper in the racking cane CPBF. I have gotten little spritzes but never 22'!

What PSI are you dispensing at?

Wood/Casks / Re: varnish layer
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:20:49 AM »
what was it used for before you got it?

If it was recently used for sherry and the varnish is part of that process than it's probably fine but if it was varnished for display it is probably not a great bet as a barrell but I am not familiar with the process of making sherry.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle Bombs Galore
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:20:15 AM »
Did you bottle with any additional yeast?

If so was it the same strain or a different one from the original?

If the original was a lower attenuating yeast and the bottling strain was a higher attenuator you would get fermentation both from the added priming sugar and some of the remaining longer chain sugars that the original strain left behind.

so it was 'done' as far as the original strain was concerned but not the bottling strain.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:16:41 AM »
The peas are doing well. Brocolli and other mustards are all pretty much got to seed but there are stil a few lose florets here and there. Artichokes are starting to think about growing.

tons of calendula and other scattered stuff popping up from last years seeds as well as a couple of potatoes that overwintered.

Onions are big and green but no real bulbs to speak of. that bed isn't quite soft enough yet and it's been kind of a dry spring so far.

the tree collard is taking off, I think we can start eating off of that now so that's cool.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: maintaining temps in freezer
« on: March 11, 2013, 12:26:22 PM »
There is also a product you can get that is basically a ceramic heating element that screws into a normal lightbulb outlet. no light just heat.

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