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The Pub / Re: Kia Sorento
« on: August 27, 2012, 08:10:34 AM »
what happened to the Skoda? no help here. I love my VW Golf TDI. it's only 1.9l but it's got plenty of git'up

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for wheatwine
« on: August 27, 2012, 06:11:34 AM »
Haha that's a great name and a very interesting brew as well. I recently bought a book called sacred and herbal healing beers and it has some great information and history on heather and it's use in brewing. Just thought I'd share that with you

I have that book. It's a good read and has lots of great idea for 'non-traditional' fermentations, Might well have been where I got the idea for heather beer in the first place.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for wheatwine
« on: August 26, 2012, 11:45:41 AM »
Not sure about the WLP029, but I prefer my heather beers bursted or late hopped so to speak.  I generally do 4oz at 10 minutes and 0.  Usually a low neutral bittering hop at the beginning.  And a little heather honey for some complexity!

no hops here. lots of heather throughout.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP029 for wheatwine
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:40:56 AM »
I have experimented a couple times with WLP029 in higher gravity beers and did not like the results. Seems to throw some weird esters.

cool, that's what I was looking for. I guess Errol (A swash buckler) will have to use a different yeast. maybe a weizen yeast. guess I best plan a porter.

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Yeast and Fermentation / WLP029 for wheatwine
« on: August 25, 2012, 07:10:48 PM »
I am brewing a 10 gallon batch of kolsch next weekend and will have a big cake of wlp 029 available a few weeks after that. I could brew a porter to use that cake but I also have a 100% wheat brew planned. and I thought that it might work well there as well. Gonna be 100% wheat malt bittered with heather tips.

Single Wheat and Single Heather makes is a SWaSH so it's called SWaSH Buckler

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
The Worms Go In, The Worms Go Out - Traditional  ;D

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: August 24, 2012, 02:38:33 PM »
waiting for the sun - The Doors

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Considerations for 3-gallon all grain batches
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:53:25 AM »
FWIW I've never had the braid "float". I think that is nonsense.

Same here.  I've had it raise up when I stir, but that's no big deal.  Even if it does float, it doesn't affect anything since all the draining happens at the outlet.

yup. I have had the braid float, or get picked up by stirring but it has never mattered. even if 60% of the braid is sitting on top of the mash. I have considered shortening the braid to about 2 inches just to get it out of the way while I stir

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Equipment and Software / Re: Northern Brewer Stainless Growler
« on: August 24, 2012, 08:52:09 AM »
A thermos does the same thing. It just doesn't have the NB logo on it.

most of those aren't rated to hold the pressure though. I think that's the big difference with these SS growlers

Good point, Didn't think of the pressure. What is different about this that it can hold the pressure?

Let me say that I suspect a thermos WOULD hold the pressure just fine. but the cap and threads on this one are designed and tested to hold a few atmospheres of pressure while I suspect the thermos bottle is not. I have used mason jars which are really only designed to hold a slight vacuum, and my water bottle (one of those glass thingies with the silicone sleave) is filled with sparkly water every day without any problems, although it does leak if not upright.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Northern Brewer Stainless Growler
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:25:54 AM »
A thermos does the same thing. It just doesn't have the NB logo on it.

most of those aren't rated to hold the pressure though. I think that's the big difference with these SS growlers

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Equipment and Software / Re: Reliability issue with Chest Freezer/Keezer
« on: August 24, 2012, 07:24:41 AM »
Don't mean to hijack but I wanted to reply to Kai on something. I have a love controller and the probe doesn't seem like it's supposed to be submerged in water. If I take an old 20 ounce soda bottle, drill a hole in the cap and put the probe in there with just air inside, I think this would reduce the amount of cycling the motor does. Every time I open the freezer the air is moved around and I notice the temp swings a degree or two but I suspect it would normalize once I close it again. Any reason this wouldn't work?

I actually think that is what Kai was suggesting.

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The Pub / Re: Mancave 2.0
« on: August 24, 2012, 06:03:55 AM »
Very nice. Never let the good ones go man.

Also, is that a sloth on the flat screen in pic 1?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Reliability issue with Chest Freezer/Keezer
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:51:57 PM »
Where is arizona do summertime temps reach ONLY 95? did you mean 195?  :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1ST Time Washing Yeast
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:06:16 PM »
I just started washing yeast as well, and thought this question may go along with the thread:
How long can washed yeast be stored in the fridge before you have to throw it out?

if you are confident in your sanitation it can be stored quite a while but you will probably need to step it up a couple times after months.

if you want to store several varieties of yeast for the long term look into freezing. search the boards for discussion of this process. it involves glycol and very very cold freezers.

Wouldn't it be cheaper to make slants for long term storage?  I have to think a -20 freezer is pretty expensive.

even with slants don't you need a deep freeze for long term? I could be wrong having never ranched anything including yeast before... but I do know a funny joke about farmers;

Vermont farmer: My spread's about thirty acres on one side of the road and another 100 on the other
Texas rancher: Well, let me tell you, I get in my truck and drive all day and don't get from one side of my spread to the other
Vermont farmer: a'yuh, I gotta truck like that.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water additions for red ale
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:01:54 PM »
[...]Martin's malty profile[...]

This is a truley wonderful phrase. maybe just a song title but might also make it as an album title.

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