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All Grain Brewing / Best all grain hefeweizen kit?
« Last post by bustyraker on February 17, 2018, 05:40:10 PM »
I've seen great reviews for "Hanks Hefeweizen" but I love Franziskaners Weissbier. This will be my second homebrew, I brewed a chocolate stout a little over a month ago and it's already almost gone! There are several franziskaner clone recipes out there but if hanks hefe is really good then i might give it a try. On a side note do I really need to do a yeast starter for the hefe or can I just pitch an extra wyeast packet?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast cell count..
« Last post by dmtaylor on February 17, 2018, 05:39:38 PM »
If we're making good beer, we don't need to count yeast cells with microscopes.
Pimp My System / Re: Beer line cooling
« Last post by HydraulicSammich on February 17, 2018, 05:09:18 PM »
Check the Micromatic web site. They sell little Dayton squirrel cage fans for this purpose. I use one in my keezer to transfer colder bottom air up flexible PVC to a ridged PVC manifold across my taps. Holes having been bored in the manifold directly above each shank. 
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Will a beer gun really improve my beer?
« Last post by banjo-guy on February 17, 2018, 04:55:25 PM »
So the consensus is that the beer gun is a big improvement over bottling off the keg with a bottling wand and a stopper on the bottling wand tube.
The beer gun looks great but I don’t want add new equipment unless there is a noticeable improvement in the final product. That’s why I’m looking for feedback.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Alternatives to Wyeast 1945
« Last post by bigchicken on February 17, 2018, 04:45:31 PM »
Hello all,

Been a long while since I've been here after taking a long unexpected brewing hiatus. Life stepped in and took away my brewing time. Now I want to charge back in and am planning to brew some of my favorite recipes. Problem is, my favorite yeast strain has been discontinued.

Wyeast NeoBrittania 1945 was a Northern Brewer exclusive and is no longer available. Wyeast confirmed for me that nobody else will be selling it. They've suggested I substitute with London Ale III 1318. For those that have used both, do you feel this is a good substitute?

I have 2 expired packs of 1945 that I'm going to try and save. I plan to make starters and store small amounts long term. Eventually, I know there will be too many mutations for me to keep using these, with my limited yeast storage abilities. So, an alternative is my long-term best option.

Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Denny!
« Last post by klickitat jim on February 17, 2018, 04:42:23 PM »
Dungeness Crab
Kegging and Bottling / Re: Will a beer gun really improve my beer?
« Last post by The Beerery on February 17, 2018, 04:42:19 PM »
I was able to get 20ppb packaged with my beer gun, but I do some things differently so they can work.  I was also able to get 10ppb with a cpbf and a triple/purge vac.  The problem is with bottles is the caps leak. So the lower you can get into it, the longer you have in it. 

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The Pub / Re: Session beer the future?
« Last post by BananaSlug on February 17, 2018, 03:46:50 PM »
PA used to do the same. So stupid. In addition the TTB won't allow us to call something "Strong" .... but "High Gravity" is fine.... I reiterate, so stupid.
My peeve was that it in fact thwarted the responsible drinker who WANTED a low abv beer.  How many drunk drivers were created, who honestly said, "but I only had two beers...I don't understand officer!"

 I think the correct word in this situation is "ociffer" ;)
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Denny!
« Last post by Aksarben on February 17, 2018, 03:34:43 PM »
Happy belated Birthday Denny!  I looked up Dungys in google and came up with a supermarket and a coach.  What exactly is a Dungy?  Anything like Skippy?  Back where I'm from folks would sit down and have a pitcher of Red Beer and a bowl of Rocky Mountain Oysters. :)
Equipment and Software / Re: Improved Refractometer Correction calculator
« Last post by Robert on February 17, 2018, 03:31:44 PM »
Hydrometer: 1.012.  Refractometer WRIf: 6.  OG: 12.4°P.  Correction factor: 0.97. New Cubic wins again: sg1.0119.
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