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Old 10-08-2012, 09:03 PM   #11
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I do not recommend using nylon paint strainers during the boil, those temps are too high for a plastic based bag. You can use them for the mash, but I do not recommend it during the boil.
Worked great! I keep it off the bottom of the kettle.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:43 PM   #12
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Worked great! I keep it off the bottom of the kettle.
Yes, I've never seen any problems at all with a nylon bag in the boil so long as it's off the bottom.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #13
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So you didn't actually get 65% efficiency, since you were way over your volume? According to my calculations, if you ended up with 8 gallons, you would have needed >100% eff to get to 1.035. Something isn't adding up.

I use washed yeast all the time, and it's worked all but one time. Now that I have the technique down and make starters, I hardly buy yeast.

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So you didn't actually get 65% efficiency, since you were way over your volume? According to my calculations, if you ended up with 8 gallons, you would have needed >100% eff to get to 1.035. Something isn't adding up.

I use washed yeast all the time, and it's worked all but one time. Now that I have the technique down and make starters, I hardly buy yeast.
I was going to ask this. How does washed yeast not work if you create a starter (unless of course you didn't)? I would assume that you wouldn't get any action in the starter and would know ahead of time that the yeast was *bad*. I just washed my first yeast a few weeks ago and am wondering if I should prepare for it not to work in a few months.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #15
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the home brew beers that you were drinking looked cloudy to me - do you grind your irsh moss real fine in a pepper mill?

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If you keep it in the fridge, it should be good for a while. I've heard report for starters made after a whole year. I've not done nearly that long, but have gone for several months.

What's this about grinding Irish moss? I use it (unground), but I don't always get crystal beer (chill haze, maybe?).

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I was going to ask this. How does washed yeast not work if you create a starter (unless of course you didn't)? I would assume that you wouldn't get any action in the starter and would know ahead of time that the yeast was *bad*. I just washed my first yeast a few weeks ago and am wondering if I should prepare for it not to work in a few months.
I said in the original post that I didn't make a starter. It was a shotgun brew day
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the home brew beers that you were drinking looked cloudy to me - do you grind your irsh moss real fine in a pepper mill?
Nah, they're both clear. It was warm out and you're seeing condensation.
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the home brew beers that you were drinking looked cloudy to me - do you grind your irsh moss real fine in a pepper mill?
I thought they looked pretty good, I can see the bottom of the other side of the glass! I'd kill for my beers to be that clear....
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I thought they looked pretty good, I can see the bottom of the other side of the glass! I'd kill for my beers to be that clear....
I use Irish moss/Whirlfloc, ferment well, cold crash for 24-48 hours, and keg. Also, I've become a huge fan of WLP090 yeast because it drops almost as well as English strains, unlike WLP001... which I used in the beers you saw. Cheers!!
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