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Forum: Brew Science 05-09-2012, 02:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,153
Posted By lamarguy
Most chemicals sold at a pool supply store are...

Most chemicals sold at a pool supply store are not food grade because they are typically (1) less pure and (2) manufactured in facilities that process other unsafe chemicals (think peanuts).

Here...
Forum: Brew Science 03-28-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 389
Posted By lamarguy
I highly encourage folks in this forum to read,...

I highly encourage folks in this forum to read, if nothing else, the paper abstracts.

Expand your scientific brewing knowledge! :)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-24-2012, 12:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By lamarguy
As others mentioned, the average temperature is...

As others mentioned, the average temperature is much cooler than TX.

You may consider dedicating a smaller room to brewing and install a window unit.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-21-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,857
Posted By lamarguy
Are you suggesting I should have absorbed the...

Are you suggesting I should have absorbed the loss because the store hadn't properly rotated it's stock and I neglected to check the "best by" date?

If so, I hope you're not a retailer. :)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-21-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,857
Posted By lamarguy
Why was the store selling old beer in their...

Why was the store selling old beer in their coolers?

Do you check the date on every six-pack you purchase? ;)
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-21-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,857
Posted By lamarguy
I'm too old to accept subpar beer. :D I've...

I'm too old to accept subpar beer. :D

I've probably returned ~10 six packs over the last couple of years:


Heavily oxidized (liquid cardboard)
Skunked (UV light damage from sitting out too...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-23-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
Thanks, I appreciate the credit. :o So, the...

Thanks, I appreciate the credit. :o

So, the next time I ferment a saison and let it go to the mid 80's, I should probably go ahead and heat it to mid 90's for a diacetyl rest, correct?

I do...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-23-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
Ya, once you separate the beer from the yeast,...

Ya, once you separate the beer from the yeast, your only option is to pitch actively fermenting yeast (which the OP tried).
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-22-2012, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
You should really dry hop above 60F. Otherwise,...

You should really dry hop above 60F. Otherwise, it will take significantly longer to release the hop oils (think several weeks to months).
Forum: Lambic & Wild Brewing 02-22-2012, 01:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,408
Posted By lamarguy
No, you won't achieve a comparable sour intensity...

No, you won't achieve a comparable sour intensity or flavor with a sour mash alone.

You can certainly combine a sour mash with a traditional barrel souring to speed up the process, but plan to...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-21-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
Ok, I'm leaning "contamination" now: 3rd...

Ok, I'm leaning "contamination" now:


3rd generation yeast
Achieved proper FG
Inadequate sanitizer
Detectable diacetyl level


OneStep is not a proper sanitizer. You should use either...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-21-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
Weak yeast activity is considered "unhealthy"....

Weak yeast activity is considered "unhealthy". That can occur from excessively cold temps, overly scarred cells, low viability, low vitality, etc.

Warm temperatures accelerate yeast activity, but...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-21-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By lamarguy
It's not surprising the drop hop aroma is...

It's not surprising the drop hop aroma is overshadowed by the diacetyl.

Diacetyl is typically the byproduct of a stressed/unhealthy fermentation. If the yeast were in poor health and/or...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 02-17-2012, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By lamarguy
For long runs (think downstairs kegerator or bar...

For long runs (think downstairs kegerator or bar setup), it's significantly cheaper to use low pressure hose.
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-17-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,279
Posted By lamarguy
BIAB is certainly easier (<= 5 gal batches) but...

BIAB is certainly easier (<= 5 gal batches) but significantly less efficient when brewing higher gravity beers and doesn't scale well (>= 10 gal batches).

Yes, I recommend BIAB for new brewers who...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 02-17-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,974
Posted By lamarguy
Assume 10% less IBUs for leaf hops, relative to...

Assume 10% less IBUs for leaf hops, relative to pellet hops.

Most brewing software will perform this calculation for you.
Forum: Brew Science 02-16-2012, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,663
Posted By lamarguy
For our purposes, RO water purity is equivalent...

For our purposes, RO water purity is equivalent to distilled water.

In reality RO water is 98+% pure, depending on the RO media rejection efficiency, hardness of the source water, use of DI, etc....
Forum: General Techniques 02-16-2012, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,338
Posted By lamarguy
I ferment and condition exclusively in sanke kegs.

I ferment and condition exclusively in sanke kegs.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-14-2012, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,661
Posted By lamarguy
How do you plan to feed pressurized water? Store...

How do you plan to feed pressurized water? Store water in a keg and push with CO2?
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-13-2012, 11:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 517
Posted By lamarguy
How old were the ingredients and were they stored...

How old were the ingredients and were they stored properly?



How to Brew (http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html)
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 02-13-2012, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 517
Posted By lamarguy
Describe the horrible nasty flavor?

Describe the horrible nasty flavor?
Forum: DIY Projects 02-13-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By lamarguy
Nice build. IMO, a slightly better option -...

Nice build. IMO, a slightly better option - Tri-Clover-RIMS-Tube (http://www.brewershardware.com/Tri-Clover-RIMS-Tube.html).
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 02-13-2012, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,662
Posted By lamarguy
Bazooka screen and leaf hops. Bonus - leaf hops...

Bazooka screen and leaf hops. Bonus - leaf hops help keep excess trub in the kettle.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-09-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,962
Posted By lamarguy
This is one of the most ridiculous threads yet. ...

This is one of the most ridiculous threads yet.

Random people weighing in with random, non-factual information. :D

Does it smell like coffee? I hear they add Starbucks coffee to CO2.
Forum: DIY Projects 02-09-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,267
Posted By lamarguy
I foresee someone accidentally loosing a beer...

I foresee someone accidentally loosing a beer when the garage door is suddenly opened. :D
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