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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 05:23 PM
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Posted By winvarin
+1 to buying fresh yeast. If you want to salvage...

+1 to buying fresh yeast. If you want to salvage some use out if the old vial, dump it in during the last 15 min of your boil instead of nutrient. Yeasts are cannibals. They love feeding off the dead...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By winvarin
For a beer that big and a mash temp that high, if...

For a beer that big and a mash temp that high, if I run your numbers right, it looks like you're in the neighborhood of 67% AA. That's pretty respectable for a 1.090 beer that it sounds like you just...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 04-18-2014, 07:29 PM
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Major nerd move for me at lunch. I haven't brewed...

Major nerd move for me at lunch. I haven't brewed a lager in ages and am thinking of brewing a German/Bavarian for spring-summer.

I'm having trouble settling between German Pils, Bohemian Pils or...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-17-2014, 04:35 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By winvarin
Why just buy a couple of rebuild kits when I can...

Why just buy a couple of rebuild kits when I can just buy a whole new regulator and have that "did you order more brewing gear?" discussion with SWMBO? I guess the fact that I went ahead and bought...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-17-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By winvarin
I hope I didn't sound like I was complaining...

I hope I didn't sound like I was complaining about the shipping cost. Their flat rate is reasonable and in most cases, I come out ahead on a flat rate like that. I just tended to buy multiple kits to...
Forum: English Brown Ale 04-17-2014, 04:02 AM
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Posted By winvarin
I've tried 005, but on a bitter, not the brown. I...

I've tried 005, but on a bitter, not the brown. I like 013 for darker beers, 002 for hoppier/copper/amber stuff. I switch from 002 to 007 if I want something that ferments drier


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Forum: English Brown Ale 04-17-2014, 03:36 AM
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Posted By winvarin
Nut Brown AG

I made a split batch of this. Half got 002, the other half got 013. Both were very tasty but the 013 was clearly a better beer. It emphasized the chocolate and caramel flavors. My next batch of this...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-17-2014, 02:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By winvarin
Taprites have arrived and are in place. I hear...

Taprites have arrived and are in place. I hear you on the rebuild kits and shipping.

I've bought kits twice and each time I've bought 2 just to justify the shipping. But this most recent time I...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-16-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By winvarin
Thanks Stealthcruiser. Per FedEx, my Taprite dual...

Thanks Stealthcruiser. Per FedEx, my Taprite dual regulator should be sitting on my back porch when I get home. Going to swap it in for my old regulators tonight


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Forum: Sponsor Giveaways 04-16-2014, 06:05 PM
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Posted By winvarin
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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2014, 08:49 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By winvarin
As some of the others have mentioned, I would be...

As some of the others have mentioned, I would be curious about 2 things:
1. Was it on the primary yeast cake this whole time?
2. Did your airlock dry out?

If it was on a large amount of yeast...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-14-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By winvarin
My bet is that it's off gassing, especially if...

My bet is that it's off gassing, especially if your gravity stays the same. Hops are not smooth, therefore, they provide nucleation sites for the CO2. Chances are, the hops just caused your beer to...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-14-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By winvarin
Maybe I just got some duds? Or perhaps I am...

Maybe I just got some duds? Or perhaps I am abusing them in some way. I started with a single Chudnow setup. Everything was fine for a couple of years. I added a secondary Chudnow regulator last...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 04-13-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By winvarin
Taprite vs. Chudnow?

Any consensus out there? I've had a dual regulator Chudnow system for a little over a year. Prior to that, I had a single regulator Chudnow setup.

I've gotten tired of throwing rebuild kits at...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By winvarin
I always use a starter, even for my smaller beers...

I always use a starter, even for my smaller beers (I just make a smaller starter). Of the calculators dryboroughbrewing mentions below, I really like yeastcalculator.com. It's numbers are based on...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 158
Posted By winvarin
+1. I use a stainless steel bearing to weigh the...

+1. I use a stainless steel bearing to weigh the hop bag down. I usually just toss the bearing and the bag in a small sauce pan with water and boil it for about 5 min. Then I pull it out of the pan,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-11-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By winvarin
It also makes an otherworldly awesome northern...

It also makes an otherworldly awesome northern English brown. I don't get oak either but it really highlights the caramel/chocolate character in the brown.


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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-10-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,154
Posted By winvarin
I agree. Mainly because Jamil says so :) ...

I agree. Mainly because Jamil says so :)

Not to hijack the OP's point, but where do you draw the line as to what constitutes "over pitching?" 10%? 20%? Higher?

And how do you know if you've...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 04-08-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 517
Posted By winvarin
Sketerbuck. Have you brewed with this? I'd be...

Sketerbuck. Have you brewed with this? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-04-2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By winvarin
Black lawn trash sacks work too. Before I had a...

Black lawn trash sacks work too. Before I had a ferm chamber, I used them when fermenting in a spare room. Cut a small slit in the bottom for the airlock to poke through, then just pull the trash...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-04-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By winvarin
I have the 15.9 but do 10 gallon batches. I do...

I have the 15.9 but do 10 gallon batches. I do however, agree about the spigot. So far, that is the only downside. I don't use mine because it has the air vent that would absolutely let oxygen into...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-31-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By winvarin
I try to use the following process (when time and...

I try to use the following process (when time and memory don't fail me):

1. The night before brew day (maybe a day or so sooner, depending on when I got the starter going), move the covered...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 03-29-2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 6,508
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Posted By winvarin
Making canned starter wort. Right now ...

Making canned starter wort. Right now


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Forum: Extract Brewing 03-29-2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By winvarin
Thanks for that. Good to hear I haven't gone...

Thanks for that. Good to hear I haven't gone nuts. I know my boil off rate and I have some extra DME on hand. I'll measure my pre-boil gravity and just adjust with DME accordingly


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Forum: Extract Brewing 03-28-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By winvarin
Brewcraft Dry Stout - Scratching my head

I'm a longtime all grain brewer. I've been faithfully listening to Jamil Z over the years. One of the things he advocates is for AG brewers to occasionally dip back into our extract roots, employing...
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