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Old 03-01-2013, 10:56 PM   #4151
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A long time ago say 15 years or so my ex's grandma decided that it was time that they gave away a old violin that was in pieces and since I was a cabinet maker they gave it to me.

It turns out it was made in 1760 or something in a shop by the name of a guy called Stradivarius. I did some research found out who he was and thought Yay I am going to retire now. But it turns out while it is worth some money the expensive ones were built by Strad himself and the ones built in his shop are not so much. Turns out in order to get it restored would cost as much as the violin was worth but I did it anyway.

When the fine lady who gave me the violin turned 100 I wanted to have someone play it for her at her birthday party. Well as a kid I played a little with a group of folks called old time fiddlers and it turns out the national champion fiddle player did not live but a couple miles from me. I talked to her and she graciously agreed to play the fiddle at the birthday party.

Anyway I now got a old as dirt fiddle with a ton of history that my kid does not want to learn how to play. Aint life grand
One day, v-man, your kid will want to play your fiddle.

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Old 03-01-2013, 10:56 PM   #4152
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I will tell you how I do it right or who knows

When I rack the beer I have about a cup of beer left in on top of the yeast cake. I shake the stuffing out of the fermenter swirling it to get the whole yeast cake broke up and in solution with the little bit of beer I had to leave in the fermenter.

I take 4 pint jars that I have had boiled to sterilize and fill them right up to the top and cap them and toss them in the fridge. I suppose I could get 5 pints but 4 pints works for me.

On brew day I pull the yeast out of the fridge and let it warm up to room temp while I am brewing and when I pitch the beer I shake the heck out of the pint jar and then dump it in.

I started a brew log this year to help me keep track of things I have done that work and do not work. I keep track of all my yeast in that as well. I figure 4 generations and then I will buy more meaning I get 16 batches out of one pouch of yeast. I know I can get more but this works plenty good for me

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:15 PM   #4153
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Thanks for explaining how you do it, v-man. I'll have to get the right sized jars cleaned up and ready for the next batch. I also left a bit of beer on top to make the slurry, instead of adding water. Seemed to work out great.

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:20 PM   #4154
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After much reading and a great write up by woodland brewing I figure one pint of the slurry is good for brews coming in under 1.050 starting gravity.

Kind of cool huh reusing the yeast. I hated buying a new pouch of yeast for every batch

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:23 PM   #4155
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Our new babies arrived today, they look like 2 dozen brown eggs. Hubby has incubator set to a perfect 101 degrees. Or maybe 102, forgot what he said, but he was happy. He was watching the incubator temp the way I stare at my mash temp.

So, no more empty nest after both kids went off to college, we have 2 dozen new eggs!

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:24 PM   #4156
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Kind of cool huh reusing the yeast. I hated buying a new pouch of yeast for every batch
Yes, very cool. Yeast in packets cost too much.

 
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:56 PM   #4157
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I need to pay attention and stop joking around.
How much is a packet of yeast?
Cuz my LBHS just raised the price of their kits across the board $4.00 each.

I'm just using kits for now because I'm a beginner.
Getting the "process" down is what's important to me right now.

I'm paying $33 dollars average for kits (they are good ones though).
So, I'm still at less than 70 cents for the beer.

Which is outstanding by the way.
Now drinking my batch#2 American Wheat and it blows away any craft brew I've ever tasted...hands down.
I probably got lucky but I feel like I have graduated.

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 12:36 AM   #4158
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I need to pay attention and stop joking around.
How much is a packet of yeast?
Cuz my LBHS just raised the price of their kits across the board $4.00 each.

I'm just using kits for now because I'm a beginner.
Getting the "process" down is what's important to me right now.

I'm paying $33 dollars average for kits (they are good ones though).
So, I'm still at less than 70 cents for the beer.

Which is outstanding by the way.
Now drinking my batch#2 American Wheat and it blows away any craft brew I've ever tasted...hands down.
I probably got lucky but I feel like I have graduated.
$3.99 for a cheap packet of dry yeast is about right. $6.99 for the liquid good stuff. I'm trying to keep all my 5 gallon batches under $22.00 for now, $20.00 isn't always quite enough. Extra pack of hops for $2.00.

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:21 AM   #4159
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I have been giving my spent grain to a buddy who has chickens who in turn gives me some eggs. I really do not want to get any chickens just because I will have to give the some heat some how in the winter just to keep them alive.
The spent grain will pretty much produce it's own heat if you pile it high enough

 
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Old 03-02-2013, 03:32 AM   #4160
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The spent grain will pretty much produce it's own heat if you pile it high enough
Not for long. If you don't turn the piles regularly, temps will rise high enough that it will sanitize itself.
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