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Old 11-27-2007, 07:05 PM   #21
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I need pretty much everything for my batch, so it would be a hefty favor.

I think I can get there myself on Saturday, but if one of y'all is already going and can spare me the trip, that would rock.

I have to check the freezer to see what I already have. I can post back tonight.

BTW: Anyone used the big WYeast smack-packs without making a starter before? That's the part I am concerned about. If I need to make a starter, I probably need to do it on Friday, which means I need to get my butt to the shop myself.


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Old 11-27-2007, 08:28 PM   #22
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I can pick stuff up for you if you need. I've made lots of batches with just the activator smack packs no starter. It's probably underpitching, but for most beers I think it's fine, just a longer lag time. What are you planning on brewing?


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Old 11-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #23
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I can pick stuff up for you if you need. I've made lots of batches with just the activator smack packs no starter. It's probably underpitching, but for most beers I think it's fine, just a longer lag time. What are you planning on brewing?
The Porter in the "On Deck" section of my sig.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:54 PM   #24
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I'd bet you'd probably be okay pitching a packet of Wyeast 1028 without a starter. I've pitched Wyeast 1056, 1098, and 1968 without a starter in the past and the results were fine. You can aerate that sucker up on ride home.

EDIT: I found my Grisman Xmas CD, I forgot how good it was.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:00 PM   #25
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The Porter in the "On Deck" section of my sig.
I've got the chocolate and 1 lb of 2-row vacuum sealed in the freezer, but the hops in the freezer have gone yellow. I'm tossing them.

That means I would need:

9 lbs of 2-row (the cheap American stuff)
1 lb of crystal 40L (I think they label it "42L to 49L")
0.25 lbs of black patent (if they sell it in 0.25 lb bags, else a 0.5 lb bag)
1.75 oz Kent Goldings (round up to 2OZ - leaf if possible, pellet otherwise - plugs are too expensive)
0.75 oz Fuggles (round up to 1OZ - leaf if possible, pellet otherwise - plugs are too expensive)
Big smacker of Wyeast 1028 - London Ale

The hops might be the bad part here. The shop limits you to 4 oz of hops "per batch".... how they have any idea what goes into my batch is beyond me. They might mean "4 oz per customer", which means I would be eating up 3 oz of your purchase limit, leaving you only 1 oz for yourself.


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Old 11-27-2007, 10:33 PM   #26
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The hops might be the bad part here. The shop limits you to 4 oz of hops "per batch".... how they have any idea what goes into my batch is beyond me. They might mean "4 oz per customer", which means I would be eating up 3 oz of your purchase limit, leaving you only 1 oz for yourself.
Actually, they only sell leaf hops in 2oz bags, so my hop-needs would require 4 oz to be purchased.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:46 PM   #27
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It shouldn't be a problem, Mark should be fine with it if I'm buying for 2 batched. I'll probably be making a hefe, so I'll only need 1 oz. of hops anyway.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:50 PM   #28
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It shouldn't be a problem, Mark should be fine with it if I'm buying for 2 batched. I'll probably be making a hefe, so I'll only need 1 oz. of hops anyway.
You rock.

Let me know if you have any problems and I can try to make a run myself.
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I asked about the "batch" policy a while back and believe they're interpreting it to mean "enough grain to brew 5gal or so." I think if the good Professor bought his grains for a 5gal batch he'd be entitled to 4oz and another 4oz with your grains. I asked because I'm planning on a double mash and a really big beer for my next batch(s) so required 8oz of Goldings for my 20lbs of base malt. They were fine with that.

If that isn't the case, I've got a pound of Belgian grown Kent Goldings, some Styrian Goldings and some Willamette tucked away in the freezer. I also have some Challenger and First Gold that could be substituted as well, though they're a little higher AA. I'd be happy to bring along extra hops if you need them.

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Old 11-27-2007, 10:51 PM   #30
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Beaten to the punch.

I type too much.

Wordy bastard.

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