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    Stir in cold water to the wort during cool down. Good/Bad/Risky idea?

    It is a good idea and helps with oxygenation as well. I say this as I see adding the cold water while or in place of chilling. You would be adding oxygen at the end of this stage anyway for the yeast. Unless you purposefully do not oxygenate for hop reasons.
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    Any innovations in fermentation equipment?

    I guess I would ask is this for beer improvement or enjoyment? I do not think there is too much to be gained vs the expense when it comes to cold side fermentation temps. You would gain more by the ability to do pressure ferments, zero oxygen practices, yeast/trub separation and harvesting...
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    I plan on mainly only freezing yeast straight from the package. So if I buy a pack, I can freeze four vials. That is four ale batches or two lagers. Still good value. I will try some freezing from harvested yeast with common strains like Chico and see how it goes. But I am realistic that...
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    ISpindel + Smart Plug to control Fridge?

    Thanks. So the esp8266 would communicate with a smart A/C adapter to turn the fridge on or off? Doing some googling and a lot of rigs look pretty Frankenstein imho :) Are there any finished solutions out there to just purchase?
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    ISpindel + Smart Plug to control Fridge?

    Thanks. I am not sure what Brewpiless is :) Is it software or hardware? How would the temp reading be translated into controlling the fridge?
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    ISpindel + Smart Plug to control Fridge?

    Thanks. I was just looking for a way to not drill anymore on the fridge. Sounds like hardware control via the various floating hydrometers is not yet mainstream. Would be great if the Inkbird wifi model would grab the ISpindel stream of information.
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    ISpindel + Smart Plug to control Fridge?

    Hello, I have an ISpindel that I have not hooked up yet, so I not really up to speed yet. I was wondering if there is a proven way to utilize the temperature reading coming off the ISpindel to connect to a smart plug and control on/off of a wine fridge? I have seen some stuff on the web about...
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    No doubt there are a lot of different angles for yeast handling. Any way you choose, the goal is a lot of fresh yeast cells with a running start to pitch in your batch. I am trying to keep all three of these in the positive column these days and not stray. This method gives me a process that...
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    It is always about compromises. I tried re-pitching but found my brewing was too varied to keep the yeast healthy and alive. Once I make a lager, I often want to make an ale for the next batch etc... Two weeks is maximum before you start to lose the refrigerated slurry from a batch. The...
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    Yes. The thinking is that you grow up fresh yeast and use it per vial. The yeast created has a lot more vitality than buying it from the homebrew shop. The yeast shown in the video was for a Belgian blonde 5 gallon batch. The yeast tore through the batch. If I was brewing a lager I would...
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    I just posted a video about the yeast freezing process. This is the method I am using as it allows me to brew with different yeasts beer to beer instead of re-using the same yeast in a timely fashion before it dies off.
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    Is there a way to propagate yeast at home and that way stop buying the sachets?

    Yes. Reusing yeast is what most every professional brewery out there has done for ages. It just takes some research to get familiar with the processes and chose the best way for your brewing.
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    THIOLIZED LAGER YEAST

    Way to go for pushing development forward even if you do not get any credit!
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    To vorlauf or not?

    The grain bed itself is the best filter. Mesh bags only hold in the larger particles. Drawing some initial wort through breaks the loose particles away so you keep them in the mash tun when you pour them back on top. You do not need a pump if you can use gravity. Clear wort in the kettle is...
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    All grain pilsner failure

    I would look at your dough in temperature relative to the temperature of your strike water. In my experience, running electric heating with wort under gelatinization temps results in scorching. Maybe your 149F dough in is actually resulting in a lower initial mash temp which causes the element...
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