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    So you're NOT supposed to use an airlock for the primary ferment, is that right?

    I've done a fair bit of beer brewing in the past, and a friend just asked about brewing kombucha. I'm off alcohol at the moment, so I was thinking this would be a cool way to use some of my equipment, so I'm starting to read up on it. So, I'm gathering from what I am reading that for the...
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    Starter viability question -- need fast answer

    Heh, this reply would have been useful 4 hours ago :p. I'll just have to do my best.
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    Starter viability question -- need fast answer

    I like that answer, since it involves least work ;) Incidentally, I just went down to the basement to check on something else, and I noticed that the IPA I referred to is starting to clear a bit. So that one weird fermentation may remain just one weird fluke. Geez I hope so...
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    Starter viability question -- need fast answer

    Longer version: There was a WLP840 in the same shipment, the box got left outside all day in direct sun in a freakin' heatwave. I made a 1-pt starter with that, and the lag time on the starter was a good 72 hours or maybe even a little longer. But it did take off eventually, I pitched it soon...
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    Starter viability question -- need fast answer

    Ideally I need the answer to this question in the next 30 minutes-ish, so I'll be brief and then expound on the situation in a subsequent comment: A vial of WLP001 got real hot during shipping. I am planning to use it in an extract IIPA with a target OG of ~1.090. I made a 1-qt starter. I...
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    single temp for ale and lager

    You can't really go below about 60F with most ale yeasts, so I think that would be your cut off. Lagers would like it cooler, but... the ale just won't ferment much colder than that.
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    Yet another yeast starter question...

    I've got a similar issue right now, a couple of White Labs vials came really hot. I've already brewed with one of them, having made a starter that was slow to take off but eventually did. The actual pitch into the brew had a nice short lag time, but then again it was a 3-gallon batch and an...
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    Yeast and the evolution of multi-cellularity

    Probably the wrong forum for this, but I couldn't help but share it. An article about a scientist using yeast (<i>our</i> yeast!) to study the ways in which multicellularity could have evolved...
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    The stupidest comment on your beer

    I think going through it step-by-step may have worked. The guy almost had them for a second there, but then skipped too far. I would have focused on the equivalency between 0.5 and 1/2 for longer. Argh, you know what, I'm starting to get all upset just thinking about it. Nevermind.
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    The stupidest comment on your beer

    Yep, very much like that. (BTW, for those who haven't heard it, that was a mercifully short snippet of the Verizon decimal point saga. I was literally shaking after about 10 minutes into the unedited thing... People have trouble with orders of magnitude. Which is the reason people will get...
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    Official Broken Hydrometer Count

    +1 = 306. I was sure it would never happen to me. Left it on the table, in the container for it, and it rolled off. Lucky it only shattered in the container, easy cleanup. Still, now one of my brews is FG=how should I know. heh...
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    TSA took away my Star San

    Good word of warning. FWIW, this is about the least stupid thing I've heard the TSA doing in a while. That's probably a reasonable precaution.
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    The stupidest comment on your beer

    Heh, well I give her props for the DIY-ness of it. Really the only comment there that has me totally facepalming is the 80% ABV thing. It reminds me of another story... one I call "The Amazing Fifty Proof Man": Maaaany years ago, I was in a bar with a coupe of female friends of mine. A...
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    "A Chance to Chill" Summer Lemon Wheat Ale (Extract)

    Similar idea, though you went crazy with the lemon! heh, actually my first batch was closer to that, some people really liked it, but I found it a little too tart. My first batch also used a lot more wheat extract like yours, but I wanted a little lighter color, which is why I scaled up the...
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    "A Chance to Chill" Summer Lemon Wheat Ale (Extract)

    This is version 2.0 of this recipe, and I think it came out damn tasty if I do say so myself. The lemon is not subtle, but it's not overly pronounced either (though if you hate fruit beers, steer clear of course). Every time you have one, you have A Chance to Chill. Note that this is a 6.5...
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