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    Dry yeast manufacturers… could you please up the 11g packet size?

    Yea that’s silly. Anything over 1.048 says 2 packets. Up it to 15g and it would cover a lot more range. You can always do a double batch and split 3 packets.
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    Should I try with the dry (yeast that is)

    This is my main concern in adding an unwanted off flavor. Oh well worry a try to see, given the positive feedback. I am pretty sensitive to anything off so I am sure I will pick it up.
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    Should I try with the dry (yeast that is)

    Yea but still a starter and definitely not as simple as pitching dry. I have the stir plate and all equipment I need, I just don’t always have the inclination or prep time to do it. It’s fine for a specialty beer and like I said will continue the practice for my lagers, but would like to...
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    Should I try with the dry (yeast that is)

    Ok well next 10 gallon IPA batch will be split. Harvested WLP001 in one, US-05 or Nottingham in the other. I will report back.
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    Should I try with the dry (yeast that is)

    Have you noticed any difference in the first batch pitched with dry vs subsequent batches? I have read that 2nd generation dry yeast is as good as liquid, but it’s the first gen that can have off flavors.
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    Should I try with the dry (yeast that is)

    So I know there has been many threads on dry vs liquid yeast and I know the arguments. I was hoping to get some feedback from some experienced people that have their process dialed in, and have tried both. I have not used dry yeast since I started years ago, and the beers were awful (for many...
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    Long time all grain brewer going back to extract and I'm glad I did.

    Even though I just dropped a good dime on an all in one system, I think I may try one of these partial mash short boil brews. Maybe a pale ale or something similar. Sounds good for when I want to only brew 5 gallons on a cold day.
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    Those in colder climates, how do you brew?

    You should be fine. The yeast in that recipe is fine down to 64, and I usually start my ales a couple of degrees colder than stated. I would worry about it being too warm than cool, especially for the first 5-7 days. Any time you are relying on ambient temps, you need to monitor it. A run...
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    Those in colder climates, how do you brew?

    plus a 35$ inkbird controller and you are set. I am about to get my 3rd chest freezer since I do a lot more lagers now and need different coolers at different temps. (:
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    Those in colder climates, how do you brew?

    I brew on a 240v Grainfather G40 in the garage. Although I can fully monitor it indoors with their software and only run out there when it alerts me, I brewed this weekend when it was below freezing and ran into some issues. I have a frost free hot+cold hose hookup nearby, but forgot to pull...
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    That German Lager taste

    LODO aside, I wouldn’t recommend following the earlier advice in this thread, because I did and I really can’t stop drinking this last batch, it’s so good! :) It’s been a while since I have been in Germany, but it’s what I remember about it being so good. A certain freshness, a nice malt...
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    To Helles with this

    White Labs just sent me an email saying WLP860 will now be available year round, so I think I will give this a try next.
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    Post your Christmas Brew-gifts

    Does it count if I bought it myself, because a new Grainfather G40 showed up at my doorstep last week. (: Oh and a gift certificate from the mother in law.
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    Technique for harvesting yeast from bucket fermenter

    Hey all, I typically overbuild starters and save half. But I want to harvest some yeast from a really good Pilsner this time. I use Anvil stainless bucket fermenters. I’ve read plenty and watched videos but it never works well for me. Does anyone have a good technique for harvesting from a...
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    Dissolved Oxygen Experiment- Interesting Finds with Beer Transfer Method

    How does one introduce active yeast into a closed transfer without doing more harm than good? And at what temperature would you do this?
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    Motor for barley crusher

    yea the first time I tried it, I attempted to hold it. I smashed my finger and flipped the whole crusher upside down, barley and all, in one motion. Lol. Now I make sure it’s pegged to the crusher mounting board and no worries.
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    Motor for barley crusher

    Dewalt 20v brushless drill works great for my monster 3 roller and I don’t have to worry about a cord. I use a mini dewalt clamp to hold the trigger on. Drill is $100 and you get a nice drill too. I guess it depends if you want a permanent setup or just something you can stash away.
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    Any Grainfather G70 owners?

    I have been eying up the Grainfather G40, but it’s too new for a Black Friday deal. They did put the G70 on sale for just 100$ more than the G40. I don’t really need the capacity of a triple batch as I don’t have the fermentation setup currently for more than double batches. The downsides of...
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    3 dead induction cookers. Now what?

    Great tip! I did not know about those. Unfortunately I opened it back up and found nothing similar to that. Even pulled the board and checked underneath and under the heat sink, but nothing.
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    3 dead induction cookers. Now what?

    no idea what killed to first 2 5k units. No blown fuses or visible damage. Just completely dead. I just opened the third one again and it might be salvageable. The coil was on some spring mechanism that was shattered and the component that visibly blew up turns out to be a soldered fuse. I...