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Hi Scott.

Some day we may want to revisit the "night at the museum" affair which never materialized?!!
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I did some housework last night putting away some yeasts and wanted to see what you had up on your site before about propagating kveik yeast... I am sure you had something, maybe it was a DME or DME/Nutrient mixture (can't remember exactly) anyhow, when I went to check I couldn't find anything... what was it? Could you remind me of what it was and how you suggested to use it?
I had some small packets of DME for Kviek starters (no nutrient, although now that I think about, if I add a pinch, that would be a good product!) This was the product blurb (now out of stock) "30g of DME added to 200ml of water will give you a 1.050 starter for your dried Kveik yeast." I'll getting my Kviek production underway this week. I have 8 5l fermenters coming in and also a dehydrator, so I'll be getting those us and going soon.
 

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I see. Thanks. I too am getting a dehydrator soon.... have you decided on which one yet?
 

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Good. I want to know about the one you got... I am actually looking at some others but can't tell if
  • 1) They have a fan system that pushes the warm air through or if they work on natural convection.
  • 2) They have a built in timer.
 

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This one has a fan, but no timer. I put it on the lowest setting and the yeast was dried in 8 hours. Pretty straight forward. I like that the center cut out in the tray is not raised very high; that allows me to keep using wax paper "trays" easily for yeast drying. I've done two batches and I think it's good for this purpose.
 

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Trying to follow what you said about the center cut out; (how might the height affect things?) Is the tray base actually a slope? if so, maybe I do understand....
 

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The site doesn't have a picture, but the center of the tray has like a 4-5 cm round hole for air flow and that hole has a ring around it, slightly higher than the plane of the actual tray. Other models I looked at had a much higher ring in the center, which would have made dryer yeast a bit harder, I thought. I'll try to get a pic later.
 

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Have you tried Ohnishi? I get 25kg sacks from them, but I have to order my fax or email. No website. For specialty grains, I use Brewland.
 

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Might have to do it the old-fashioned way. We started with a phone call (my wife did the talking), then faxed our first few orders. After that, they said email was fine. Fortunately, we live close enough that we can pick it up at the warehouse.
 

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Funkychef, thanks for the heads-up.
ebbelwoi, I need to stock up also... and it has been a a quite while since I successfully orded from oni.
Can I PM you and get brought up to date on protocol too?
 

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Funkychef, thanks for the heads-up.
ebbelwoi, I need to stock up also... and it has been a a quite while since I successfully orded from oni.
Can I PM you and get brought up to date on protocol too?
もちろん!;)
 

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There's not much information on homebrewing in Japan and I found this thread!
I want to buy from Onishi too.
Can you give me some information?
The last guy wasn't able to order from Ohnishi without a brewing license. I'd recommend the Malt Shop or Brewland for ingredients. If you have any questions, let me know, and I'll try to help.
 

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The last guy wasn't able to order from Ohnishi without a brewing license. I'd recommend the Malt Shop or Brewland for ingredients. If you have any questions, let me know, and I'll try to help.
Thanks for the reply.
I'm going to buy it in the Malt Shop.
 

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Hi All, I just decided to start all-grain brewing in Japan too. I've managed to get everything I need to start but i've been trying to figure out what other people use for burners.

Right now i'm making a small 15L batch on a 1400W IH burner and it's unbelievably slow. I've been trying to figure out how to get a simple propane burner like I'm used to in the states but that looks amazingly complex and easy to get wrong.

What have others found useful? Are there good IH burners that people like? My hope is to just get something that works well for up to 24L batches.
 

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I just use my kitchen stovetop. I can do 15L batches in a 33cm kettle with no problems.
 

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That's a great confirmation to get. Turns out I was just using my IH stovetop incorrectly. My kettle is a bit massive on it but it heats up pretty well.
 
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