what are you doing with home brew today

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  1. Trialben

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    Probably from all those dead yeast cells floating around in there them cannibalistic little [email protected]#ards:).
    You should try a starter 1st before ditching any old smack packs Megary just gotta do that the day before brew day but if not for you so be it.
     
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    Didn't realize you were making 2.5 gallon batches. That does indeed give you some wiggle room, but doesn't mean that you're always pitching enough healthy yeast.. As you've seen between this and your case of the older 1450 yeast, there is more that affects the yeasts than age. High pitching and fermentation temperatures can promote quick starts and vigorous fermentations, but often sacrifice quality.

    The few minutes it takes to throw a starter together can mean big improvements in your beers. Your choice. I like my brews to be as good as they can be and include techniques that insure that they will be.
     
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    Went to my home brew club meeting where I picked up 24oz of Cascade through our club bulk buy. Meeting was at BSG Canada, a Malt distributor. Guest presenter was the Rep from fermentis, good presentation! We also did a bottle exchange for an in club competition. I brought 6 bottles of my Christmas Ale and took home 12 mystery beers!
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    That place is huge plenty of grain too
     
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    Put a starter on for tomorrow nights brew session, going to use the BF brew session see how it goes (I used brewfather on the last two brews)
     
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    Couple more pics, ya, place is gi-huge!
    They also do heat shrink labeling, I saw skids of labelled cans ready to ship out that I recognized as locally available craft beer. You can actually see them in the top picture.
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    Busy night getting ready for Friday Brew Night. Bought a rope hoist to eliminate some lifting, works great. Strike water ready to go in HLT, sparge water waiting patiently in BK to be pumped up to HLT after mashing in. Grains and hops measured out.
    Sorry, sh☆tty picture...
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    Shoit yeah Craigerr! Yeah why bust your back when you don't have to brew smarter not harder:rolleyes::).
     
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    That should make for a shorter brew night for sure Craigerrr. Nice to get the setting up out of the way.

    My remodeling project has slowed me down. Gonna take the weekend off and get caught up with my brewing. Crashing a Pale Ale and the base for my Watermelon/Rhubarb cider and hoping to keg them on Sunday.
     
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    Just what I'd do ballance the work- life -brewing all in moderation makes for a happy fella!
     
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    Put up the Stout I brewed a couple a few days back....pretty good yield even after spilling some 12 ouncers! Tasted great right out of the carboy....I understand now why the colonials liked this stuff even before the days of carbonation! Rich, coffee and toffee flavors...nice little sting from the alcohol....off to the conditioner boys!! Thanks J A !

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    Truer words never spoken Head.......Truer words!
     
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    I'm an old farter so....

    Actually plan to use the rope pulley to lift then lower the mash tun to the floor for emptying/cleaning after. Picked up a big ass bag so I can MIAB, and to make cleaning easier.

    Thanks Bob for the idea!
     
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    No problem. Us old farts gotta stick together.
     
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    I'm brewing the same size and trying to do the half litre vitality approach Bob mentions. Grab 500ml of wort while I'm coming to the boil and put it in some cold water. Once the boil is happening and the hops are added it should be around 20C. I shake the crap out of it and add the yeast to that and keep it around 20C. About the time I've got the wort in the fermenter at temp, the vitality starter has pretty much hit it's stride. Things seem to work better than even the smack pack approach.
     
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    Brilliant! It's like a Fast Food starter! I never heard of that method...seems like something that would easily slide into a brew day as there's always free time. Apologies to Bob if this is the approach he was suggesting. When I hear "starter" I think stir plates and flasks on the burner and scavenging yeast, etc. Nothing wrong with that of course, I'm sure it works wonders. And I'm sure someday I'll take that route.

    But I think I may give this brew-day starter a go next time out. Thanks for the idea.
     
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    Like the old adage, "try it, you'll like it" :)
     
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    Kegged that Ginger Ninger this one is really Gingery I upped the additions like doubled it.
    Trying out some cleaner I bought today as well this stuff sure foams up it's that Stella Clean PBW from Kegland . 20191116_155645.jpg
     
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    Kegging Vanilla Porter

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