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  1. In my opinion, not really... but the difference...

    In my opinion, not really... but the difference is only $20, so if it makes you feel secure go for it. Presumably you would have a regulator feeding gas into the bottle, so you would know what you...
  2. Award winning brewer for hire, over 25 years in the industry

    Hi all, I've been in the industry in one capacity or another since 1989: brewing in both production and pub settings, some freelance consulting, etc. Most recently employed as Brewmaster of a small...
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    Agree, I've been dealing with Dana since 1996 and...

    Agree, I've been dealing with Dana since 1996 and he has always been Johnny on the spot when it comes to returning calls. Usually it is within an hour, the longest I have ever had to wait was, at...
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    Presumably these recipes had to be adjusted for...

    Presumably these recipes had to be adjusted for scale, in which case that would have been done on company time, so the original home-brew recipes aren't necessarily the baseline for ownership. If...
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    I can't even wrap my head around this, not sure...

    I can't even wrap my head around this, not sure where the problem might be, but my experience over a lot of years is very much contrary to your experience. If this did in fact happen, I am guessing...
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    Thanks, will let you know! It's still active, so...

    Thanks, will let you know! It's still active, so final results aren't in yet. The wort tasted amazing, and my assistant drank a pint of it on the brew day LOL We tasted the beer this morning, as...
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    Blonberg, your advice worked and we had a great...

    Blonberg, your advice worked and we had a great run off. I didn't use quite as much extra on the rice hulls because I wouldn't have been able to fit that much in my pilot mash tun, but I did use...
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    Perhaps not, but that was the information I was...

    Perhaps not, but that was the information I was given by at least 2 people at Fermentis/LaSaffe
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    I don't think I have ever seen it down, but logic...

    I don't think I have ever seen it down, but logic tell me that it should be
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    Awesome, great info, thanks! I had thought...

    Awesome, great info, thanks! I had thought about putting the puree in before the grist, wasn't sure if it would be a good idea or not, sounds like my first instinct was correct in that regard.
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    Sweet Potato beer/Rice Hulls

    Hey all, wondering if anyone has experience with pureed sweet potato in the mash? Before you tell me I'm mad, I already know... About to to a 1bbl test batch that looks like it is going to be...
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    I would like to submit that WB06 (the...

    I would like to submit that WB06 (the Weihenstephan hefe strain) will get very flavorful if it is treated right. For a start, that one needs to be underpitched to get the character to come through. ...
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    Ferments yeasts are fantastic. I occasionally...

    Ferments yeasts are fantastic. I occasionally use Lallemand, but they are considerably more expensive than Fermentis. I use S04, S05, WB06, W34/70, and BE256, have made multiple award winning beers...
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    Agree, pitch all the yeast on day one, brew in...

    Agree, pitch all the yeast on day one, brew in second on day two.
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    That is truly bizarre. Was the temp and...

    That is truly bizarre. Was the temp and concentration right? Did you speak with Dana about the issue? That is totally the opposite of what I have experienced. I've been using BruREze since it...
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    Another vote for dry. Many things going for it;...

    Another vote for dry. Many things going for it; ease of use, can keep an ample stock on hand, doesn't much matter how it's shipped, price, etc.

    Some people dismiss dry yeast because of old...
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    Theoretically yes, but I couldn't tell any...

    Theoretically yes, but I couldn't tell any difference in the finished product. Used this method with a few different yeasts strains, both ale and lager

    For my part, no new information
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    This would be my solution as well

    This would be my solution as well
  19. I wouldn't package without a way to measure the...

    I wouldn't package without a way to measure the dissolved gas. Sensory testing is at best questionable because you can never get a good pour directly from a tank. The last thing you want to do is...
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    I prefer to push my beer with CO2, and only use a...

    I prefer to push my beer with CO2, and only use a pump when filtering. Yes it blows through CO2, but as Unfermentable pointed out it means less potential of DO pickup and shearing.

    To be certain...
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    I 2nd calling Dana at BIRKO. Show him the pics...

    I 2nd calling Dana at BIRKO. Show him the pics and ask for procedure on how to handle it.
  22. Not sure about your system, but our tankless...

    Not sure about your system, but our tankless supplier said that they were not designed to heat water that was already hot (i.e. in a recirculating system) and strongly advised against setting it up...
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    I have had mash tuns with manometers/sight...

    I have had mash tuns with manometers/sight glasses on them... all they amounted to was something else to clean.
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    Call Dana Johnson at BIRKO Chemical, his...

    Call Dana Johnson at BIRKO Chemical, his recommendations worked better for me than other processes I have used.
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    Proportionally few commercial breweries use whole...

    Proportionally few commercial breweries use whole hops for several reasons; pellets are easier to use, hold up better under storage, take up less storage space, whole hops require specialized...
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