Monthly Archives: March 2006

Yeast bank

Every serious homebrewer should have a yeast bank, where they save samples of favourite yeast strains. A pack of Wyeast costs close to $10 these days, so recycling yeast is a must to cut down on costs. I just took … Continue reading

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The never ending tank

It looks like my carbon dioxide tank is coming to an end. It’s about time. About six months ago I was trying to think of the last time I brought my tank in to BOC Gases to have it refilled. … Continue reading

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Different yeasts = different flavours

I’ve been making a lot of yeast starters lately. I’m slowly building up a fair sized yeast bank. When you pitch a yeast starter directly into the wort, you want to do it when all the yeast is still in suspension … Continue reading

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Stir plates rock!!

I got a stir plate last week!! I was mentioning to my friend Stiffler (his mom is hot) that I was going to try to build one. But he beat me to the punch by giving me one that he … Continue reading

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Blackberry porter, Belgian dubbel and a wheat beer

I racked my Belgian dubbel to the secondary tonight. It had a gravity of 1.016, which is a 77% attenuation. That probably had something to do with the low mash temperatures. It tastes pretty good though. I then put the … Continue reading

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The Great Stir Plate Experiment

I’ve decided to build a magnetic stir plate. Why you may ask? Well, to help out with my yeast starters. It’s supposed to boost the yeast cell count so your starters will be bigger, thus cutting down on lag time … Continue reading

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