More Posts

Yeast Starters Three-dux

I’ve finished the last starter needed to round out my aeration experiments. Once again, the main post has been updated with the full data set and some additional thoughts.

Yeast Experiment Update

I was able to brew the test beers for the Yeast Pitching Rate Experiment today. Some notes on the brew session can be found on the main experimental page.

85% efficiency on a 1.059 beer, though… I do love my Barley Crusher.

Yeast Pitching Rate Experiment

Most homebrewers, once they get seriously involved in the hobby, will make starters for their beers. While the commercial yeast products are advertised as being “pitchable”, their cells counts don’t allow brewers to inoculate a 5-gallon batch of ale at the industry standard rate of about 0.75 billion/L-°P. And the true cell counts may be [...]

Yeast Starters Redux

As a quick follow-up to my starter aeration experiments, I made up a DME starter for comparison purposes. As would be expected, it produced substantially more yeast than the sugar starters. So if nothing else, don’t take the cell counts estimated in the original tests to be accurate for beer – something I probably should [...]

Saturnalia Princeps

‘Tis the season… I had forgotten all about this until I was poking around in my Amazon account settings: 77 of 84 people found the following review helpful.

I’ll be in St. Louis from December 26th until January 1st. To anyone I won’t see, happy holidays!

Happy Brew Year!

I have it on good authority that Santa will be bringing me a pump and/or grain mill this Christmas, so the odds are good I’ll be brewing my first self-sufficient batch by the New Year. My only dilemma is, what should it be?

My go-to “house” recipe, Behold a Pale Ale. My other house recipe, [...]

Anyone want an iPod?

I (finally) got an iPhone so I’m selling my old 40 GB. If you’re interested check out the eBay auction.

Fail: Blog

Well, I live with my parents again. Awesome.

Europe Journal and Photos

Well, I finally finished transcribing my journal from Europe, which was nothing compared to culling 700+ photos down to 442, editing, tagging, and captioning them. If you’re primarily interested in the journal part you might want to start at the beginning, but there are tags for individual countries too.

I guess finally getting some closure [...]

One Small Step

Forty years ago today, a Purdue alumnus (BTFU!) stepped off a ladder and into history. And yet last week the Obama administration had to hedge its bets regarding whether or not we’re going back – ever.

It’s easy to be pessimistic about designs so grand they almost elude comprehension. In an era of staggering [...]