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  • Hey JD, that "strange fitting" you show looks a lot like a pin-lock gas connector (without the actual fitting) for the Coke soda kegs. As a homebrewer who uses Coke soda kegs for my beer, it looks unmistakable...just FYI. While I'm not as good at my second hobby (metal detecting), I found my first silver today...a 1957 Roosie dime in great shape! Thanks for the videos and the inspiration - I had to wait 6 months to see a silver edge (I don't get out much!).

    Metal Detecting June 20th 2013 + Contest Win Arrived in the Mail! :-)

    Special thanks to HiddenTreasureHunter for the 2013-D dime. It sure is a beauty! Happy Hunting!
  • The yeast did not grow. I'll admit I've only done this a few times and thought making a video of the process would be useful (without much desire for the yeast strain). I suspect the bottle may not have been optimally handled (i.e., the yeast were old and tired/dead). I don't think it's necessarily a problem with the procedure...I have now successfully cultured Pacman yeast from a Shakespeare Stout bottle three times out of three attempts!

    Yeast Starter, Yeast Propogation, & Bottle Culturing Part 2

    • 6 years ago
    In the second of a two part series, we describe how to pitch a packet of yeast to a yeast starter, then culture a sample of that yeast by streaking it on to a plate. We then innoculate a 10ml samp...
  • US Penny Coin Roll Hunting and Copper Sorting Info

    A quick look at my family's most recent diversion--searching through US Penny rolls! As I searched for Wheat Pennies with my boys, I decided to also separate the non-wheat copper pennies (1959-198...
  • My guess for the contest - $56.24. Great videos! Makes me hopeful that I'll find some cool stuff with my new Christmas present (Garrett Ace 350) once the snow thaws!


    Just a little fun. May the best guesser win! Contest will run until January 5th at 5 PM EST. Now I have to count how much money is in that jar....uggh....
  • I personally do not skim the hot break. This is merely a personal preference as there is no clear evidence that I have seen that it matters either way (though you can ask 3 homebrewers and they'll give you 3 different answers!). Do whatever works for you.

    AHA Big Brew 2009 - Final Gravity Craftbrewers

    • 5 years ago
    For National Homebrewers Day 2009 (May 2nd), members of Atlanta-based homebrew club Final Gravity Craftbrewers got together for a group brew. We decided to brew a nice summer beer, well because it...
  • It is true that you don't want to repitch yeast from a high gravity (HG) previous batch directly. However, culturing the yeast is fine. In fact, it is probably this exact method that has led to more alcohol-tolerant yeast strains. If it survives a HG fermentation than it will likely be a stronger member of the "society". Of course, you will need to propagate it from a plate to clean out the lesser members of the "society". Mutations are likely so it may not be the same yeast afterwards!

    Yeast Starter, Yeast Propogation, & Bottle Culturing Part 1

    • 6 years ago
    In the first of a two part series, we describe how to pitch a packet of yeast to a yeast starter, then culture a sample of that yeast by streaking it on to a plate. We then innoculate a 10ml sampl...
  • With this method, you don't want to freeze the cultures, just put them in the fridge. To freeze, you would need glycerol to prevent rupturing the cells (too much trouble, in my opinion though it will last longer). Each time I streak to a new plate, I get a pure sample, so the "generation" term doesn't mean what it does when one repitches yeast. In those cases, each generation carries with it some contamination. In this case, you can go forever (with some mutations likely).

    Streaking Yeast

    • 6 years ago
    In this video, we streak different yeast strains on plates and slants in which wort agar has been poured. We show the yeast growth on the plates and describe how to isolate a single yeast colony.
  • We moved for work. My day (and sometimes night) job is as an astronomer and I am here working with the US national observatory in the southern hemisphere (CTIO). Chile happens to be one of the best places on earth for astronomical observatories because there is relatively little light pollution and the skies are extremely clear. It is also one of the most beautiful countries I've been to, in terms of raw nature. Cheers!

    Homebrewing Overseas

    • 3 years ago
    We finally get around to making a new video and in this episode, we discuss the trials and tribulations of homebrewing in a foreign country. We talk about how a brew system that is designed to wor...
  • Depends on several factors (health of yeast after previous fermentation, storage conditions, strain, etc.) so there's no absolute answer. You can get a good read on the yeast by looking at the color, dead yeast is much darker than viable yeast. As the slurry turns light brown, it becomes less viable. I suggest to ALWAYS pitch an aged yeast cake to a starter (say, 1L) to be sure there's enough viability. Happy Brewing!

    Reiterated Mash Partigyle

    • 6 years ago
    In this video, we demonstrate how to perform a reiterated mash barleywine. In addition, the second runnings were collected, canned, and pressure cooked for future starter wort.
  • Indeed, pressure cooking (if done correctly) will kill everything. This procedure is merely to make and keep the wort that will eventually be used to grow yeast. Thanks for the comments, I agree that a more patient procedure would include cooling in the pressure cooker. In my case, I do multiple batches in a day and prefer to keep the cooker in action. In ALL cases, one should be extremely careful not to bang the jars (they are glass, after all). YMMV!

    Pressure Canning Starter Wort

    • 6 years ago
    In this video, we collect second runnings from an all grain batch of beer to can and pressure cook to be used as starter wort in the future. We also sterilize petri dishes and pour wort agar into ...
  • Well, I think it's because YouTube has increased their filesize limit (2 GB, I think) so I was able to save it as a DV AVI. With my other videos, the limits were lower so I had to step it down quite a bit. Otherwise, nothing fancy, my camcorder is several years old and the same one I used for all my videos.

    2009 Hop Harvest & Wet Hop IPA Brew Day

    • 5 years ago
    It's hop harvest time at the Huddleston Hop Farm in Jefferson, GA. We were able to pick bags of Magnum and Centennial. The Cascade looked really good but were just not quite ready. Then, the fol...
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