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I'm a programmer at Microsoft working on social analytics.


Mar
4
comment Is my gummy wild yeast unusual?
I've now siphoned the beer out of its original one-gallon container and into a new one. I took the opportunity to smell and taste, and it seemed unremarkable -- a little oddly bitter, a little too much ester, but neither sour nor unpleasant. A few globlets of yeast did get sucked into the siphon, and they continue their odd up-and-down travel in their new home. What was left behind in the fermenter looked a little chunky but otherwise unremarkable. It had none of the glossy sheen of the yeast suspended in the beer. I'll probably try a bottle in two weeks and report back.
Feb
26
comment Is my gummy wild yeast unusual?
More details added. I definitely did not purify a culture of it; it did not occur to me to do so. I assume this is a kind of "spray a few drops on agar and look for distinct patches" culturing? I haven't done that since grade school... could be fun!
Feb
1
comment Breaking bottles when capping them
Thanks for the advice! I'm going to give it a try and see how it feels before deciding whether or not to return it and trade up. The biggest advantage of the handheld capper is that it's easier to put away and therefore less visible and less likely to trigger spousal disapproval at my growing stash of equipment. :)
Jan
30
comment Reusing bottlecaps
I'm going to continue to reuse caps for kombucha, which differs from beer by having much lower (non-cap) COGS and far less sensitivity to infection.
Jan
30
comment Reusing bottlecaps
This desire was at least in part a result of the problems I had with my capper, which had the bad habit of snapping the necks of bottles I was trying to cap. The failure rate was lower with pre-used bottlecaps, probably because less force was required to apply the cap.
Jan
30
comment Breaking bottles when capping them
Well, if only I had seen the reviews at northernbrewer.com/shop/review/product/list/id/187 before buying this capper... . I'm going to try the "Emily Capper" instead of a stand model; it's reviews seem much more positive.
Jan
26
comment Breaking bottles when capping them
After the first broken bottle, I made sure to use a lifting motion while applying the cap. It has not prevented additional incidents.