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I like beer.


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comment How do I keep yeast from a strain that I've bought?
No problem. Don't worry about genetic drift in beer yeast. As I understand it Saccharomyces cerevisiae does not drift much. You're main worry as a homebrewer is contamination. As to how to store it longer than a few months? I don't know. I've never tried. My experience is mainly with making the same recipes repeatedly and trying to save money. Also, don't underestimate the yeast colony's ability to 'learn' a beer. Often times, your beer will improve noticeably after the yeasts have fed on the same recipe a couple of times.
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comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of Buckets vs Carboys?
I was being a bit ridiculous about it when I wrote that. But yes, the handles and the carboy carriers (the cargo net type) make them much easier to carry. I still ended up with a stress fracture in one. I suspect I bumped it against something when setting it down one time. I don't trust that carboy now. Glass is a strange beast.
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answered How should bulk grain be stored?
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answered What are the advantages and disadvantages of Buckets vs Carboys?
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answered What methods do you suggest for logging the brew process?
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comment How do i determine the quality of ingredients?
+1 for the comment about bittering hops. I buy my bittering hops in larger packs. I'll use some on a brew and put the leftovers into a Ziploc freezer bag and back into the fridge. They will last that way for a couple of weeks no problem.
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answered How do i determine the quality of ingredients?
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comment Best way to mill grains
Agreed. Invest in other equipment first. Make sure you stick with homebrewing. Using the mill at the local shop will work for quite a while. Only when you are looking (again) to save money should you invest in your own mill. And that is only because you will start buying your base malts in 40 lbs. sacks.
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answered How do I keep yeast from a strain that I've bought?
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answered Which brewing podcasts do you listen to?