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  1. Correct, even nitrogen flushed sealed bags can oxidise at higher temps and become cheesy. Since it's just a guess what portion of the AA are still in the pellets/ flowers I just cop it in the wallet and bin them. @Beerlust Never heard of an infection from hops, mould yes but hop acids are pretty well antimicrobial
  2. Fridge turned itself into a heater, literally hot to the touch and smelled cheesy. Bin it, mostly old stock anyway
  3. Not my mistake but keg fridge died over the weekend, no idea whether or not the yeast slants that were in it are still viable. Few kilos of hops straight in the bin
  4. A little cold break into the FV actually helps clarity and feeds the yeast. It'll drop clear , don't worry
  5. Those are generic instructions, even if that vial is 3 months old it's still more than enough cells with Kveik . I know of pro brewers using 2 smackpack / vials on bbl ( 119 L) batches and having no problems at all.
  6. Kveik , like all other yeast are exothermic so they will actually produce heat during fermentation . Since these strains are usually far more active they produce more heat , so i wouldn't add any extra heat source . Good luck with this brew
  7. It can be reused BUT you'll need some extra nutrients in subsequent uses. Boiled, clean yeast slurry from a beer is excellent for this , 1/4 of a cup is plenty . Since your yeast isn't quite as vital as it was and cider isn't a forgiving environment I'd suggest that you increase your pitch rate to avoid off flavours.
  8. Pitch at 25 C , allow to free rise during ferment to over 30 ...bottle after 7 days . Not everyone enjoys the flavour left by these strains but i generally do , No phenols or fusels and some interesting esters depending on stain
  9. Triple batch of Rye IPA . 1.065 , 72 ibu Bittered with magnum, simcoe and mosaic late. easy done!!
  10. Think you'll have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning AND winning power ball on the same day than any serious effects from ingesting botulism toxins from no chilled wort throughout your life. There are some downsides to no-chill of course, doesn't suit every or even most styles but it is a valuable tool for brewers.
  11. I sincerely doubt you'll find an accurate chart that'll help you on a home brew scale , it's like asking how many oranges does billy need to make the sun come up . Frankly they're 2 very different things , the extract potential of a malt is often listed online in flintstone units as Points/Pounds/Gallons but this only tells you how much total sugars can be extracted and held in solution , not which sugars they are or how fermentable they are even in identical forced ferment tests since that's dependent on mash temp , enzyme activity , pH , time and moon phase alignment . Remember brewing is an art and a science , a chart made 15 years ago for a superseded brewing program won't help you much , as the other brewers have said let the flavours guide you here .
  12. Even with the style seems to overlap it's just a matter of deciding where it fits best. So just to clarify on what really matters Aroma - malt / hop aromas, balance of them or any obvious esters / phenols . Appearance - colour, clarity and head formation / retention Flavour - As per aroma , more in depth and carries 40% of final scoring Mouthfeel - body, finish ect Overall - overall balance, impact and total score . So even similar styles on paper are different in balance and finish. Very good reasons why say the UK and US IPAs have been split, very different hop/ malt balance , different finish and very different hop flavours. If you're just brewing for yourself and friends then completely ignore these guidelines https://www.bjcp.org go to style centre and download the small PDF. There are plenty of apps for Android and IPhones which are very handy.
  13. I may have hit peak wanker but I'll often fill out a standard beer judging sheet for my brews . At least this way I can refer to my notes/ shoresheets next time I brew it , the only catch is remaining objective
  14. Assume you have fridge set to coldest setting ? Inkbird won't override the factory thermostat , even if that's the best you can manage it's ok and will work just fine .
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