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  1. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    That's kinda what I did. I did my best to try and halve the packet before I cut it open, then pitched it in the keg after I had stirred the hot wort into the cold water and had topped it off - just like MRB instructs. Then, after I pitched I just folded the packet tightly and clamped it with a small metal kitchen clamp and put it back in the fridge for another batch. I have a can of American Ale that I want to experiment with so I might use the rest for that. Perhaps I will refrain from buying 11g packets in the future or just pitch the whole thing.
  2. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Oh, we know what you mean - we were in Bend when the news was announced they had been 'sold'. But so far anyway, their beers haven't changed - supposedly a legal commitment they were successful in negotiating with the buyer. The moment it does change, in it's recipes or way of brewing it's toast. Descutes Brewery is right across town, still #1 in Central Oregon and they along with Worthy Brewing (also across town) will crush them. They're kinda like a test case in Oregon. Can a big brew house swallow a small and successful craft brewer and have the smarts enough to leave it alone to do its thing? Time will tell -
  3. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Yeastie Zombies. You guys are amazing....😜
  4. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Yeah, I'd say your risk here is much, much higher than someone like me risking a single 2-gallon batch. It's one reason why I like this small system so much. A guy almost never has more than $20-40 bucks involved here and that won't even by two people a good dinner in most decent restaurants anymore. Kudos to Mr Beer and their 2 gallon system, for learning the basics of home brewing...😎
  5. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    For what it's worth, my wife kept a yeast starter (in the fridge) for years and years (for her sourdough bread) in a plain Ball glass jar, capped with a standard lid - NO STERILIZATION what-so-ever. I'm not saying I don't think sterilization is important but in the sourdough yeast, that same starter probably saw two (if not 3) different refrigerators lifetimes and continued to make sourdough her neighbors were envious of. Yeast is pretty tough stuff and will be around on this planet well after real Mad Scientists have blown us all to smithereens at last.
  6. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Well, then perhaps I ought to consider this remaining half packet contaminated and forget about it. It's not as if it will be a big loss $-wise. I'll know better next time how to safely store it. Thanks - still, I hope I added enough to the batch, I should have just gone ahead and pitched it all since I was only guessing on how much went out of the packet.
  7. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    One of our favorite in-state craft brewers (Bend, OR) is '10 Barrel Brewing'. (Apocalypse IPA, etc). When you go to 10 bbl K, you'll have good competition!
  8. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Wow, 500 GRAMS? lol, that makes my 11g look like peanuts. Well, after using ~1/2 I just folded the packet tightly, clamped it with a small kitchen clamp and placed it in the fridge. I hope that keeps it fresh and contaminate free.
  9. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Two points, Kedogn: First, I asked about this because I have a half packet of the Safale yeast left over, having only pitched half initially (entirely by guess - I don't yet know how to calculate how much I need and only went with the package's statement that it was enough yeast for 5 gallons and I was brewing 2.) And second, because I AM a 'Wanna-be' Mad Scientific Brewer at heart and am not opposed to the risk of entirely screwing up a batch of fermented beer for experimentation. This experiment involved adding one full pound of DME and one cup of agave nectar to the original MRB can of mix (no booster packs). Therefore, I reasoned that more yeast might be warranted (given the extra sugars added). I was a bit worried I may not have added enough initially and if I can't profitably store the remaining packet, why not use the rest now? That's all -
  10. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    So, based on this assessment, saving half a pack of dry yeast (in this case 11g Safale US-05) is riskier than the potential gain. Either use the packet up or don't buy the 11g packets in the first place?
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  12. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Have you ever just pitched the remaining yeast into the fermenter a few days after you started a new batch? I'm wondering if it's ever done because I was thinking about doing just that - pitching in the rest of the packet into the 3-day old wort. Go or No Go?
  13. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Well, how I can I not give a big 'Like' to that?! lo l 😀
  14. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Which does bring up a question (if I can be serious for a moment). Can one open the keg top (briefly!) a few days after the first pitch and pitch some more? Ie, pitch the rest of the packet. I ask because there is just a small part of me wondering if I pitched enough yeast since I didn't have a scale to weigh the packet before I pitched and only guessed on how much of the 11g's I pitched. I mean, some do open the lid to add hops before the fermentation is complete, why not more yeast?
  15. Mic Todd

    Hazy IPA dry-hopping tips?

    Now, that's my kind of guy: "Toss the whole thing in." Why not? lol Yeasties to the task at hand and all stops be da_ned!
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