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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll try one too.
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I won't stop you, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Then again, knowing this lot, I'll be the only one that doesn't enjoy horse piss...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So...thinking about getting a second mead together (as soon as I have a free carboy).

I'm thinking late-season honey, a can or two of dark malt (or steeping some chocolate malt grains, perhaps), and some cinnamon and ginger in the secondary just before bottling. Possibly fortified with bourbon?

If the timing works out like the last batch, it should be ready for the shittiest part of late winter, which sounds perfect to me.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of us were talking about campden tablets earlier, but wasn't too sure about how they worked. Found some info and though I would post it here.

https://www.midwestsupplies.com/purpose-of-campden-tablets.html

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok. The explanation about the yeast strains explains that.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Need some new yeast strains? Modify their DNA at home.
(Kits for bacteria and a number of other things are available too.)

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...This kit includes everything you need to make precision genome edits in yeast at home including Cas9, gRNA and Donor DNA template for an example experiment. Item contents include but are not limited to: a laboratory grade pipette, media and plates, yeast and DNA...


Seems fair for $160.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/diy-crispr-kits-learn-modern-science-by-doing#/

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

crispr-cas9 science is incredible stuff! I do wonder what all comes with the kit though. What would be even better is if i could get school to pay for it and try it out with my students!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a feeling that you might have some interest. I'd love to see how some of that works, but I'm not sure I'd actually get much use out of a kit.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy crap would this be cool...but man I'm not sure I'd be able to just jump into something like that!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

from the details of the kit, it seems like a novel DNA substitution, making the yeast appear red instead of the normal white. While still very cool and perfectly illustrates how the technique works, I'm afraid that anything past that is way above my pay grade. Isolating and targeting specific sequences and replacing them with custom other sequences is far beyond me.

I'd still like to try it out though

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw this on my facebook feed, any thoughts?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/851236517/artbrew-worlds-best-craft-beer-home-brewery

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silverhand wrote:
Saw this on my facebook feed, any thoughts?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/851236517/artbrew-worlds-best-craft-beer-home-brewery



FINALLY, a homebrewing method for people who can't handle heating liquid on a stove. Seriously though, they're going to sell a whole damn lot of these, but I just don't get the point. The machine isn't going to make anything all that special from a 1-3 week process (maybe fresh hefes all the time?), and your involvement in the process is so close to nonexistent that you should probably just go out and buy beer. Even somebody using a beer kit can say they did the work required to "make" the beer from ingredients.

But yeah, this is basically the Flowhive of beer, so they'll make about a billion dollars.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it missed the whole part about cleaning it...I can see that thing producing some funky beers due to bad cleaning and/or rouge yeast. But, hey, anything for convenience.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrypeaches wrote:
I think it missed the whole part about cleaning it...I can see that thing producing some funky beers due to bad cleaning and/or rouge yeast. But, hey, anything for convenience.


They probably sell a cleaning solution for the price of a case of Sam Adams.

Edit: It looks like you just add a liter of water and it cleans itself over several hours, which probably means auto-steam-cleaning the hell out of everything. Might be fine?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know looking at it all I could think of was, 1-3 weeks? seems way too short for anything good, plus I pictured having to pour sanitizer in it every brew. I liked the mini keg device featured here much better though.
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