Decoction mashing is not that hard. Just takes some time and lots of stirring. It helps if your
wife co-brewer can stir while you do other stuff.
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Is there really a shortage of Simcoe going on? Seems like folks are having a hard time finding it. Regionally maybe?A new local brewbup without hop contracts could not source Simcoe several months back (they buy the 44 lb. boxes of pellets). The brewer changed that recipe to get the beer brewed.
Just curious, what's the mechanism that causes aeration with the mix-stir? I assume you're putting the mix-stir at the bottom of the vessel and it gets everything moving, maybe forming a vortex? Would a paint mixer do the same thing? I ask because I was thinking about using a paint mixer for faster cooling with an immersion chiller, but don't want to aerate the hot wort (not trying to start an HSA debate here...).
I don't know anything about the logistics of running a homebrew competition so this is really a question and not a criticism. But is it odd that half the competitions that have been held so far have not been able to finish? Has that happened in the past? The entry limit is still capped at the same level as in previous years, correct?Last year was the first that any region hit the 750 cap. 2 regions actualy did.
You may be right.Well, 17th or later.I don't suppose you know if Texas is done yet do you?Dallas will not be done until the 17th. How do I know? The status for all regions can be found here:
That they only got half way through in one weekend does not inspire confidence that they will finish in a second. I hope so, as I entered there and I don't want to be totally blind on any re-brewing required.