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Events / Tickets for AHA Conference
« on: May 28, 2011, 07:22:09 PM »
I have had a change of plans and now want to go to the AHA Conference.  Does anyone have tickets to sell?  I found I have 3 beers in the NHC finals and would like to be there for the awards dinner.


Mike Graham

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Homebrew contest scores?
« on: July 27, 2010, 12:46:10 PM »
Here is the order of things I would change staring with those that give most bang for the buck.

1. Use a yeast starter to ensure you pitch an adequate amount of healthy yeast.  Only requires a flask, some DME, and a day or two planning ahead

2. Get a fridge with an external thermostat, or some other way to control your fermentation temperature so you can ferment at a constant temperature appropriate for the style you are brewing.  Will require fridge and external temp control, but causes a bifg improvement in quality of beer

3. Move to a full boil.  Will require a big kettle and wort chiller

4. All Grain.  Requires Mash tun (or to minimize the amount of equipment to buy try brew in a bag)  Also requires capability to do full boil

Good Luck
Mike Graham

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Preparing for the switich to all grain
« on: January 09, 2010, 03:36:49 AM »
I would consider trying to go all grain with the Brew in a Bag method.  I did this, and it was very easy to make the transition.  All you need is a ten gallon kettle, a wort chiller, and a bag you make from a sheer curtain from wallmart.  At least try this before getting mash tuns and all the other equipment the other posts suggest.  You will have to get a large brew kettle and a wort chiller anyway, so the only expense to try Brew in a Bag is $7.00 for the curtain and some time sewing it into a bag.  You can google "Brew in a Bag" to find websites that give step by step instructions with photos.  I have been brewing in the bag for the past year and have won several medals with this method.


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