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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 17, 2015, 03:38:34 PM »
Baltimore. June 9-11.

I got a text or a Tweet (not sure which, it just showed up on my ipad) that said it's Philly next year.  :o

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 18, 2013, 08:52:55 AM »
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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:20:03 AM »
I have decided to split the batch and try at least two yeasts. Half the fun of making beer is experimentation.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:48:55 PM »
Thanks all. This helps me. And, Denny, congratulations on 10,000 posts.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:39:44 PM »
Thanks  :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Dry Yeast for a Belgian Dubbel
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:17:43 PM »
My son loves Belgian Dubbels :o (They're not my thing but I try to be an indulgent dad) and I love using dry yeast. Dry yeast is incredibly simple. I went through some of the previous posts and it looks like T-58 might be better than S-33 for fermenting a Belgian. I'm figuring with the hot weather, it's a good time for brewing this type of beer.

T-58 or S-33? Or am I out of luck for a dry yeast?

Ingredients / Re: Hop Drying
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:53:17 PM »
Here's another system that might work too from Michael Tonsmeire, The Mad Fermentationist

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First brew
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:07:50 PM »
Welcome to the fun. As the late Gilda Ratner said (as Rosanne Rossana Dana), "It's always something." That, in a nutshell, is what makes brewing fun. In my experience, if you pitch yeast at a temperature that doesn't kill them you will get okay beer (good enough for the woman I'm married to anyway). +1 on pitching yeast at a cooler temp (if you can) and letting the wort's temperature rise.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Near-perfect Brew Day
« on: April 16, 2012, 11:33:55 AM »
This is what I love about brewing! :D

I suppose unless you're doing it professionally and it becomes a major job complete with worrying about payrolls, profits, outputs, and bottom lines; brewing beer with or without friends is one of the most satisfying things you can do. If you do it alone you're able to think about the process and are able to concentrate on perfection. If you brew with friends and family the process becomes collaborative and about enjoying where you are in the moment. My only concern about a party with kids near boiling liquid would be making sure that said liquid and said kids (and dogs) were kept far enough away from each other. Nothing spoils a great brew day like a trip to the emergency room. So a little pre-planning pays off in a great day.

Nicely done, Tony.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First All Grain brew
« on: March 11, 2012, 10:30:33 AM »
I did my first AG last month and made a very simple spreadsheet combining notes from Denny's site and Palmer's book.  It's pretty straightforward with just a handful of inputs (mash temp, grain bill, etc...) and I ended up hitting the calculated numbers just about spot on. I'll be more than glad to pass it along if you'd like. 

If you could email that to me that would be awesome. Thank you kindly

melferburque at

Equipment and Software / Re: borosilicate flask and ceramic cooktops
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:08:52 AM »
Thanks, all.

Equipment and Software / borosilicate flask and ceramic cooktops
« on: January 20, 2012, 01:52:01 PM »
Is it safe to boil my DME in the borosilicate flask on my electric stove's ceramic cooktop? I'm guessing so given the directions which say that after a 15 minute boil to place it in an ice bath to cool. sounds like pretty tough stuff.

Zymurgy / Re: 2012 Zymurgy ideas
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:48:18 AM »
1.  Myth busting segments.

That would be cool. There is soooooooooo much conflicting information available that is either bad or just confusing.

As long as it's done in a relatively scientific manner and not the "our one try did/didn't work therefore the myth is true/false" methodology that those clowns on TV use.
I'd love to see a segment on shooting beer cans through walls.  ;D

Zymurgy / Re: Haven't seen the Nov/Dec issue yet
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:45:30 AM »
My copy was just delivered to the Hawaiian guy in his canoe at the docks in San Francisco,  He will begin paddling at first light and arrive here in Puna in a week or two.
Out here in the western continent, we use stagecoach.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy online?!?!
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:43:00 AM »
I like the ability to look at the newest edition that has yet to reach this corner of the world. It's great.

My one nit pick is the little reminder at the bottom right of each page that continually moves. I know that it indicates where to turn the page, but it's annoying. I loathe animations that vie for my attention on commercial sites. Can there be an option to turn that off?

Again, it is great having this resource for members. Great job.

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