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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 22, 2015, 04:34:21 AM »
I'm interested to know how many of you bottle your submissions from chilled kegs and how many of you naturally carb in the bottle.  Do you think there is an advantage of one over the other as it relates to competition submissions?

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Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:39:07 AM »
Interestingly, there was a brewery in my town that was established and operated out of the owner's home (dwelling house).  So, perhaps these regulations have been relaxed somewhat.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:08:42 AM »
Thank you Janis. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:56:49 PM »
Have the judging dates for each of the sites been announced yet?  If so, where can I find them?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Kegs - Manufactured in India
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:23:00 PM »
I also have one of the Indian kegs and think they are quite nice, especially compared to the used Italian ones I have.  The welds are fine.  The only issue is the poppets stick out above the top of the posts by maybe 1/16th of an inch which does make it difficult to get the disconnects on.  A little fanangling is all it takes.  I have thought about seeing if I could get replacement poppets but it really has not been that much of a problem.   I would definitely buy another.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 24, 2014, 03:17:37 AM »

About 37 seconds in...glad he's ok.  It looked brutal in person!
Thanks.  That doesn't really do it justice but, yeah, obviously glad he was not injured.  He joked about it in the water seminar, saying that it had all been choreographed.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 20, 2014, 08:06:12 PM »
I had a great time.  It was my first.  Enjoyed almost all of it.  BNA9 party may have been my favorite part.  Did not intend to go but on the spur of the moment decided to go and had an exceptional time.  Does anyone know if there is a video of John Palmer's infamous "slide" anywhere on the net?

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Did a pork tenderloin on the smoker.  Turned out great.

Hop Growing / Re: What eats Hops?
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:24:40 PM »
I'm pretty sure a rabbit has eaten some of my hop shoots.  The deer seem to leave them alone.

Equipment and Software / Re: Filtration systems
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:39:44 AM »
I put a sanitized paint strainer bag inside my fermenter and drain the kettle into the fermenter.  Then pull the strainer out and let it drain a bit into the fermenter.  Works well.  You can get the strainer bags cheap at home depot or Lowes.  They can be reused too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Stout
« on: March 14, 2014, 03:35:09 AM »
Very interesting.  I'll have to research it a bit further.  I had heard of adding the dark grains to the mash tun just before sparging but had never heard of cold steeping.  Is there a specific reason why you wait until 20 minutes left in the boil to add it to the kettle?  That would make it difficult for me to estimate my final volume.  Can you add it at the beginning of the boil and get the same results?

Beer Recipes / Re: Rye Stout
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:17:59 PM »
At the risk of jumping your thread, what exactly is cold steeping and what are its advantages?  Does it give you a less bitter roasted flavor? 

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 04, 2014, 05:57:06 PM »
The link in the email I received does not work.  I tried to copy and paste and that does not work either.  Anyone else having this problem?

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith 2 & Inventory
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:13:31 AM »
I was thinking about reestablishing my inventory in BS as well.  I have the same problem remembering to remove inventory after a brew session or not remembering if I have already done it. 

The software should have something that tells you whether you have removed the items from inventory already or not.  That would be very helpful.  I "try" to move my completed brews to a separate folder and remove the items from inventory at the same time but I am rarely successful.

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