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Events / Re: Sharing Beer at National Homebrew Conference
« on: May 15, 2017, 01:45:49 PM »

I want ice cider.

That was my only entry that didn't advance in First Round, so I've got extra and will be bringing like a gallon jug or so of it. *shrug* sometimes the judges are wrong.    ;)
I look forward to pouring it over my head and guzzling it.... I mean... having a sample.

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Events / Re: Sharing Beer at National Homebrew Conference
« on: May 10, 2017, 02:59:20 AM »
Dkfick, where you been hiding?

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Eh, sometimes I just go in and out of my forum usage.  NHC is coming up and I'm starting to make my google mymap for the drive out and for places to go while there... Figured I better swing by and see what folks are talking about lol.

Events / Re: Sharing Beer at National Homebrew Conference
« on: May 10, 2017, 02:10:45 AM »
I'd even go so far as to say that if you see somebody pouring and you don't know them, ask for a sip anyways.  99.99% of the time you'll get some too.  And most of the time, that .001 is because the bottle/keg just ran dry.

Exactly this. I have a cooler backpack that I carry around. NHC is one of the few places that I travel where I usually bring a full wine check and leave with an empty one. Since there's no banquet this year, all that beer will be shared during the conference. Either at seminars, meetups, or even walking around the vendor booths. If I have a bottle open and there's something left in it, just ask and you'll get a taste. You did bring your glass, right? lol

whenever I open a bottle around 10 friends, there's always someone I've never met who sees it and sticks his/her glass in for a pour.  And that's cool.  Although once last year I did screw with a guy. "it's ice cider, and it's only for friends. *glare*  Just kidding, here you go!"   ;D

I want ice cider.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 17, 2016, 01:07:05 AM »
I use plastic, stainless, and glass.  I do believe plastic poses a bit more of a risk of harboring bacteria in scratches.  Not all plastic or plastic fermenters are created equal though. 

I believe the real risk of those scratches in the plastic come from the scratch being made, then a yeast or bacteria gets in there, then you wipe it folding a the gouged up layer of plastc back over it thus preventing much sanitizer from getting in the scratch.

Now PET Better bottles for example this is much less likely as you can't really rub anything inside there.  They are also a much harder plastic than the white buckets... That said I do use the wine buckets quite a bit... Though I do replace them maybe once a year.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewometer
« on: May 17, 2016, 12:55:35 AM »
Could one of you post a pic of it in the fermenter?  Does it need to be recalibrated every time like the Beer Bug?  I have the Beer Bug... I bought it when it was a kickstarter... Wanted it for my meads but found taking it out every time I needed to degas and having to recalibrate it each time made it useless to me... It's literally just collecting dust for me.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: May 16, 2016, 03:14:25 PM »
So I went with 6 grams for a 6 gallon batch.  I added for a 10 minute whirlpool and then left it in during the cool which took roughly 20 minutes.  This was a double IPA.  I've only had it uncarbed (it's currently dry hopping) but I think it's a little bit too bitter.  I think I would remove the quassia after the whirlpool if I were to do it again... Maybe reduce the quassia to 4-5g...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 12, 2016, 12:16:27 AM »
I gotta say I love FFF's beers,  but Dark Lord is way too sweet to enjoy.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Barrel Aged Darkness
« on: April 08, 2016, 08:31:50 AM »
There is music at the event as well.  Terrible terrible throat screaming metal.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to ship homebrew?
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:29:06 AM »
You can make your shipping labels on these shipping companies website. Attach it to your package and drop it off without talking to anybody. I have done that several times without any issues.
This.  This is what I've done every time.  Never get asked anything except "Do you want a receipt?"

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 21, 2016, 07:45:45 PM »
I still think it would be worth while to boil say 1 gram of the quassia and 1 gram of high alpha bittering hop each in a cup of water and taste side by side at least to get an idea of where to start.
Maybe I will,  I got some time.  Brew day isn't until April 30th.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 21, 2016, 06:59:55 PM »
Well I got a response back from Aaron at Dark Horse.  They don't actually use it... So the rumors I heard were incorrect.  He suggested adding it to the mash or post ferment,  though he does not have any actual experience with it.

I am going to try using a smaller amount in some may temp water and I'm some fermented wort.  Worth a shot.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 20, 2016, 07:19:24 PM »
Heh,  Well it all stems from a brew day at a local brewery where they give you up to 20lbs of malt and up to 8oz of hops.  Malt and hop varieties are limited.  I chose all aroma and flavor hops.  I could bring more hops... But I had a few bitter ingredients stirring around for making bitters... Figured why not.  Lol.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 20, 2016, 06:48:04 PM »
Ah, gotcha.  Yeah maybe.  I did make a tea with it but with no hop to to compare against.  The tea I made with it was the most bitter thing I've ever tasted lol.

I've heard Dark Horse users it in their Plead the 5th.. So I've emailed them for any tips.

Ingredients / Re: Brewing with quassia bark (Picrasma excelsa)
« on: March 20, 2016, 02:36:38 PM »
there was a presentation involving this ingredient at the 2013 NHC I think. It might have been in the alternative wood ageing presentation but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure that he went over dosages.

You could do a side by side tea tasting with a known AA% hop to develop a rough equivalency and go from there though.
Yeah I was at that talk.  I think he just mentioned it and how bitter it was.  Nothing about dosing.  Yeah making an extract test beer is what I wanted to avoid.  I think so far what I'm going to do is puts some in a bag and try and sheep it to taste day of. I'll just pull the bag when I think it's bitter enough

I have a stout stainless 14.5 gallon conical,  a stout stainless 7.3 gallon conical (won in a raffle), a minibrew plastic 8 gallon conical, a fastferment conical bulb thing with stand, a Onderbrew plastic conical (cone goes on to of a bucket and you flip the bucket)... So....  I guess I like conicals.  Mostly I like them to dump trub and to harvest clean yeast easily.

I'm going to be honest... The mini-brew conical is probably the one I use the most.  I like the shape and lightness of it so it's easy to move around. The 7.3 gain conical is new.  I have a batch of cider in it now,  but it's the only batch that I have had in there.  It could be a new favorite... I like both the spot conical designs.   I normally do 6 gallon batches and I have no issues doing one of those in the 14.5 gallon conical.  Only issue with the sixth of it with smaller batches has come while attempting to lager in it... Too much headspace for all that.
Edit: is late and I typed all that on my phone... Could be some auto corrects... I'm not proofreading lol.

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