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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hopping
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:56:16 AM »
I've gone back to doing a secondary and then dry hopping then cold crashing. I seem to be getting better results, too.

I was doing dry hops in primary at around 60% fermentation which made sense that the leftover viable yeast would benefit from the oxygen in the hops, therefore reducing any unwanted oxidation.

Like the others I seem to think the extra step is worth it. I will sometimes add hops to a bag in the keg and have had great results no matter how long they stay there.

3 of us out of my local HB club entered this year. My buddy who has an account with FedEx was 10 min late getting our beers to the shipping center. I volunteered to go to Austin on my own and hand deliver them to Austin Homebrew.

When I go there and brought in 1 box with 3 guys entries, I asked if it would be possible for one guy to leave his out warm because his bottle filler fudged up and he just sent bottle conditioned beers. They had already been in the bottle 10 days so I figured it would be alright if they would oblige.

The guy pointed to the corner of the showroom and said "sure, no problem. They'll sit there till somebody comes with a truck and loads them all at once to take to the final judging site (at least a week away)". I was disappointed because I sent an IPA that I thought would be refrigerated as soon as I dropped them off.

At least my buddy will have benefited having them warm till judging.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:52:45 PM »
No word from Austin Judging yet...  :(

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: April 08, 2014, 02:28:44 AM »
Thanks, man. I finally have one of those beers to send you that I promised. The batch I promised originally didn't come out quite right.

This is the 2nd attempt on it this year and the one I have now is better than the one a month ago. Both were ok, but I was 10 points below my recipe on both. I think I got a batch of old malt from a friend. Luckily it was only enough for those two beers. I'll choose my own from now on!

It's the fruity one using Belma, Citra, and Amarillo, with Chinook bittering.

Still not as good as last year, but I'll be tweaking it. Give me a shout and I'll send it out to you.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: April 05, 2014, 06:47:11 PM »
Been a member for a while. I don't get much chance on any discounts living where I do, but I dig the mag and the whole AHA mission, as well as being a member of THE community of brewers!

For some reason I haven't used this forum in the past, but I'm going to start now. I know Denny and surely some others in here know me as al_bob on the BlueBoard.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Jumping back into the game
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:28:05 AM »
The failures weren't the point they were failures bc of things after the brew day. Like a fridge going out, using bad yeast, carboy braking. I normally hit my mark for gravity and such. I only missed once bc I forget to refresh a recipe in the program and it through off my water calcs. I got the boiler maker for ease of cleaning and the pump so I do to lift things constantly.

I was more wondering about how should I arrange everything and such.

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You could probably Google "one tier" systems, or "two tier" systems and come up with some good links.

Then once you get a system for you gear, concentrate on the same type of sanitation every time you brew. Try and use the same water. Keep good notes on everything until you know you are repeating it every brew. Still keep notes. Pay attention to fermentation environment and try and repeat it every brew (per style).

I use a set of saw horses and gravity for now. A pump is coming soon, but it all works as is. Just get into a routine, I guess would help. I try and do things in the same sequence each time.

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