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Beer Travel / Re: Houston/Austin
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:12:05 PM »
Yeah, I'm excited for Celis, I hope to make it there.  Live Oak was interestingly enough one of the first places I found since it is right next to the airport. 

I met someone from Pinthouse Pizza while I was taking a Siebel Brewing Microbiology short course, so I certainly hope to hit that up. 

If we don't get anything in Houston I won't at all be surprised, we'll have a lot more time and freedom on the Austin side of the trip once the conference is over.  I just looked and St Arnold is closed on Sunday which is our one free day in Houston before we head to Austin.
I forgot to mention that the Pint House Pizza on S. Lamar has the Electric Jellyfish IPA, which was nice. Both locations have guest taps also.

Beer Travel / Re: Houston/Austin
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:31:47 PM »
Celis has the classic Wit, try it.

Live Oak has a nice place by the airport. Excellent German and Czech style beers.

ABGB might be my personal favorite. Pils, Pils, Pils.

Pint house Pizza has been good - 2 locations.

Draught House has a large tap list, and a couple of house beers.

Beer bars, Craft Pride for all TX beers, Bangers for really good sausage and beers. Both on Rainey St. Wright Bros Brew and Brew (beer and coffee) had a nice list.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:08:34 PM »
NE Minnesota, Shallow well (30ft), 50 ft from lake,
Ca    14
Mg     5
Na     6
Cl       8
SO4    4
HCO  47
pH    6.6
Dang, that is nice water.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Cider Maker from WA; Making Website
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:11:22 PM »
It looks pretty nice, and good information on my first skim of it. Bookmarked.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 manifolds, old regulator and my liufe
« on: June 15, 2018, 05:31:43 PM »
I had a valve with a red handle that was a leaker when submerged, at the threaded base. It broke when I tightened it, revealing porosity in the brass. Had to replace it, then no leaks with the new valve.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Vindication for us non-rehydrators
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:17:01 PM »
Some of the smaller breweries around here will fill the conical cone, open the manway and sprinkle the dry yeast in, close the manway, then pump the rest of the wort in.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 manifolds, old regulator and my liufe
« on: June 15, 2018, 03:15:06 PM »
If the keg is empty you can fill a bucket or a big sink, put 30 PSI into the keg, and put the top part of the keg into the water. I have also put my manifolds into a bucket water to find leaks. Learned this ages ago when my farmer uncles would check for leaks on the smaller tires on the farm (not rear tractor tires of course).

Higher pressure on the keg or lines will help you find slow leaks.

I have had leaks in the regulator assembly and at the regulator to tank connections. I used Star San to find those.

I can’t help with the beers you listed. The Kickoff Party will have some really nice hoppy beers from the Pacific Northwest that don’t get the hype. Breakside won the GABF IPA Gold a few years back, as an example. Do some research from this list, and you can sample some good ones.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: RO water good for making beer?
« on: June 12, 2018, 01:31:23 PM »
anyone have any experience with the Brew Water Maker?

I'm looking do dabble with RO water since my municipal water is basically garbage.

That is about twice what I paid for my RO system. It says 15 gallons per hour, which is a lot. What TDS does it deliver?

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: food optipns
« on: June 11, 2018, 11:33:11 PM »
If you miss out on that pass, some hotels have free day passes for the streetcars or buses. Well, one of ours did several yeas back.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Help be interpret this
« on: June 08, 2018, 12:49:07 AM »
I will throw out there that it might not be a monotonic function, but it could be like an upside down parabola.

Low pitch rates give high esters.
Optimum pitch rates give low esters.
High pitch rates give high esters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "watery beer"
« on: June 06, 2018, 09:02:11 PM »
Interesting link, thanks Jeff.  I seem to have a crude version of this going: my lid-on, asymmetric-heat circulating phase for 35 minutes, followed by the last 10 minutes with the lid off and the burners on full.  Actually, maybe my system isn't so crude:  it has virtually no moving parts!

I don’t think they crank up the heat when the “top hat is engaged”, but I read that years back.

A pro friend says he has a fairly gentle boil, then cranks it up at the end to blow off volatiles. Sounds like you are brewing like my friend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "watery beer"
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:47:22 PM »
Commercial systems have a large volume, and a relatively small stack area, which helps attain the low boil off %s.

Those that I know that make maple syrup have shallow pans with a large surface area to get the required boil off to concentrate the sugars, the ratio is 40 gallons reduced to 1 of syrup.

Some of the German brewhouse s use a 2 phase boiling process. Here is GEA Huppmann’s write up.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Labels 2018
« on: June 05, 2018, 05:48:41 PM »
Hi Everyone,
As stated, there is a final round website that can be found in the Final Round Instructions in your post-competition package after the letter (pages 2-4). The website is
Once you log in there, the instructions are again posted in your profile, and you can print out your bottle labels. You do not need to provide a recipe unless you win a medal in the Final Round this year.
Good luck on June 28!
John Moorhead
NHC Organizer

I was wondering about the recipe info. Thanks.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Labels 2018
« on: June 04, 2018, 02:01:23 AM »
I was asked by a friend who has one going on, and as I do too I looked into it.

On your entries there is a .pdf “letter” that has the address for the final round website. Go there and log in. It should list the entry/entries that you have moving on. There is a print label button there. It worked for me.

Hope this helps. Good luck in the final round.

Jeff Rankert

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