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All Grain Brewing / Re: decoction mashing / home brewing myths
« on: December 05, 2016, 09:41:59 AM »
statements like "a TRUE brewing method" (empahsis mine) make me  ::)

but decoction works for me and I'll keep doing it.  YMMV

cheers--
--Michael

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Ahoy, this is probably a dumb question (THEY DO EXIST) but after I rack my mead from the primary fermenter to the carboy, will it keep fermenting? I see that I have to put another airlock on it, but I can't find any literature anywhere saying if the ABV will continue to go up, or if it will stay the same as the last reading I took before moving. 

Thank you!

do not focus on the 2-3 week time they mention, but rather that they are talking about your mead being nearly done.  (caveat:  I am one who believes mead should not stay on a 71B cake for very long.) 

Yes, suspended yeast in your mead can and will still ferment if they have not reached their limits and their activity is not actively stopped on your part.  It is assumed in the article that your fermentation is nearly done.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WHYM
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:36:54 AM »
just added a couple drops of Olive Nation Peach/Mango extracts to my pint of Sculpin

Boom, I made fruit beer.  One of my faster brewdays, for sure...I think I'm getting the hang of this.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Card benefits
« on: November 15, 2016, 11:34:42 AM »
I would say that the assumption is that the customer is BS-ing to try to get something for free/discounted.  This is not just the AHA card but a service industry thing IME.  Ever have a bartender refuse to believe you when you tell them there is something wrong with the beer or tap line? 

"Son I've been doing this longer than you've been alive and I know what Porter tastes like.  This is basically an oud bruin.  But no, go ahead and keep treating me like this is my first beer and don't know jack"

In the end, I've used my AHA card exactly zero times.  It hasn't been worth the effort to argue.

whatever.  it's not why I'm a member.  But when people ask me if they should be members I don't describe the discounts as benefits either.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is there a monthly bottle swap here?
« on: November 10, 2016, 08:30:34 AM »
I see that I have Jim's email from when he ran the first swap. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to contact him outside the forum though, out of respect for his privacy. OTOH he might appreciate that we are thinking of him.
I'm also wondering about AmandaK. Isn't someone here in her club?

Amanda is doing very well, I promise you.  Judged with her/drank her tasty mead a few weeks ago.  But I'm certain she appreciates the kind thoughts.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Did NB sell out?
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:30:57 AM »
opinions:  Am I supporting AB-Inbev if I finally use up the several Northern Brewer gift cards I've won as competition prizes (it's the only thing I've won more often than my 5 Beer Guns)   ;D


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Other Fermentables / Re: Timing of pectic enzyme in cider fermentation
« on: October 13, 2016, 09:26:03 AM »
I've forgotten it and added it during fermentation, but generally with or shortly after the campden.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: October 04, 2016, 12:01:11 PM »
if I brewed for the beer I could take the next decade off drinking the stuff - especially mead - that I've got. 

but at least it's not the 25 year supply I used to have. 
Yes, if we stopped now I still think we would have enough mead to last well into our dotage. I'm starting to turn some into brandy.

sometimes supply be damned:  the family comes through with a couple gallons of the little wild pacific mountain blackberries, and they MUST be turned into mead (and a pie).  After concentrating on cider for 3 years I've made 17 batches of mead since April.  It'll keep.   8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: October 04, 2016, 06:56:29 AM »
if I brewed for the beer I could take the next decade off drinking the stuff - especially mead - that I've got. 

but at least it's not the 25 year supply I used to have.   8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bjcp scoring question
« on: September 29, 2016, 09:09:43 AM »
Congrats on the BOS!

Thank you! I'm just bummed that "Whatever Denny, *I* taste the decoction" didn't place. Next time!   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bjcp scoring question
« on: September 29, 2016, 07:23:47 AM »
Finally won my first Best Of Show a couple weeks back. 41.5, only 4 entries in category. (And 3 medals given out  :o )

Another of my entries scored 46. A third entry only scored 34, but over the weekend I got an email from a guy with 25 years of judging and mead making experience, who was drinking the second bottle and raved about it.

Different palates, different scoring thought processes, different judge skill levels.

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Other Fermentables / Re: great apples this year
« on: September 25, 2016, 02:19:16 PM »
FWIW for anybody else considering this, I've been waaay more happy with slightly iced juice in this situation. Sometimes there's a particularly rainy year and ya have low sugar apples; it happens. And I don't generally like to ferment anything under 1.055. Boiling down, while certainly viable, isn't the character I'm looking for.

Cheers
Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 24, 2016, 06:37:44 AM »
I think about how many times over the years I've complained or heard someone else complain about high prices, old ingredients, lack of service, lack of selection, dirty stores, terrible advice. And from the same stores for years. In what other business would running such a terrible business be sustainable?!

...if less stores means better stores, bring on the correction.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP comp question
« on: September 23, 2016, 09:18:44 AM »
*sigh*  it says zest = SHV and Fruit Juice = Fruit.  I don't see the problem.

...it's like the more effort is expended to clarify the more stubborn people have gotten in arguing about it.  As someone even slightly involved in the process it's maddening.

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