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Equipment and Software / Re: Wanted: Homebrewers Consumer Reports
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:15:31 AM »
I think the best part of the blichmann equipment is the false bottom.  It's simply the best I've used.

Ingredients / Re: Water report for Culligan RO system
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:10:35 PM »
Its a Culligan under the kitchen sink system.  I have to start drawing water out of it the day before brew day because I only have a 3 gallon pressure tank.  I usually end up setting my phone to beep every 40 minutes so I can go draw another gallon off.  That gives it recharge time so that the pressure is good when I do.
We are going to use RO for our commercial brewery, 10. Bbl. and will have to collect about 500. Gallon. That's going to take awhile.
For a commercial brewery you might want to look into a nano filtration system vs ro

Events / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:58:52 PM »
Heh, Ted is coming up already

Events / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:12:36 PM »
I think I picked a terrible time of year for this exam, but last year I hosted one in Aug and thought that was bad too.

Know of anyone else coming out to this area that could proctor or are even interested in taking the exam?  I've had several people drop off so I've got open slots.

Events / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:42:48 PM »
Hey Denny,

Any chance you want to stick around the area for another day and come over to Tri-Cities on Sat the 13th and proctor a BJCP tasting exam?

I'm sure Klickitat Jim would be excited that you are proctoring the exam he is taking :)

Seems like all of the usual people I can get out here have something going on.

Equipment and Software / Re: When the therminator is not enough
« on: August 19, 2014, 03:57:46 PM »
Duda diesel has several larger ones.  For more plates you could add additional in series, for more volume you could add additional in parallel

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first competition entry
« on: August 13, 2014, 08:14:53 AM »
I understood you from the beginning Jim, but it is easier to follow in your last post. I guess the other seemed a little touchy feely and the hippy comment made me laugh so I joined in. Your thoughts remind me of an eighties movies starring Woody Harrelson, where he stated that some people would rather look pretty than win; while he was just trying to win. He felt dunking( he couldn't) was just too flashy and not enough substance
Look man, you can listen to Jimi but you cant hear him.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Insurance
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:02:12 PM »
Another question that popped up with one of the clubs I'm in... If the club gets the insurance for say 50 people... and then during the term we get 15 new members... They wouldn't be included right?  Would we have to call and have each new member added each time?  Or are they SOL until the next term...
I asked Crispy this at NHC and I think he said they would be covered and would have to be added at next enrollment.  Though I imagine if you were a 15 member club and added 100 members that might be different. 

Beer Travel / Re: North Central Washington Fires
« on: July 22, 2014, 06:38:49 PM »
It is affecting air quality somewhat but that is pretty normal this time of year.

Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:08:19 PM »
Typically when you buy wet hops they are coming very fresh off the bine. Like shipped overnight the day of the harvest.
At least from one place they sit in individual totes for a while to dry a bit for shipping and then are shipped in boxes with holes in them.

Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 14, 2014, 08:25:53 PM »
It really depends on the moisture content as well as who you ask.  Personally I go with 8x or more

Ingredients / Re: Fresh (Wet) Hops
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:03:47 PM »
Use 4-8 times as many wet hops vs dry

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Buying yeast online
« on: July 12, 2014, 09:38:02 PM »
Nice pics.  I see Sean there and I was right next to him.  Anyone get pics of Keith "Here's you bag Mr Beechum"?

Beer Recipes / Re: A better light lager?
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:14:01 PM »
My Munich Helles is 100% Pilsner malt and has a wonderful light maltiness, but it's not as light as an American Light Lager. I recommend corn, rice and Pils malt. Try something along the lines of 60%Pils/20%Corn/20% Rice for a light American Lager.
My last helles was 100% Best pils malt. It turned out almost exactly like Hopfbrau helles. Very clean, light malt character, very easy drinking. Many of the other helles biers I've have much more of a Munich malt presence, whereas the Hopfbrau helles has none of that.

If you're wanting American lager, go with what some others said and do like 80% pils malt, 20% rice or corn. Use your 2633 yeast, hop to 18-20 IBU. The rice solids I think can go in the mash, not the boil.
Rice syrup solids definitely go in the boil, not the mash.

What will make things interesting is in a competition. Putting a table strength saison up against a Tripel.

since this information should be mandatory, I think it should be fairly easy for comp staff to split up the saisons, and make sure that table/super ones are judged with similarly sized beers.

It is a question I've got for the AHA though:  Do they foresee combining/rearranging categories for NHC next year?  Basically, if the guidelines aren't significantly changed further, would we have 40 medal categories consisting of exactly what has been released so far? 
'cause we're gonna have like 40 International Lagers entries, and 1000 American and Specialty IPAs...
And adding another 300ish entries to the final round judging.

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