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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:46:37 PM »
Enough people gave up that you can register now.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:10:10 PM »
Maybe we should take to the Tweets in protest with the phrase: "National #Homebrew Competition" to get some attention.

Worst of all is that I am more of a 'take action' guy then a 'b!tch" about it, but AHA has failed me twice... and wasted my time in the processes.

Atlanta is stck at 47 of 750 entries have been logged for this region.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:06:14 PM »
They really need a stand alone entry system that can take an XML loading of entries. How hard would it be to do this in Ruby and outsource the hosting as it is a short duration thing. Oh, and BOOO!

I am giving up trying to enter rather then get more and more PO'd.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:59:26 PM »
Not usually a complainer, but 45 minutes and one entry accepted? Going to name my next entry "503".

You did better then me. I have been trying for 50 minutes and only managed to register. Add an entry give me the message: "Service Unavailable The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later."

After being shut out of NHC because I did net get the alternate site via tweet, I am pretty disappointed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pouring First Runnings Back into Mash Tun
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:23:33 PM »
I have done it for the experience. The benefit you gain, after following the above procedure, is that the first runnings wort is full of enzymes that get right to work on the new grain. The end result for me was that I ended up with a sticky wort at 1.120. The end beer fermented very nicely and has been aging. The one bottle we cracked is delightfully smooth.

That said, I do not really need 10G of barley wine, or even 5, so I generally go with a first and second running strategy where I get a huge first beer and an awfully respectful second beer. Third beers are too astringent for my taste, especially since I am not blending. Example: Imp Stout pushing around 1.130 (top range of my measuring equipment) which yielded a second beer, a porter, at 1.076 which finished at 1.018. I did cap the mash for the second beer with an additional 2# of caramel malts.

The challenge for me is that I need two boil vessels, but that is a small headache given the benefit of two beers for not too much more investment.

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:49:21 PM »
Pretty disappointing. I was on the site at the appoint hour, only to see it crash (again and again and again). I tried for more then an hour to get wait listed. I found out about the other route to register later in the day after it was all over. Not sure why the other method was not terribly public information as this was the middle of a working day.

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