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General Homebrew Discussion / printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
I am attempting to print the labels and they are coming out small: 2"x2.5". Is this to be expected? The printer is hp officejet pro 8600. I had used it for another contest and the labels were the size I was accustomed to seeing. any suggestions

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Equipment and Software / cool brewing fermenter insulator
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:14:42 AM »
Saw this "cool brewing fermenter insulator" advertised in BYO's september issue. Was wondering if anyone has tried it and is it worthwhile?

I have been using the basement's sink filled with water as an insulator, using frozen 2-liter bottles for making ales. Generally it has been good. But with the cbfi it would free up the sink.

With birthday and Christmas coming up soon, thought I would suggest this to the wife who will be hounding me for ideas for gifts. Any input would be much appreciated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / bjcp and belgian blond?
« on: March 23, 2012, 02:38:21 PM »
I am getting ready to print my labels for my nhc competion entries and I have a quandry:

I am entering a belgian blond and I cannot figure out exactly which category: Is it a 16a witbier (which I understand is a belgian version of a wheat beer)? A 16b Pale Ale (much too light)? or a 16e Belgian specialty?

Any guidance?

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General Homebrew Discussion / alt vs. bock
« on: December 07, 2011, 05:27:37 PM »
Not having tasted a true altbier (to the best of my knowledge) but have tasted professionally made bocks and dopplebocks, I was wondering how the two styles compare, how do they contrast? But more in the areas of taste and malts and hops? Anyone have an opinion?

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All Grain Brewing / long mash times
« on: July 31, 2011, 12:03:27 PM »
Other than not to mash for over 10-12 hours because it would lead to sour beers, I was wondering what would be the effect of mashing for say 3 hours.

The reason I ask is that occasionally like I had to leave the mash tun for about four hours (Today it was church and brunch with the family). I mashed in at 154 and returned to mash out at 150. For what it's worth I am brewing in this case a Blond Ale.

I was just wondering. I had done some searching but came up with no real answers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / lightbulbs
« on: February 10, 2011, 04:10:07 PM »
The other day I came across this article that got me thinking:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2011-02-07-lightbulbs_N.htm

Has anyone wondered what would be the implications that the new lightbulbs would have on homebrewing?

For example, I brew in the basement and store my bottles in the basement and so, I have always been conscious of using incandescent lights to minimize skunking. What am I going to do once I cannot get such lightbulbs?

What about those who use incandescent lightbulbs as a heat source in their fermentation chamber?, etc?

Just wondering with a homebrew in hand.

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