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Is it legal/safe to buy beer and check it in as luggage on a commercial airliner to bring back home?

Homebrew Competitions / 1st round NHC results...when?
« on: April 21, 2010, 11:46:17 PM »
When are the first round NHC results going to be released?

Beer Recipes / Jessica Rabbit Mild Ale
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:51:01 PM »
Here is a Mild Ale recipe that I have been working with that has done well competing  :)

Jessica Rabbit I
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 12.00 gal
 Brewer: Oxymoron Brew Works inc.
Boil Size: 14.50 gal
Boil Time: 90 min  Equipment: 1100
Efficiency: 80.00

Amount Item Type % or IBU
12 lbs 8.0 oz Maris Otter Thomas Fawcett II (2.2 SRM) Grain 79.67 %
1 lbs Crystal Maris otter Malt - 55L (55.0 SRM) Grain 6.37 %
1 lbs Extra Special malt (130.0 SRM) Grain 6.37 %
1 lbs Oats, Malted (1.0 SRM) Grain 6.37 %
3.0 oz Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) Grain 1.21 %
2.00 oz 2008 Goldings, East Kent [5.40 %] (60 min) Hops 20.1 IBU
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 5.0 min) Misc  
2.00 tbsp Fermax yeast nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc  
2 Pkgs Thames Valley Ale (Wyeast Labs #1275) [Starter 2000 ml] Yeast-Ale  
Ferment ~66*F

Beer Profile
Est Original Gravity: 1.037 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.009 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 3.62 %  
Bitterness: 20.1 IBU
Est Color: 13.8 SRM Color:
Mash Profile
My Mash Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Step Add 24.00 qt of water at 168.2 F 158.0 F
10 min Mash-out Heat to 168.0 F over 15 min 168.0 F


Does anyone know how a home brew club gets on the "list" to host one of the club only competitions? Any info on this will be appreciated ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / yeast for tropical foreign export stout
« on: March 15, 2010, 01:38:15 AM »
I judged stouts at the MCAB this year, and had my first good version of a tropical version of the Foreign Export stout. BCS lists London Ale as its yeast choice for this style, but the one I judged had a much nicer fruity ester profile than I remember the London strain having.

Any imput on yeast choice for this "sub" sub-style?

Equipment and Software / Anyone use this fermenter before?
« on: February 10, 2010, 02:26:40 AM »
I ordered this fermenter the other day and was wondering if anyone had tried it before?

Yeast and Fermentation / Staro-Prague lager yeast
« on: December 14, 2009, 01:05:40 AM »
What styles have you used this yeast in?

How clean did it turn out?

Yeast and Fermentation / Damn WLP001
« on: December 01, 2009, 01:16:26 AM »
I took part of an older yeast cake of WLP001 to make a starter with to brew a 70/-,and this has to be the slowest to flocculate yeast I have ever seen. Over 24 hours to flocculate out in a 35*F fridge, WTF ???  All I can assume is that I took the last jar of yeast I collected from the conical and it is the slower yeast to flocculate >:(

General Homebrew Discussion / Pictures of turkey day brew
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:03:03 PM »
Weighing out water treatments

weighing out some hops

The entire assortment of hops for 12 gallons of Radical Brewing's Belgian Singel recipe

mash starting to recirculate

iodine test

the infamous brew sculpture

just in case it rains

collecting some wort pt I

collecting some wort pt II 

conical freezer's stickers 

one of the cooler stickers

Munich Dunkel inside above freezer 

German Pilsner straight out of the picnic tap 

Rebel hops brother 

I have been thinking; a while back I bought the tri-clamp blow off set-up for my 14.5 gallon Blichmann conical. After making this purchase I realized that I could either use the blow off tube, or my thermowell to monitor fermentation temps with. I got to thinking today about drilling another hole in the center nof the lid for the thermowell to fit in, and use the existing stopper hole for the blow off tube. Has anyone heard of anyone doing this?

All Grain Brewing / Slowed down my sparge,and got a boost
« on: November 27, 2009, 12:53:36 AM »
I slowed down my sparge on 12 gallons of Belgian Singel, and ended up with 1.058 instead of 1.050. Not a huge increase in efficiency, but a big enough spike to notice it :D

Yeast and Fermentation / Oxygen; too much, or not enough
« on: November 25, 2009, 06:27:25 PM »
Everyone always tells posters to aerate enough. So how much O2 is enough without using too much :?:

Most of the time I use 1 minute of red bottle O2 through a Williams' SS wand set-up for ales, and 2 minutes for lagers/high gravity beers. Is this enough, or not enough, or too much :?:   

Questions about the forum? / How do I post a profile picture/avatar?
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:44:53 AM »
What do I have to do in order to be able to post my avatar picture like I use for the other forums?

Pimp My System / Pictures of some of my stuff
« on: November 20, 2009, 12:38:35 AM »

Ingredients / Belgian Amber candi syrup flavor
« on: November 17, 2009, 06:09:20 PM »
What flavors does the 40L amber Belgian candi syrup add to a beer?

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