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Messages - dbarber

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 02, 2015, 10:29:34 AM »
Been too cold to brew lately, but will finally warm up into the 40s on Wednesday.  Plan on brewing a biere de garde.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Controller and my fridge
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:29:26 AM »
I often use the thermwraps and a thermowell in the winter time.  They work well IMO.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 07, 2015, 04:25:09 PM »
I can dream can't I?

Yes, but sometimes dreams come true.  I am planning to sign up.  Do you have any hotel recommendations?

I don't since I don't live in that area.  Try giving Keystone Homebrew a call, they could recommend something.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:00:44 PM »
  The pre-call for judges message that I received mentioned that the judge director was looking to recruit 100 judges for the first round in Philly.

I can dream can't I?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 30, 2015, 12:36:19 PM »
Scanning and emailing judging sheets is probably the easiest option available although for a large comp you need a fast scanner and somebody, or preferably multiple people, who has a good process in place to sort forms before they go in the scanner and afterwards as the files are being created. It's faster and cheaper to send forms by email with the cost of postage these days.

This is what we do for Malt Madness.  Our competition is around 500 entries and we have 2-3 to people to scan score sheets.  We used to stuff envelopes and have them available for people to pick up the day of the competition and send the rest out by mail, but we switched to scanning to save on postage.

Dave, what type of scanner are you using?

I'll check with our IT guys.

It’s actually a multifunction device – printer, scanner, and fax.  It is an HP Laserjet 15369dnf MFP.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:41:30 AM »
Scanning and emailing judging sheets is probably the easiest option available although for a large comp you need a fast scanner and somebody, or preferably multiple people, who has a good process in place to sort forms before they go in the scanner and afterwards as the files are being created. It's faster and cheaper to send forms by email with the cost of postage these days.

This is what we do for Malt Madness.  Our competition is around 500 entries and we have 2-3 to people to scan score sheets.  We used to stuff envelopes and have them available for people to pick up the day of the competition and send the rest out by mail, but we switched to scanning to save on postage.

Dave, what type of scanner are you using?

I'll check with our IT guys.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 29, 2015, 09:09:06 AM »
Scanning and emailing judging sheets is probably the easiest option available although for a large comp you need a fast scanner and somebody, or preferably multiple people, who has a good process in place to sort forms before they go in the scanner and afterwards as the files are being created. It's faster and cheaper to send forms by email with the cost of postage these days.

This is what we do for Malt Madness.  Our competition is around 500 entries and we have 2-3 to people to scan score sheets.  We used to stuff envelopes and have them available for people to pick up the day of the competition and send the rest out by mail, but we switched to scanning to save on postage. 

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Ingredients / Re: Bulk Base Malt suggestions
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:24:47 AM »
I've used both Hugh Baird and Thomas Fawcett MO and prefer TF.  For 2-row I use Canada Malting and have good results with that. 

I get these through a local brewery which is cheaper than the LBHS.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How well do you clean your mash tun?
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:50:34 AM »
Mash, dump spent grains, rinse, repeat.  I never use soap or chemicals, ever.

+1.  I wouldn't want to remove that nice patina by scrubbing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Good recipe for Munich Helles
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:54:45 AM »
Here is my latest Helles that's currently lagering in the chest freezer:

84% pilsner
10% light munich
6% carafoam

18 ibus Hallertauer mittelfruh at 60 min
wyeast 2206

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Mr. malty
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:20:52 AM »
You have simple starter selected...did you have stir plate selected 2 days ago?

I was going to ask the same thing.  I've never had an issue with mr malty.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing over the Holidays?
« on: December 09, 2014, 10:55:21 AM »
I have a munich helles carbonating and plan to use the yeast on a maibock and/or doppelbock, then a Dusseldorf Alt, and a munich dunkel.  I need to start planning my New Year's Day brew.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Better Bottles and Fermawraps
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:10:51 AM »
I have used Fermawrap with my BBs, and it works just fine.

+1.  I use fermwraps on my BBs during the winter, never had a problem.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BCOE&M help
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:04:15 AM »
This doesn't appear to be an option, which doesn't make any sense to me.  I ended up printing out BOS pull sheet and writing the entry # on it.  One of the reasons we didn't go with judging # is because there were several instances where different beers had the same judging # and the first two digits didn't necessarily correspond with the category number.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Caramel Malt in a Russian Imperial Stout
« on: September 09, 2014, 06:31:42 PM »
I wouldn't ditch the crystal malt.  I use 4-6% crystal malt in my big beers,both barleywines and RIS.  I like the flavor it brings to the beer and tend to mash around 150 to increase the fermentability.  I've never had a problem reaching 75% ADF.  Some of my beers have done okay http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/2010Barleywine  :) 

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