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Trust me, you won't regret going. What you will regret is every year you miss one. I will not be going this year and I totally regret that!

Same here. :(

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Equipment and Software / Re: PH Meter
« on: May 04, 2015, 08:31:44 AM »
After much consideration I recently upgraded to the Milwaukee-101 from a Hannah Instruments pH EP+.
I still have a hard time trusting automatic calibration & temperature compensation.  Others have mentioned the pros and cons. Confidence in calibration is a big one for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 24, 2015, 03:29:35 PM »
San Diego is up.

My Irish Red took 3rd

Way to go Charles!
Wish I could repay the visit this June, but I need to save my Euros for Austria, Germany and Belgium in September. 

Yes, please cry me a river :)

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:49:46 AM »
Love to grill asparagus. Its a month away here.

We just planted our first crown this year. Can't wait to see what comes up next spring. 
I do believe I will have artichokes this year.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Outer Space IPA
« on: April 24, 2015, 08:47:12 AM »
Good advice.  Don't let folks completely scare you off of the crystal.  Just use it with a light touch and know why you're adding a particular grade.

I agree, Steve. I like crystal with a light touch - I just think it gets way overdone. Too much of a good thing. I like 5% in IPA, even 7% in APA, then dried out with gypsum. I'm more of a 'crystal limiter' than a hater.  ;D

Everything in moderation. Except peat. :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Outer Space IPA
« on: April 23, 2015, 12:56:30 PM »
I've been looking around for the hops because my LHBS doesn't have apollo of pioneer. I can't find a single place online that has pioneer hops. I only know the places you guys suggest, but nobody had them.

Pioneer might be tough to find, but Apollo and Galaxy will make a great IIPA. I'd go with somewhere around 8-12 oz of hops total, roughly 1/3 of that in the dry hop. Nothing wrong with either grain bill; I personally like ~5% medium crystal.

Good advice.  Don't let folks completely scare you off of the crystal.  Just use it with a light touch and know why you're adding a particular grade.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 23, 2015, 11:30:30 AM »
I would assume he meant the quality of his beer improved.

You might be correct.

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Pimp My System / Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:55:15 AM »
Got mine earlier this week! Been thinking of a way to regulate the temp.  The mini fridge i have now is to small for this guy.


Nice looking rig, congrats!

Where are you heading with that 90 ell on the racking port?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 23, 2015, 07:45:45 AM »
To all the owners of conical,

What method of temperature control is used? I want to buy a conical, but I am not sure of the best way to controls temps.

I bought the SS brewtech 7 gal cronical with the FTS system and have seen a significant difference in the quality of my beer.

Please clarify regarding the significant difference; good or bad?

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Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 09:51:25 AM »
Cool beans... One question though.... I've always wondered if the Shire is really full of hobbits and how do you work around them?

AAMOF, I am the head hobbit....;)

Denny "Bilbo" Conn :)

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Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 07:18:32 AM »
Right on Denny! 
Sounds like a fun Gig.  Keep 'em grounded.

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Ingredients / Re: Using your back yard creek
« on: April 19, 2015, 07:53:52 AM »
Ok, then Duck Fever. But either way, using creek or pond water is going to end in you being a fan of one of these schools.

Easy there Jim,

GO DUCKS! :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 17, 2015, 03:24:13 PM »
This was my first time entering the NHC, so excuse my questions. My entry went to St Paul, and it's listed as "2nd Place" in Category 8. I'm not clear if that means I've won a ribbon or certificate. Or is there no way to know until I know my score(s)?

Also, does this mean I've advanced to the final round? If so, will I be told when to send additional bottles to San Diego? And what would my entries be competing against, if they did advance?

My back story... I've been brewing for almost two years. I was inspired to do so out of necessity. I just couldn't find a decent, traditional, low gravity, English bitter that tasted anything like I've had in the UK. In the past two years, through a lot of trial and error and recipe tweaking (concentrating on making this one beer style), I managed to brew something, consistently, that is exactly what I want to drink. Now I'll move on to another style!
Congratulations Frenchy! As I understand it; assuming your beer has scored 30+, yes, you've won a red 2nd place ribbon, a certificate and your beer advanced to San Diego. 

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Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Mill & Cabinet
« on: April 17, 2015, 11:07:06 AM »
Well done!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: thin beer
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:09:35 AM »
You are a bright star in my night, Uncle, but not the center of my universe.

Nice, that one's going in the quiver for sure. 

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