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Homebrew Competitions / Fermentationland Home Brew Competition - $7/entry
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:59:02 PM »
Fellow Home Brewers!

The Maine Ale & Libation Tasters are pleased to announce our Fermentationland Home Brew Competition taking place on March 8, 2014.  Registration is now open through February 21, 2014.

This competition is limited to beer only (Categories 1-23) and is limited to 200 entries.  All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges or Professional Brewers.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at

Entries will be accepted until February 28, 2014 at either one of the three drop off locations or shipped to Richmond Home Brew Supply (52 Main St, Richmond, ME 04357).  Please refer to the web site for drop off locations and addresses.

Additional details can be found on the competition website.  Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at

Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!

Mike Saint
Maine Ale & Libation Tasters

Beer Travel / Re: Travel to Indianapolis
« on: December 19, 2013, 09:05:36 AM »
Thanks all.  Looks like I'll find plenty to do with my free time.

Beer Travel / Re: Travel to Indianapolis
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:01:24 AM »
Thanks Jeff.

I'll be staying at the Marriott Downtown. I'll plug these into google maps.  I hope to get to a few when I'm there.

Beer Travel / Travel to Indianapolis
« on: December 19, 2013, 06:51:12 AM »
I am going to Indianapolis on business for only 3 days (Thursday-Saturday) in Feb.  Thursday is open and I will have evenings free the other days.  Transportation will be limited to public trans and cabs.

So folks, what places must I visit and beers should I try?

Equipment and Software / Re: Wort chiller
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:54:55 PM »
IIRC 3/8 has more surface area to volume so your heat transfer efficiency is better.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tap Water Temp
« on: September 23, 2013, 07:52:01 PM »
Besides pre cooling the tap with ice or something, not really.

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Ingredients / Re: How many lbs. of blueberries in my wheat?
« on: August 21, 2013, 06:13:09 PM »
I would agree 7# is a good starting point. I'd taste them and confirm their flavor. I haven't made a blueberry beer in a long time but I made a blueberry melomel last year with about 5# of naive Maine low bush blueberries and the flavor is great but I wish we didn't eat so many and I was able to use a little more.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 585 Question
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:46:21 PM »
Can you provide some more info? Extract or all grain. What were the fermentables? What was the fermentation temp? What was your process? This info will help to better answer you question.

Without knowing any of this I'd say try to warm the beer up a few degrees and see if the yeast reactivate.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recommendation for a barley crusher?
« on: August 18, 2013, 12:38:41 PM »
I used to have a Corona mill but broke down and bought a 3 roller monster mill about 4 brews after switching to AG. I've had my MM for over 3 years now and it still works like the day I bought it, minus gap check maintenance.

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Kegging and Bottling / Spartanburg SC Beer-Out Plastic Piece
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:43:20 AM »
I acquired a new keg that happens to be a Firestone Spartanburg SC.  Upon replacing the o-rings and cleaning I noticed the beer-out side has a plastic filler piece that I have never seen before on any of my other kegs.

It's in the shape of an upside down funnel and was positioned between the dip tube and the poppet/post.

The "piece" is pretty beat up and cracked and I am not too keen on running beer through this thing.  Anyone... a) seen this before?
b) know where to find a replacement part?
c) have ideas on a work around?

On the other hand I did not enjoy Pro Night or Club Night as much as in other NHC's, because of the crowds and the noise.  I guess they have some union laws that prevented the elaborate booths we've seen in the past.
I was guessing it was east coast clubs who've never been to club night and haven't had years to build up an impressive booth
Although I loved our booth, we definitely fall into this category.  Anyone come by the lighthouse?

yeah, it was loud. At the back of the hall, on the way to take a leak, it was like a jet engine, or Lava Falls rapid in the Grand Canyon.
Exactly! Insanely loud white noise. 

Such an amazing event.  Being my first NHC it is definitely in my top 2 of beer events attended. 

I didn't get a chance to meet everyone either, but those I did get a chance too it was a pleasure.  Hopefully I'll meet the rest of you next year.

Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:51:28 AM »
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I'm a big fan of Columbus or Chinook for bittering IPA.

I completely agree. 
Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo are my go to hops for IPA's.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter at new house
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:21:03 AM »
I have also tasted off-flavors from the use of a garden hose.  I have both white and blue RV hoses.  I think the water tastes better out of the blue one  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Bottling bucket
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:13:04 AM »
I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket from Lowes.
I use a couple Homer buckets for PBW bath, rinsing and sanitizing.  Get what's cheap and use your $ where it will go further like temp control or something.

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