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Kegging and Bottling / Re: The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester
« on: May 07, 2016, 01:16:41 PM »
I look around at some stuff homebrewers are buying now days and it shocks me what folks will spend.

Homebrewing is still one of the cheapest primarily white-collar hobbies in the United States. Have you priced American-made guitars lately?  The average Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitar sells for $3K, and I know guys who own a dozen or more of these instruments plus a few Gibson Historics that sell for $5K+.
So what you're saying is that homebrewing isn't the first hobby that hipsters have done their best to suck the fun out of?  :o

Homebrew Competitions / NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: March 26, 2016, 06:20:04 AM »
Looking at the New York results and it's obvious that something should change. Category 26 has 77 entries and Category 27 has 6. Yet they're both competing for three spots to advance.

My numbers are guesstimates, but here's an idea. Say right now AHA awards ribbons to 10% of the entries that make it to the final. They could use that number throughout the competition. In the first round, if there are 77 beers in a category, 8 advance (minimum of one). Same in the finals. If from all the regions, 100 beers from one category make it to the finals, the top 10 are recognized at the conference award ceremony. About the same total number of brewers would make it to the podium, but it would be a fairer representation of their accomplishment.   

Pimp My System / Re: DIY CarbCap: Has anyone made one?
« on: March 20, 2016, 09:44:41 AM »
Must have gotten a bad one. I bought mine back in 2012 and have not had any problem other than replacing a couple of the o-rings. Back then I got six caps and a connector for a little more than the cost of one of the original ball lock carbonator caps.

On the other side, one of my original ball lock carbonator caps developed a crack and no longer holds pressure. It still comes in handy for holding the disconnect open to draining all the liquid out of picnic tap lines before storing.

edit to add:
I also do the shake at 30PSI method, but disconnect before shaking. Paranoid about getting liquid in my gas line.

Pimp My System / Re: DIY CarbCap: Has anyone made one?
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:37:37 AM »
That also requires the female connector which is smaller than the standard Kent connectors. It is also poorly designed and does not all for shake carbing. The ball lock style is king.
Dunno. I have both, but use the Kent more simply because they were so much cheaper and I have more of them. Pretty easy to put in a splitter and hang both Kent and ball lock connectors off a regulator.

Not sure what you're saying, but I've never had a problem shake carbing with the Kent. I like the ball lock style a little more, but in the end, they both do the same job.

Equipment and Software / Re: "High efficiency" immersion chillers
« on: March 20, 2016, 05:00:37 AM »
Depends on what you mean by high efficiency, using less water or using less time. If you want speed, pumping as much water thru the IC as possible is the way to go, but not an efficient use of water.

Here's my opinion. All the crazy bends used in some IC's can be gimmicky. If you're whirlpooling or constant stirring, for any given surface area and volume of water, the shape of your IC makes no difference.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:55:35 AM »
One last question. Should we check the "Deliver without signature" box?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:47:50 AM »
Are the stubby Sierra Nevada type bottles acceptable?
I believe the short bottles are out because they don't package well with the standard bottles.
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space.

Packaging up my entries to ship out tomorrow and realized one of them is bottled in stubbies.

At about 8" tall and 2-1/2" diameter, it looks like stubby bottles are fine. Right?

Wood/Casks / Re: Whiskey For New Barrel
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:39:00 PM »
turned out there was a good deal on Knob Creek 100 proof which I like so went with that.

That was exactly what I was going to suggest.  Very reasonably priced 100 proof bourbon that tasted nice for the price.  That's what I used to keep my 5 gallon barrel usable before the stout I put in it.
Noob (or should I say Knob) question. Do you dilute the whiskey, buy enough to fill the 5 gallon barrel or keep sloshing  a smaller amount around to keep the barrel moist?

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:15:00 PM »
While I think it's a lame name, I feel that it should have a different name to prevent confusion between NHC the conference and NHC the competition.

How about giving the comp a new name?

I've heard that argument, but to me, they are so closely intertwined that they're no need to differentiate.

But if you must . . . How about IHC, since "International" entries are excepted in the competition?

Events / 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 01:08:42 PM »
Homebrew Con? Find it a little embarrassing?

Sure, we're a bunch of dorky, beer geeks, but did we need to make it this obvious?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Conditioning Beer in keg?
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:24:57 AM »
Either way (carboy or keg) of bulk conditioning is fine and equal. I'd base it on if I had a free keg that could be dedicated to conditioning time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:46:39 AM »
If I understand it right, I can enter multiple subcategories within a category. Just not the same subcategory? So, all other things being equal, would it improve my chances of moving at least one beer forward by keeping all entries in one category or by spreading them out.

Not that I have the beers to do this with. Just curious how the math works out.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:10:28 PM »
Went for Philly also, with NY as an alternate. Failed on both, but got an email giving me St. Louis as another option. Not ideal, but much better than nothing. The news was welcome since I had given it up as a lost cause.

They didn't give you another choice?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 13, 2016, 01:23:19 PM »
No problem patiently waiting until the 17th, but still a bit worried about what I posted above.

Once I got an email saying, "Thank you for your application to enter the 2016 National Homebrew Competition . . . " was I suppose to verify my entry?

Verify Your Application Details Before Sunday at Midnight Mountain Time
Thanks for applying to compete in this year's National Homebrew Competition. You have until midnightMountain time on Sunday, Feb. 7, to verify and/or update your application.

Log in here to verify your application details and/or make changes

Use and 000123456 to log in.

All applicants will hear from us by February 16 with an alert indicating whether or not their entries have been accepted into the competition.


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