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I have a $10 gift card from My Local Home Brew Shop in Falls Church.  I won it in a HB comp.  The minimum shipping for me is $12 so I won't use it.  If anyone wants it (for free!) PM with your name and address.  First come, First serve.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: % ABV mathematics ???
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:51:30 PM »
Thanks for the explanation, that makes perfect sense.  IDK why I didn't think of it like that.

After my post I thought of the whole fruit question as well.  I'll look those numbers up.

So what about commercial fruit puree?  I guess treat it just like a sugar addition since the Brix concentration is typically on the label?

General Homebrew Discussion / % ABV mathematics ???
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:35:47 AM »
I've been making fruit beers, for my wife, using various commercial purees and/or fruit concentrates added near the end of primary fermentation.  (Finally found a beer she will drink!)  Anyway, now she wants to know the ABV of the beer?  So how do you figure that out?

Base beer (Saison) 3 Gallons  OG 1.055  SG 1.003 (before adding fruit)  ABV = 6.8%
Then add 1 pint of wine juice concentrate at 68 Brix = 1.3421 SG
Do you need to know the FG?  I just added it today, so IDK yet.  Can we assume the grape juice will ferment to 0.999?

Help!  Its not good to look dumb in front of your wife.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oxy clean question
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:10:32 PM »

I understand this is an inquiry regarding Oxi Clean, but just wanted to throw in a suggestion to evaluate our Craft Meister Oxygen Brewery wash if you can find some in your homebrew supply chain.  [/quote]

1+ I have used this and I do like it better than either PBW or Oxiclean.  It dissolves much easier than PBW.  The problem is availability!  I often get the Craft Meister O2 BW from the prize packs I get from various homebrew competitions.  (Thanks for your support.)  Unfortunately, I have never seen the Craft Meister products in any of our LHBS.

Well we got it done!  The Kansas Homebrew Law has passed and was signed by the Governor!!!  Here is a good article from the Kansas City Star that covers our win!

Also here is the photo of the official signing.  BTW, that's me standing at the right hand of the Governor.

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:55:11 PM »
I asked our IT guy at the office that question about XP as well.  His thought was that as long as you  had a 3rd party firewall your security should be fine.  All of our networked computers at the office run on terminal service and are XP based.  He suggested we keep them as is or switch to Linux OS as most software is cloud based any more and the OS is much less important.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:50:36 AM »
Hey all, I'm the KC NHC site director

too bad the voting didn't last one more week...your and your team's excellent performance in the First Round might have gotten you more Governing Committee votes.  or maybe you didn't need any more.   8)

thanks for your hard work--

Yes, I sure could have used the extra votes!  Got an "I regret to inform you" email from Jake Keeler yesterday.  Maybe next year?  I hear, third times a charm?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 03, 2014, 02:33:14 PM »
Hey all, I'm the KC NHC site director and everyone should have their score sheets by Friday (April 4th).  For the 1st time this year you will not have to wait to see the list of winners.  The AHA will be posting each site's results as they are completed.  You should expect to see our KC site winners list on the AHA page possibly today or tomorrow.

To the OP:  The mid 30's is often a competitve score depending on the category.  So good job.  The 1st thing I look at if my beer did not place is whether it made it to the mini-BOS.  If that box is checked it tells you your beer was in the top one to 3 beers in that flight.  Then the best beers in the flight are judged as a group by the most experienced judges to determine 1st to 3rd place.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Scaling recipes
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:51:29 AM »
So most of you have found that recipes scale linearly except for the boil off rate?  During the below zero days of January and February, when I didn't have the willingness to freeze my butt off brewing AG in the garage, I tried James Spencer's 15 minute boil extract method in the kitchen (Basic Brewing Radio).  When I linearly scaled down some recipes that I wanted to try from Jamil's Brewing Classic Styles I found that the color was too light in the darker beers.  My brown ales were amber and my stouts were brown.  Yes, I'm sure I double checked my math for steeping grain additions.  I had to doctor the finished beers up with Sinamar to get the right color.  So, I'm just curious if anyone else has noticed that they need proportionally more dark grains in smaller batches?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: national home brew comp
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:39:04 PM »
This video will show you how to do it on the cheap...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Interesting Judging Phenomenon
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:26:27 PM »
Almost everyone who has entered the same beer in multiple competitions has a story about how their beer got a 40 in one competition and a 20 in a different competition a short time later.  So I suppose it is certainly possible.

Events / Re: NHC Lottery Entry?
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:31:04 PM »
The AHA competition sub-committee has made its recommendations to the AHA regarding the lottery and the subsequent process.  The details are still in process but should be announced soon.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 2565 Kolsch
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:19:51 PM »
Right. I assumed that is the case but 1007 is still appropriate for the Kolsch style correct?

I use WY 1007 for my kolsch all the time.  I also use it for my Dusseldorf Alt and even for American Wheat.  I think it makes a great kolsch.  As others have said Wyeast kolsch 1 & 2 both have very distinctive flavors.  WY 1007 is much more neutral, which I like better.  BTW, I have done very well in competitions with the 1007 Kolsch, and I haven't been marked down by judges for using it.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1768 - mother of a floccer
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:55:01 PM »
I'm thinking you mean 1968 London ESB?  If so then yes, it packs down solid and drops very bright.  I use it alot.  One thing to note that if it gets too cool < 60F late in fermentation it will completely floc out and leave your beer up to 10 gravity points underattenuated or about 55% apparent attenuation vs. mid 60% AA.  This happened 2 weeks ago with my last ESB.  If that happens rouse the yeast (I stir mine back in suspension) and you will get to the mid to high 60's for attenuation.

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio: Steve Cook
« on: December 20, 2013, 05:26:22 AM »

Who Are You:  Steve Cook

Home Town:  Warrensburg, Missouri

Homebrew Club(s):  Kansas City Bier Meisters & ZZ Hops

I've been a homebrewer since:  I knew I wanted to be a homebrewer long before I ever brewed my first batch of beer.  I bought my first homebrew book in 1978, but as a college student, it just looked too time consuming to be practical.  So I never pursued it.

A quarter century later in 2003, I came across a copy of Zymurgy magazine and that sparked my interest in homebrewing and inspired me to purchase and brew a few extract kits.  While those early efforts did yield “beer” it wasn’t matching the styles I was trying to replicate.  My final extract beer, supposedly an American wheat looked like a stout and tasted like soap.  Of course, I now know that the problem was caused by old and oxidized liquid malt extract but at the time it was just too frustrating. 

I quit brewing until 2011, when I discovered Denny Conn’s “Cheap an Easy” Batch Sparge article in BYO magazine.  My first all grain beer, using that method, was a Goose Island Honker’s Ale clone.  I thought that beer was a spot on clone and was hooked on all grain brewing after that.  Thanks Denny!

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging?  Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? Yes, I am proud to say that I now am a BJCP National judge.  The first time I judged a beer competition was in April 2011 at the Garage Brewer’s Society’s Champion of the Pint Competition in St. Louis (technically O’Fallon), Missouri.  While, I have since judged at many different competitions, including the NHC Final Round Competition Philadelphia last summer, I was a complete novice then. 

I’ll never forget that day in St. Louis because it was not only my first judging experience but also the first beer competition I had ever entered.  The first thing that happened after I met my judge partner, David Blue, is that we were asked to judge Category 21 Spice, Herb and Vegetable Beers but we both had to decline since we both had a chili beer in that category.  (More on that later.)  We were then assigned to Pilsners, which was a big disappointment to me because, due to my inexperience and limited knowledge of the beer style guidelines, I was thinking we would be judging Budweiser-ish clones.  I had never tasted flavorful lagers like German and Bohemian Pilsners so I didn’t know what to expect.  To my surprise the first beer we opened was a German Pilsner brewed by David Darity of the Tulsa Oklahoma FOAM club.  It was amazing!  If hearing the angles sing had a flavor, it would have been that beer!  It not only was it the gold medal winner in the Pilsner category but later that day when I got to judge the Best of Show panel that same German Pilsner won Best of Show.  So the very first competition beer I ever tasted was a Best of Show winner!

Also, earlier in that same competition, the judge pair seated next to us was judging the Category 21 beers.  They gave us a taste of the 1st and 2nd place beers.  After tasting them my judge partner and I both knew those were our two beers.  Eventually, I found out that I had won 3 medals that day.  No gold medals, which is why I got to judge the BOS round, but none the less, 3 medals in my 1st homebrew competition.  With that taste of success, I knew competing in homebrew competitions would become a passion for me.

During 2011 and 2012 I won at least one medal in every competition I entered.  I was fortunate enough to win a bronze medal in the final round of the 2012 NHC for my Oktoberfest.  Additionally, I won Homebrewer of the Year in 2012 for the High Plains competition circuit.  However, I’ve not been so fortunate lately.  My brewing and competition good fortune took a turn for the worse in late 2012 when I had a persistent Brettanomyces infection in all my beers.  I made and dumped well over a dozen batches before I could get that eradicated from my brewery.  Wow, that was humbbeling.   Now, thankfully, after many months I have been able to make “clean” beers again. 

What style will you never brew?  I know this is not the beer geek thing to say but I really don’t care for sour beers.  I love the taste of all malt beers and too me that is what beer is supposed to taste like.  Sour beers remind me more of strongly acidic white wine than beer.  If I want something that tastes like wine, I’ll just drink wine.  Not that I mind lactic acid sourness in other foods, because recently I have been home fermenting sauerkraut and kefir.  I just don’t like that sour acidity in my beers.  Plus, as I alluded to earlier, I’m scared to death to have Brett and bacteria anywhere near my brewery.

Do you have a favorite homebrew trick that you've found to make your beer better?  The best trick I have learned is to split my 6-7 gallon batch of wort and pitch each separate portion with different yeast.  I have consistently been amazed at the huge difference in the finished beer this makes.  The first time I did this was by accident because I had more wort than would fit in my fermenter.  I brewed an Irish red ale and pitched 5 gallons with an Irish ale yeast as specified in the recipe.  The other couple of gallons I pitched with a left over slurry of Wyeast 1968 London ESB.  I took samples of each to our BJCP study group a few weeks later.  Everyone agreed the beer from the Irish ale yeast was unremarkable but the beer from the London ESB yeast was amazing.  I had always heard that yeast could make a big difference in the final beer but I never really believed it until then.  Now every time I try a new recipe, I always split the wort and pitch with at least 2 different yeasts.

Describe your brew system.  As I mentioned before, I use Denny Conn’s “Cheap and Easy Batch Sparge” method.  So my brew system is still a turkey fryer and a blue cooler for a mash tun.  I have, however, invested quite a bit into fermentation temperature control.  I have 2 temperature controlled refrigerators and a 4 tap keezer that I alternately use for lager fermentations.

How frequently do you brew (times per month or year)?  I brew six or seven times a month from December to April.  As for the rest of the year, spring and summer are for fishing and fall is for duck (DUXX) hunting.  But I will sneak a batch or two in there if I am low on homebrew.


Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share?  There are many good stories that come from being in a homebrew club but mostly I want to say that in general homebrewers are just a great bunch of people.  I think every homebrewer should belong to at least one homebrew club.  I’m serving my second term as president of the KC Bier Meisters and I have never met a more interesting, hard-working, and passionate group of people.  They are just more fun to be around than any other group.  Plus, there is always beer!

Come to Kansas City and see for yourself.  You are all invited to join us for our 31st annual homebrew competition in February 2014 and for the 1st round NHC competition in March 2014.  We’ll be serving up great KC Barbeque along with great mid-western hospitality.  Plus, there is always beer!

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