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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Masters......up or down.....?
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:52:08 PM »
I've watched the first two episodes so far and I've enjoyed, I think I'll keep watching for at least a couple more episodes.  Tonight is supposed to be brewed in New Zealand so that could be interesting.  I thought from the commercials it would less DFH centric, but I'm ok with that since I like Dogfish Head and the concepts they use to formulate their beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in the Bible
« on: October 18, 2010, 09:04:14 PM »
The wife just mentioned that the ancient Egyptians were known to have brewed beer, and the Israelites, having been their slaves, would probably have made their own version according to a similar recipe. Anybody know any Egyptian beer recipes?

Actually in the newest issue of BYO (November 2010, just picked up my copy) they have an article about a beer recreated from Ancient Egypt "Tutankhamun Ale"  and it does have a recipe.  I'd provide a link but it looks like their server is currently offline.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More Blending.
« on: October 15, 2010, 10:02:26 AM »
Blended a malty saison with a dry hopped APA, that worked out rather well.  In fact I'm thinking about repeating it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/17 Edition
« on: September 17, 2010, 10:17:47 AM »
Brewing an APA today, and then this weekend need to bottle my 1st attempt at a super-saison.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Mistake?
« on: August 29, 2010, 08:57:53 PM »
If you still want to try an clean it you could try soaking it in a strong solution of PBW, I've had some good luck doing that with a mash tun I took a couple of days to empty :P.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is the NHC for rich people?
« on: April 29, 2010, 01:16:53 PM »
Bleh, yet again I fail at explaining one of my ideas.

Thank you Janis for the reply, and the reminder about how at there are limits as to how many can be judged at the final round.

What I intended is that more than one site in a region can be used to judge entries.  For example Site 1 could judge Categories 1-13, and Site 2 could judge categories 14-23.  The same number of beers would be passed to the next round.  Just that more beers per category could hopefully be judged at the beginning, since hopefully it would provide separate groups from which to draw judges, and other personnel to handle the load.

Brewing an American Wheat on Big Brew day, slightly different than the posted recipe.  I can't follow a recipe without making a few of my own changes :).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is the NHC for rich people?
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:24:51 AM »
Instead of limiting the number of entries a person can enter, why not figure out a way for more entries to be handled?  From the sound of it, 750 is the maximum that can be handled at one location, so why not split the judging centers.  After all why do Belgian Beers need to be judged at the same place as American Lagers, except for logistics?  If two places can only handle 500 each, that would still provide a 33% increase in capacity.  Even if you limit the number of entries per person, as the AHA grows you'll still have to handle over 750 entries per region.

As for the number of beers needed to win the Ninkasi, anyone could have beat the person who won the Ninkasi with 5 gold medal beers.  Even with Gordon Strong and Jamil Zainasheff entering their entire collection of beers on tap.

From the website, points are awarded in a weighted system for medals, and first round points are only considered in case of a tiebreaker.  Gold - 6 points, Silver - 4 Points, Bronze - 2 Points

So five gold medals would give you 30 points.

2003 Curt Hausam:     2 Gold, 12 points total
2004 Jamil Zainasheff: 2 Gold,  3 Silver, 1 Bronze,  26 Points
2005 Paul Long:          2 Gold, 12 Points
2006 Joe Formanek:    2 Gold, 1 Silver,  16 Points
2007 Jamil Zainasheff: 3 Gold,  0 Silver, 1 Bronze,  20 Points
2008 Gordon Strong:    2 Gold,  12 Points
2009 Gordon Strong:   2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze, 28 Points

So if all you can submit is five entries, it they are all worthy of gold medals, you can win the Ninkasi.  Even withpout other people  being limited to five entries.

Sorry for the book, but I don't like placing limits on competitions.

Equipment and Software / Re: Home made beer engines
« on: April 22, 2010, 11:05:51 PM »
Ok, I was curious and decided to do some poking around.  Found this for you to try, and it will even pump over a pint and a half :D.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization
« on: April 21, 2010, 03:50:38 PM »
I'm very happy to hear that since I am in Oklahoma.  In fact I'm drinking some homebrew right now to celebrate  ;D .  My thanks goes out to everyone who has worked to help get this law in motion, and keep it moving through all the legislative hoops.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Results
« on: April 05, 2010, 02:06:13 PM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Year's Eve
« on: April 05, 2010, 02:05:46 PM »
Now that is a holiday I fully support.  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: "Spontaneous" fermentation
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:52:22 PM »
Already fermented beer with hops is resistant to other microbes.  Wort before the yeast have a chance to build a colony is sugar water waiting for bugs to come eat it.

You don't need a refractometer to check your preboil volume, just go ahead and use your hydrometer.  Be sure to measure the temperature of your wort when you do take your reading, beersmith has a tool to adjust your hydrometer reading for temperature.  Also this way you can check to see if your hitting your desired extraction efficiency and then adjust your malt extract addition to get your desired gravity.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Major slowdown in Fermentation
« on: March 29, 2010, 03:22:47 PM »
I actually used munton's dry yeast for my first 5 or so extract batches, what you are seeing is normal in my experience.  You won't need to repitch, for any yeast you'll still have plenty in suspension to bottle even a month after start of fermentation, again speaking from experience.  It doesn't take alot of yeast to carbonate your beer.

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