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I was one of the unlucky ones. Do they ever show the vote count? I was just curious. Being here in AZ it’s hard to rally the troops to get out and vote. I wasn’t sure where to campaign or let folks know what I wanted to do/help/get done if elected.  :-[

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Dues for Home Brew Club
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:02:54 PM »
We're only a year old. But we just started this year.

Does your club have Dues? Yes

How much are they? $20 a year. We collect in January. So if you join in August you'll still pay $20 for the year. That just makes it easier vice keeping up with each person and when they paid.

Is it mandatory? No.

Do you have an option for those who don’t want to pay dues but want to participate occasionally in club events? Such as paying per meeting or activity. We do. Basically, if you pay dues you pay no fees to enter contest. You get discounts at the homebrew shops and you get first dibs on tasting and the like. It does pay for itself over time.

What do you do if someone who was a paying member doesn’t pay after a few reminders? I've yet to have this happen. Most folks will pay.

What if they end up showing up at your meetings or events, are they asked to leave? We will let folks attend. If it got bad, once the home brew flowed we'd ask them to leave I guess.

Homebrewer Bios / Brewer Bio: Michael Fry
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:55:39 PM »
Who Are You (please include a picture):  Michael Fry

Picture was from the Silent Disco at GABF 2013. Sporting my club shirt!
Home Town (City, State): Vail, AZ
Homebrew Club: Buffalo Brew Club
I've been a homebrewer since: 2009
Do you have a homebrewing disaster you'd like to share? I do.
My first batch. I skipped the step on ‘cool the wort prior to pitching the yeast’. I let it keep going through what I thought was fermentation. Bottled it and drank it. Perhaps the worst beer I’ve ever had…but I stuck with Homebrewing.

What is your favorite style(s) to brew? I like to be busy while brewing, so it’d have to be IPA or something where I’m dropping in hops or moving around. I’m sure as I get older I’ll hate it. But for now…that’s what I enjoy.
What style(s) will you never brew? None
What was the first beer you ever brewed?  How did it turn out? I guess read the homebrewing disaster story. That sums it up.
Have you ever had a homebrew mistake that turned out great? Not yet. But I do have a sour in the makings.
What is your favorite beer recipe? I’d have to say the Bell’s Two Hearted Clone would be my favorite. It’s simple, easy and tastes great!

Are you a BJCP Judge?  If so, what is your rank and how long have you been judging? I am ‘Recognized’ and awaiting my tasting results. I’ve been a judge for a year.
Do you have a good beer judging story you'd like to share with the rest of the homebrewing world? I do not.
Do you have a favorite homebrew trick or gadget that you've found to make your beer better/brewing easier, etc? I would have to say that it took about two years before I watched a video of a guy using a spray gun (with water) to keep his boil down. Simple and Genius!
Describe your brew system. I brew on the Blichmann Top Tier. I’m not a good DIY guy.
How frequently do you brew (times/month or /year)? I brew at least twice a month.
What is your favorite malt?  Why? I’d have to say, 2-Row…just the basics.
What is your favorite hop? Why? Centennial. I love the piney flavor.
Do you have a favorite or house yeast? What qualities do you like about that yeast? My house yeast is WLP-002. I like the British style yeast even in my IPAs.
Do you have a good homebrew club story you'd like to share? We have so many to talk about. Some of our best are the camp-outs!
What haven't we asked that you would really like to answer? I’m ‘attempting’ to run for a Governing seat on the AHA to help out.
If you could serve your homebrew to someone famous, who would it be and what would you give her/him? It’s not someone famous but I’d serve it to my Grandfather. I think he’d truly enjoy it…
How many medals have you won from homebrew competitions? One Gold for the AZ Cup. It was in the Robust Porter Category. I made an Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Porter.
Do you brew alone, with friends or with someone you live with? Usually alone or with other club members.
Are you an indoor or outdoor brewer? Outdoor. But I’d love to brew inside!
List some of the names you've given your beers. Which is your favorite? I’d have to say Panty Peelers’ was the best one…or at least funniest.

Classifieds / Re: Looking for an NHC 2013 Ticket...
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:16:05 AM »
My friend has a ticket. Thank-you all!


Classifieds / Looking for an NHC 2013 Ticket...
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:30:56 PM »
Perhaps I'm doing this wrong? I did post in the wrong spot, so I think I'm in the right section.

I'm looking to purchase one ticket for the conference and if you have a banquet ticket, I'll purchase that one as well. Please message me or you can email me directly frymd (at) I think we're able to just change the ticket over.

Classifieds / Re: 2013 Conference ticket available
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:59:57 PM »
Just checking to see if this ticket was sold? If you still have it, I'm interested...

Classifieds / Re: Full Conference w/ Banquet
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:58:38 PM »
I'm guessing you already sold it? I PMed but no reply...

Classifieds / Re: Full Conference w/ Banquet
« on: May 24, 2013, 04:03:46 AM »
PMed you.....please let me know.

Events / Re: Looking for an NHC 2013 Ticket...
« on: May 20, 2013, 03:21:52 PM »
Still lurking about for tickets. I guess once folks get them, they never give them up?


Events / Looking for an NHC 2013 Ticket...
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:03:58 AM »
I've got mine, but a friend of mine would love to go. If you have a ticket and are willing to transfer it. We'll give you face value or work a deal...meaning naming our first born child after you. Okay that'a a bit extreme....but seriously, looking for a full pass ($200) ticket to purchase....

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:08:43 PM »
Great stuff. Thank-you Mitch for taking the time out of your busy schedule, I'm answer these questions.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Keggle Mash Tun
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:23:33 PM »
I believe that efficiency comes into play when you do not sparge. It serves as a rinse and really ensures you wash all of the sugars off of the grain.

So I guess that leads into my first question.

couldn’t I just put ALL the water needed into my MT keep it at 152ish THEN just raise the heat to 170 for the last 10 minutes….done?

All Grain Brewing / Keggle Mash Tun
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:59:43 PM »
So I’ve stepped up my game and I have an insulated Keggle Mash Tun utilizing a March 809 pump to recalculate the liquid.
In the past I’ve used a cooler and Batch Sparged. So with this new keggle/pump/burner set-up I have a few questions:

1. Since the MT is being recirculated continuously do I still need to do a Batch Sparge?
(The reason I’m asking this, couldn’t I just put ALL the water needed into my MT keep it at 152ish THEN just raise the heat to 170 for the last 10 minutes….done?)

2. Because I’m continuously recirculating the liquid, do I still need to do a Vorlauf?

3. Do I use a paddle to stir the Mash since I now have heat under it to keep it at a constant temperature?

My upgrade will be the Blichmann Tower of Power in a few weeks to control the burner. But for now, it's eyes on with manual adjustments.

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