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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Star San suck back
« on: November 27, 2017, 02:41:13 PM »
When it happened to me, it formed a distinct clear layer on the top of the beer. Maybe it was supported by whatever remnants of a krausen that was left, but it was clearly demarcated.  I siphoned the underlying beer from the fermenter to a keg and it was fine.  I tried to be as non-turbulent as possible when I did that.

In my case it caused no problems - it even won a medal in competition

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:12:50 AM »
https://www.bjcp.org/docs/Beer_checklist.pdf

Try this


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Great find!
« on: August 01, 2017, 07:39:34 AM »
.... everything from fill vessels, preboiling, cooling, moving strike, doughing in, step mashing, moving wort to the bk, boiling. Cooling and everything is done while I am away.  Elements, flow sensors, pressure sensors, 3 pumps, 2 chillers, and 16 electric ball valves do all the work on brewday ...... this is what makes brewing fun for me.
::)

If you're not home while you're homebrewing, is it homebrewing?


I'm there in spirit.




Actually I joke about this a lot.  "I am not a homebrewer.  I just happen to have a professional brewery in the basement of my house. "

Actually I am there quite a bit when I brew. I am doing other things.  But I am usually somewhere in the vicinity.


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What are you going to do when the brewery no longer needs you?

Or when it becomes aware?


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All Things Food / Re: 5 mother sauces
« on: July 09, 2017, 05:45:39 PM »
I use sodium metabisulfite and brewtan b in mine


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A cask breather sounds great, but that is a lot of money ($100).
I like cask beers and for me it was available and quite utile. Now I can justify the original $ by dual purposing it.


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I have a cask breather that replaces the lost volume during cooling with CO2. Works great.


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Going Pro / Re: Lease signed, and off we go!
« on: June 25, 2017, 07:31:37 PM »
Good luck Ross. I been fortunate to taste your beers and I'm sure you will do well.


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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Who owns your beer?
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:08:44 AM »
To me the issue is not beer quality.  People can drink whatever they like and it's fine with me.  The issue is that the huge corporate beer companies are limiting access to beers that they don't own.  That's not good for beer drinkers.

I hear this a lot yet I have access to all the beers I love. Maybe it's regional?

It's spreading across the US.  We saw some graphic info about it in the GC meeting at HBC.  The BA is about to start a campaign to publicize the issue.  I know there are bars here in Beer Mecca that you go into and all the taps are beers that are from the same mega company.  They're driving out competition not based on quality or consumer preference but by marketing power.

I noticed similar marketing in Ireland and the UK about 5 years ago.  In London you could go to 2 different pubs across town and they would have the same beer and food menus.  If you go to Dublin, the 3 beers that you see in essentially all of the pubs are Guinness, Budweisser and Coors light - It is my understanding that Guinness owns the distribution rights to the latter 2.


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The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:08:26 AM »
I liked the set up this time better than the banquet. With the banquet, it always ran late because the dinner took too much time to serve everyone and the food was never very good the times I have gone (not a knock on the chef, it's just hard to get a good meal out to that many people).  Maybe a hybrid where there are tables like the banquet so people can get sit at them and socialize before and after the ceremony?  Could even have a knock out party in the same room.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's the deal with BYO magazine?
« on: June 08, 2017, 11:14:39 AM »
That's the standard MO of most all magazines.  I have never had a problem with them. It's a good source of the latest fads and reviews of the basics.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 22, 2017, 11:07:39 AM »
Michael, where did you see that?  The "dates and deadlines" page still shows June 1st as the final day.


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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Closed vs under pressure transfer
« on: April 20, 2017, 02:00:06 PM »
I have a cask breather that I use for my cask conditioned ales (don't tell CAMRA). I can hook that up to cold crash any of my fermenters to prevent air entrainment. I can also use it to gravity transfer beer into a keg as long as there is a spigot.  Works well.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:40:05 AM »
It would be nice if the shipping windows paralleled the judging dates. Some beers have to be shipped as much as a month and a half prior to being judged. I don't see a reason why that can't change.

I think in theory this is a good idea, but I think in practice it would create a lot of confusion. From my experience running comps, many entrants still get confused about the basics of entering a homerbew comp. My bet is having staggered shipping deadlines for each region would cause heartburn from entrants not paying close enough attention and shipping too early/late. We see that in our fairly small comps since we have a different deadline for out of town LHBSs; there are always several who don't read the different deadlines for each drop off location.
Good points.  I think it could be doable, but would require a lot of communication.



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:32:05 PM »
It would be nice if the shipping windows paralleled the judging dates. Some beers have to be shipped as much as a month and a half prior to being judged. I don't see a reason why that can't change.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How much to under pitch?
« on: April 14, 2017, 07:23:24 AM »
I like the taste of yeast poop.
Would that be hefecoprophagiphilia?


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