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Messages - Jimmy K

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The Pub / Re: Beer Themed Baby Bottles?
« on: Today at 03:28:32 PM »
That's a little weird. But I did buy friends some pacifiers custom printed with their homebrew logo for a shower gift.

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I've used Domino's dots before with good success when I use to bottle.
One cube per 12oz bottle gave me good carbonation, if I had to guess maybe 2-2.5 vols.
Yes bucknut, I'll have to admit that's probably the simplest and cheapest bottle carb solution.  But it's one-size-fits-all.  What do I do when I want to bottle some English Bitter at 1.7 volumes of CO2 or Dunkelwiezen at 3.2?  Also how do I know those sugar cubes are reasonably bacteria free?
Well actually if 1 cube in 12oz gives 2.25 vol, then 1 cube in a 16oz bottle would be 1.7 vol. 2 cubes in a 16oz bottle would be 3.4vol.  ;D

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: Today at 06:47:28 AM »
Get a Fastrack, Fastrack tray, and a container large enough to fit the Fastrack (and tall enough to cover the bottles).
 
1) Fill Fastrack with bottles, add tray and flip over (bottles upright).
2) Put into container, fill with cleaner.
3) Remove and flip to drain, rinse with sink spray nozzle and drain again.
4) Place back in container (bottles upright), fill with sanitizer.
5) Remove, drain upside down until ready to bottle.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Bee Hive Honey Tap
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:33:56 PM »
I think the hive bodies would make great demonstration hives with the windows. But I worry that someone who isn't willing to open a hive to collect honey also won't open it to check on health. These days hive health cannot be left to chance.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 02:27:07 PM »

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Absolutely take the high road. What I am saying is make the responsible agency cancel the homebrew comp via some sort of specific written documentation.  That plays much better in the media than a bunch of homebrewers deciding not to have it.  Besides do they "really" respect the law when it clearly says only "native grown products" can be used.   That seems pretty cut and dry...only Idaho hops, barley, yeast and water can be used. Pretty ridiculous

I just don't see the point in going that far until he tries a more conventional route.  You catch more flies with honey, ya know...
I wouldn't be combative about it, but as a regulatory agency it's their job to tell people if what they want to do complies with law. It basically IS the conventional route.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is a lager an ale
« on: March 03, 2015, 08:03:54 AM »
German lager yeast - sounds like a lager. My guess is it winds up in American Ale from a combination of it doesn't really fit any BJCP style well and the person designing it didn't care much about the 'style' and picked something that matched the color and abv. Not too concerned either way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is a lager an ale
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:52:36 AM »
Instead of getting philosophical, how about a link to the recipe? I can't find it.

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So I am probably in the minority here but.....what would happen if you went ahead with your competition plans as usual? 

Maybe a nice criminal record for all involved...
I know - on the one hand they might just send a letter telling you to cancel the competition. But if they found out the organizer knew they said it was illegal and went ahead with plans - who knows.
 
If you did choose to cancel, I'd send ABC a real written letter, tell them the history of the competition and ask them for permission to continue. Make them deny you in writing first. Like phundog said, 'ABC made us cancel' is a much better news story.
 
 

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Thanks gentlemen.  i agree HobsonDrake it contradicts itself with that statement. Ill give them a shout.
25.206 is the section of Federal law that authorizes competitions. That is not state law.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:21:13 PM »
I got mostly master level completeness and descriptions, my feedback was between certified and national, but I fubard a couple scores (one too high, one too low as compared to the proctors) which ends up counting against you twice because those scores are going to be based on perceptions,  right?
Maybe - my last exam I had master level perceptions and apprentice level scoring one beer. I'm still wondering what went sideways there.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Berliner Weisse Question - Blend +Lacto?
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:18:40 PM »
It will help. I would pitch the lacto vial warm ~85F. Even keep it warm for a day if you can. Sample and add the blend when it's getting tart. (Let it cool before adding yeast)

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:11:09 PM »
What do you do when it becomes self-aware?
It creates its own recipes and gets offended if you don't like them.
Or it is overly self critical and a sad robot.
Did Denny name it Marvin?

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:24:30 AM »
What do you do when it becomes self-aware?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What kind of beer would these make
« on: February 26, 2015, 09:52:16 AM »
Not a bad experiment, but sometimes it just shows you why after thousands of years of trial and error S. cervesiae emerged as the nearly universal fermentation organism.

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