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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:34:15 AM »
For average strength beers I usually hit 75%, that drops to 65% for high gravity beers.

I use a rectangular coleman extreme 36 qt. with ss braid.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:37:57 PM »
No brewing last weekend.  Spent Saturday judging the 1st round of the NHC in Philly. This weekend I'll fire up the kettle and brew an American barleywine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recipe designer software
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:55:02 AM »
I use Promash and have used it for 8 years.  I have a copy of Beer Smith, but haven't gotten around to figuring out how to use it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:54:59 AM »
I drink mostly my own beer when home, but I always keep my eye open for something new and a group of us does a case buy 4 times a year.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett IPA help
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:53:17 AM »
I would do a starter, you should be pitching about the same amount as you would for a lager of that gravity.  I think my fermentation was a little longer than my standard ale, but only by a few days to a week.  I would keep the same dry hopping schedule.

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Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:11:06 AM »
Nice work!  Jealous!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett gear
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
Good to know!  I don't mind dedicating the fermenter, since I have a conical for my regular brews.  My question now is about my Blichman Beer Gun.  Can I use it to bottle a Brett beer without tainting all subsequent bottled beers?

I'm nervous about the same thing as well. I've only bottled mixed ferment beers with the Beer Gun so far.

I have successfully bottled a brett-only beer after brett-bacteria beers, but its only a matter of time before risking it catches up with you. Ask my funky quad (accidentally used the wrong sample thief).

When I go to bottle the next clean beer, I'll probably buy another accessory kit ($20 is worthwhile insurance to me).

I am worried about the rubber ball (valve seat) at the end of the gun. It doesn't come with the kit (it should), but I'll probably also buy a spare ball for clean beers and keep it with the kit.

I was worried about cross contamination as well.  So, for my beer gun I have seperate tubing and rubber stopper for bottling my sour beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:26:52 AM »
I always have something malty on tap as well as a belgian, but after a while I crave American hops and have to make an ipa or apa.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:39:26 AM »
I wish everyone would stop being so nice about last year's banquet meal. Worst entree I've ever had at an AHA Conference.

Based on my sample size of 4, I would agree.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:56:42 AM »
Dave Barber and the Leigh Valley table last year was great to watch.

We did have fun!! 

I agree that last years dinner was not as good as previous dinners, both Seattle and San Diego were excellent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cross Contamination Question
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:51:39 AM »
I separate all my plastic, tubing, etc. and have a dedicated sour keg, but I don't have a dedicated CO2 line.  I ferment my lambics and flanders in the same are as all my other beers and have never had any cross-contamination.  I am fanatical about my cleaning/sanitation though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:47:23 AM »
Looks like you had an awesome day...thanks for sharing the pics.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg to keg transfer of carbonated beer
« on: January 21, 2014, 06:45:44 AM »
I use the same process that Jeff does.  I chill the beer down to 32 before transferring and have never had any issues with foaming.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 16, 2014, 11:13:45 AM »

KC - March 28/29
Philly - March 28/29
San Diego - 4/4
Seattle - 4/4
St. Paul - 4/11
Denver? - 4/11

I would guess that the remaining sites have not nailed down something with the AHA yet.

updating, 12 sites now appear on the BJCP competition list.

3/28:  Kansas City, Austin, NYC, Nashville
4/4:   Philly, San Diego, Seattle, Zanesville, Sacramento
4/11:  Denver, St Paul, Chicago

hopefully the dates stick but looks like all the sites are at least decided.

Interesting that they have both NYC and Philly, since those comps would pull from the same judge pool.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter temp
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:06:43 AM »
I ferment all my starters at room temperature which can vary from 62 in the winter to low 70s in spring/fall.  Summer starters ferment in the basement in high 60s.

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