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I use these all the time, although I put a piece of masking tape on the lid and write on the masking tape, that way they can be re-used.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:38:53 PM »
New York scoresheets . . . Anyone?  :'(

I know someone who entered NYC and he got his scoresheets yesterday.  You should get yours soon too i presume.

No scoresheets in today's mail....maybe tomorrow.

No brewing this weekend.  I have to get a starter going for next weeks Big Brew.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from Florida
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:46:48 PM »
Welcome to the obsession.  When I lived in FL back in the 90s it was the lack of good beer that drove me to homebrewing.

Ingredients / Re: Wyeast Nutrient Blend how much to use?
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:43:09 PM »
I add a pinch to my starters and still add 1/2 tsp to my wort.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting Split-Batch Belgian
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:05:50 AM »
I did a belgian blond with 3522 and crashed it at 32 and eventually added gelatin.  Never did clear up, but damn was it tasty.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:00:24 AM »
Didn't know there was a National Beer Day either, but am celebrating by downing some tasty Bo Pils.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 05, 2013, 07:49:32 PM »
I soak my peas for 30 minutes in compost tea.  Just planted them last week.

No asparagus up yet, but the rhubarb plant is starting to pop.

no brewing; NHC judging!


I'm heading up to NYC to judge the regionals.


Not looking forward to getting up at 5 AM to drive there though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:36:44 AM »
I'll try the Free & Clear Natural 2X Seventh Generation detergent if the current 5-day soak in PBW/oxyclean does not work.  Sometimes you gotta change your approach rather than doing more of the same.

I tried the 7th generation detergent and did 2 soaks before dumping it an hitting it with PBW.  I have started inverting by BB when soaking with PBW to avoid stress fractures on the bottom.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can't clean fermenter
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:07:31 PM »
I use a concentration of 2 oz of PBW in 5 gallons of hot faucet water and let it soak overnight.  On the few occasions where it didn't all come off a 2nd round took care of it.

I use starsan as well.  I'm a little paranoid and have dedicated tubing, siphon and airlocks for sours.

Judging at War of the Worts on Saturday and maybe a belgian braggot on Sunday.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to use a blow off tube
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:44:59 PM »
The only time I use a blow off tube is when I use wyeast 3068 or 3787.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection, what's this?
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:42:00 PM »
What kind of barrel was it and how was it cared for before you filled it with beer?  To me this looks like the beginning of a brett pellicle.

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