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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 19, 2016, 06:18:46 AM »
I'll be at NHC, but not sure about the Soper Tour yet. Depends on how a few things fall in my schedule. So much to cram into a few days!

Surely.  It's the way to Ninkasi though (if you listen to Soper lol)

Well, 3 of the past 4 Ninkasi winners were on the SoperTour. ;)
Who or what is Soper and what is the tour about?

I must be the 1 of the last 4, since I have no idea what the SoperTour is.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 22, 2016, 07:39:49 AM »

On the other hand, this year's NHC has an opportunity for true crap shoop in action. Cat 26 Specialty. There are 13 sub cats! 3 of each placing at each site for round one, means many of those sub cats will be at the final mini-BOS. If there is one world class example of each, or even just 9 of those sub cats... its just going to probably come down to which sub cats the mini-BOS judges tend to like better. Maybe they will medal three American Wild Fruits? Or maybe none. That will be a fun table, and I'll bet there will be some debate.

Cat 26 is by far the largest cat in the Northeast this year.  Not looking forward to that mini-BOS.

I usually set up the equipment the night before and grind the grains.  I usually roll out of bed at 6 AM, turn the coffee on and fire up the burner.  If I don't get an early start and know I won't get started until after 9 AM I usually won't brew.  I like to be finish by noon so I have the rest of the free.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Survey for NHC Presentation on Clubs
« on: March 18, 2016, 06:31:21 AM »

The Pub / Re: How Many States Have You Been To? A Bucket List Thing.
« on: March 14, 2016, 11:52:50 AM »
48 for me, only missing Alaska and Hawaii. 

Unfortunately, most of that travel was done before I discovered good beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: 2016 ProMash .dat Updates
« on: January 27, 2016, 07:33:33 AM »
This is AWESOME!  Thanks for doing this.

Equipment and Software / Re: Which oxygen stone/wand should I buy
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:06:06 AM »
I have the same setup. I eventually plan to replace it with this
I like the fact that the stone uses a flared fitting to attach to the wand.  A while ago I saw some complaints about other ones where the glue holding the stone to the wand came undone.

This is the setup that I have and it works well.  I also like the idea of being able to easily remove the stone and boil it if it needs it.

The Pub / Re: My Christmas Present
« on: January 04, 2016, 07:57:47 AM »
Looks awesome, congrats Keith!

Ingredients / Re: Supermoss Vs.other finings
« on: November 23, 2015, 11:34:14 AM »
I tried it a few times on different styles, but never seemed to work as good as whirlfloc, so I composted the rest.

Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: July 01, 2015, 07:11:45 AM »
Right now in my bins I have Weyermann dark Munich, Best pilsner, Great Western 2-row and Crisp Maris Otter.  I've also used Franco Belges pilsner a lot when making Belgian beers, great malt.

Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:00:40 AM »
When I first started trying to find honey I went to  It was a great resource for finding local honey.

I haven't read Piatz' book, but I like Schramm's book.  I also think there is some great information in the BCJP Mead Study Guide.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 08:35:50 AM »
Congrats Jim!

Beer Recipes / Re: German Wheat Beers
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:32:25 AM »
I've never made a dunkelweizen, but my standard weizen recipe is 60% malted wheat, 40% pilsner. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Shipping Considerations
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:23:42 AM »
I plan on shipping my entries 2-day because I don't want them sitting in a hot UPS truck for days.  That said, I did win a medal for a light lager the last time the NHC was in San Diego and I shipped it ground.

« on: May 13, 2015, 05:23:40 AM »
A couple of session beers I like in the summer are a grisette (essentially a low gravity saison) or a patersbier.

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