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Ingredients / Re: Supermoss Vs.other finings
« on: November 23, 2015, 06:34:14 PM »
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, 02:11:45 PM »
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, 04:00:40 PM »
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, 03:35:50 PM »
Congrats Jim!

Beer Recipes / Re: German Wheat Beers
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:32:25 PM »
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, 02:23:42 PM »
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, 12:23:40 PM »
A couple of session beers I like in the summer are a grisette (essentially a low gravity saison) or a patersbier.

Where else can you go and talk about beer and drink beer with like minded people for 3 days?  The seminars are awesome and as others have said, they listening to them as a podcast or on video don't do them justice and club night is a blast.

I have been to the last four and am bummed I am not going to make it this year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cloudy lager after kegging
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:31:34 PM »
No dry hopping. It's a head-scratcher. Tastes great, it's the anal retentive brewer in me, it's a lager it should be clear! I think it may be time to just RDWHAHB.

Just close your eyes when you drink it and savor the taste.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 30, 2015, 01:22:10 PM »
In the garage.  Already have a chest freezer and a mini-fridge in the basement and didn't want to move a full size fridge down there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Weekend 2/28
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:29:34 PM »
Been too cold to brew lately, but will finally warm up into the 40s on Wednesday.  Plan on brewing a biere de garde.

Equipment and Software / Re: Johnson Controller and my fridge
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:29:26 PM »
I often use the thermwraps and a thermowell in the winter time.  They work well IMO.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:25:09 PM »
I can dream can't I?

Yes, but sometimes dreams come true.  I am planning to sign up.  Do you have any hotel recommendations?

I don't since I don't live in that area.  Try giving Keystone Homebrew a call, they could recommend something.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 07:00:44 PM »
  The pre-call for judges message that I received mentioned that the judge director was looking to recruit 100 judges for the first round in Philly.

I can dream can't I?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:36:19 PM »
Scanning and emailing judging sheets is probably the easiest option available although for a large comp you need a fast scanner and somebody, or preferably multiple people, who has a good process in place to sort forms before they go in the scanner and afterwards as the files are being created. It's faster and cheaper to send forms by email with the cost of postage these days.

This is what we do for Malt Madness.  Our competition is around 500 entries and we have 2-3 to people to scan score sheets.  We used to stuff envelopes and have them available for people to pick up the day of the competition and send the rest out by mail, but we switched to scanning to save on postage.

Dave, what type of scanner are you using?

I'll check with our IT guys.

It’s actually a multifunction device – printer, scanner, and fax.  It is an HP Laserjet 15369dnf MFP.

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