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The Pub / Re: Live, from the NHC
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:03:19 AM »
Wish I could be there with everyone. Hopefully NHC makes it up to New England sometime in the next few years.

The post-conference survey they sent out had Providence as one of the cities you'd like to see NHC at.  Don't see that happening anytime too soon.

Boston would be great (and expensive) but I'd really love to see Portland (Maine...not that other Portland imposter :) )
Much as I'd love to see NHC in Portland, ME, I don't think it has enough hotel space to accommodate 3000+ people and I doubt if the Cross Insurance Center is large enough for the conference.
Probably the best those of us in New England can hope for is Boston.

All Grain Brewing / Re: 1st All Grain Recipe Review
« on: June 15, 2016, 04:21:44 AM »
I target a pH around 5.3 to 5.4 for this kind of beer. Also, for my taste, 285 ppm SO4 would be too high. As noted earlier, it's easy to get a session IPA out of balance and this would do it for me. But it's your beer, so try it. You can always adjust if necessary the next time. That's the beauty of homebrewing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rut, but ok with it
« on: June 07, 2016, 03:16:00 AM »
Anyone else open this thread expecting to see deer pics?

I used both, I can't taste the difference but the BioFine Clear beer is a little clearer than the gelatin fined beer. For me the extra cost of the BioFine offsets the slight advantage.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 28, 2016, 06:22:26 AM »
Had to send it back a year ago to have the rollers refurbished.
Works better now than when it was new.

After 9 years of use, I'm in the same boat with my Barley Crusher.  I was considering replacing it with a Monster Mill, but I'll probably just replace the rollers. 

If I can get another 9 years of out of it for $50, great.

It was certainly worth the $35. shipping to me.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain mills
« on: May 25, 2016, 11:06:32 AM »
I've had a Barley Crusher for about 7 years, works great.
If you get a Barley Crusher get the 15 pound hopper.
It has (or at least used to, may still have) a life-time warranty.
Had to send it back a year ago to have the rollers refurbished.
Works better now than when it was new.
I've also heard good things about the Monster mills and the JSP mills.
I suspect you'll find that most people love the mills they have and use.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: HELP with adding Orange zest
« on: May 19, 2016, 08:51:37 AM »
I suspect the fermentation you see if from the honey not the orange zest.

All Grain Brewing / Re: ESB water profile
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:37:06 AM »
For my ESB I use the amber dry profile in Brunwater.
I like it but I haven't had it judged by anyone else.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Newbie question on yeast amounts
« on: May 07, 2016, 06:33:28 AM »
Four pack sounds right.
That's assuming that the packs are very fresh.
Another possibility is using dry yeast.
Two 11 gram packs would get it done.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 02, 2016, 04:21:01 PM »
I always leave out any reference to "beer" in the address.
For example, Craft Beer Cellars becomes Craft Cellars, New England Regional Homebrew Competition becomes NERHBC, etc.
The folks at the local UPS drop-off location don't ask, I don't tell.

It may not be possible to eliminate oxygen out of every step in the brewing process but this thread and others like it suck the oxygen out of this forum.
I wonder why the author(s) of the article have not responded to the various questions and comments.

I still think, as far as a forum goes, ignoring things that rub you the wrong way is probably the best option. If a post is meant to cause anger, and people respond out of anger, then the poster won their little game.

Now, regarding step mashing, I tried the Hochkurtz step mash from Troester's website on two beers one day and got nothing out of it. But I'm not on a crusade to stop others from doing it. In fact I might try step mashing again.

Honestly, I dont hang out here to try to get anyone to do things my way. I have always tried to keep an open mind about suggested methods, and I have tried many, adopted several, rejected others as not working for me. If someone, who has not tried my beer, claims to know its wrong, claims to know the fix, but won't say what it is... whatever. Maybe he's right, but since I'll never know if he's right, I'm not going to waste any time being upset about it.

I'll say it again. Ignore it, dont feed it.

I hope the OP got his questions answered.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 02:04:47 PM »
The ice in the lakes went out about 3 weeks earlier than usual.
There was a fishing activity right after ice out but that dropped off.
I was out the middle of last week and the water temp at the surface is still only 38 degrees.
Not much action.
It's been a little cold since the ice went out and the water hasn't warmed up much.
I'll give it another try in a week or so.
I don't eat the fish I catch, just like to catch them!

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 02:23:08 AM »
15 degrees at the moment (5AM) here in central Maine.
New few days supposed to have lows in the mid teens and highs in the low 30's with a brisk NW wind.
Cold start to April.
I got my fruit trees and grapes pruned during the mild weather in March.
Cutting next year's firewood now.
I don't plan on planting anything until late May.

The Pub / Re: Belgium replies
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:17:50 AM »
Hope you and yours are safe.

Thanks, they are, but to me every victim is mine. :(


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