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Ok, what's up folks?

I'm being forced to take a day off this Friday. (guess I have too many vacation hours stored up. sheesh)

So, if I'm taking a day off, guess I better figure out what's going in the kettles.

Well, last weekend resulted in every fermenter and empty keg in the brewhouse being cleaned.

The view from the driveway

So maybe it's time to get cracking on some more goodies!

Anything going on there gents?

For me, I'll have to clean the 5 kegs that blew free last weekend and catch up on some writing work.


No brewing for me.. just chilling with the homebrewers at Lake Casitas

General Homebrew Discussion / Electronic Competition Returns
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:26:37 PM »
Just got done with our annual Mayfaire Competition (in its 32nd-33rd year?) and we've expanded the little pilot program we've been doing for 3 years now.

All of our entry score sheets are online as pdf's, downloadable and printable by the entrant. This allowed us to get all 330ish sets back to the entrants within 24 hours. (The Doug King Competition in January saw all the scoresheets available about 6 hours after the competition closed)

What I'd like to know is what you think. Does the increased speed of return offset the tactile sensation of a piece of paper mailed to you? Is the score sheet as provided clear enough to read and glean the value from? Would it put you off to know your sheets were being returned electronically? Why?

Check out this sample sheet ( from this blog post (

General Homebrew Discussion / Never did that before
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:22:20 AM »
Did something unusual yesterday - went from having all of my fermenters full to all of them empty.

Racked over to kegs the following:
10 gallons of Mild (5 American / 5 British)
10 gallons of IPA+ (one getting a keg addition of Cascade and the other Centennial)
5 gallons of Spring Saison with Citra
5 gallons of Belgian Amber with Cinnamon and Vanilla (homemade extracts and the same intial wort as the Saison)
5 gallons of Tupelo Mead (2 gallons getting infused with sour cherry concentrate)
5 gallons of Dark Belgian Strong Wild Ale infused with Pinot Noir soaked French Oak

My brewery is now a confused mess (more so than usual) with everything not a keg waiting for a good scrubbing. Good news is this lets me get started on a new project that I'm going to be spending the better part of a year working on. Bad news is that's a metric ton of fermenters.

What's the game plan folks?

For me - it's going to be all about the Mayfaire Competition this weekend (we have ~340 entries to judge) and then kegging things for SCHF.

What's on the board's for y'all?

For me it's a bunch of keg cleaning. Get them kegs ready to start dropping some beer into!

I can't brew this week! My kettles are being used for water baths!

But.. I do have to add the pinot noir oak to my ~2 year dark wild ale. Thinking maybe of getting some sour cherry juice for a portion of it. Anyone got a good source?

Also, gotta do the checkin for the Mayfaire competition. Haven't checked recently, but last I knew we were heading north of 250.

And then Falcons' Meeting - Spring Beers. - guess I should probably go buy a few.

The Pub / Will it Blend - iPad version
« on: April 06, 2010, 04:05:17 PM »
God I hope it wasn't actually a new functioning item

After last week's brew, my ankle decided to remind that it had a large say in what I can and can't do - so this week, I'm back at it and going to hit my numbers to get a mild and a saison in place for the SCHF!

Zymurgy / 2010 M/A ARTICLE - Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
« on: March 24, 2010, 11:46:23 AM »
So we're playing around with the idea of the Zymurgy forum and what we can do. One idea is "Ask the Author" - so I'll be the guinea pig. If you have any questions about anything custom smoke, fire away! (or should that be smoke away?)

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