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Pimp My System / Re: The Brewkart
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:31:52 PM »
This is loc-line that I picked up from McMaster-Carr

Nifty.. hopefully you don't bring it over the safe point of 170! :)

Pimp My System / Re: The Brewkart
« on: June 11, 2010, 03:52:31 PM »

That's very cool. You use it in the kitchen or in that office?

Also, what's the funny blue kinky return hose in the pot?

Pimp My System / Re: The Brewkart
« on: June 11, 2010, 02:52:20 PM »
I'm guessing homebrewtalk doesn't like the hotlinking.

Trying to think.. what have I done?

Bourbon - Ten High, Maker's.. didn't really find an appreciable difference between the two, particularly over time of aging
Rum - Captain Morgans, Mount Gay, about to do Zaya (almost a waste, but still)
Scotch - Something cheap. :)
Pinot Noir

Its all about organization and the dreaded Mini-BOS panel.

In a nutshell, for categories too big for a single group of judges, the flight is split amongst teams of judges. When done, they come back together and re-taste the top beers from each group. From that tasting they choose 1,2,3.

Here's how that impacts the 2 v. 3 bottle rule: In 2 bottle competitions, the organizers have to ensure that the judges save enough beer for a mini-BOS and that the bottles are immediately re-capped and kept cold. It doesn't always help and the beers suffer before the mini. (Oh, the number of times I've heard "This really was fantastic when it was freshly opened"). Requiring 3 bottles ensures that everyone is on even footing for the mini-BOS.

Also, say something is wrong with one bottle (e.g. poorly capped, no gas, infected, etc) - judges in a 3 bottle comp will request the additional bottle to check to make sure the problem isn't confined to the single bottle.

On the plus side for the 2 bottle rule: organizers need 1/3 less storage space for entries before the competition.

What's the status field saying?

For me, I'm super psyched - I'm brewing one of my recipes tomorrow at Eagle Rock Brewing

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:55:11 AM »
IMO, you should have it, just like you should have JP's "How to Brew."

I love you, man! (and you can have all my Bud Light) :)

Zymurgy / Re: Submitting Articles.
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:27:44 PM »
Hmm... done.

Zymurgy / Re: Submitting Articles.
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:58:40 PM »
well it will certainly come to folks attention here. I've sent a mail to Jill to check here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:23:15 PM »
Yeah, it is a nuts and bolts book, but only as nuts and bolts as I could do things. :)

And yeah, crazy number of recipes in there: ~100.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Curious...part 2
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:09:33 PM »
For me, I brew, when active, once every couple of weeks until I'm out of space. :)

I also brew 10 gallons, but I actively look for ways to pull more than one batch out of each run.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 08, 2010, 10:34:42 AM »
I guess it depends on your pov. I thought BLAM was a really good book for understanding the whole Trappist mystique.

Radical though I thought was awesome for breaking the sort of procrustean mindset we can get into as homebrewers with all this style stuff flying around us.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Toasted Oats in Wit?
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:17:44 PM »
Oats are a good old fashioned witbier addition.

If you're going to toast them (and why the hell not), give them a week to outgas after toasting before using.

Yeah, that bites more people in the butt than I could count.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee
« on: June 07, 2010, 10:53:14 AM »
I prefer to cold steep a very thick slurry of coffee overnight to extract the good stuff without the bad.

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