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Wood/Casks / Re: What type of beer would you put in your bbl
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:41:27 AM »
A solera project is always nice. I think your biggest problem with taking the blonde approach to start your solera is the tannins of the red wine, combined with the wood tannin and other woody astringent characters are going to build and quite probably overpower any softer nuances to the brew. I would argue in favor of a BSDA if you're going with a red wine barrel, I think the "darker" flavors play better with red wine and longer exposure to oak.

But it sounds like an interesting place to start no matter what you do.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Scoresheet Comment
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:35:45 AM »
I emphasize keeping comments consistent and structured because those can be very annoying & even frustrating as a brewer/entrant.

Whenever we're teaching one thing I try and drill into the students' heads - don't assume you know anything about the ingredients or process. Several people have already posted comments where the judges had something completely wrong. It turns the entrant off from listening to anything else you may say. Its unfortunate.

So the lesson from me is always: "couch your comments in 'did you' constructs or 'if you'", e.g. "if you used extract, try using paler extracts or shifting the addition towards the end of the boil" Then your AG entrant isn't going to automatically file your words in the "judge who doesn't know shinola" category.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Sour Mash
« on: March 12, 2010, 09:18:37 AM »
Be interesting to see how delicious it smells in a day or two!

Yeah...some guy named Drew was on there...sounded a little shady to me.   ;D

Are you kidding me? I know the guy pretty well. He's damn shady! But isn't that what we need in a politician? :)

Dean's absolutely right in one regard - everyone who's running is dedicated to this crazy little dance we do and that's great. No matter the outcome of the elections this year, I hope that the AHA can find a way to harness it all and keep us moving forward.

What's brewing?

More beer tomorrow for me.. haven't quite decided yet what, but there it is

Plus the Stone Rally on Saturday

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition Categories?
« on: March 10, 2010, 12:51:53 AM »
Is it legal and/or ethical to enter the same beer in multiple categories at the same competition?

I say yes.. wonder how long it will take before someone says no?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite Scoresheet Comment
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:41:44 PM »
I don't enter that many competitions, but I like to judge, especially the weird beer categories (shocker!) . I think one of the best one's I gave was for a "Viking Yule Ale as translated from Rune such and such of the such and such laws".

It was an interesting beer, but wasn't balanced right for my taste, so being in mid morning smart ass mode I wrote something along the lines of "This tastes to me like you mistranslated one part of the law." And then proceed to give real feedback. So to the brewer who entered that beer, I'm sorry, there are just times I can't resist the call of the smartass.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from Kegs.
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:37:26 PM »
What is Flare (screw on) QD


What Denny means is the type of quick disconnect that screws into the hose instead of the variety with a barb fitting.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 09, 2010, 04:39:35 PM »
What's happened to Sierra Madre since 1985 that's made it strange?

Nothing much.. part of what's strange! Still feels like a mix of Norman Rockwell with rich hippies up in the canyons.

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:33:44 PM »
It took me years (ok, actually a few months of living in Boston) to get over my fear of pizza after that stuff in high school! :)

All Things Food / Re: Ethnic Cooking
« on: March 08, 2010, 12:01:05 PM »
Oh god, they had that stuff at my highschool.. crap.. in '89.

Oh so, so terrible..

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:53:44 AM »
Both very strange towns. Of course, I never realized Pasadena had a gang problem until I lived in a part of town that had a Taco Bell / KFC with a drive through airlock so robust, I'm sure you could fire a tank round at it and all would be well.

Ingredients / Re: American 2-Row vs. British Pale
« on: March 07, 2010, 11:14:06 PM »
Do you think mixing 50% domestic 2-row with 50% marris otter would add any noticeable complexity to an APA or AIPA? 

My default grain bill for most of my IPAs/APAs, etc are exactly that 50/50 2-Row / M.O.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 01:31:43 PM »
I currently use an auto-siphon which works well but with Drew's system I like the idea of not moving the carboy and minimizing the beer's exposure to O2.

The not moving it part is definitely the main reason I do it. I started doing it because I just didn't have anywhere high enough to set the carboys for settling and I really hated a) the danger of moving a full carboy - again b) stirring up sediment that had settled.. So, on with the CO2. It also helped that until 2 months ago I got free CO2!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to Siphon Beer
« on: March 05, 2010, 10:41:52 AM »
I never did the full keg hookup for a few reasons
  • Back pressure - it's a helluva lot easier for that little poppet space to get clogged with random material (think hop bits) and that could cause the pressure to build up
  • More fiddly bits to ensure are completely sanitized - actually the biggest reason.

Of course nowadays, I brew in a garage and most of my beer ferments in a couple of 10g cornies, so... pressure racking all the way.

And Kai, regarding the pressure - I swapped out my standard regulator gauges with a more accurate low pressure gauge. At ~3.5 psi, those carboy caps will pop off the bottle, so it hasn't been that much of a worry so far.

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