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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sharing my blog post FYE
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:11:08 PM »
+1. the more blogging like this the better; specifically the good photo & doing something different.

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:11:38 AM »
I'm in the mood for love - Little Rascals.

click it!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuOsB4psC9E

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: February 28, 2013, 10:34:14 PM »
Too Much- Dave Matthews Band

How Much is that Doggie in the Window?  - RIP Patti Page of Encinitas, CA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AkLE4X-bbU


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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:04:27 PM »
We also considered the situation where only beers that qualified in other competitions could be entered.  Personally I think this goes against the spirit of the NHC, where anyone can win.  I think the inclusiveness is one of this competitions greatest strengths.  We rejected the idea of a dramatic increase in the cost for the same reason (+1 Kai).

We considered adding entries to each region, but many of the regions are already at the limit of what they can judge.  We considered adding regions, but lack areas with enough qualified judges to judge 750 beers who also have organizers willing to shoulder the burden, and this could lead to problems judging the additional entries in the second round.  We considered cutting the limit to 500 per region while increasing the number of regions, but this floods the 2nd round with too many entries to be judged effectively.  And on and on and on.


I see this with national sports, the model works.  You have to qualify in each individual sport regionally to compete nationally.  Sometimes it means a weekend away to make it happen, but it's been worth the effort. The amount of national competition "fodder" is greatly reduced, the national level resources are still a bit tapped out but not overwhelmed, and I see more networking on the local level to have a larger impact on the national level.

Personally I've never competed with brewing and look to do so soon, but really looking for good feedback.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:25:03 PM »
Coastside (south of SF).  clear, crisp 55's.  Warm in the sun with a cool breeze from the ocean.  Perfect swells coming in from the north, building.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: help motorizing grain mill
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:58:53 AM »
But that is not torque. Bench grinders are not designed to have torque- the stone wheel could become a shattered projectile. I have not encountered a bench grinder you couldn't keep from turning on with a slight amount of force from your hand. Grain could do the same thing.

As mentioned by others, inexpensive corded drills are great for this.  One thing I'll add is to use a router speed control (or "variable speed controller") to get the exact RPM needed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refactometer
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:41:01 AM »
My difference was always exceptional - like 8 points off or so. And I use the onebeer.net conversion as well. Not sure why it never worked for me.

Lately my refractometer has been giving me screwy reading on pre fermentation readings as well so I just use my hydrometer now for everything.

Same here.  I have 2 refractometers and they read different from each other and both are different than my hydrometer.  I've gone back to hydrometer for everything.

Good info.  Does calibrating have any affect?

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Beer Recipes / Re: basic blonde ale
« on: February 03, 2013, 10:59:15 PM »
Honey flavor and sweetness

I've not used that, anyone else?  A data-point is that I've had good results when pouring honey into the wort when the boil is done.  Chill to 180, mix it in, continue chilling.

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Pimp My System / Re: Home made grain mill . . . . that could crush a brick!
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:51:27 PM »
I'm impressed.  Can you help with the terminology - a gearbox drive spline, fitting into what?   Gotta hit up the few gearheads I know!

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Beer Recipes / Re: basic blonde ale
« on: February 02, 2013, 12:33:23 PM »
I know don't want it too dry, but 15% crystal malt in something this delicate seems like it would be overpowering to me. I'd cut both in half.

Good point. I always forget that honey malt is more or less crystal. I might leave the honey where it is and decrease the carapils...say 5% honey, 5% carapils? I know that isn't half...

I'm using 2% - 3% carapil.  I get the effect I'm wanting and don't see a need to use more, unless wanting a crazy silky IPA.  I target roughly a half pound per 5 gallon recipe and scale/adjust as needed.

What are you looking for regarding the Honey malt?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Red IPA
« on: January 30, 2013, 08:51:51 PM »

Two Row Pale = 9 lb 8 oz (64%)
Munich Malt = 3 lb 5.75 oz (22%)
Flaked Oats = 1 lb (6%)
Caramel/Crystal 120L = 10.67 oz (4%)
Caramel/Crystal 80L = 5.33 oz (2%)
Caramel/Crystal 40L = 5.33 oz (2%)
Chocolate Malt = 1 oz (0%)


I'm a fan of the guideline of limiting to 4 grain varieties when making recipes, as it makes it much easier to learn the ingredients and know where to make adjustments.  For me personally, I've ended up with a "grainy" taste when leaning on the darker crystal malts and not had the color desired.  I don't think you are going to get red but dark brown - condense & reduce on crystal and kick up the percent Munich or oats.

For reference, looking at this week's AHA recipe of the week, "Tsunami IPA", he's got 12 oz of crystal 45 within 3 malts + sugar.  Looks like roughly 5%?   re: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/blog/show?title=recipe-of-the-weektsunami-ipa   A fun alternative would be 10 or 12 oz of CaraRed.

Also do not overlook the recipe of topher.bartos in this thread:  3 malts and 6.6% on the 20L crystal.

IMHO of course, recipe building is great fun.

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Beer Travel / Re: Louisville, Kentucky
« on: January 22, 2013, 11:00:21 AM »
the AHA card/discount is really a conversation starter, not so much about a discount. 

Finished up with a wonderful Hot Brown and then some Elmer T Lee at the BBC.  People we're amazingly friendly, Louisville is a great place to visit.  Thanks again for the suggestions!

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Beer Travel / Re: Louisville, Kentucky
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:25:31 PM »
hey Siamese Moose, thank you. 

I know a few homebrewers who are making the move to a full-time brewing; With Apocalypse they are making their own equipment, brewing and distributing at their own pace, on their own dime.  Uniquely DIY (solar?), very inspirational.  Happy customers, nice selection to boot.

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Beer Travel / Re: Louisville, Kentucky
« on: January 19, 2013, 01:31:41 PM »
I called Apocalypse; very very friendly.  They listed 3 other places that were "must visit" either coming or going from their place (I'll be on foot). Thanks for the tip! 

Feels kinda awkward to visit homebrewers without bringing a sample of my own. :)

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Beer Travel / Re: Louisville, Kentucky
« on: January 19, 2013, 07:39:33 AM »
Thanks musseldoc!  Looking them up now.

You are in Louisville looking for beer?  That's like being in a gold mine looking for silver.  Really?!

Shame, I know.  I get hangovers from distilled spirits, so it's just a wee bit of tasting.

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