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Wood/Casks / Re: Woodinville Whiskey Co. Barrel
« on: August 03, 2015, 09:59:21 AM »
I'm on about the 5th beer aging in these barrels, trust me, it can get over oaked very quickly. The best way to go about it is taste. But 4 weeks will be pushing it. Personally, I find most commercial breweries over age their beers in barrels as well. I pull mind a lot sooner than others. Sometimes, even in a 60 gallon bbl you can pull it after 4-6 weeks.

I concur with Keith on this. I currently have a Woodinville 8 gallon barrel on it's second run with a Wee Heavy.  The first run was an Imperial Porter for four weeks.  I was worried I would get too much barrel character.  While the wood and bourbon are assertive, I'm really happy with the results.

The Wee Heavy I'm going to leave for a minimum of three months to get a better idea of volume losses and character from extended aging on a second run barrel.


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I hear they throw a lot of diacetyl... and boogers.

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More on PNWHC ?

Jim- this is all I'm finding at the moment...
http://www.pnwhc.com/content/mailing-list-signup
I'll speak with the organizer next week and keep you posted as things develop.
Unfortunately, I'm not terribly up to date on Portland accommodations but  I always enjoy staying at the McMennamin's properties. Check out Edgefield (Troutdale) and the Crystal Hotel (Downtown) I'm clueless on where one would put an RV. 

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This sounds like a fun one -  I'm going to try to go if I can.

That reminds me that we used to have a "comp" up in the Seattle area called Homebrewfair.  It was very different from most compeittions.  The judges would be handed an entry and they'd judge it while the entrant sat in the other room. After the judges judged the beer, the entrant would come in and they'd all go over the beer and the sheets together.  It was a great learning experience for both the judges and the entrants.

I think I might talk to a few folks to resurrect this.

Steve

That sounds like a really cool format, Steve.  You should definitely come check out the Fall Classic!
We actually met last spring at the Cascade Cup, I got to judge with you and a young protégé.
Good to see you around here!

Steve

Yes, Steve, I remember it well.  It was at PostDoc -- Tom Schmidlin's new brewery.
It was great judging with you.  Hope to see you there in Portland.

You planning on going to the PNWHC in Vancouver, WA in the spring?
I just registered to give a couple judging related talks.  We'll see if they get accepted.  Should be fun, like a mini-NHC.
Absolutely, I'll be there. An Oregon Brew Crew guy is really spearheading the effort. I'm really excited to see how it turns out and hope its something the local clubs can collaborate on to develop.  Glad to hear you'll likely be presenting!

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This sounds like a fun one -  I'm going to try to go if I can.

That reminds me that we used to have a "comp" up in the Seattle area called Homebrewfair.  It was very different from most compeittions.  The judges would be handed an entry and they'd judge it while the entrant sat in the other room. After the judges judged the beer, the entrant would come in and they'd all go over the beer and the sheets together.  It was a great learning experience for both the judges and the entrants.

I think I might talk to a few folks to resurrect this.

Steve

That sounds like a really cool format, Steve.  You should definitely come check out the Fall Classic!
We actually met last spring at the Cascade Cup, I got to judge with you and a young protégé.
Good to see you around here!

Steve

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Classifieds / Re: Brewer wanted
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:54:11 PM »
It's about the music, dudes.

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Bring it on folks!
This is a fun comp to judge, and a great one to enter as well if you really want to get an idea of where  you stand amongst your peers outside of NHC.  Let's see what you've got!
Join us to judge if you can!

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Ingredients / Re: Downey Mildew and Michigan Hops
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:57:17 AM »
I didn't ever have downey mildew or pest problems.  I just burned out on growing hops. Given how cheaply I can buy great hops, it just wasn't worth my time or effort any longer.

This is where I'm trending, I still have a Mt. Hood, Columbus and Sterling that take minimal effort to maintain.  I like to make a "backyard" batch or two per year, but I rarely mix homegrown and store bought hops. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Note to self
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:43:35 PM »
I'll confess, I brew in flip-flops in the summer (boots in the winter). It's just too much in-and-out to deal with shoes with laces, and if I'm wearing shorts there's no point in using brewing boots. My system also doesn't require me to move any hot liquids by hand.

Same here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free hops
« on: July 24, 2015, 09:05:22 AM »
How about some sugar for the 3-year and lifetime renewals?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Note to self
« on: July 24, 2015, 09:01:57 AM »
Safety third, right? ;)

I love flip-flops, the SO and 15 year-old daughter live in them. 
The youngblood just turned 15 and got her driver's permit. She corralled us into a lesson last evening and started to prance out the door in her flip flops.  I had to have one of those, "do as I say, not as I do" moments and told her to go put her vans on.  She did great... and I should practice what I preach.


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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: July 22, 2015, 07:37:33 AM »
Does the original Portland even have enough convention hotel rooms for 5,000 people?

Not sure about ME, but Portland, OR is working on adding more rooms at the convention center site. 2018 would be very optimistic.
http://www.oregonmetro.gov/public-projects/oregon-convention-center-hotel

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA TV
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:23:38 AM »
Cool! She said in 2016 they will be using the new guidelines but not all of the styles. Let the worrying begin! Who's beer will be left out? How many entries will we get? Ooooh the stress of it all. ;-)

Stir it, Jim! ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Blowoff Tubes
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:36:11 PM »
Another option I'm looking into is Fermcap-S. How effective is it?

Very.

Wouldn't it still be prudent to still have a backup blowoff tube setup?

Sure, for things like WY3068 or something. Otherwise, no.

True, but then you have Fermcap-S in your beer.
I'm in the camp that will use fermcap in starters but not during primary fermentation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 09:57:03 AM »
I just heard about this.  I post it here as a warning/reminder to be careful.

http://www.gofundme.com/zaf57s

Oh my gosh, that is awful.  Any word on how it happened?  Lesson we can learn?

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