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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: un-Official AHA Twitter List
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:42:17 PM »
Name/Forum Name           Twitter ID
Norm Benson/Timberati             @timberati

I am interested in environmental stuff, forestry, trees, and beer. Occasionally, all three intersect.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What's the best thermometer?
« on: March 29, 2011, 10:54:13 PM »
Wow, expect a flurry of responses to this question.

We have a kettle thermometer in our mash tun, but the guy I brew with is a professional chef, so we also have a small collection of digital kitchen quick-read thermometers.  The kettle thermometer is analog and works fairly well.  The digital quick read does an excellent job too, and only costs around $15.  Calibration for each one is simple.  The kettle thermometer uses a screw in the back to adjust the dial relative to the position of the needle.  The digital has a menu to do the same.

We cut up a wine cork and slid it down the shaft of the quick-read, so now it floats.  We almost never float it, but it can be done.

This is the thermometer we use.

http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-9842-Commercial-Waterproof-Thermometer/dp/B00009WE45/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300723094&sr=1-1-catcorr

Great price. Does it work well for mashing, that is, it's accurate enough?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 08:59:03 PM »
If you can send some links to places where the xml files do import, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
You need to navigate to the recipe you want to export.  Select it (highlight it), and right click on it.  A menu will appear and you want to select Export As...
For my Mac after right clicking I used the "Save link as..." option and hot darn, I was able to import an xml file.
Thanks for the help, Tim. This makes copying recipes a great deal easier.

To the Brew Cave, Robin!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm really doing it! (pics added)
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:34:02 PM »
Holy crap what a view! Not I just want to dig my eyeballs out with a mellon baller instead of looking at my crap mountains.  :-\
Come summer, roles'll be reversed. 110F is not uncommon. Have had one month straight where the high exceeded 100F. This being California, the hills will be brown or on fire.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:25:04 PM »
On the down side, BA doesn't load xml recipe files (it claims it does but every xml file I've attempted failed).

It can but you have to export one recipe per XML file or else it'll fail.  I tried to batch export from Beersmith to BeerAlchemy and it only worked when I exported one recipe at a time.
Tim, you must know the magic incantations! Or, you're holding your tongue in just the right place.  :P Teach me. I've never tried to import more than one xml file. I did a quick search engine (okay I Googled) and found that Kent Software said that many of the xml files were not really "beerxml" files. So I just typed in the recipe. It took only a few minutes longer.

If you can send some links to places where the xml files do import, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing software?
« on: March 29, 2011, 02:34:47 PM »
If you run straight Mac OS X (no Boot Camp), there is currently only one choice: BeerAlchemy. BeerSmith is developing a Mac version but it wasn't out as of a few days ago.

I run BeerAlchemy ($30 registration) and like it (though I can't compare it to others). It has a sync feature so that I can have my recipes, batches, ingredient lists, and calculators on my iPhone (I don't know if they have a version that runs on Android OS). On the down side, BA doesn't load xml recipe files (it claims it does but every xml file I've attempted failed). It does import .rec recipes, with some tweaking.


For smart phones, Sparge Pal is free and has some nice features.

Good luck with the search.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm really doing it! (pics added)
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:28:25 PM »
Also, I don't have a kilt, can I still make beer or am I just wasting my time?

A kilt isn't required per se. As long as you aren't wearing pants the beer will turn out OK.
Oh, now I see what I've been doing wrong.  :D

And, as long as we're bragging about great views when brewing. Here's mine:

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I definitely will. I have my Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner tie on for the ceremony!
:D Pictures. We want pictures. Will there be a write up in zymurgy?

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Zymurgy / Re: March/April Issue?
« on: March 28, 2011, 07:55:07 PM »
I believe I used the Info@ address on the "contact us" page. Any suggestions for a more direct contact?

Yeah, try kathryn@brewersassocaition.org.  Kate rocks!
Agreed!

While I did receive email confirmation of membership on 3 March and my membership cards (family membership) a couple weeks after that, I haven't received Zymurgy in the mail as of yet. (Though I do have the Mar/Apr copy because I bought it at my not-so LHBS)

typo alert, that should be kathryn@brewersassociation.org

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Beer Travel / Re: San Diego
« on: March 28, 2011, 02:26:08 PM »
Balboa Park

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite American IPA Hop combo
« on: March 27, 2011, 10:39:24 PM »
I am into Citra. Just bottled a Citra IPA (1 oz 60 min, .5 oz 30 min, .5 oz 10 min, 1 oz in fermenter after 4 days) and early indications are it's outstanding.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Saaz and Cascade in an IPA?
« on: March 27, 2011, 04:38:16 PM »
And you kept the fermenting vessel out of the light?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Newbie about to upgrade....
« on: March 27, 2011, 04:36:30 PM »
Here's a post by Drew somebody  ;D about "Brewing Your First Batch." http://www.maltosefalcons.com/firstbatch In it, Drew says what you should look for in a good kit.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Newbie about to upgrade....
« on: March 27, 2011, 03:37:54 AM »
It looks like the Cooper's kit (http://www.beermakingkits.org/coopers-all-in-one-micro-brewery-kit-review/) is set up to do pretty much just Cooper's beer ingredient kits. The malts look like they are pre-hopped and all you do is add water (no boil necessary) and yeast and let it ferment. It's simple and will make fairly decent beer. And, because it's simple, it's also limited in beer styles.

Consider doing a quick internet search for personal home brewing kits. There are a ton of them out there for lots of different price ranges (~$70 to the stratosphere). Have a look at some others home brewing kits before you spend $70 on a Cooper's kit and perhaps outgrow it in one or two batches.

You're welcome to send me a private message if you want names (I'm not aligned with any vendor in any way other than as a customer).

Hoppy trails.
Norm

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Beer Recipes / Re: APA recipe
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:36:50 PM »
I've been using 90 min boils for all grain batches (3 batches so far).

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