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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing tap
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:32:06 AM »
I use them to keep the fruit flies out of the faucets.

Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filtration
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:18:00 AM »
It depends on where you live in Washington State. Here in South Central Washington, my well water tests 198 total hardness and 204 total alkalinity, so I do a lot of water blending with RO water. I bought a cheap RO system this spring that brought my hardness down to 7 and alkalinity down to 6. Looks like it will pay for itself in the long run.


Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 19, 2015, 08:28:44 AM »
Hey, I'm semi-retired and the busy season is pretty well over....

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:57:26 AM »
I live in the lower valley, just outside Zillah. Jim, give us a PM next time you're headed this way. There's a few biker friendly bars around here....

Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 15, 2015, 12:55:32 PM »
Denny, you going to the hop school this year?


Good information on a process we too often take for granted. As a seed guy of 35 years, I can really  appreciate their materials handling equipment and am flat envious of the pallet stacker.

I'd also like to try a Thirsty Beaver or two.


Equipment and Software / Re: Mini-mash tun
« on: May 13, 2015, 07:21:03 AM »
Jim, you do come up with some gems.....

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 01:49:43 PM »
Sounds like a plan. I wonder what instrument Steve plays for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra?

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:43:35 AM »
The grower probably "knocked them back" for harvest timing purposes. After consulting with my hop guy, I didn't trim my plants back this spring. I've got some monsters.

Jim- give me a heads up when you're in the area, it would be fun to have a beer with you.


I've been brewing for 20 some years and this will be my first NHC. I'm looking forward to meeting the people and taking in the sessions. I've been to a few of the smaller homebrewing events and always had a good time and picked up some good information. Now that I'm semi-retired I may be taking in a few more.

So, I urge you to just do it.



Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 30, 2015, 07:44:18 AM »
My brewing area and tap room in the shop. It just makes life easier and like HoosierBrew said, "It's a really nice spot for it there." It also gives me a place to go while the wife watches "Dancing with the Stars" and all those other shows of great viewing. If I want to watch TV, I can catch "Hogan's Heroes" or other reruns on the shop TV while enjoy a homebrewed beverage.

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 09:15:25 AM »
I fell within the homebrew demography when I started brewing, now I'm nearly 20 years too old. Guess that makes us young for or age. Here's to 60, the new 30!!

See you guys in SD.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:23:36 AM »
Found Nooner on tap the other day. Very nice Pils! Had two pints with a brat sandwich for lunch in Leavenworth, WA.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY2278 in a BoPils?
« on: March 23, 2015, 09:23:42 AM »
WY2278 is the yeast that I use when brewing my Czech Pils. I have 10 gallons brewed February 18 that is lagering at around 33 degrees (I'm testing it about every other day). Of all the styles of beer that I brew, this this is probably my favorite.


The Pub / Re: What's your favorite thing about being a Homebrewer?
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:59:33 AM »
To me it's setting aside a day that is mine to spend doing something I love to do. Drinking coffee, snacking on salted in the shell peanuts and an occasional cigar in order during the process. Look to the west and see the mountains (only when not obstructed by the steam of Jim's brew kettle).

Oh and don't forget the "Hot Scotchies" when draining the mash tun!

So, my answer is having a great way to spend a day!


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