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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: dry hop pellicle
« on: June 30, 2015, 09:38:10 PM »
Pellicle is not normal!

If this happens to just your dry hopped beers, the most likely culprit would be your hop bag if you use one.

None of what I say below my be the cause of your problem, but represents deficiencies in your process.

- Some people have reported issues with carbonation drops
- You don't say how you measure the amount of dry cornsugar you add
- Dish soap can kill head.  The better procedure is to clean with a detergent like one step and then to sanitize with a product like starsan.
- Cleaning your bottles with the dishes in the dishwasher appears to me like a recipe for dirty bottles.
- Pouring your beer into a cup before pouring it into the bottle reduces the carbonation of the final beer particularly if you don't use a hose to introduce beer to the bottom of the cup or bottle.  You really should use hose and bottling wand to minimize loss of carbonation and oygen pickup.  Oxygen should not cause your carbonation problems, but could make your beer taste "flat" as in stale or non-vibrant.

What you haven't discussed is:
- how long your beer ferments before bottling. 
- whether you are seeing a yeast deposit on the bottom of the your bottles of flat beer
- are you shaking the bottles of flat beer to rouse the yeast?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP Certification Thoughts
« on: June 25, 2015, 01:40:01 AM »
Taking tasting classes for the exam has reopened my eyes to styles I thought I didn't like English IPA and Bavarian weizens of all kinds.  I'm planning to brew beers for these styles soon.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Carbonating aged beer
« on: June 23, 2015, 07:05:01 PM »
Force carb the kegged beer and bottle condition the Old Ale.  Add some champagne yeast with your sugar solution to carbonate the Old Ale. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judging Categories-Session Ales
« on: June 19, 2015, 08:43:31 PM »
Usually very little information is required to enter a homebrew competition, basically identifiers for the beer and homebrewer, and style.  The rest is not required. 

The thinking behind giving minimal information is that the judges senses and style definition should determine the score.  Because what you a person tastes is susceptible to suggestion, additional information is not passed along to the judges.

Entering a beer in the wrong category, which is what you did, is a waste of time as you found out.  The Maltose Falcons has a session IPA category which they call "West Coast Extra Pale Ale."  Perhaps your beer would have scored well in that category.

The Pub / Re: Homebrewing and Children
« on: June 18, 2015, 07:29:52 PM »
Agree with everyone else.  Kids learn by modeling their parents so modeling responsible behaviors is important.  My daughter used to like to help bottling, but I lost a lot of beer when she helped. 

Ingredients / Re: Grains that you don't crush
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:12:05 PM »
Greg Noonan, RIP, proposed in Brewing Lager Beer that roasted grains and malts not be crushed to reduce their astringency.  This of course reduces the amount of flavor extracted.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hard Plumbing LPG. Part Names?
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:18:30 AM »
I've seen it in yellow and in shiny steel. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Hard Plumbing LPG. Part Names?
« on: June 18, 2015, 02:42:30 AM »
I share Greatplains concern, but anyway... you may find it easier to use a flexible line like that used to connect dryers and stoves to make the final connection between that valve and the burner or elsewhere in your system.

I believe you are correct as to pig tail.

I don't think it matters what kind of ball valve you use other than it should be rated for gas service.  I don't recall getting any special ball valves for plumbing gas to my burners.  Did you have specific kinds in mind?

Yes you will likely needs a flare to NPT fitting if you connect the pipe to the regulator.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Biab brew going from pale to brown
« on: June 17, 2015, 04:58:40 PM »
Some darkening could occur by oxidation during the transfer of hot wort, but I agree with the earlier posters that what you are seeing is due to the change in vessels.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Not for profit, ein, or nothing?
« on: June 16, 2015, 08:06:36 PM »
OK, I see the soft 5% "limit" for nontraditional income, i.e., activities that are not in furtherance of a social club's exempt purpose, in some IRS webpages.  Depending on what the club does and owns, I can see how that could be an issue.  However, I am not concerned about that limit for the clubs I'm in.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Club Insurance Program
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:47:26 PM »
I reviewed the policy too in great detail, before the club purchased it. 

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Not for profit, ein, or nothing?
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:25:15 PM »
My club is a 501c7, and while it's the right call for us, it's not without potential issues. First and foremost, your revenue needs to come only from members. Outside income cannot exceed 5% of your annual amount. In practice this means you can't raise any money from public events, or sell merchandise outside of your membership. If you run a competition, entry fees from non-members are"outside income". Sponsorship is also. It's brutal staying under that 5% limit.
You're probably going to need a lawyer to draft all of the documents you need to satisfy the IRS. I don't remember them all but there's about half a dozen. We spent just over $1000 in legal fees.

I think you meant 35%, not 5%. Below is a quote from IRS Pub 557 on 501(c)(7).

A section 501(c)(7) organization can
receive up to 35% of its gross receipts, including
investment income, from sources outside of
its membership without losing its tax-exempt
status. Income from nontraditional business activity
with members is not exempt function income,
and thus is included as income from
sources outside of the membership. Of the 35%
gross receipts listed above, up to 15% of the
gross receipts can be derived from the use of
the club's facilities or services by the general

Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Club Insurance Program
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:09:33 PM »
I've had several club members ask me whether we should enroll in this.  To date, I have responded to them that I didn't see a particular need.  There is no social host liability in Maryland, and most of our events are at members' homes, or at other venues where we are invited to do demonstrations and where I believe the property owner's liability insurance would apply to anything that happens.

But, I'm an insurance claim guy, and before I can give any of our members what I think is a reliable answer, I would need to see the policies, both the general/liquor liability policy and the D&O policy.  I haven't been able to find it...are they available for review?

Part of the value of AHA insurance is that some people are worried about getting sued even if there is no social host liability in your state and thus they do not fully participate/contribute to the club activities.  Getting these people more involved in the club makes the club better.

Also even if there is no social host liability in your state, people may sue you anyway.  The insurer has a "duty to defend," i.e., to provide you a lawyer.

Homebrew Clubs / Directors & officers insurance
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:57:59 PM »
Martin,  Would the AHA insurance that was just proprosed protect the officers?

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