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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinion about posting Jamil's recipes
« on: February 08, 2012, 01:36:18 PM »
@ Kristi!!!!

1. Thanks for weighing in on your perspective regarding BCS recipes.
2. In regard to Brewer's Publications in an e-format: Super AWESOME!  I am looking forward to whatever I can get for my Kindle Fire.  I like to browse topics and info on brewing when I have a few minutes or when I am sitting drinking a beer, and would rebuy some to replace my tattered copies and I know I would make more spur of the moment kindle book purchases if I could get the Lambic book the minute I was wondering about something sour.  I especially would love Michael Jackson's works at my fingertips while sitting at the Cheeky Monk on Colfax, for example.

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:57:45 PM »
Thank you Gentlemen for the quick weigh in.  I know you are working on the issue, and perhaps you weren't super surprised about the quick sell out (not as surprised as I was).  I truly did not believe that I was risking missing out by waiting almost a full week to register.

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:24:00 PM »
Thanks Drew.  My brother and I are on the waitlist as of noon today.

Unfortunately, it is what it is, and I have learned my lesson, but it is my guess that in the future this event will either sell out in 20 minutes next year, or the capacity will expand to make it not as pleasant of an experience.

From here on out, it is my guess that there will be the fight between capacity and intimacy (or lack thereof).  I hope it not to ever be like GABF.  Maybe it becomes a regional model.

At any rate, I am looking forward to volunteering to help at the first round competition.

Events / NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 06, 2012, 12:33:14 PM »
After being out of pocket for last 6 days (and truthfully, not paying attention), I went to sign up for (my first ever) NHC this morning....The first time I had both the time and the means to attend and....DOH!  Epic Fail. :'(

As a result, I have a number of questions:

1. How many people are on the wait list, and really, what is the turnover rate, and what are my chances (where am I on the list)?
2. Are there any plans to increase capacity to the event (thus due to or affecting question #1)?
3. Is there any opportunity to volunteer for the event (similar to GABF)?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: beer leak
« on: July 31, 2011, 08:03:51 PM »
the nut on the flare fitting would loosen when bumped (signaling operator error)....I put silicone tape on the threads and cinched them tight with a wrench again after moving kegs in the keezer....the tape may not be necessary if I am diligent about checking the connections before closing the hatch.  So far not a drop spilled.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Uh-oh... Leaky Keg Blues
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:35:44 PM »
in colorado, $70 for un reconditioned ball locks at LHBS, $40 for pin locks at one LHBS shop specializing in kegs...ouch.

Craigslist, about $30-40....but this takes time and vigilance.

$110 for new.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saving the Planet, Going Domestic
« on: July 25, 2011, 08:21:07 PM »
I made the decision to "settle" on domestic years and years ago....with EKG as my only exception in brewing.  I keep Americans working, keep profits in the United States, and don't employ as much (no matter how little) foreign oil to get it to me.

PS My car is domestic, appliances when I can get them, too.  My beer choices (when not at home) are 90% domestic, 80% from my home state....probably 75% made within 100 miles of my house (most within 10, but I am lucky to live here).....again, keeps my neighbors employed, keeps profits here to get spent here....this also keeps me employed.  Oh, and my LHBS get most of my business, too.

I can't wait to get an all electric car from GM or Ford so I can further snub foreign oil.

So maybe I won't win Ninkasi anytime soon with this decision, but hell, excellent beer can be sourced from local products.  I could even learn to live without EKG I suppose.....this choice is deeply personal (to me) each their own.

Kegging and Bottling / beer leak
« on: July 13, 2011, 09:47:37 PM »
I wonder if any of you have this problem.  I use the ball lock flare (threaded) quick disconnect (beer out, black).  I try to crank the nut nice and tight when connecting, but twice now, moving other kegs in or out or disconnecting for some reason loosens it...two days later I open the discover a couple of pints (or more) in the bottom of the is so much fun to waste beer and you know how us brewers like to clean.

Has anyone had this problem?  Has anyone devised a solution?  I was thinking of using some silicone tape on the threads to insure against this...


Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer condensation
« on: July 10, 2011, 11:25:50 PM »
I actually have the Eva Dry product in my am not totally impressed by its performance, but I never used damprid so I don't have a good comparison.  It would work better if I had a small fan moving air in the unit.

It does absorb moisture and lasts about a month (the weight difference when you take it out to recharge is noticeable).

I have the 19 gallon HLT with HERMS coil....still learning on it (5 brews in), my only complaint is that everything is Chinese (which makes it affordable, I know).

Problem I had was the wait for it to arrive.

Equipment and Software / Re: Bigger fermenter
« on: June 15, 2011, 09:58:27 PM »
Ironic.....I got my How to Brew mag today....describes how to convert a sanke for fermenter....although sexy, it is more fancy than need be, though.

I converted from carboys to open fermentation in a cut open sanke.....I just place the lid from my original 5 gallon cheapo ss pot (from my extract days) over the opening.  Cleaning is a breeze, and checking or wine thiefing beer is also a breeze.....if open fermentation is good enough for is good enough for me.

although I am no award winner at NHC.....

Events / Re: GABF
« on: June 15, 2011, 09:50:36 PM »
The only session I attend is the members only session.....I have tried them all.

Events / I am declaring right now!
« on: June 15, 2011, 09:48:59 PM »
as I sit here feeling sorry for myself for not going to NHC in San Diego, Seattle Beer News announced that NHC 2012 is in the Seattle area.  After 18 years with this hobby all alone, I have decided to announce that I am attending my first NHC in 2012.

Please join me.


Denver, CO.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: kegged beer storage
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:48:52 PM »
you could build yourself a cold box out of 2x4s and insulation and mount a small air conditioner in it.....I actually saw on craigslist someone getting rid of 2 year old 5000 btu AC for $20.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Corny Keg Pressure Relief Valve Leaking?
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:42:24 PM »
I have a similar problem.  I bought a used keg with a leaky valve, replaced with new valve but still leaks.  My thought is that it was the wrong valve installed in the first place.  The kind I have/had is like the type A, and on most web sites, I see a type C....but is there a type B?...and how do I know what I need?  I would hate to order a type C if i need something else.


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