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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Comp Entries Up?
« on: March 13, 2011, 02:58:54 AM »
I have been thinking about competitions lately....I have no real interest in entering them because while the feedback is nice, I don't brew to win, but rather to enjoy (making and crafted for and by me), but judging has my interest to grow my own knowledge of what is out I may take the exam this year.

I think that capping entries and making them more expensive would work....also, perhaps NHC needs qualifiers.  If you score minimum of 30 in a qualifying comp, you gain entry for 1 beer in nationals.  I like the idea of each brewer bringing what they think is their best beer, rather than the shotgun approach to winning medals.

Obviously, if it cost $100 to enter one beer, you would bring only your best of best, but that is not the spirit of inclusion that the AHA has always been about....hence the two rounds and regional judging at NHC.

All Grain Brewing / Re: beer gas
« on: March 09, 2011, 03:31:20 AM »
I too experience this, and after a night on a Belgian bender.....whoa!  I know that the yeast is working overtime with the bacteria in my intenstines....I can almost feel it.  I figure it is just industrial strength digestion.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlicks
« on: March 05, 2011, 02:24:42 AM »
Thank you all for your opinions.  I have been agonizing over the purchase of a few (since on sale).  I need to get at least one, huh?

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: March 03, 2011, 04:24:04 AM »
Bravo!  We (all 100,000 of us) will be over on Friday. :)

Equipment and Software / Re: faucet spacing
« on: March 03, 2011, 04:18:34 AM »

My faucet(s) (faucet and future faucets) are (will be) on the front as (attempted to) shown.  As I said, I was thinking of waiting to buy the backsplash/drip tray combo with pre drilled holes, and that would inform my spacing....but if I can't wait.....I thought I'd ask.

Edit: Hey, awesome!  I got a photo to post!

Kegging and Bottling / Perlicks
« on: March 03, 2011, 04:13:34 AM »
So, Austin Homebrew has a nice sale on stainless forward sealing Perlick faucets.  I am meticulous about cleaning anyway, so I am wondering if they are worth the cost...also the BA's draught quality manual says that the drawback of the forward sealers is more foaming....

so, wise brethren, are the Perlicks worth the cost, and do you experience additional foaming?  You see the Perlicks in all the fine establishments (ie breweries)...and that alone is pushing me towards them, but I only serve 1 beer or so a day, does stainless even matter?

Equipment and Software / faucet spacing
« on: March 02, 2011, 04:30:15 AM »
I have been mulling over adding taps to my keezer collar (currently 1 tap and 1 cobra), but want to know the various opinions on the optimum spacing between faucets.  I look at pics posted around, and the spacing seems to be minimum of 2", probably all the way up to 4 or more inches apart.

I was thinking of buying a fancy (read expensive) pre-drilled stainless backsplash and tray combo with the pre-drilled holes (which will answer my question as long as I buy it first), but even those are variably spaced based on the size tray and number of, is there any experience with too little or too much space between taps?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: C02 tank and force carbonating
« on: March 02, 2011, 04:12:54 AM »
How does the gas escape the corny?

It isn't supposed to escape unless your tap is open and your glass is collecting beer.

I do have to also say, you are an industrious took me a couple of weeks to put all of my components together, even after taking a couple of months collecting the stuff on Craigslist....and then it still took me a couple more weeks to both brew and buy a commercial craft beer to try it out.

Got pics?

Oh, and last thing, I didn't use any teflon tape on my gas or beer leaks.  I kind of remember somewhere it saying it was unnecessary.  Perhaps I am heading for a leak.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer line length.....
« on: March 01, 2011, 02:02:10 AM »
or a secondary regulator (like you need an excuse for that).....cut a foot (or 6 inches) at a time to get it perfect!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vote For Your AHA Governing Committee
« on: February 28, 2011, 04:12:10 AM »
I will enjoy getting TT2 in my inbox, but I really have made a concerted effort to add whatever knowledge I have gained to whatever topics I can here....and have gotten some inspiring and thoughtful feedback on questions of my own.  I guess, with all things, you get what you give....still, I don't check all of the forum categories, and probably miss some cool stuff that I would otherwise have read in an e-mail.

I certainly see both sides of the coin.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vote For Your AHA Governing Committee
« on: February 28, 2011, 01:52:00 AM »
We're getting close to launching TT2.  We've been beta testing it and as soon as a couple issues are worked out we should be set to go.

I have been wondering about TT2....I, too am sticking around, I miss TT but I also think that this forum has improved and become less campy (less +1 and me too type posts unless more info is added)....

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: February 27, 2011, 09:58:14 PM »
I know its all going to be worth it that 1st party, when everyone is enjoying my beer out of my taps. My wife and I love entertaining people and host the annual halloween and New Years parties, so this will add a fun touch.

I know we all can't wait for the invite! :)  Happy Building!

Pimp My System / Re: Keezer build
« on: February 27, 2011, 04:37:13 PM »
I am jealous of all the brand spanking new stuff you bought!  Your dilemma now is whether to brew now and race to finish said keezer, or continue to remain (relatively) sober and make progress on the keezer.

A little bit of advice when you finally get it all together, hooked up with beer and are working on getting the pour correct.  You CAN get drunk on just foam.   :)

Keep all of us looky lou's in the loop.


Equipment and Software / Re: keezer help
« on: February 25, 2011, 02:53:22 AM »
Another reason for a can drill into it and avoid marring the freezer altogether.

I just went from long time direct fire MT with circulation pump to a HERMS system that lives in my HLT.  I did my first brew on the HERMS last week, and the jury is still out.

My direct fire system had me constantly turning on and off the burner to maintain temps and avoid scorching (I never did scorch....good false bottom), but the temp fluctuations always bothered me.

My new herms system seems to make it easier to maintain a given temp, as the temp changes slowly....however, I figured that I could raise the temp to mash out using only the HERMS system, but it took a little longer than I expected to get the temp from mash to mash out....I think it is not an indictment of the system, but a problem to be solved through process and procedure....or call it operator ignorance.

In the long run, if I figure out how to use it, I will like it much the meantime, I hope my beer is not adversely affected....check back in a few weeks.

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