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Pimp My System / Re: Custom Tap Fridge
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:18:19 PM »
nice.  Are the bricks attached to the trowel (sorry if the tool is named something else, I don't have an extensive vocabulary for mason's tools)?  It seems heavy.....any worry that the weight might open a tap when unattended?

Beer Recipes / Re: Looking for piney, earthy character in hops
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:12:15 PM »
I am surprised that no one mentioned some of the english varieties for earthy.....I always think earthy with EKG or Fuggles...but then it wouldn't necessarily be an American Amber...but combine with the piney hops, and you might just have the PNW in a bottle.

EKG reminds me of tobacco.....or some sweetness and musty.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash-in
« on: March 20, 2013, 08:27:28 AM »
I am opposite.  Grain bill goes in, then water gets pumped in on top while I occasionaly stir.  It takes a few minutes to wet the grain and stabilize and determine mash temp, but I prefer to minimize my opportunity for injuring myself, and it gives me time to make adjustments.  Since I recirculate mash constantly, never noticed a dough ball after mash in is complete.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing over Two days
« on: March 19, 2013, 12:55:57 PM »
stress sanitized and covered or sealed wort container.....keep cool if able....boil as soon as able.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing over Two days
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:02:02 PM »
A nice boil kills the bad guys. proceed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ever have one of those beers.....
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:30:19 AM »
Simple answer: Yes....more often than I'd like.

Add: boilover the second you round the corner to do something else (after all a watched pot never boils, but an unwatched one explodes), stuck mash, and hops block transfer to fermenter.

Usually there is one injury as well....burn, cut, bump, bruise....

Thankfully the beer usually turns out ok.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Switching to All Grain
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:36:59 AM »
Don't be afraid of all grain.

It is easy to accomplish but difficult to master every aspect of brewing, and that, besides the beer, keeps it fresh for a lot of us.

In so many ways, I thought that except for the time element (taking longer than extract) it was easier to just mash your own, and was a more relaxed experience (more to do, but more time to do it in).

I agree with Beersk, brew in a bag is the easiest way to try it out.  Post your experience.

The Pub / Re: Bitter Brew
« on: March 08, 2013, 02:13:43 PM »
yes, just finished reading.  It is both the good and bad about the business and family....there isn't a clear good guy and bad guy, just a whole lot of crazy, except maybe In Bev and the effects on St. Louis and employees of AB (the real losers in the end, imho).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:19:41 PM »
There are a number of articles from Zymurgy avaliable on the web here for download, but the best general info about equipment and setup of pro systems is the Draft Quality Manual published by the Brewers Association.  (google it to download).  It gives an overview of all of the equipment, terminology, and concepts associated with draft equipment.

It doesn't talk about homebrew set ups (using corny kegs), though.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hoses....
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:49:04 PM »
I also use an air compressor, but didn't buy it for brewing.  I also use the air compressor to clean out my grain mill, and blow liquid out of my herms coil and wort chiller.  It is now indispensable during my brew day.

When doing things away from the compressor, clean, rinse and hang, sanitize before use.

Equipment and Software / Re: promash vs beersmith vs others
« on: March 06, 2013, 03:47:17 PM »
I had been using a freeware program called qbrew, with much success for a few years.  It is very basic.

I have recently upgraded to Beersmith2, but am still learning it, so the jury is out.  It is far more complicated, but also does a lot more.  But really, I have no complaints so far except that I haven't figured out how to customize it so it is just giving me the info I actually want (instead of everything I want and a bunch of other crap).

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:47:17 PM »
I wanted to give an update on the "second chance" registration process.  I recieved an e-mail a few days ago saying that since I was able to register but didn't get the chance to enter beers, that I would be eligible for the second chance entry starting today at 1pm (runs until tomorrow or when slots fill).

I didn't have high hopes, because I am at work, was scheduled in a meeting until 1:30pm and didn't have the latest browser (that was needed last time)....but, I am pleased to say that I got entry numbers 386 and 394 (out of 900 or so, I think).  It will fill quickly, it seems.

The system worked smoothly, payment was easy, and I got a nice confirmation from Janis immediately via e-mail.  I entered two beers, representing both my brother and I (both AHA members), cognizant of others wishing to enter too.  We are thankful for the opportunity to compete, and I look forward to helping at the denver site in April (and going to my first NHC in June).

So, whatever you learned AHA/BA, please remember it for GABF later this year.

My only questions left are: 1. I can't tell which region I entered into.  2. I looked for a place to download my bottle labels (or instructions/deadlines for getting my beer in), but didn't see (or didn't understand). 3. What can I expect next?

Classifieds / Re: 3 Tap Kegerator For Sale in Denver - 500
« on: March 05, 2013, 01:41:19 PM »
oh, man!  I wish I had $500 right now!

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:00:38 AM »
Maybe it is also time to split out Mead and Cider to their own Nationals (their second round could still be at the conference) as they have their own qualified judges (and folks that are qualified to judge both mead/cider and beer could judge at both if they wanted instead of having to choose).

I mean no disrespect to mead/cider, if they were at a different time I might want to steward to learn more about I am barely qualified to open these beverages let alone taste one.  they are just specialized catagories.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I'm founder & president of the Paris Homebrewers Club, so I attend every meeting. And funny enough, this is exactly the sort of comp structure we use.

American's don't collaborate very well (look at our government today).

I do think we need to revisit relaxing and having a homebrew.  If we look at even this thread, there are only 20 or so people having this conversation....maybe 1000 more are upset or concerned.

That leaves 30,000 others.  Perhaps they are relaxing, and having a homebrew?

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