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The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: March 06, 2015, 07:58:43 AM »
Voted, good luck to all the candidates!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:22:17 AM »
Time your beer so its at its best come comp judging.

Sample well and be sure the final product fits in the style you intended. If not adjust the style category to be entered.

Try to enter the beers in more than one comp to get a good average of feedback.

As mentioned, don't take things too seriously, its for fun and feedback.

Drop off your beer if you can, shipping can sometimes mess with your beer.

Good luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dryhop DIPA with Perle?
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:16:08 AM »
I Haven't dry hopped them but have used a couple ounces at flameout all by themselves. I think it makes an excellent APA. This first one of my home brews that I sat back, patted myself on the back, and said "this is a damn good beer" I was drinking my pale ale single hopped with all Perle.
Funny, I did something similar on a APA but bittered with Perle and then it was all Saaz including 3oz of dry hop, the beer turned out great.

I've been getting tired of all the fruity, citrus-y pales and have been doing more with Noble hops and have been really pleased

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast seems to have stopped
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:45:10 AM »
Sounds like an extract batch with steeping grains. You probably had a bad mix of top off water and wort which is pretty typical, hence the low starting gravity, not to worry, the OG should be what the recipe states assuming your volumes are correct.

Finishing at 1.011 is a good place to be, as mentioned it was most likely done, good job! Now get started on another batch, the first one won't last long:)

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The Pub / Re: Check out this homebrew!
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:27:31 PM »
Congrats! What yeast?
I'm sure you know the recipe but the yeast is a house strain.  And no I won't ship vials!
Very well played, LMAO!

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The Pub / Re: Check out this homebrew!
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:39:07 PM »
Great Job !!
Remember to keep up with the sanitation  ;D
I found early on with my 3 that a spray bottle of star San around the changing table is a good idea;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:40:12 PM »
I'm sure you will, good luck!

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The Pub / Re: Check out this homebrew!
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:39:35 PM »
Congrats! What yeast?

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:15:33 PM »
I see the section now where it explains the final score. Is it in bad taste to email the judges to get additional feedback? I basically want to see what they would have thought of it if I entered it into the correct category.

It's not in bad taste, but it's a crapshoot if they'll remember the beer and be able to give you any further feedback.
Since I have done this in the past I can tell you the best way is to scan your score sheet and also copy your recipe and complete process into the email you send. This way the judge can see his own sheet and the additional recipe info on your beer.

This gives the judge the best complete info to erpovide any additional input you might need to provide.

I actually just did this on a Belgian Strong  that scored a solid 36, advanced to mini BOS but ultimately didn't medal. He score sheet was well written from a National judge but I wanted some additional help in improving the few faults found. The judge replied quite promptly and with really great insight after reviewing the recipe and process and actually remembered the beer!

Never be afraid to email a judge but be sure to give them what they need to get you what you're looking for:)

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The Pub / Re: Proud dad
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:44:32 AM »
That's awesome, good for your daughter!

I can attest to the benefits of sports as well, my daughter has been playing travel soccer since she was 8 (12 now). Her independence, competitiveness, self assuredness is extremely high and she has developed long lasting friendships. She has also learned to take criticism well along with compliments Ina polite and adult manner.

I think kids and sports are a great combination in many aspects!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To filter, or not to filter?
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:13:59 PM »

Does "no finings" include kettle finings?

If you aren't using kettle finings I'd start there and see how well that works. I'm still trying to fix my clarity issues (suspect water chemistry) but using whirlflock in the boil has made a huge difference.

I use whirlfloc on all beers except hefe and wit. I like the proteins coagulating out of Belgians , just don't want the gelatin to strip all the yeast character away. It comes close IMO.
I've never used anything, in the kettle or otherwise. I'm a bit of a purist mentally and always imagined anything in the beer other than the big 4 taboo. As I get older and hopefully wiser I'm open to new things, I recently started eating Brussels sprouts and liking them. So maybe it's about time I tried clearing up my beers with a few additions here and there.
Would the consensus be whirlfloc over something like Irish Moss?
And the gelatin in the keg, please explain?
Cold crashing helps drop all the yeast and stuff out of the beer.

I use Irish moss in the kettle, have no experience with whirfloc but I think they are pretty interchangeable.

For gelatin, you mix the prescribed amount in a cup of water and let it sit for an hour, then boil. You then can add it directly to a cold keg or even a cold crashed primary/secondary and in a day or so it drops everything out of suspension resulting in a crystal clear beer.

Your first pour from a keg may have some sediment but after that its clear

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 03:57:11 PM »
In all seriousness, I find this place like home unlike the other forums. While I've never met any of the regular and frequent members of this forum I've exchanged many pms and have recievd great answers to my questions. I also feel as though I've helped a few along the way as well.

Its a friendly place with friendly people, members sign their names sometimes and you don't get belittled. Threads can get derailed sometimes but its all in fun and you're not threatened for doing so or made to feel like an idiot if you don't know something.

I'm not saying the other forums don't bring value, its just that this one is a more friendly place overall!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To filter, or not to filter?
« on: March 03, 2015, 03:48:12 PM »
Does "no finings" include kettle finings?

If you aren't using kettle finings I'd start there and see how well that works. I'm still trying to fix my clarity issues (suspect water chemistry) but using whirlflock in the boil has made a huge difference.
Agreed, whirfloc and Irish moss do a great job dropping the proteins in the boil and its a good place to start and its cheap and easy.

I only use the gelatin like Jon mentioned, certain styles only but damn, a crystal clear beer sure is putty:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To filter, or not to filter?
« on: March 03, 2015, 03:30:58 PM »
i just use gelatin in the keg -that with cold conditioning makes a brilliant beer for me.
+1, works great!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 02:14:16 PM »
Wait, we're human?
Some would say we tend to get a bit emotional about our beer but that's a whole other topic:)

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