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The Pub / The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 05, 2010, 05:35:33 AM »
Hope this is allowed here, but WOW...what a response the email from Gary got about removing techtalk.  Some of the posts in yesterdays email were entertaining and some annoying ( like the constant plugging of ).

I understand the issues some people have with losing this, but since the forum started I barely skimmed the topics on tech talk since I could get an almost immediate answer from the forum.  I also like the back and forth conversation in case something wasn't clear and I didn't have to wait another day to find out the answer.

And I don't agree with the posts about making the forum available to paying members only.  I would guess that any serious homebrewer on the forum would sign up for a membership when they realize what the AHA has to offer.  I would hate to turn away someone who is looking to get into homebrewing because they'd have to pay up front to get the information they need.  This is what makes the Brewing Network and Basic Brewing Radio/Video such great resources.  They provide their content for free but you can support them if you feel the information warrants it. ( Corporal in the BN Army ).  Just like I support the AHA with my membership.

Just my take on it...opinions may very of course.

The Pub / Star San for treating Powdery Mildew
« on: August 02, 2010, 09:14:41 AM »
Last night I was watering my pumpkins and noticed a white, powdery substance on my pumpkin leaves. I'm assuming it's powdery mildew since it's been pretty humid here lately. I was reading up on it and see that some people spray them with a milk/water solution because the low ph of milk kills the mildew.

So I was wondering if Star San would be a good solution to this because of it's low PH? Anyone use Star San on their plants to control this stuff? I know some will pour their spent Star San on their flowers as a fertilizer, but I'm not sure if 12ppm Star San is harmful.

I had a spray bottle of SS so I sprayed a couple plants this morning to see what would happen.

Kegging and Bottling / CO2 showing almost empty
« on: July 08, 2010, 05:16:29 AM »
I kegged a beer on Saturday and my CO2 tank was reading in the green area on the gauge.  I checked all connections with Star San from a spray bottle and no leaks.  My pressure was set at 11 psi for the newly kegged beer and 1 other connected to the CO2 but that was fully carbonated before.

Last night I check the tank and the gauge is in the red zone stating it is almost empty.  I checked again for leaks and didn't find any.  I turned the pressure up a little and can still hear gas flowing, then turned it back down to 11 psi.  My tank sits in my kegerator with the kegs at 40F. 

Do the gauges read incorrectly if they are in the kegerator because of the cold?  I can't believe this tank went from green to red in 4 days when I can't find a leak. 

Also, is there a good way to tell if a tank is empty?  It is a 5lb, aluminum tank.


The Pub / Trademark Silliness
« on: June 22, 2010, 07:25:55 AM »

Boy, the Pacific NW is sure taking a beating lately.  Two pointless cases of trademark infringement, and one from another craft beer company which shocks me.

Events / 2011 NHC - Hotel
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:45:31 AM »
I know I'm jumping the gun here but I can't remember when the host hotel for the NHC was announced last year.  Any idea when it will be announced this year?

I'm sure San Diego is going to be a big draw.

Ingredients / Companion Plants for Hops
« on: May 20, 2010, 09:15:47 AM »
Is anyone planting companion plants/flowers near their hops to repel insects?  I've read that basil, cilantro, and marigolds are good for repelling certain insects like aphids.

Any thoughts?

My hops are also near my pumpkin, cantelope, and watermelon garden so hopefully these companion plants will benefit them as well.


Ingredients / Angle of Hop Twine
« on: April 20, 2010, 07:16:18 AM »
So I found a nice sunny spot for my hops.  I'm going to plant them next to my shed and attached the twine to the shed roof.  At the apex, the height is probably 12 feet.  I want to plant 4 rhizomes ( 2 cascade & 2 Centennial ), but as I move the the slope of the roof I lose some height so I was thinking of angling out the twine to gain some back.

Is there an angle at which point they won't grow right?  I know they can be trained horizontally but shouldn't they go up first?

Also, how far apart should each rhizome be?  If I mount them, and try to cut the roots around the mounds as they grow, can they be within a couple feet of each other? ( Maybe I'd put a little distance between the 2 different varieties ).


Homebrew Competitions / AHA Calendar import
« on: March 19, 2010, 07:24:26 AM »
Probably in the wrong caetgory, but is it possible to download the entire AHA calendar into an file instead of each event individually?  I'd like to update my Google calendar with the events and then delete the ones that I don't want.  I think this would be easier than adding the ones I want individually.

All Grain Brewing / Adding additional Wort late in the boil
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:49:51 AM »
Currently doing a 90 minute boil and may have issues with post boil volume being too low.  I have a couple gallons of wort left over from my batch sparge so I was wondering if I could add a gallon or so to my boil at about 45 minutes without messing up too much.  I know since this wort is lower gravity it may screw up th numbers a bit.


edit:  Just took a refractometer reading of the extra wort and it's about 10 Brix.

Questions about the forum? / Where are you from?
« on: November 13, 2009, 08:07:23 AM »
Oh wise moderators of the forum....

Would it be possible or desireable to include where a person is from, based in the profile setup, under their name when they post to the forums...maybe right below their "rank", instead of having to click on their profile?


Questions about the forum? / Forum RSS Feed
« on: November 06, 2009, 06:58:38 AM »
It seems like the RSS Feed for the forum is limited to 5 entries.  Is this something that can be change to allow more entries to come through?   

I use a RSS Feed plugin in my Outlook, which I find much easier to keep up on all the forums and postings. 

Thanks...and Great work on the site!

Beer Travel / I love the AHA Pub Discount!!!
« on: November 04, 2009, 02:27:30 PM »
Just enjoyed using my AHA Pub Discount at the Portsmouth Brewery this past weekend.  Their Oatmeal Stout is amazing!

Unfortunately, it's the only place in NH that accepts the discount.  Would like to see more!!!!

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