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Equipment and Software / Re: What type of stone?
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:56:10 AM »
I believe that setup comes with a 2 micron stone, which is the same one I have on my Williams setup:

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:31:49 AM »
I still seem to lose a few degrees during the mash. Is that normal for everyone else? I'm measuring my temp with a Thermopen...

I tend to lose about 2-3 degrees over an hour...not a big deal.  If it's a colder season, I will wrap it in a blanket to try to keep some of the heat in.

Equipment and Software / Re: Filter
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:24:40 AM »
Campden tablets (1 per 20 gallons) will remove Chlorine and Chloramine.  If you do have just straight Chlorine, you can set you water out overnight and it will dissipate on it's own (which is why I think municipalities switch to chloramine).

All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:22:04 AM »
I'm finding that a rectangular cooler is a pain in the ass to clean. Almost considering going back to my 5 gallon rubbermaid...

Only in the winter.  I dump my grains and spray it out with a garden hose.  Not ideal when it's below freezing so I clean it in the kitchen sink.  But that's the only time I have trouble cleaning it.

I also have the 70qt Xtreme cooler...and of course it's BLUE!

Equipment and Software / Re: Outdoor Gas Cooker
« on: July 16, 2013, 05:16:42 AM »
I have the SP10 with the wind guard but it doesn't do much.  I'll wrap heavy duty tin foil around it to help block the wind.  I've been using it for about 5 years and it works well.

I am currently looking into getting a blichmann floor burner.  From most of the talk I've heard, they are wind-resistant and use less propane per batch.

Kegging and Bottling / High Carbonation Bottling
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:06:14 PM »
Do you use standard 12 oz. bottles for high carb beers, like a Berliner Weisse, especially for competition?

I would like to bottle condition a BW, but I'm not sure how the bottles will handle the higher volumes of CO2.  I know the general consensus is nothing above 3 volumes in standard bottles.  So does that mean everyone sends higher CO2 beers in special bottles?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Aeration Equipment Question
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:02:23 AM »
I've been using this setup for a couple of years and have been really happy with it.

I can oxygenate around 20 five gallon batches with one of the larger disposable oxygen bottles, which is about a full year's worth of brewing for me.

Same here.  I've been from shaking the carboy, mix stir, aquarium pump and finally to this.  Definitely the best of all the options for me.  I also like that it is a rigid ss tube instead of vinyl hose.  This way I can put the stone exactly where I want it and move it around a bit in the fermenter.

I have 27 separate subcategories under my belt.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:08:37 AM »
Thanks for the update.

For future conferences, I like the idea of putting the scoresheets out after the banquet so people attending can pick them up.  I looked this year but didn't see them.  Was that something that is normally done or just in Seattle?

I do like the new competition software that has the ability to show the scores in the second round.  Maybe in a few years, the technology will be there to load copies of the scoresheets online too without having someone sit at a scanner and manually upload them.

Thanks for all you efforts and a great conference.  On Sunday I wan't sure if I was going to make it to Grand Rapids, but I've already made up my mind to go!

Beer Travel / Re: Portland
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:38:14 AM »
I thought this was appropriate.  My beer calendar page for today:

All Grain Brewing / Re: all grain pumpkin ale recipe
« on: July 10, 2013, 09:54:02 AM »
I like Jamil's recipe from Brewing Classic Styles...definitely not 6 month aging time.

I also use real pumpkin and double bake it before adding it to the mash.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:03:11 PM »
Wow - the competition must have been stiff in Belgian Strong. My beer got a 46.3 but did not place.

No score on one of my entries so I am not sure what went on there.

Did you already get your scoresheets back?  Or are you viewing your scores on the website?

46.3 and not place?  Wow indeed!

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 09, 2013, 10:23:59 AM »
Out of curiosity, when (or where if they already have) do they post the Club of the Year scores?


This is where they were posted last year, so I'd assume they would just update this page.

When?  I have no idea but I'm sure they are just getting back to normal operations.  They definitely deserve a vacation with all the hard work they do for the conference.

Events / Re: Congrats to all the winners of the NCH
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:05:45 PM »
Yes congratulations to everyone who entered whether your beer placed or not!


PS. How did I pick donger username? I must have been tipsy :o


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:09:17 AM »
5PM outside Salon AB!

Sorry I missed the meetup but I wasn't checking the forum for time and place.  I looked around the lobby of the 5th floor but couldn't see anything that looked like a meetup (just mass confusion with everyone getting out of seminars).

Were there a lot of people there?  Oh well, better luck next year.

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