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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to use a blow off tube
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:33:43 AM »
I always use a blowoff tube and rarely ever bother switching to airlock.  I use 6 gallon better bottles with the orange carboy caps and it is so much easier sticking a 1/2" vinyl tube on the large port than trying to jam an airlock in there.

The Pub / Re: Ready
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:45:02 AM »
My neighbors are in their 80s. I plan to clean their driveway as well.

And I can assume none of them are having labor induced  ;D  You will definitely earn your snowblowing merit badge.

Most of the neighbors on my street will help those who don't have snowblowers/plows.  It's like the old days when we were kids walking around with shovels, clearing driveways/walkways.  Except now it's with power tools and we don't get paid in cookies from the nice lady down the street  >:(  Growing up sucks!

The Pub / Re: Ready
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:16:38 AM »
What about a generator?  I was shocked when we didn't lose power when we got 20" and blizzard conditions about a week ago.

Maybe all the weak trees have all fallen down with the storms we've had the past 5 years (ice storm 2008 - 6 days out, wind storm 2010 - 2 days, Hurricane Irene - only 2 hours, Hurricane Sandy - 36 hours, various winter and summer storms, etc ).

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaning
« on: February 19, 2013, 09:07:08 AM »
Are you looking for cleaning or sanitizing?  Title suggest one and post suggests another.

I clean with Oxiclean that I run through with beer line cleaner pump that is featured on the AHA.

I sanitize with Star San ( gave up on iodophor years ago due to discoloration and smell ).

Equipment and Software / Re: Oxygen aeration with tank
« on: February 19, 2013, 06:54:01 AM »
Yet another vote for the Williams Wand.  I found with the vinyl tubing and stone for matter what I tried , the stone would not go where I wanted it to.

The wand is magical  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:08:02 AM »
Go's not mine.  I just linked it from the internet.  ( amazing you can find something to fit every scenerio on the internet )

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 14, 2013, 07:42:42 AM »
I don't know, but three days seems more like IronMan than a 'little marathon'

Sunday morning

Equipment and Software / Re: Aeration Systems
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:53:28 AM »
I'm not sure if this is considered affordable, but after trying the mix stir and aquarium pump routes, I find this to be the most effective:

At least I still use my mix stir for meads.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My First Batch Sparge
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:41:03 AM »
So are most of you batch spargers adding your water at higher temps than 168?

Yeah.  I'm never under 190.

Same here...usually around 190 F. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:28:03 AM »
Last year, I was kind of "that guy" at the BN anniversary party.  Definitely drunk but not the obnoxious frat boy drunk.  I tend to get quieter.  The next night I went a lot easier, sticking mostly to sours that were offered.  I also drank my rinse water between fills, which I think helped. 

Friday was more towards Wednesday ( man I have a short memory ), and Saturday was steady but without overdoing it. Good thing too since I won a medal.  Can't imagine what I would have done if I had been too far gone ( trip on stage, hug Charlie, rub Gary's head, etc  ;D). 

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:18:54 AM »
Ended up with about 20" but I was shocked we didn't lose power with the wind blowing like it did.  We were under a blizzard warning for about 24 hours.  Spent a few hours on Saturday snowblowing my driveway and my neighbors. 

The area outside my basement where I brew was completely bare.  I guess the wind does have it positive points as well.  I didn't have any shoveling to do when I brewed a Pliny the elder clone on Sunday.   :D

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:08:31 AM »
Light snow right now, but about 2+ feet heading our way.

Should clear up by tomorrow night so I can still brew on Sunday.

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:40:44 AM »
Should be 'Congrats to the lucky 3400' -- That's a lot of homebrewers to wrangle.

And 2200 at the banquet.  I hope the room is bigger than last year.  It was almost impossible to move around.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:18:36 AM »
I received a confirmation from the housing bureau when I booked my room yesterday.  When those reservations are loaded into the hotels system, will a separate confirmation from the hotel be sent?

Just curious.


Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:12:06 AM »
This still was poorly done....perhaps we need to go to a lottery system as not everyone has the ability to spend a couple hours in the middle of the day to mess with this.

I'm not a fan of the lottery system.  I've been playing megabucks for years and I'm still not a millionaire.  ;D

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