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Events / Big Brew Day 2013 - Recipes
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:52:33 AM »
Does anyone know when they will announce the recipes for the Big Brew Day on May 4, 2013?

I only ask because we talked about it last night at our homebrew club meeting (Seacoast Homebrewers - Portsmouth, NH ) and are planning to have quite a few brewers attend.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to transfer between kegs
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:52:48 AM »
I think a jumper between the two liquid out ports would work, filling the other keg from the bottom up.  I'd run at low pressure so you don't lose too much CO2, or wait until it's in the second keg to carbonate.

The Pub / Re: truth serum
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:57:49 AM »
Sodium Pentothal.  Removed inhibitions and makes you more willing to talk.  I don't think it's necessarily truth serum, but you're so relaxed you'll probably give something away.

Hell, a few beers work does the same thing for me.   I myself wouldn't mind being wrapped up in Wonder Woman's golden lasso  ;D  (Whoops...too much truth there)

Creepy, crazy, worthless, candidate to scrub warp conduits...take your pick.

Events / Re: noob NHC question
« on: March 12, 2013, 05:23:34 AM »
If you get your scoresheets back before the official results are announced and there's no indication of placing on the coversheet, still keep the other bottles safe until the official results are announced.

Last year I got my sheets back with nothing marked for placing, but when Janis released the results, I had gotten 2nd place for one of my beers.  Luckily I hadn't drank the other ones yet ( a lager so rebrewing was not an option ).

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Another noob question
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:30:01 PM »
Definitely test the gravity for a couple days.  If it doesn't move and you're close to final gravity, bottle it up. 

Equipment and Software / Re: hop rhizomes newbie
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:51:27 AM »
I just hit mine with liquid fish fertilizer once or twice a year.  Seems to be all they need.

Do you make that with a bass-o-matic?  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: hop rhizomes newbie
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:46:09 AM »
I will top dress my 4 plants ( 2 cascade and 2 centennial ) this year with a mixture of manure and soil.  What other fertilizing regiment do you use throughout the growing season?  Is a hit of manure in the spring enough nitrogen to feed them until flowering time?  Do you switch fertilizers at a particular time of the year?

My cascasdes do well ( not 7 lbs well but ok ) but my centennials get half way up the trellis and stop.

Surfin':  what variety did you buy?

Congrats Mississippi!!!  Great work all around!


Who to vote for?  That's your choice, but I do have my opinion ;-)   

Besides their bios on the AHA site, The Brewing Network will be doing interviews with all the candidates in the month of March.  In the past, they've done them at the beginning of the Sunday Session, so you don't have to wait until the end of the program.  Check out their webite, for the show schedule (sometimes their Sunday Session is on Monday).

Fred...when are you going to be on?

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:44:12 AM »
how much money would the AHA save by NOT printing out those certificates for first round beers that get some score above 20? 

btw, I throw those things in the garbage before i even read the scoresheets.

In fact, don't even send out ribbons to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers. 

Use that money to promote the well being of the first round judging.

Now this I can agree with.  I save my certificates, but definitely don't need them.  Or send them out in email format ( automatically generated from the database to a template ).

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 05, 2013, 09:25:00 AM »
Tough luck silver/bronze; do better next year. 
Isn't it conceivable (Wallace Shawn voice inserted) that a silver and bronze in one region could be a better beer than all the golds in the other regions? 

I listen to brewing podcasts, Brewing Network, Beersmith, some local  podcasts like Seacoast Beverage Lab, etc.

I may have the TV on somedays depending on what's on, like sports or watching the Beerfest dvd...DASSSSSS BBBBOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!

Events / NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:39:13 AM »
Update posted on Facebook page:

edit:  Here's the text of the posting ( too hard to do from my phone )

NHC Registration Update: The AHA continues to actively troubleshoot the problems associated with this year's National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration. We are sorry that the progress is not faster; at this point, the AHA is focused on taking the time necessary to get this right rather than rushing through the remediation process. We know those of you with entries are anxious for an update on their status.

Overpayments and other payment issues were among the AHA's priorities to address. As of Friday, March 1, we believe we have resolved most overpayment issues, and are working to resolve the remaining overpayments as soon as possible. If you experienced a payment issue, you should have received a credit (refund) notice from the AHA via our payment processor, or will receive one soon. (Of course, a statement or processing by your financial institution is subject to their policies and practices.)

Another step in the clean-up process has involved updating the competition database to reflect all paid entries as, in fact, paid. This is now complete. This leaves some entries in the system that are still unpaid, whether due to the entrant's selected region being at capacity or due to other issues. As troubleshooting continues, rest assured that all currently registered entries (paid and unpaid) will have an opportunity to be judged in the competition. The AHA will be in touch directly with everyone who registered in the system within the next several business days.

What's next?
Due to the problems with registration, some judge centers mistakenly accepted more entries than the designated limit for judging. The AHA is currently finalizing and executing a plan to reassign entries among the judge centers. As soon as possible, entrants will be contacted directly if their entry(s) needs to be reassigned to an alternate region. This communication will outline the steps to follow to accept and finalize the reassignment.

Once again, please accept the AHA staff's apologies for the failures and frustrations of this year’s registration and payment system.

Events / NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:30:49 AM »
There are a lot of open spots in some regions but I'm not sure if the website numbers have been updated.  The AHA also said they are shifting some of the oversold region's entries elsewhere.  Some people have commented on the BN forum that they received emails from Gary regarding reassignment, so my guess is they are still working on it.

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