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Philly region is in the lead with Portland at it's heels.  My 4 are in and paid for!

Events / Re: NHC On Lone Entry open yet?
« on: March 02, 2012, 09:28:30 AM »
12 noon for us east coasters, Fritz.  (10am mountain ).

Just like the conference registration, try hitting the site around noon today.

Anyone want to guess the over/under on when all the regions will fill up.  7500 entries plus the Canadian competition...does anyone doubt it will fill up after seeing the response for the conference registration!

Good luck to all who enter ( and especially those judges that taste my entries  ;D )

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Poll: Do you use a secondary fermentation
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:45:49 PM »
I stopped using secondary because I'm lazy  ;D

The only time I use them is when I want to reuse the yeast from a beer that I'm going to dry hop ( rack to secondary then dry hop rather than trying to rinse the yeast later ).  If I'm not reusing the yeast, I dry hop right in the primary.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hops starting to sprout
« on: March 01, 2012, 12:23:16 PM »
WooHoo, Spring is coming folks!!!!!!!

I thought Spring was already here then this damn snowstorm hit.  Can't complain...we've had 1 big storm in October ( yes October ) for 12" and about 7-12" expected for this storm today in NH.  Everything in between has been 2" or less or rain.

I meant to check my hops the other day but forgot.  My wife's tulips had already started sprouting about a week they are buried under 7" of snow.

The Pub / Consider this before you go out drinking this weekend...
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:31:17 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Better Beer Scores-Craft Beer U
« on: February 24, 2012, 09:27:15 AM »
The BJCP exam study guide also has suggestions to doctor beer for certain off flavors.

The Pub / Re: S.T.O.
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:30:23 AM »
Not yet but I hope to soon...just been really busy at work and at home lately.  My son is into DC Universe, but then he's only 9 and has all the time in the world.

How is STO so far?

The Pub / Re: So i have this "friend"...
« on: February 24, 2012, 06:13:02 AM »
My wife just finished the first book and want sme to read it too.

At least Jennifer Lawrence is hot, so you should be able to forgive your "friend".

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 23, 2012, 02:02:34 PM »
Actually what bothers me more is the overuse of acronyms these days.  I've actually heard someone say, "For your FYI".  I just wanna scream.

Right up there with "ATM Machine"

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:02:25 AM »

The Pub / Re: How important is spelling?
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:31:21 PM »
I get annoyed at things like using 'there' in place of 'their' or saying 'a email' instead of 'an email', but that's all grammar stuff and not so much to do with spelling.

So basically you are saying your point is mute  ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: lager starters cooled?
« on: February 22, 2012, 09:50:49 AM »
Room temp then crash cool and dump off the funky stuff before you pitch.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:17:07 AM »
I think there is probably no doubt where my loyalties lie ( see signature ).

When I started listening to brewing podcasts, Basic Brewing Radio was one of the first I found.  It is very informative, but too dry for my tastes.  Now call me a low-brow, knuck-dragging heathen if you wish, but to each their own. 

I think getting a list of podcasts should be your first step, weed out all the opinions from others, and give them a listen.  Then make your own decisions.  If the BN or BBR aren't your thing, at least you gave them a fair shake.

All Grain Brewing / Re: batch sparge question
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:43:53 AM »
I follow the Denny Cheap'n'Easy method and add sparge water at 185-190F, stir, vorlauf, and sparge.  I believe the fly sparging people use 170 degree water since it is constant, and will keep the grain bed at 170 once it reaches there.  But you are correct that your water needs to be hotter than 170 to raise a 148-155 F grain bed to 170. 

Let us know how the extended rest on sparge goes.  Some have said it doesn't seem to matter, but 'm curious since I can never seem to get above 70% myself.

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