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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Line Cleaning
« on: February 19, 2013, 04:07:08 PM »
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, 01:54:01 PM »
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, 01:08:02 PM »
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, 02:42:42 PM »
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, 05:53:28 PM »
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, 04:41:03 PM »
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, 02:28:03 PM »
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, 02:18:54 PM »
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, 02:08:31 PM »
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, 04:40:44 PM »
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, 04:18:36 PM »
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, 04:12:06 PM »
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

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:57:16 PM »
Wow....they just sold out.

Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 03:27:47 PM »
Then the AHA posted the direct link on FB and I shared it far and wide.

I'm just curious, was this the only way the AHA reported the direct link?

The link was eventually hooked up the the conference website.  I think it was also on Twitter.  I didn't know what the link was until I got my confirmation email after booking on the phone.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 General Admission
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:17:57 PM »
You need to be an AHA member or a guest of a member.  It sounds like the Social registration is what you want.  However, they may sell out soon.

The banquet, however, looks like it is sold out.  There is a waitlist though.

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