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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:08:14 PM »
It's likely I won't be able to wait till February to book a hotel cause Mrs g wants our accommodation locked in within the next week.  I' m thinking Loews is kind of central..



You could always book a couple places and then cancel when you find out.  It look forward to meeting you in Philly.

Events / Re: NHC 2013
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:06:19 PM »
Last year in Seattle the fee was $235 for the full package which included the Banquet.  There are other options that don't include the banquet or seminars that are less expensive.

Hope that helps.

Equipment and Software / Re: Building a Coleman Xtreme mashtun, advice?
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:14:03 PM »
this is how I built mine. works splendidly.


This one works great...going on 3 years and no problems.  The only modification I made was adding a 1/2" bazooka screen instead of water supply line.  Last 2 beers got approx 78% efficiency, which I can live with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2013 Brew Year's Resolutions/Goals
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:07:28 PM »
For those of you wanting to attend the NHC, be careful, you might get hooked. This will be my 8th. Some have been to many more.

Last year was my first, and I don't plan on missing any in the future!

Equipment and Software / Re: best bottling equipment
« on: January 04, 2013, 04:08:09 PM »
I have the Blichmann Beergun for beer I'm going to store or for competitions.  I also have the adapter narcout posted if I'm taking beer to the club meeting or I know it's going to be consumed in the near future.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sort of a pole
« on: January 04, 2013, 04:05:52 PM »
For ales, about 2 weeks ( longer if I get lazy ).  For lagers, about 3 weeks.

I only have space for 1 carboy in my fermentation chamber, so I like to get them out as soon as possible as long as they are done.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 08:21:55 PM »
Do you bother cold crashing if you are planning on brewing in the next few days or would that be if you wanted it to keep longer?

If it is an ale starter, and on the lower end (i.e. 1 liter or so, I'll pitch it right in ).  Anything bigger or if it's for a lager, I cold crash and decant, then pitch. 

If you have a few days, cold crash, decant, and pitch it.  You may want to let it warm up a bit if you are pitching at ale temps as well.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate question
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:30:12 PM »
It depends.  Some people like to pitch ales at high krausen (18-24 hours) and some like to ferment out, decant and pitch ( 24-36 hours depending on the strain ). 

But either way, the stirplate runs for the whole time. 

The Pub / Re: PC help - dern wifi won't work
« on: January 02, 2013, 06:05:43 PM »
Yeah...what Tom said.  Dell in their infinite wisdom made a change to some of their laptops where you had to press the FN key when you want to use F1, F2, etc functions.  And of course, the F2 key, which is what most programs use as edit, just happened to be the wireless toggle.  That one pissed my off for a while.

The newer laptops we have are now back to normal ( i.e. you want F2, press F2 ).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pellets
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:35:30 PM »
I use a hop spider (cheap 'n' easy to build ):

The bag is loose enough for water to exchange during the boil.  It seems to work well for a several ounces hop recipe, but something like Pliny would be pushing it (1 gallon paint strainer bag).

All Grain Brewing / Re: first AG questions
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:18:55 PM »
This is the grain bill from the 6 gallon Can you Brew it? version.  Does their grain bill look similar to this, when you adjust it down for 3 gallons? 

11 lbs 1 2.5 oz  Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM)  86.9 %
1 lbs 5.8 oz      Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L (80.0 SRM) 10.1 %
6.1 oz             Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM)  2.8 %
0.4 oz             Black (Patent) Malt (500.0 SRM) 0.2 %

As far as my mash tun, I do the same as above...dump and rinse.  Maybe I'll take it apart once a year and give it a thorough cleaning ( 72 coleman xtreme rectangular cooler - blue of course  ;) )

The Pub / Re: Happy New Year
« on: January 02, 2013, 01:54:25 PM »
Happy New Year!!!

My resolution is to take my work more seriuosly and not spend a lot of time on the brewing forums during working hours...

DAMN!!  Oh well, maybe next year!  8)

I'm brewing a German Pilsner on New Year's Day, using the yeast that is working on my Munich Helles right now.

That is if it stops doing this crap:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas Presents
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:29:21 PM »
We got some earthenware steins from my sister in law.  Got a barley crusher (tm) for my birthday (today).
Happy Birthday!  The BC is an awesome gift...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Christmas Presents
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:48:34 PM »
My wife got me "Beer Lovers New England" by Norman Miller.  Looks like it's going to be a great reference for brewery-hopping this spring and Summer.

She also got me a document box, with hanging files and folders.  I know, not really a brewing present, but she constantly hears me complaining about all the paper in the brewhouse ( i.e. basement ).  Between recipes, water reports, certificates, other misc notes, etc., it's a mess.  Probably going to be one of the more useful "brewing" gifts I got.

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