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The Pub / Re: My new keggerator.
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:07:35 PM »
No worries...just a few flurries. Now the cold air sets back in for a couple days.

Look out're next:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:04:52 AM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element

Brewing Association Publications needs to make this a box set and just call it "Beer".

I would definitely read through some of the others mentioned before hitting these.  They can get technical very fast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Liquid vs dry yeast?
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:02:18 AM »
Most of my beers used the same yeast and there seems to be very good dry equivalents for those yeasts (US-05, US-04 and 34/70).  All my ciders, meads and recently a hard lemonade all use dry yeast.

I always keep US-05 and Nottingham in the fridge in case a starter goes bad or I just plain forget to get it started.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 05:40:22 AM »
I gelatin most of my beers.  For ales or darker beers, I add 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin to a cup of cold water, let sit for about 20 minutes, then nuke it on high for about 45 seconds.  This is just enough time to get it hot enough but not boiling (don't want to make jello).  I then dump that into the keg and rack the beer on top.

For a light colored lager, I do the same but don't start carbonating right away.  I cut an inch off the bottom of all my diptubes, so I let the lager sit in the kegerator for a few days to a week, then jumper it from outpost to outpost to another keg, then carbonate.

Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 05:34:54 AM »
Alright Gary...I can't go this year so it's time to leak the location for next year ;)

Wish I could make it...I've never been to California and I bet the Brewing Network 10th Anniversary party is going to be insane!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too blessed to be stressed
« on: March 11, 2015, 01:50:00 PM »
Under modern guidelines, the 10 year anniversary is diamond jewelry...maybe she's setting you up  ;D

Don't worry...every one carries 3-4 mortgages these days ;)

Seriously, having the support of your spouse is great.  Congrats on the upcoming nuptials!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:59:07 PM »
Raising the temps at the end of a lager fermentation can help clean up diacetyl.  I wouldn't let them get too warm or have them go up and down a lot though.

Temps are supposed to drop again tomorrow through the beginning of the weekend so I wouldn't bottle quite yet.

Equipment and Software / Re: Crud in stainless fermentor
« on: March 11, 2015, 10:51:54 AM »
+1 to Barkeepers Friend.  With that stuff, you can clean the stainless with a sponge. 

The wife loves it too because I can make the kitchen sink look like new with it.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Vorlauf question
« on: March 11, 2015, 05:12:54 AM »
Excellent! Thank you for the quick response. Everything I kept reading kept giving the impression that you just drew liquid off the top into a jug, but that didn't really make sense to me.

You're going to pour the wort back over the top slowly, which may be what people are referring to.  I run mine about 1/4 open in the valve and get it clear of most of the grain bits in about 2 quarts.

Bell's founder Larry Bell would not discuss the issue. "This is a federal case and we will let it play out in federal court," he said. "We are not going to play it out in social media or a newspaper."

Of course he won't because he would be crucified! 

From Club Night in Grand Rapids:

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:06:35 AM »
Depends on style. Haze in most lagers is not good. Haze in an IPA will probably be forgiven, even expected to an extent. Haze in witbier is mandatory.  BUT!! Appearance is only worth 3 points out of 50 and includes color, clarity, and head quality (color, texture, volume). If I were the judge and haze was the only appearance problem, I'd deduct 1 point at most. In ales, I tend to forgive light haze pretty quickly if other aspects are right on.
Short story - if your 38 beer is brought down to a 37 by haze, that probably doesn't hurt its chances of winning much.
I've never judged or even attended a competition, but do you think things like haze affect the later elements of judging?  Will a judge be influenced into thinking there is something wrong because there is a haze issue?

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: March 09, 2015, 05:32:20 AM »
I hope the Welcome Reception is better than last year...but that may have had something to do with Michigan laws.  The beer was poured by convention staff that knew nothing about the beer and a lot of the brewers and brewery staff were absent.

Thankfully the BN did their party that night so it was a good night.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:45:17 AM »
did they give you the zymatic or do you have to return it?

It's a long term loaner.
Maybe if everyone who orders one puts "Denny" in the comments, they will let you keep it. :)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:00:35 PM »
Mine were just delivered today.  Now begins the painful process of waiting for over a month before they are judged.  I see Austin is judging next expect to see all the rants about "why can't the results be released as soon as they are available?".

Nothing I have submitted will benefit from rebrewing (just the opposite actually) so I can's just painful. :)

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