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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2015 BrewUnited Challenge
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:50:50 AM »
Interesting. I switched from my brew email to my personal gmail to see if that fixes it.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2015 BrewUnited Challenge
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:44:05 AM »
Check your spam, rjharper.  I have sent multiple emails regarding the comp.  :)

I actually have spam filtering turned off for that email so there's nothing to check - everything makes it to my inbox. You know in hindsight, I dont think I even got emails when I registered / joined the site. Hmmm... :/

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2015 BrewUnited Challenge
« on: October 27, 2015, 11:36:31 AM »
Thanks guys. I haven't seen any website updates, and I've not seen an email since registering so I was beginning to wonder.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2015 BrewUnited Challenge
« on: October 27, 2015, 06:28:33 AM »
when will this be judged / results posted?

Ingredients / Adding essential oils
« on: August 15, 2015, 01:25:29 PM »
So SWMBO is into aromatherapy and essential oils, and her latest addition to her collection is pure pine needle oil extract (link below).  Understanding that oil impacts head retention, would adding a few drops to an IPA in late primary add that pine hit (love my piney IPAs), and I can siphon out from under any oil sheen? It smells phenomenal, and I'm pretty sure it's food grade.

Beer Travel / Re: Weekend in Belgium area
« on: August 13, 2015, 02:03:24 PM »
Go to Bruges. Find a small alleyway called De Garre the width of a "horses ass" as they say, go inside the bar and order their house tripel.  Then drink the 2 more that your allowed to drink. Words cant describe.  Also, wandering the Orval grounds is an awesome experience, definitely recommend that.

This is exactly the kind of intel I was looking for. Thanks!

Beer Travel / Weekend in Belgium area
« on: August 13, 2015, 01:31:59 PM »
Just landed a work trip to Belgium, and low and behold the flights are half the price if I come home Sunday instead of Friday so work is paying for my weekend! I finish up work Thursday in SW Belgium near the French border, then as long as I'm Brussels for Saturday night, the rest is open.

I'm thinking I can head down the French / Belgian border towards Luxembourg on Friday (Orval, Chimay and others), then back up to Brussels on Saturday via Rochefort & Fantome. The upside is I have a car. The downside is that means I'm driving.

Any thoughts or good suggestions for places to go / eat / drink?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Viable yeast in Vegemite?
« on: August 13, 2015, 09:14:19 AM »
Gefilte fish gives me the boaks big time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Viable yeast in Vegemite?
« on: August 11, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
So according to the Australian Indigenous Affairs minister, there's viable yeast in Vegemite because it's being used in moonshine.

For a truly authentic Aussie Sparking Ale, pitch how many tbsp of Vegemite per plato?  :o

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nitro
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:26:16 AM »
+1 to carb and serve all on nitro. You need about half the volume of CO2 to get that smooth, silky head. If you nitro pour on too carbed a beer, you get that full head of big, gnarly bubbles instead.

So instead of using 13 psi of CO2, use 25-30 psi of Nitro blend (25% CO2). That put a partial pressure of 6-7 psi CO2 headspace, and thus half the volume of CO2. This method does take longer, but if youre in no rush, leave it on nitro gas a couple of weeks then good to go.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 13, 2015, 09:46:14 AM »
Kinda funny that we're a month after NHC with no scoresheets or even scores posted online, and yet the BJCP Sanctioned Competition Handbook states...

The second task, organizing and preparing the scoresheets and ribbons and/or other awards to be
sent back to all of the brewers, takes more time. This should be done within a week of the
competition as entrants eagerly await the results. page 36

I know I'm just being impatient, and that the AHA and judging staff do a tremendous amount of work every year to organize the competition and conference. I just want to see my scoresheets dammit!  ;D

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: July 12, 2015, 10:47:05 PM »
Anyone seen their scores or received their score sheets yet?

Ah what the hell, I like a challenge. In for two.

Parts came in! Super fast shipping from Brewers Hardware. SS Chugger and various TC fittings. I'll be doing the build in two phases. The first being minimal but functional. No fancy hard plumbing, silicone tubing mostly, no sight gauge or inline oxygen.

Watching this with interest. My 2 cents are to skip the hard plumbing. I hard plumbed, and it's nice, it looks good, and the whole path is stainless or teflon now, but my configuration is fixed. I have a single tier, batch sparge with a single pump, and I cant' begin to clean the mash tun until I've chilled and pumped out my wort. Even if I add a second pump to switch to fly sparge, I'll still need to reinvest in more stainless line, and possible more valves. My buddy has the same setup with silicon hoses. He can start clean up early. If he wants to mix up his brewday with a partigyle, he can run a hose wherever.

In short, I think hard plumbed looks good, and is all stainless but is expensive and restrictive. Silocn hose is cheap, flexible, and you don't need the complexity of a sight gauge!  My next equipment upgrade will probably switch to hoses.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Scores
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:15:11 PM »
Anyone seen their scores online yet?

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