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I only buy really interesting stuff, or examples of a new style I'm brewing.  Otherwise, I'm too happy drinking my beer to bother buying six-packs of standard stuff like IPA's.

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The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 17, 2015, 09:43:15 AM »
Done... but it doesn't look like you need it so far.   8)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Promash Status
« on: June 15, 2015, 12:37:53 PM »
Anyone know what the status of Promash is? Website says it will be up on 6-1, which has obviously passed. Does anyone have insight into whether it will be resurrected for newer versions of Windows?

I used to love this software, but finally gave up a few years back.  BeerSmith took a little getting used to, but I love it now.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Starters, how and why
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:18:52 PM »
How: You are basically pitching your yeast into a small batch of weak unhopped wort to allow the growth phase to increase your cell count for a day or two.  I prefer to pressure can starter, but that's just because I'm too lazy to boil a new one every time.

Why:
1. Achieve proper pitching rate for the best possible outcome for your beer.  This is especially important for lagers and high gravity ales.
2. Lower lag time.  Pitching an active yeast starter will promote a faster active fermentation in your batch of beer than pitching directly from vial or packet.
3. Test viability of older yeast.  If you get no activity, you know the yeast is bad before you waste time with a full batch of beer.


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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Aaron From Long Beach
« on: June 07, 2015, 04:32:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  I'm the webmaster for the Long Beach Homebrewers: http://longbeachhomebrewers.com

We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Our next meeting is on 6/9 at 7pm, at Stein Fillers.  Feel free to drop in and check out the meeting if you are free.  :)
Thanks a bunch! That's two days from now, I'll see if I can stop by.

Quick question, what is the point system all about that's listed on the club site?

In order to encourage people to brew the style of the month, we have designated 5 months as "Homebrewer of the Month" competition months.  It's just for fun and bragging rights.  This Tuesday is one of those months, with the style being "fruit beer". 

As such, members who want to enter will bring in a fruit beer, which will be blind poured to everyone at the meeting.  After all of the competition beers are poured and tasted, a popular vote will be held to pick the top 3 to award points.  5 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, and 1 for entering a beer.  At the end of the 5 months, the club member with the most points is crowned homebrewer of the year and has their name put on trophy with past winners.  After voting is complete, the brewers are announced and the top 2 or 3 brewers talk briefly about their beers and answer any questions people have. 

I always learn something by entering and blind tasting my beer.  It's interesting how my perception changes when I don't know which beer is mine.  This month may not be good for that as Fruit Beer is pretty broad.  If someone has, say, a peach blonde, it may be the only peach blonde.  This works better when the style is more focused, like "milk stout" or something.

In addition to this little popular vote comp, members will bring in other beers to share and speak about as well.

Hope you can make it to the meeting.

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The Pub / Re: AHA Forum App?
« on: June 05, 2015, 11:30:07 AM »
Sounds like I need to install and check it out.  Thanks.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Aaron From Long Beach
« on: June 04, 2015, 01:36:57 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  I'm the webmaster for the Long Beach Homebrewers: http://longbeachhomebrewers.com

We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Our next meeting is on 6/9 at 7pm, at Stein Fillers.  Feel free to drop in and check out the meeting if you are free.  :)

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I'm not chuckling at the over-carb'd keg, but the image of my head of you sipping your beer from a spoon is hilarious.


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The Pub / Re: AHA Forum App?
« on: June 04, 2015, 01:29:29 PM »
I've never tried tapatalk.  I like the idea of having my forums consolidated. Unfortunately, it sounds like it's pretty broken at this point.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:27:23 AM »
I run 9' lines at 3/16 - I've always found that 2 psi/ft restriction a bit liberal, more like 1.25-1.5 which makes a difference.  Here's my setup with 7x lines, held with 1.5" pipe hoops.

https://twitter.com/AngryScotBrew/status/460576796560224256

Wow... that's some organization.  Looks great, although I know I'll never do it.  LOL

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Events / Re: NHC app
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:25:01 AM »
I looked at the Windows phone during my last upgrade.  The lack of adoption leaves it lacking in the app department, which hinders future adoption.  I don't know how they break out of that cycle... but in the meantime, Drew is right.  There probably are not enough users to warrant bothering.

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: June 01, 2015, 06:06:38 PM »
I just saw the meetup in the schedule.  I'll try to drop in as well.  :)

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Events / Re: NHC app
« on: June 01, 2015, 05:58:28 PM »
I received an email about the app and installed it this morning.  Looks great!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation won't start
« on: June 01, 2015, 05:38:38 PM »
Have you taken a gravity reading?  It could be that it's just a slow starter with no visible kraussen yet.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Line Management
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:41:33 PM »
Get 3/16" instead of 1/4" & you won't need a long a piece.

This right here.  I'm running 6 ft lines.

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