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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Hop + Yeast Dump
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:12:55 AM »
If you dropped the yeast out of the bottom of the conical that means it had flocculated and fallen down there. It does this when it is done fermenting. There is still a bunch of yeast in suspension after only 4 days of fermentation, so any last bit of cleaning up will still take place. The stuff at the bottom has basically fallen asleep.
So, you're saying that transferring from a primary vessel to a secondary vessel before or just as fermentation has stopped is good practice because the yeast in suspension will do the job of cleaning up off flavors or finishing fermentation?

I don't think that just because yeast has flocculated means it's dormant.

Events / Re: NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:25:16 PM »

Events / Re: Stupid 2016 NHC Question?
« on: June 08, 2016, 02:20:32 PM »
Just heard that they're not allowing coolers into the Hyatt. Anyone else hear about this or have an issue?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: The Taprite Beer Carbonation Tester
« on: May 07, 2016, 01:16:41 PM »
I look around at some stuff homebrewers are buying now days and it shocks me what folks will spend.

Homebrewing is still one of the cheapest primarily white-collar hobbies in the United States. Have you priced American-made guitars lately?  The average Paul Reed Smith (PRS) guitar sells for $3K, and I know guys who own a dozen or more of these instruments plus a few Gibson Historics that sell for $5K+.
So what you're saying is that homebrewing isn't the first hobby that hipsters have done their best to suck the fun out of?  :o

Homebrew Competitions / NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: March 26, 2016, 06:20:04 AM »
Looking at the New York results and it's obvious that something should change. Category 26 has 77 entries and Category 27 has 6. Yet they're both competing for three spots to advance.

My numbers are guesstimates, but here's an idea. Say right now AHA awards ribbons to 10% of the entries that make it to the final. They could use that number throughout the competition. In the first round, if there are 77 beers in a category, 8 advance (minimum of one). Same in the finals. If from all the regions, 100 beers from one category make it to the finals, the top 10 are recognized at the conference award ceremony. About the same total number of brewers would make it to the podium, but it would be a fairer representation of their accomplishment.   

Pimp My System / Re: DIY CarbCap: Has anyone made one?
« on: March 20, 2016, 09:44:41 AM »
Must have gotten a bad one. I bought mine back in 2012 and have not had any problem other than replacing a couple of the o-rings. Back then I got six caps and a connector for a little more than the cost of one of the original ball lock carbonator caps.

On the other side, one of my original ball lock carbonator caps developed a crack and no longer holds pressure. It still comes in handy for holding the disconnect open to draining all the liquid out of picnic tap lines before storing.

edit to add:
I also do the shake at 30PSI method, but disconnect before shaking. Paranoid about getting liquid in my gas line.

Pimp My System / Re: DIY CarbCap: Has anyone made one?
« on: March 20, 2016, 08:37:37 AM »
That also requires the female connector which is smaller than the standard Kent connectors. It is also poorly designed and does not all for shake carbing. The ball lock style is king.
Dunno. I have both, but use the Kent more simply because they were so much cheaper and I have more of them. Pretty easy to put in a splitter and hang both Kent and ball lock connectors off a regulator.

Not sure what you're saying, but I've never had a problem shake carbing with the Kent. I like the ball lock style a little more, but in the end, they both do the same job.

Equipment and Software / Re: "High efficiency" immersion chillers
« on: March 20, 2016, 05:00:37 AM »
Depends on what you mean by high efficiency, using less water or using less time. If you want speed, pumping as much water thru the IC as possible is the way to go, but not an efficient use of water.

Here's my opinion. All the crazy bends used in some IC's can be gimmicky. If you're whirlpooling or constant stirring, for any given surface area and volume of water, the shape of your IC makes no difference.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:55:35 AM »
One last question. Should we check the "Deliver without signature" box?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:47:50 AM »
Are the stubby Sierra Nevada type bottles acceptable?
I believe the short bottles are out because they don't package well with the standard bottles.
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space.

Packaging up my entries to ship out tomorrow and realized one of them is bottled in stubbies.

At about 8" tall and 2-1/2" diameter, it looks like stubby bottles are fine. Right?

Wood/Casks / Re: Whiskey For New Barrel
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:39:00 PM »
turned out there was a good deal on Knob Creek 100 proof which I like so went with that.

That was exactly what I was going to suggest.  Very reasonably priced 100 proof bourbon that tasted nice for the price.  That's what I used to keep my 5 gallon barrel usable before the stout I put in it.
Noob (or should I say Knob) question. Do you dilute the whiskey, buy enough to fill the 5 gallon barrel or keep sloshing  a smaller amount around to keep the barrel moist?

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 02:15:00 PM »
While I think it's a lame name, I feel that it should have a different name to prevent confusion between NHC the conference and NHC the competition.

How about giving the comp a new name?

I've heard that argument, but to me, they are so closely intertwined that they're no need to differentiate.

But if you must . . . How about IHC, since "International" entries are excepted in the competition?

Events / 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 01:08:42 PM »
Homebrew Con? Find it a little embarrassing?

Sure, we're a bunch of dorky, beer geeks, but did we need to make it this obvious?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Conditioning Beer in keg?
« on: February 20, 2016, 08:24:57 AM »
Either way (carboy or keg) of bulk conditioning is fine and equal. I'd base it on if I had a free keg that could be dedicated to conditioning time.

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