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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.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 19, 2016, 05:46:39 AM »
If I understand it right, I can enter multiple subcategories within a category. Just not the same subcategory? So, all other things being equal, would it improve my chances of moving at least one beer forward by keeping all entries in one category or by spreading them out.

Not that I have the beers to do this with. Just curious how the math works out.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:10:28 PM »
Went for Philly also, with NY as an alternate. Failed on both, but got an email giving me St. Louis as another option. Not ideal, but much better than nothing. The news was welcome since I had given it up as a lost cause.

They didn't give you another choice?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 13, 2016, 01:23:19 PM »
No problem patiently waiting until the 17th, but still a bit worried about what I posted above.

Once I got an email saying, "Thank you for your application to enter the 2016 National Homebrew Competition . . . " was I suppose to verify my entry?

Verify Your Application Details Before Sunday at Midnight Mountain Time
Thanks for applying to compete in this year's National Homebrew Competition. You have until midnightMountain time on Sunday, Feb. 7, to verify and/or update your application.

Log in here to verify your application details and/or make changes

Use and 000123456 to log in.

All applicants will hear from us by February 16 with an alert indicating whether or not their entries have been accepted into the competition.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 12, 2016, 07:30:46 PM »
Yep. No worries.
Well, here's what I'm worried about.

I got an email saying, "Thank you for your application to enter the 2016 National Homebrew Competition . . . " and thought I was into the lottery. But now I'm looking back at a later email that says, "Verify Your Application Details Before Sunday at Midnight Mountain Time . . ."

So, was I suppose to verify something and f'ed up by not doing it?

Getting pretty late. Are they done sending out emails?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Still waiting on NHC Entry email.
« on: February 11, 2016, 05:29:02 PM »
Everyone who applied during the week of February 1-7, will have communication from the AHA by February 17th.  Thanks for your patience. Cheers, John

February 17th? But what about this post saying that you have to pay by February 12th? Tomorrow!

This is from the email I got

"Entrant notifications are being sent in staggered groups, but if a large number of entrants are attempting to access the software at the same time you may experience slow speeds. If this is the case, you may come back later to finish your entry payment, so long as it is completed by the deadline of 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time on Friday, February 12."

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 10, 2016, 06:20:55 PM »
Not seeing any email. Is there a place to check to verify if you got in or not? Or are they still sending out notifications and I should be patient?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Session IPA
« on: February 05, 2016, 04:53:38 PM »
Thanks for pointing that out. Just printed out a copy of the 2016 NHC Guidelines.

Homebrew Competitions / Session IPA
« on: February 03, 2016, 05:08:44 AM »
Trying to decide if a hoppy Pale Ale could go into the Specialty IPA category as a Session IPA. Session IPA isn't listed in the sub titles. Is that even a thing? This is a 1.052 OG beer with a lot of late hops, but not too much bitterness.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick tips
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:49:00 PM »
Around here the amount of chlorine or chloramine in our water vary depending on the amount of rain. Campden is cheap insurance against Band-Aid beer.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Pilsner malt in a stout
« on: December 30, 2015, 01:51:48 PM »
You may be confusing attenuation with conversion. Diastatic power controls conversion, but if you're doing a standard 60 minute single infusion mash, either 2-row or Pils will have plenty of DP to get the job done. More won't get the job donner .

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Simplest Yeast Storage Procedure
« on: December 26, 2015, 01:22:56 PM »
Most of the time an airlock is unnecessary for harvested yeast. It does nothing but take up space in the fridge, but you don't want a sealed container either. The nice thing about using foil is that if pressure does happen to build, it can burp around the rubber band.

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