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Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen Sale
« on: April 20, 2015, 09:23:40 AM »
Got mine for Christmas and love it too. 

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Ingredients / Re: Seeds in hops
« on: April 15, 2015, 04:44:50 AM »
You sure it wasn't Panama Red?   :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: distilled water question
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:47:20 PM »
I used tap water for years back in my extract days.  I have good municipal water though not well....

Dave

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bru'n Water profile for California Common
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:13:19 AM »
Amber Balanced works pretty nicely IMO.
Thanks! That's what I'm going to use.

IIRC I found the San Francisco water profile online.  It was very close to my own so I didn't change anything.  Worth a quick look unless you brewed already.  Amber balanced should be just fine too.

Dave

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:37:31 AM »
New personal low score of 15.5...on a beer that medalled last year. LOL
currently drinking a liter of it since I don't have to save it for finals.

Hopefully your scoresheets will have some indication why it was scored so low.  That sucks...I've had entries judged in the same day that won a gold in one comp and got a 25 in another.

I submitted two solid entries last year and both scored in the low 20's.  I was incredulous until I tasted the finals bottles only to find one with an infection and the other with massive oxidation.  I hope I corrected for it this year as I took two off the tap again.  Difference this year though are the Perlick faucets that I sanitized ahead of time and used the flow adjuster to minimize the foam.  Fingers crossed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:34:30 AM »
Struck out again.

Where were you competing?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:00:25 AM »
When do you think Philly will be posted?  I don't want to keep hitting refresh for no reason.... :)

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made the mistake of having very hot tacos last night. 2am heartburn from hell and couldn't go back to sleep.

so, figured why not start the brew day around 3am. all done and yeast pitched by about 8am for my northern german pils.

now i think nap time is calling  ::)

Love it.  Nice job all around!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:22:16 PM »
It is always fun to advance to the second round. Fingers crossed!

It's fun advancing until you have to sit there, at the banquet or listening to the BN, every year, waiting for your name to be called only for someone else to be called for first place.  :-\

This is the fourth year in a row I've advanced something (and two last year). The last 3 years, the beers have gone to mini-BOS at Nationals. No purple banded medals in my house though.  :'(  Dang. So close every time.

Maybe this year is your breakthrough year!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 09:02:59 AM »
Congrats to the winners! 

I see some double wins in categories.  I thought you could only submit one entry per style?
One per subcategory.

So for Category 1 I could submit a Dortmunder and a Helles.  Got it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 08:40:58 AM »
Congrats to the winners! 

I see some double wins in categories.  I thought you could only submit one entry per style?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Propane Tanks in the Garage
« on: April 08, 2015, 08:08:49 AM »
In the garage for Fall-Spring. Outside for summer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest Freezer 101
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:22:40 AM »
No, I've taped the sensor to the side of the fermenter.  I suppose it's actually measuring air temp though as fast as it's changing.

I took a piece of styrofoam and hollowed out a section for the probe and use a bungee cord to strap it to the fermenter.  Set the differential to 1 degree. 

When I crash cool though, I take the probe out of the styrofoam and let it go with ambient.  Then it's not running full out until the beer cools to 32F.  It gradually comes to ambient over time and does not overwork the condenser.

Dave

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Ingredients / Re: good hop to pair with sterling
« on: April 02, 2015, 10:56:53 AM »
I realize that it won't have that normal 'apa' character which is fine with me...

Don't worry about that - I've made many APAs and IPAs blended with Mt Hood, a Hallertau offshoot, with good results. Remember too, that blending doesn't have to mean 50/50 - use more Sterling than the other one (if it's a stronger one).

Yeah that's a good point. My hop skills are lacking thus I have abandoned my normal APA recipe to start experimenting more.

That's what it's all about.  Enjoy the process!

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Ingredients / Re: good hop to pair with sterling
« on: April 02, 2015, 09:54:39 AM »
Also depends on how you are using it.  Bittering, flavor, aroma or a combo with the pairing?

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