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Homebrew Clubs / Do other clubs have this problem?
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:33:52 AM »
Apathy?  I know we'll never have a club like, say the Maltose Falcons, and I can live with that.  But I'm so frustrated with the apathy.  No one has any initiative. The officers have tried to encourage membership with discounts at LHBS, events, educational presentations, apparel, etc...  We're a stone's throw from the AHA conference this year.  I desperately wanted us to participate in club night.  There was no interest.  We have some great homebrewers, but my wife and I weren't about to single-handedly run our booth.  Sometimes, it seems like we're little more than an organized drinking club.  I've offered to put homebrewer bios and recipes on our newsletters and website to drum up interest and participation.  Crickets.  It's so frustrating.  We have annual dies of $15 and about 25 paid members.  We have a lot more who haven't paid. Our last meetings have had five and six attendees respectively.  Do I need to accept the reality that our club is what it is?  I'm grasping at straws here, folks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking while brewing
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:26:20 AM »
For safety's sake, I might have one beer--but only after I'm well into the boil.  I like to keep the drinking to a minimum when I'm around flame and boiling wort.

The Pub / Re: Sh!t Beer Geeks Say
« on: May 02, 2013, 09:09:36 PM »
I'm from Klickitat, our beer geeks still use the term "barley pop"

"Friends don't let friends drink bad beer"

In Pittsburgh, my father and his relatives called it "Polish Pop."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Am I being too picky?
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:32:36 PM »
I'm thinking about a 1/2 gallon in each carboy should take it into the 1054-1.055 range.

General Homebrew Discussion / Am I being too picky?
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:54:56 PM »
I brewed a 12 gallon batch of Kolsch today.  I'm not used to my new 20 gallon kettle, so I had more boil-off than expected.  My O.G. is 1.060 rather than the 1.050 I was shooting for.  Do I dilute the wort down with some water to get a lower gravity for what I want to be a session beer, or should I RDWHAHB?

Ingredients / Re: Amarillo
« on: April 24, 2013, 03:18:33 AM »
Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial is my holy trinity for APA's and IPA's.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wlp029 got hot on me
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:15:36 AM »
I've used the WLP029 at both 55F and 68F.  Personally, I prefer the 55F Kolsch, but the one at 68F was still very good.  As was posted before, stabilize it at a constant temperature and you'll be fine.

It's insane to buy a used freezer.  It's only going to last a few years and eat electricity.  Buy a new one.  What you save in one year for electricity will pay for the freezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Attire
« on: April 07, 2013, 10:09:41 AM »
Only from the waist up.  Can we assume no pants?

Beer Recipes / Re: APA w/Galaxy and ?
« on: April 05, 2013, 02:51:26 PM »
Thanks for the great suggestions!

Beer Recipes / APA w/Galaxy and ?
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:53:25 AM »
I usually brew my rye APA heavily late hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, and Simcoe.  I'm planning on a different twist with some lots of late Galaxy hops instead.  I wanted to mix the Galaxy with another hop.  I thought of doing Citra for a kind of "2 hemisphere" APA, but I'm worried about the Citra overpowering the Galaxy.  If I go with a 1:2 (or even a 1:3) ratio of Citra/Galaxy, do you think that balance would work.  I'm open to another hop besides Citra, too.

Beer Travel / Re: Oahu or Maui?
« on: April 05, 2013, 06:49:25 AM »
Oahu is too touristy, although Pearl Harbor is  must see.  My wife and I love The Big Island, even though it isn't in the mix for you.  You got a volcano on one side and Kona Brewing on the other.  I'd love to retire to Hilo.


Oh God no! I hope you are joking! TTB already has way too much power as is! As long as the said brewery in question is not making anyone sick they should have the right to live or die on the virtues of their product.
Agree absolutely.  The LAST thing you want are the government clowns (I don't care what party's in power) in charge.  The government is a metaphor for FUBAR.  We'd just have more expensive beer due to more regulations.  It's in that brewery's best interest (profit) to make good beer.  That and competition from good breweries will force them to make good beer--or else.

Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:34:59 AM »
I've met Ed Stoudt.  He has lots of charisma.  He'd be a good speaker.  His wife Carol would also be a good choice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:01:24 AM »
I love whirlfloc.  Yeah, I get lots of clumping, but it settles out. Beer is much clearer.  I'll never go back to the moss stuff.

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