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I prefer free range whole hops as well yet if I were you, I'd just go with hop socks. I've used them many times with fantastic results. You could also make an el cheapo "hop spider" by putting a dowel over the boil kettle and suspending a large mesh bag from the dowel by the drawstrings, keeping the opening above the surface of the wort.  Either way, I doubt your beer will suffer. Especially if you bump the quantities just a tad.

The hop spider looks great.  It'll have its maiden voyage tomorrow.

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Equipment and Software / How to use a Ranco 2-stage Temp Controller
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:03:04 AM »
OK  The instructions seem easy enough.  I'm using a Ranco 2-Stage Temp Controller on a commercial 2-door lab fridge, which I'm trying to use as a fermenter.  The thing just stares at me.  I'm trying to cool to 65F and the ambient temp is 77F.  Everything seems plugged in the right way.  The fridge works.  Any suggestions.

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These have all been good solutions.

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Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: June 21, 2013, 01:17:55 AM »
Hey guys!

Time to spill the beans...

The keynote speaker is...*drum roll*...Tom Peters!

Here is the bio for Tom:

Tom Peters is co-owner of four beer-centric restaurants in Philadelphia: Monk’s Café, Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, Grace Tavern, and The Belgian Café. Tom is also co-owner of The Anderson hotel/restaurant in Fortrose, Scotland and involved with The BeerBistro in Toronto, Canada. He has been employed as a baker, pastry chef, line cook, sous chef, bartender, waiter and general manager before opening his first solo project. Famed beer writer Michael Jackson called Monk’s Café “Simply the best Belgian Café in the United States” and Monk’s was named as “Top Five Places in the World to Drink a Beer” by All About Beer magazine. Tom was Knighted into the Belgian Brewer’s Guild in 2004 and named an Ambassadeur Orval since 2008. In 2013, he was a James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist and was awarded the 2013 Philly Beer Scene Humanitarian of the Year. He travels the U.S. and Europe sourcing, blending and brewing beers, many of which are only available at Monk’s Café.



Cheers,
Duncan

edit: Here is a link to the announcement online

http://www.ahaconference.org/news/keynote-speaker-announced/

A complete surprise, but I'm cool with it.

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I prefer free range whole hops as well yet if I were you, I'd just go with hop socks. I've used them many times with fantastic results. You could also make an el cheapo "hop spider" by putting a dowel over the boil kettle and suspending a large mesh bag from the dowel by the drawstrings, keeping the opening above the surface of the wort.  Either way, I doubt your beer will suffer. Especially if you bump the quantities just a tad.

The hop spider sounds like an excellent idea!

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Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: June 20, 2013, 07:39:13 PM »
Hey, Ron, any info you can provide?

It should be announced very soon. Watch the Conference website for the official announcement in the coming days.

Just following protocol.  ;)

I'll post here as soon as it's live.

Fair enough.

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Normally, I put a false bottom in my 10 gallon Polarware kettle to keep to the whole hops from clogging the ball valve when I make my APA's and IPA's.  This time, however, I need to make a bigger batch.  I have a 20 gallon Polarware kettle, but no false bottom.  I have a 45 degree copper pipe elbow (pointed downward, of course) that's threaded into the inside of the kettle.  Is there a simple, low-tech way to keep the whole hops from clogging the ball valve?  Yeah...I could bag everything, but I like the hops to be more "exposed" to the wort.

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Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:00:45 PM »
Hey, Ron, any info you can provide?

Pull some strings, Denny.  Maybe you can get to the bottom of this.

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Events / Re: Keynote speaker for NHC?
« on: June 20, 2013, 09:26:27 AM »
I keep checking the conference website and I still can't find a word about who will be giving the keynote address.  Does anyone have any intel?  Although there's lots of great choices, I'm still hoping they have a PA guy for the conference.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Grain to glass in less than 3 weeks
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:02:51 PM »
How long was the dry hop?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stir Bar Tip
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:19:17 AM »
If I were handy, I could make a stir plate.  I bought one at www.stirstarters.com.  It was only $45, including shipping.  Lifetime guarantee.  I had a starter overflow and yeast got into the unit.  It was fixed, no charge, even though it was clearly my fault.  Can't say enough about the customer service.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Conditioning Unmalted Wheat Berries
« on: June 14, 2013, 01:43:51 PM »
The Corona Mill rocks for the boiled wheat.  My grind might be a little finer than the photos.  I'm going to add lots of rice hulls, just to be sure.

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Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: June 14, 2013, 12:23:20 PM »
The normal rate at the Convention Center Garage is $30, so we're looking at $15 a night.  Woot!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 01:47:53 PM »
Please report back on this.  HSA has always been a hotly contested topic.

I believe it's an old brewers' myth, myself.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun size - I can't decide.
« on: June 09, 2013, 09:43:18 PM »
Somewhere along the line, you're always going to end up brewing a batch bigger than you possibly imagined.  Always over-plan.  Size matters.

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