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Love me some German laaaaaaaaaaguhs!!
Hahaha. Love it.

You know, when I was pitching the idea of getting a dedicated lagering freezer a while back I just said, "But what about the German lagers? They can't lager themselves... (Insert sad puppy face)" I got one the next week. :D

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ah crap, I keep forgetting to send the schwarz recipe.  I sorry.

...looking good.  Those all your efforts, or is there a Myles beer in there?

I think they're all my efforts? Idk, it gets a little muddled with how we operate. It's just a team effort so I forget who's doing what. Sometimes I need to eat lunch or something so he takes over for a bit or vise versa. Lately I've been doing the brewing and he's been doing the cleaning and other house-type projects. Next brew day will be "his", a Hefeweizen, so I'll probably do the cleaning while he does the brewing.

And yeah! I need that schwarz recipe!  :P I think "my" next two brew days will be Dunkel then Schwarz... but we also have to brew some other wedding-repeat-beers for a local beer festival. Should be a tasty spring season.  8)

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1 - I'd like to do a schwartzbier here soon, but I really need to brew a Munich Dunkel ASAP. The club members and friends are getting pretty rowdy about it not being on tap! Hopefully I can get them all on tap at the same time for another family picture.

2 - I'm really into sessionable beers too. Pils, Helles, Dunkel... oh wait. It's just German lagers. I love 'em!

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Gorgeous. That Pilsner reminds me that a world exists that is not below feezing and covered with snow in which I would love a cold, crisp lager. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks guys. And Pete, I can drink a Pilsner during any weather. :) I love them and I'm surprised it took me this long to make one.

I tried a slower version of the "fast lager method" on these. The Pils may need a touch of lagering, but I'm tempted to just set the other two up on tap already and "lager" them in the serving keg. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:25:04 PM »
Took gravity samples of three German lagers today before I cold crashed for lagering.

I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with the clarity of these guys. Especially before lagering. Had to share.



Pilsner on the left, Maibock in the middle, Oktoberfest on the right. We are gonna have some tasty beers on tap in the next few weeks!  :D

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:30:56 PM »
Thanks guys. I'm quite happy with the hop light.

We made some more progress this weekend and are inching ever closer to 100%. Just a bit of trim and some shelves left to do apart from installing a proper patio door (but that's really an outdoors project, right?).

We replaced all of the vinyl beer lines with barrier lines from Micromatic. We have some friends (who bring kegs sometimes) that have pin lock kegs, so we replaced the quick disconnects with MFL fittings from barbs. Wish I would have just installed those in the first place.

I keep all the lines color coded so they are easy to figure out when we have people over.

We also finally installed the bathroom door and the new main light fixture. Hooray no more brass handles or fixtures! I put a ton if money in the raffle at KCBM 32 only on the Pilsner Urquell neon and actually got it, so we rearranged the neons and tins to make it fit. The bar is really coming together. [emoji2]

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: spring beer styles?
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:29:29 AM »
I'm looking forward to a Maibock and a Vienna Lager as well as a German Pils.

I should brew a Dort though...

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:38:18 AM »
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:59:17 PM »
Omission Brand beer tests every batch - that's how they are getting the gluten free label. Used to be a stockholder, so I followed them pretty close.

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Classifieds / Re: Who do you buy from ?
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:53:20 PM »
I buy all my hops from Hop Heaven on eBay.  I have no idea how their prices compare to others.  I just know they're the best hops I've ever found!

I haven't ever bought from him, but he's a great guy so I don't doubt the claims. Every time I remember that it's hop season, he only has 10# bags left.  :o  Ha.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:51:01 PM »
My suggestion for anyone getting into judging, be confident but open to input and change. Judges should have an opinion. But not fight tooth n nail over it. Its ok to be wrong. How else do you learn?

Right on, buddy. Right on.

BTW - congrats to all you new judges getting excellent scores on the tasting exam. I'll look forward to judging with you in the future!  8)

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:49:05 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.

Yeah, I believe Denny set it up last year. It was in the larger conference room off the main hall - good location.

If I could put my hat in the ring for Friday between morning session and afternoon session (like last year), I'd like that. Thursday is out for a lot of us due to NHC judging/stewarding and such.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:08:26 PM »
So when is the AHA Forum meet up? :D

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Classifieds / Re: Who do you buy from ?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:07:14 PM »
Hops are bought via Yakima Valley Hops in bulk, everything else is bought at my favorite LHBS. They guy is awesome and I want to keep him in business.

Never heard if the site you're talking about though.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:22:40 AM »


Sometimes it's better to be vague, but if you clearly have a excellent base style, then it is better to be more specific.

Agreed. Without having tasted your beer, it sounds like you have a great description.

What really is unneeded in a special category are things like "50% 2-row, 12% Munich, 4% Chocolate, 6% C60, 20% Pils, and 8% I just wanna confuse you, English hops, US-05 yeast." or... "In my opinion, all Christmas beers are too heavily spiced. This is a LIGHTLY spiced Christmas ale with allspice, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, mace, white peppercorns, ginger, juniper berries, and Sichuan peppercorns."

Hahaha... Sometimes the descriptions crack me up. :)

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