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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:50:19 AM »
Yes, those glass front wine coolers are pretty sweet. I took a Better Bottle to Home Depot and tried them out before I bought them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:56:22 AM »
Maybe this year we can arrange a more formal AHA Forum meetup at NHC and put faces to names.
I did meet many last year, and we went to Nodding Head for a beer or three. Should do it again,

That was a good time for sure. but it's gonna be a long walk to nodding head this year isn't it? ;)

I hope I have been able to help folks out on here because I know I have, and continue, to receive tons of priceless info on here.
That was funny. Maybe walk to HopCat or one of the others in Grand Rapids.

Count me in!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:00:17 AM »
Hi all,

Relax.  Really.  The e-mail notifications are being sent out in staggered groups so that not all 3000+ entrants start hitting the site at the same time.  If/when you get your notification, please log in and edit your entry slots to reflect the homebrews you are entering.  When you have finished editing, I suggest you pay for your entries, since the payment has a time limit on it. 

If you encounter slow response on the competition site, consider leaving it until later to try again; you'll have 3 days to pay the entry fees.  You may edit the entry style, name, additional brewers, and special ingredients until the end of the entry deadline, March 17.  If you do make additional edits, be sure to print the final version of the bottle labels to send to the competition.

Also be aware that this is not a mobile app, so you should be logging in from a computer or laptop. In addition, you may have problems if you use an older version of Internet Explorer as your browser.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

Can we just ban Internet Explorer already? The BCOE&M version we used for our comp isn't compatible with it either. I lost count of how many entrants sent me emails about how it forgot their password and wouldn't let them reset it only to find out in was an IE issue.  ::) Stupid IE.

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Checked in 573 entries on Saturday. I gotta say, it was pretty cool seeing entries from NH, DE, and others from you guys.  ;D

Good luck to all!

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Kansas homebrewers, support your brewing rights!  Substitute for HB 2223 passed the Kansas House today and now moves on to the Senate.  Please contact the members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs committee as well as the state Senator for your district and ask them to support Substitute for HB 2223.

See the action alert at: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/recent-alerts/calling-all-kansas-homebrewers/.

Woot!! 111 yea to 7 nay. I'm in full harassment mode for the Senate.  8)

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HB 2223 passed on House Final Action this morning! We are going to the Senate!!

111 yea to 7 nay.  Sounds like 7 people need a homebrew.  8)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:05:56 AM »
  If you do take the plunge and buy a ph meter....don't skimp.   Most brewers I know, have 2 - 3 cheaper models they purchased before buying a more expensive model.

I used to be guilty with this on many occasions. Now I just buy the best and don't buy it again. Saves money in the grand scheme of things.

Also I have a Hanna pHep 5 and like it a lot.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What to expect when it's too cold
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:03:52 AM »
007 is crazy flocculant. You may need to rouse the yeast at some point.

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I would worry a bit with 007. It can stall if it gets too cold

+2 I've had that issue with 007 as well. Rousing and warming could help.

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Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:53:50 AM »
Well, looking at the pricing for Munich during Oktoberfest... It would be as much as 7 months of my house payment. Jesus. I think we're staying in America.

I hope to get there someday.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club in stl
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:07:08 PM »
There are some good guys in both StL Brews and Garage Brewers. That's where I would start.

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    My first few brews were as frustrating as yours.  Once you get to know the system and it's quirks....you'll love it.   I'd take my system over a finicky cat any day.  But then again, I have finicky "partial" cats.

That is encouraging, especially the part about Karen's kitties. :)

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I just PM'ed you the BM Operations Manual, for your reading pleasure.  In there you'll find the whole mashing in procedure and even how a light stirring will benefit before starting the recirculation.

Cheers,
Hooch

I'll give it a read. To be honest, I'm much better at doing things than reading about doing things.

BTW, John at Sabco told me not to stir. Aaaaand I'm convinced this thing is too finicky. Its like dealing with a temperamental cat!

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When heating strike water....I always go at least 5 degrees higher than the calculation says.  It will drop to the proper temp very quickly(under 5 minutes) and reduces the re-lighting step.  The "heating slowly" is more for stepping up in step mashes.  If I heat slowly, it dials in immediately.  If I crank up the heat....I have to go through the re-light sequence several times until I dial in the temp.

So, let's say I want to Hochkurz mash at 145 and then 162 or something like that. I would mash in after heating the whole system with a water recirc, I fill the fun from the bottom until it flows above the false bottom. Then I pour in the grain, and fill with more water. No stirring. I get the water 1" above the grain bed. Then I let it sit. Do you let it sit? How long? Then recirc the mash, starting around 145, 2 degrees/hour, until I hit 162. Turn off burner and let the RIMS take over.

Am I thinking correctly?

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The secret to Sabco brewing in sub freezing temps is a $15 Harbor Freight heat gun.   I frequently need to thaw some or all of the piping.  I find I can dial in my recirculation temp by heating more slowly.  For some strange reason, this greatly reduces the need to re-light the burner several times.    I brewed Tuesday in -5 degree weather and once I thawed the system out.....it worked flawlessly.   The hose from the house to the garage did freeze up when chilling though.

I knew I should have asked you Scot.

Can you describe your mash process by chance? You mention heating more slowly, which makes me curious.

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