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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:45:42 PM »
Who's brand new manager led them deep into the postseason his first two years?? Matheny. That is all.


That's if he can remember who he is?  He took some many hits as a player...he must have had a dozen concussions back before they tested for them.

That's low, man! That's the whole reason he retired.

Matheny was the leader of the charge to change the "charging the plate" rules. I'm glad he did.

The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:51:32 PM »
Who's brand new manager led them deep into the postseason his first two years?? Matheny. That is all.


Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:50:19 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:56:22 PM »
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!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 06:00:17 PM »
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!


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.

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!

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:

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

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)

All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:05:56 PM »
  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.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What to expect when it's too cold
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:03:52 PM »
007 is crazy flocculant. You may need to rouse the yeast at some point.

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.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:53:50 PM »
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.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club in stl
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:07:08 AM »
There are some good guys in both StL Brews and Garage Brewers. That's where I would start.

    My first few brews were as frustrating as yours.  Once you get to know the system and it's'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. :)

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.


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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