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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 05, 2014, 09:56:18 AM »
I guess I have been kind of skirting this issue, but the fermenter I have is a little larger than normal, and won't fit in a fridge or upright freezer. This is why I have been trying to macgyver/rube goldberg a solution.

How big is this thing?

Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:14:25 PM »

A fridge is easy peasy. I lurked craigslist for 4 months and found a True Commercial fridge for $300, a bit cheaper than what you'd spend in rigging a stop gap solution only to find out it only kinda works.

Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:09:17 AM »
Oh, and my English beers are always named something cheeky. My favorite name is 'The Dog's Danglers', it's pretty epic when someone has to read that at an awards ceremony.

Beer Recipes / Re: Inspired By (clone) Names
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:07:00 AM »
My Belgian Golden Strong's name is 'Devil's in the Details'.

28 entry spots left!  8)

Session was canceled today due to snow, will be voted on tomorrow (Wednesday) now.

A perfect example of the real value of AHA membership.


Gary, thank you for sending out an action alert. I was pleased to see that in my inbox. :)

Post for update to the status of this bill from the lobbyist:

House leadership says bill will likely be up for vote on Tuesday (tomorrow). Please keep contacting your reps!

Several clubs in Kansas are banding together to push for homebrew law changes in the State. Please, we need your help to contact your representative to gain their support for House Substitute for HB2223. We tried to push this bill through last year and will push harder this year.

This is the BA press release for the 2014 Bill:

Things we cannot do in Kansas:
  • We cannot bring homebrew outside of our homes. This means no club meetings, no tastings, etc.
  • We cannot serve our homebrew to people outside of our "immediate family".
  • We cannot host homebrew competitions.

We are aiming to get these things changed. Why? Because we love homebrew and want to share it!

A lot of you know that I am getting married at the end of this year. You know what's illegal for me? I cannot serve my fiance the beer that we brew together as we do not meet the legal definition of 'immediate family'. How ludicrous is that? We brew together, but I cannot serve it to him. Ridiculous.

We also cannot host competitions. This is not a huge issue for my club, as we reside on the State Line and can jump to Missouri, but it is a huge deal for all of the homebrewers in the middle of the state who just want a little feedback on their beers.

I urge those of you who are Kansas residents to contact your Representative and help change the laws!

Find your representatives here by your address:

Ingredients / Re: If you had to choose only 3...
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:38:31 AM »
1) Warminster MO
2) Best Pilsner
3) Briess 2 row

Gotta admit that Briess wouldn't make my top 20!

I'm glad I'm not the only one! Their Munich malt is a joke. Tastes like 2-row.

Ingredients / Re: If you had to choose only 3...
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:54:09 AM »
Considering I now have 5 bulk base grains in stock, I'll have to pick my favorites.

Best Malz Pils
Best Malz Munich I
Crisp Maris Otter

I also keep Castle Belgian Pilsner and Rahr 2 row on hand. I may pick up a sack of TF Golden Promise as well. You know, for variety's sake.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shocked at Price! really?
« on: February 01, 2014, 04:18:58 PM »
Oh that's nothing. A local craft distiller here is selling their 10 gallon barrels for $200 and 30s for $260. $150 is a steal.

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The Pub / Re: I guess I have pms
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:54:06 PM »
Don't feel bad about a Sporty. I have a 92 Suzuki GS500E that my uncle calls a "Hon-derrr". I pretend it is a term of endearment. Never mind that I rebuilt the engine and tranny and repainted the entire bike... still ain't good enough! ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Interesting Judging Phenomenon
« on: January 31, 2014, 11:26:53 AM »
One time I entered a Munich helles as itself and a blonde ale, the helles took BOS and the blonde took honorable mention in BOS.  The judges I talked to swore they tasted different.  I bottled them at the exact same time, same keg, etc.
A friend did that, entered the same beer as a Dortmunder and German Pils, both medaled.

I do that with my lambics. It's always a crap-shoot as to if the lambic entered as a lambic will win or the lambic entered as a gueuze will win. I haven't found a pattern yet, and I don't think I will. I will be entering a different "trick beer" into the KCBM XXXI Competition, same beer, two categories - just to see what happens.  :)

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