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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 27, 2014, 06:31:29 AM »
So I didn't want to be that guy that jumped on as soon as the link opened, but... ;D

Same here. I asked for my usual 4 spots - crossing my fingers!  :D

Good luck everybody!

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Going Pro / Re: Draft magazine article.
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:14:11 PM »
Road trip from Grand Rapids? ;D

that'd ridiculous.

...I'm stopping in Eau Claire on the way TO Grand Rapids.  8)

I'm in.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's here!
« on: January 24, 2014, 02:15:22 PM »
!!!!!!!teews

.ereht did uoy tahw ees I

Very exciting Denny!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: YeastCalc's Website is Down?!!
« on: January 24, 2014, 01:24:51 PM »
Good thing I used it at lunch!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Starter Timing
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:26:15 AM »
I use a 2 gallon pail with lid and airlock for lager starters or larger starters

That's a really good idea.  I wondered if people with large starters (> 2L) were using really big Erlenmeyer flasks and how they managed that much volume.  Thanks for the idea.
I've also seen people use gallon glass jugs for starters.

Yep. A lot of people around this area dig them out of Ripple Glass for free. (Ripple Glass is Boulevard's glass recycling program for KC.)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg art?
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:08:04 AM »
Good idea, but the farthest I've gone is colored ribbon tied around the handles. All our club kegs for NHC club night had bright green ribbon. They were very easy to spot in the crowd while everyone was straining to read the paper labels.

That's a great idea for NHC. I'll have to grab some obnoxious ribbon from Hobby Lobby come June for that same purpose.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg art?
« on: January 24, 2014, 06:55:49 AM »
As in corny kegs? I use moustache or peace sign duct tape around the top of the keg, at the seam weld. I picked this up from some friends in the Quad Cities.

It is helpful for when I take beer to a homebrew event. Not that anyone would, but no one is leaving with my kegs.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:28:51 AM »
I assume if we put in for the lottery that any of us that get chosen will be billed immediately.

I'm not sure that is a good assumption. Anyone want to chime in that knows more?

Bad Assumption, see my post above

Thank you Fred. I think we all owe you a beer!

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:36:00 AM »
I assume if we put in for the lottery that any of us that get chosen will be billed immediately.

I'm not sure that is a good assumption. Anyone want to chime in that knows more?

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: January 23, 2014, 08:29:36 AM »
In order to answer this question appropriately, we would need to know what you cook and how much.

In my own kitchen, I don't need several sizes of skillets, 5 different pots, and a varied amount of lids so buying a set was never in the cards for me.

I just use the following:
-Dutch oven. Excellent for just about anything.
-Tiny covered pot.
-Non-stick skillet
-Stainless skillet
-Stock pot

I only really use a few cooking utensils as well. High heat rubber spatula, plastic spatula, whisk and wooden spoon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 23, 2014, 06:17:10 AM »
Thanks for the reminder!

It's supposed to be 45 on Saturday and 56 on Sunday. Then bitterly cold for the foreseeable future. I'm going to brew twice this weekend.  8)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Kettle cleaning question
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:57:24 PM »
I run PBW through my whole system (partial clean in place set up) after every brew. Every 10 brews, I run Acid #5 to keep all of the stainless nice and shiny and my hard SS plumbing free of build up.
Where do you source the Acid 5?

My LHBS (Apex Brew Wares) will order nearly anything I ask for. He's really, really good.
I will ask mine!

One of our Homebrewing friends who is now working as an assistant in a large brewpub says it is just like a big homebrew set up, but they have better chemicals. One needs to wear more safety gear to use those.  :)

Yep. I wear pink safety boots, eye protection, and gloves when I'm brewing.

My neighbors might think I'm crazy looking but my feet aren't wet, I didn't shoot spent grains into my eye when accidentally turning the shop vac to 'blow' instead of 'suck', and my hands aren't burnt or chafed when I'm done brewing.

Probably all of the OSHA classes from construction sites talking, but I'm a huge proponent of safety and cleanliness. Especially in the brewery.

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And then I make my wife admire it with me.  Hah!  Too bad she doesn't drink beer - I have to appreciate it even more for the both of us.

Sounds like my house.

My house consists more of one of us pouring a beer (in the proper glass), talking about what we like/don't like, how we would/wouldn't change anything, and if it's really pretty: taking a picture of it. So I guess clarity is important over here.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:15:38 AM »
I'm just skeptical about whether there's much the AHA can do to change the mind of some of these people.

Same here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:58:44 AM »
I agree that they do these things... I'm just saying I would like (and I think some people demand) to see the things they do actually stated vs having to sift through 100 pages on the site to draw inference as to what they do.

So... you basically want to see the Membership Benefits page? Or am I reading that wrong?

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/membership-benefits/


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