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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 02, 2016, 07:23:49 AM »
Oooo! Them is sharin' beers! Myles will be pleased. :D

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This thread reminds me that I should check in on the Helles I have lagering.

This thread makes me feel bad that I don't currently have a German lager fermenting.  ;)

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FRESH POTS!!!

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Huh, interesting. Still sounds like I need that gas blender. :/

Anyway, back on topic. Berliner Weisse with Swanson's lacto planarium tablets on Friday, and a Mandarina Bavaria IPA on Saturday. Bottling an American Wild on Sunday.

Haven't brewed in about 1.5 months. Feels good!!

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I'm also replacing the liquid lines in my kegerator with that ultra barrier silver anti-microbial tubing.


I did that a few months ago - really like the stuff. Very clean tasting beer. A mild warning - I was really irritated when the first few pours were fairly foamy, more so than usual. That goes away after a few pints. I read references to the foaming online. It does go away and pours beautifully, so no worries. Good investment IMO.
Are those the barrier lines with a higher resistance than normal barrier lines?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:37:55 PM »
Anecdotally, I used HBU calcs for IBUs on my written portion. But then again, that was back in 2011 and with the Legacy exam. Perhaps (?) there was a bit more leniency in calcs then? Idk.

But then again, as long as the calcs are correct I doubt I would count off for HBU calcs while grading. Maybe they get a bit of a pat on the back for Tinseth calcs, but you also have a higher chance of getting those wrong.

There are more important issues on the written than what IBU equation to use though. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 31, 2016, 03:26:09 PM »
Amanda- the northern german pils I'm sending is with weyermann Barke pils malt. im digging this malt so if you haven't tried it, you will soon.
Hell yeah! I'm about to try out a new one here as well: Ireks. I honestly didn't plan having you being my shipper, but I am super stoked about it. German Lagers are my jam.

And Frank, I'll be on the later end of the shipping window but it's only because I'm particularly excited about one of the American Wilds I am about to bottle. I want to bottle some of it plain and try dry hopping a small portion of it with Amarillo if I can figure out the logistics. If I can figure it out with my equipment, you'll get both. :D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Insulated beer lines
« on: March 31, 2016, 01:13:05 PM »
Yes, I've done this. Yes, they need to be chilled and insulated. My lines are chilled via air being sucked from the bottom of the freezer, through the 4" insulated PVC through the tap box, and back into the freezer.

I would recommend against doing the project unless you have a large amount of experience in draft line balancing or know a draft technician. Case in point: I don't have that experience. Now that I've built it, I need to have a gas blender installed to keep the thing from pouring foam. Or I can go back to vinyl lines, which I won't do.

...ah, the life of a persnickety homebrewer.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 30, 2016, 04:02:37 PM »
To add to Steve, I find that many people don't even really answer the last part of T14. The fact that it's one of the most important part of the question is lost on many.
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Explain how the recipe fits the style's characteristics for aroma, appearance, flavor,
mouthfeel, and other significant aspects of the style; and describe how the ingredients
and processes used impact this style.

A lot of examinees just regurgitate the style guidelines here. That's not the question. The question is how the recipe and process you described is going to fit the style. It makes me sad when people start going into a dissertation on what a German Pils is rather than how their recipe and process will make a beer in the style.  :-\

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 09:05:53 AM »
Can confirm on the grading exams bit. For those who are exceptional test tasters (and that's admittedly a huge caveat), a National score should only require study and diligence.

I think their point was that prepping to teach the class gives you a good enough grasp of the styles and scoresheets to get there (IOW, that's the study and diligence they recommend).
Absolutely

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:52:51 AM »
I am afraid I will never make GM.  I just cannot spare the time to grade exams.
I'm "trying" if you use that word in the most vague sense. Sure, I'll admin and proctor exams, but grading is one of my least favorite things to do. So it'll probably be mid-2018 before I've graded enough exams to hit GM.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 08:50:53 AM »


3) According to many advanced judges I've talked to, the path to National is to teach the Tasting Exam class, and the path to Master is to grade exams.  Seems legit.

Can confirm on the grading exams bit. For those who are exceptional test tasters (and that's admittedly a huge caveat), a National score should only require study and diligence.

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I didn't get the email, but I attempted to "join" a few months ago. Still haven't been approved by the powers that be. Probably not like-minded enough.  ;)

Yeah I tried to "join" recently mainly for reference and nothing....
I actually forgot about it until I saw this thread.

You know what I'm excited about (in a slightly off topic manner)? We won a scale up at the local brewery that has "it" (in my opinion) - KC Bier Co. I am so freakin excited to brew a Schwarz with their (very German) brewer that I can barely handle it. Woot!

Anyway, if I get any tidbits from him or the brewday, you all can be sure I will be sharing it with you all.

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I didn't get the email, but I attempted to "join" a few months ago. Still haven't been approved by the powers that be. Probably not like-minded enough.  ;)

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After reading this whole thing - I'm with jeffy. I wish I could brew any beer as good as Firestone Walker. Pivo Pils in particular.

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