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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:14:27 AM »
Getting it down to 8 (as much $ as I was willing to spend) took weeks of intensive taste testing.   ;D 

IMHO, that's how it should be. You advanced 4 out of 8, right? I entered 4, advanced 2. But I'm also not crazy enough to just enter as many beers as possible to "increase my chances". If you have 15 EXCELLENT beers, then great - enter them. But I cannot tell you how many entrant envelops I stuffed from our regional that had 12-15 entries with not only none advancing, but also some pretty low scores for most of the beers (mid 20s). I can't imagine paying $15 per entry on a beer I didn't think was world class.

Even if the cap was 5-10, I'd still maybe enter 4-5 beers a year.

Okay, soap box rant over.  8) Carry on!  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Dogs Premiere
« on: September 30, 2013, 09:50:19 AM »
Saw a little bit of it, just didn't keep my interest. 

Same here. Saw the train bit and figured I could do better things with my time.

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The Pub / Re: Good vibes
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:59:42 AM »
So be passionate, be grateful, be generous, be energetic, be kind, and don't take your loved ones for granted.

Love this.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation not finished
« on: September 25, 2013, 05:05:28 AM »
ps: if no one is using a secondary, where do you age beer. you do not want to leave on the yeast cake forever? wont dead yeast cells affect the product after time?

If I'm doing a normal beer (e.g. not sour or something meant for aging), I usually do a 3-4 week primary. If I am doing say, a Belgian Golden Strong, I primary it for a month - by then it has dropped clear on its own - take a gravity reading/taste test then secondary for 2-3 months. I can rush this process along for smaller beers, but it's all done by feel. There is no set timetable for the fermentation in my brewery, it is all done by sight (gravity readings), taste and smell.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:50:48 PM »
LOL, Amanda!
You could have bought it when you visited the AHA last week.
Cheers,
Janis

Dang! I didn't see any on the shelf in the front, so I figured they were still in the warehouse! Oh well - next time I come to Boulder, I'll be sure to ask!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:49:47 PM »
Fool me twice, can't be fooled again!  ;)

you forgot the uncertain 'uhh, uhh'  ::)

Ha. I knew someone would get it.  8)

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Myles and I are planning on making the trek!  ;D

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation not finished
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:55:04 AM »
Gravity is 1.040 when i racked to secondary

What I meant was did you take a gravity reading then rack it OR rack it then take a reading.

In the future, I would recommend taking a gravity reading first. If it hasn't reached your expected terminal gravity, do not transfer it off the yeast and into a secondary.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 24, 2013, 11:50:34 AM »
I ordered mine from Amazon (sorry Brewer's Publications) and just received an email that I'll receive mine on October 1st (as opposed to the Oct 9th original date). 

I did the same thing - the last two books I've bought during the pre-sale (Yeast and Hops) have arrived much later than the Amazon shipping for me.

Fool me twice, can't be fooled again!  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation not finished
« on: September 24, 2013, 09:59:51 AM »
Did you take a gravity reading before racking?

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Ingredients / Re: A Couple of interesting Hop sites
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:34:58 AM »
The wheel doesn't seem to work very well on my phone. And it doesn't have "dank". Thumbs down!

Boo! Hiss!

But hey, it has "cedar"! Good find.

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Ingredients / Re: Forgot to add whirlfoc...
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:25:28 AM »
Hmmmmm ..... wonder how those Germans make crystal clear beer without the use or WF? ;) As long as your pH was in line the WF isn't really necessary. It definitely does help in clarification, but I've made plenty of beers that have not used it that were brilliantly clear.

+100

I haven't used Irish Moss or WF in 50 or so batches. It's nice to know you can make a beer so clear you can read a newspaper through it with proper technique.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Tap Water Temp
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:22:30 AM »
You can do the closed loop/ice water/pond pump thing.

I just chill it as far as I can, stick it in the fermentation chamber and pitch when it reaches the correct temperature.

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The Pub / Re: Oktoberfest Hombrew Party in Michigan
« on: September 23, 2013, 11:16:43 AM »
Is it bad that I feel the serious need to buy a house just for the fact that I can finally throw parties half as awesome as this?

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The Pub / Re: Let the Games Begin!
« on: September 23, 2013, 06:48:36 AM »
Dolphins open the season with three straight wins?!  I don't know how to act.

Same here with the Chiefs... it's a bit odd.

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