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Just a thought Amanda,

It sounds as though the rig is garage kept and residual moisture freezes in the lines when not in use.

I don't have a single tier set up but thought perhaps if there was a way to blow the system out with compressed air after brewing it might help in keeping things from freezing up.

Glad to hear your day today went well!

Fortunately I have thought of that! :) Since it is (insulated) garage kept, I store it with all of the valves open, including the drain valve.

The freezing from a week or so ago was when the rig was in use, after I had to use the main drain valve, and when it was exposed to 8F temps.

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It's a good brew day today. Brewing a Munich Helles, ended up going for a Hochkurz step mash with rests at 122, 145, & 162. Mash out at 168 and fly sparged.

Went off with out a hitch, thanks to all of the help I've received from all of you guys. Check out that super clear first runnings!

Scot, you're right. Once it works for you and not against you, this thing is a dream.

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I always force carbonate my entries. Mostly because it's easiest for me to do it that way. I used to bottle condition my comp entries but I often got hit on appearance and flavor from suspended yeast. Remember you never know what kind of handling your bottles will receive...

In my opinion, those were crappy judges.

that said though, I believe timing your brewing so that your beers are coming into peak form for a certain competition makes a bigger difference than packaging.

+1000

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who got in?
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:05:22 AM »
2 entries for Nashville. Not sure why Atlanta is no longer on the list this year...

I would guess that no one volunteered to run it.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:01:32 AM »
I did the exact same thing at Lowe's.  No one said a word when I started removing the shelves from the freezer..  Some people looked at me like I was bringing a bomb into the store and gave me a wide berth.

I can't imagine that many people walk into Lowe's with a 20-40 gallon stainless conical on a cart. I bet you were quite the site! :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014 winner
« on: February 12, 2014, 11:14:39 AM »
This is the year guys! This is the year I'm finally going to medal at NHC with that stupid lambic of mine.

Dang thing advances to the Finals each year I enter it, makes it to mini-BOS, and then falls on it's face. This is the year that will change!  ;D

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Steve Cook is "duxx" on this forum. He is our club President and a homebrew activist in the Kansas City area. He lives on the Missouri side and still fights in the Kansas legislator for us Kansans!  8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:32:29 AM »
n00b question --- Do I need to submit the Entry form as well? I have dropped of entries in the past for friends and swear they only had bottle labels.

Usually, bottle labels are all that is needed. In this case, the NHC bottle labels have bar codes on them. Do not be alarmed.  8)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:57:53 AM »
No mold/mildew issues.

I run them with dual stage Rancos and Ferm Wraps, so any temp between 38-100 is completely doable. I lager in one of my two freezers in kegs. Much easier and frees up space in the wine coolers.

I really don't understand the doggin on wine coolers. If they didn't work (and work extremely well), I wouldn't have 3 of them.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:13:16 AM »
I found it with IE. Logged in and edited my entries on Chrome. Paid by logging in with my android. That was the only combo that would work for me. Only email I got was payment confirmation. (Yes, I checked my junk box)

Haha... Safari didn't work either


Got three entries. :)
But also getting various errors with IE, Chrome and iPhone. Caint pay ma bills.
I can't pay now either, but I also snuck in the back door before I got an email. I'm sure it'll work itself out.

I just got the email, logged in, paid and all went well.

Cheers guys!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:07:51 AM »
I found it with IE. Logged in and edited my entries on Chrome. Paid by logging in with my android. That was the only combo that would work for me. Only email I got was payment confirmation. (Yes, I checked my junk box)

Haha... Safari didn't work either

I can't pay now either, but I also snuck in the back door before I got an email. I'm sure it'll work itself out.

Got three entries. :)
But also getting various errors with IE, Chrome and iPhone. Caint pay ma bills.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 07:45:42 AM »
Who's brand new manager led them deep into the postseason his first two years?? Matheny. That is all.

GO CARDS!!

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.

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The Pub / Re: Baseball 2014
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:51:32 AM »
Who's brand new manager led them deep into the postseason his first two years?? Matheny. That is all.

GO CARDS!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor/temp control equip
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:50:19 AM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:56:22 AM »
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!

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