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General Homebrew Discussion / The wonderful rainbow of German Lagers
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:25:04 PM »
Took gravity samples of three German lagers today before I cold crashed for lagering.

I gotta say, I'm pretty impressed with the clarity of these guys. Especially before lagering. Had to share.



Pilsner on the left, Maibock in the middle, Oktoberfest on the right. We are gonna have some tasty beers on tap in the next few weeks!  :D

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:30:56 PM »
Thanks guys. I'm quite happy with the hop light.

We made some more progress this weekend and are inching ever closer to 100%. Just a bit of trim and some shelves left to do apart from installing a proper patio door (but that's really an outdoors project, right?).

We replaced all of the vinyl beer lines with barrier lines from Micromatic. We have some friends (who bring kegs sometimes) that have pin lock kegs, so we replaced the quick disconnects with MFL fittings from barbs. Wish I would have just installed those in the first place.

I keep all the lines color coded so they are easy to figure out when we have people over.

We also finally installed the bathroom door and the new main light fixture. Hooray no more brass handles or fixtures! I put a ton if money in the raffle at KCBM 32 only on the Pilsner Urquell neon and actually got it, so we rearranged the neons and tins to make it fit. The bar is really coming together.  :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: spring beer styles?
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:29:29 AM »
I'm looking forward to a Maibock and a Vienna Lager as well as a German Pils.

I should brew a Dort though...

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:38:18 AM »
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Delicious IPA
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:59:17 PM »
Omission Brand beer tests every batch - that's how they are getting the gluten free label. Used to be a stockholder, so I followed them pretty close.

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Classifieds / Re: Who do you buy from ?
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:53:20 PM »
I buy all my hops from Hop Heaven on eBay.  I have no idea how their prices compare to others.  I just know they're the best hops I've ever found!

I haven't ever bought from him, but he's a great guy so I don't doubt the claims. Every time I remember that it's hop season, he only has 10# bags left.  :o  Ha.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:51:01 PM »
My suggestion for anyone getting into judging, be confident but open to input and change. Judges should have an opinion. But not fight tooth n nail over it. Its ok to be wrong. How else do you learn?

Right on, buddy. Right on.

BTW - congrats to all you new judges getting excellent scores on the tasting exam. I'll look forward to judging with you in the future!  8)

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:49:05 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.

Yeah, I believe Denny set it up last year. It was in the larger conference room off the main hall - good location.

If I could put my hat in the ring for Friday between morning session and afternoon session (like last year), I'd like that. Thursday is out for a lot of us due to NHC judging/stewarding and such.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:08:26 PM »
So when is the AHA Forum meet up? :D

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Classifieds / Re: Who do you buy from ?
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:07:14 PM »
Hops are bought via Yakima Valley Hops in bulk, everything else is bought at my favorite LHBS. They guy is awesome and I want to keep him in business.

Never heard if the site you're talking about though.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:22:40 AM »


Sometimes it's better to be vague, but if you clearly have a excellent base style, then it is better to be more specific.

Agreed. Without having tasted your beer, it sounds like you have a great description.

What really is unneeded in a special category are things like "50% 2-row, 12% Munich, 4% Chocolate, 6% C60, 20% Pils, and 8% I just wanna confuse you, English hops, US-05 yeast." or... "In my opinion, all Christmas beers are too heavily spiced. This is a LIGHTLY spiced Christmas ale with allspice, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, mace, white peppercorns, ginger, juniper berries, and Sichuan peppercorns."

Hahaha... Sometimes the descriptions crack me up. :)

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All Things Food / Re: For the cool-climate gardeners
« on: February 25, 2015, 10:23:05 AM »
I'm so excited about gardening this year. We're expanding the three raised beds we have by a little more than double the SF. We're adding 4 apple trees as well.

I'll look into Johnny's seeds (since I'm not in the NE) - thanks for the recommendation guys!

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 02:04:01 PM »
Outside of the obvious wifi issues, I'm curious about a couple of things:

- If it's boiling in a closed environment (yes, commercial breweries do this) and it doesn't even have a chiller, how much DMS are we going to pick up in the final beer?

- The product videos imply that it has a chiller, but it's just a basic water bath. Sure, I could drag out the CFC... but that defeats the purpose of a counter top unit.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:24:26 PM »
My temp is holding EXACTLY where I set it!

Haha. It's pretty exciting, ain't it? Welcome to RIMS Denny!  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:11:14 PM »
That's what I call "perma-head"!

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