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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:49:48 AM »
I agree with every point that Steve makes.

I think the way to fix this is to write your AHA GC and tell them what you think. Don't just do it now, do it all year long.

Here is a solution I've been proposing throughout the last year: make the CotY award similar to the GABF Brewery of the Year award. There are small, medium, and large breweries of the year. Say it is split into those categories... then your smaller clubs are only competing against themselves. The BNs and the QUAFFs of the world are only competing again themselves as well. There. Everyone's happy and everyone has at least a chance of winning. This system here does not work for the types of clubs we have anymore. It is VERY demotivating to know that you have no chance of winning ant of the big-club awards as a small or medium sized club.

What's the point of this award anyway? To motivate all of the clubs across the country to make great beer in order to become CotY? Or to have only the largest of the large compete against each other? I think the former is a much better way to look at the award. The latter is pretty boring and useless.

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 11:18:24 AM »
5. The worst part of the motel was maintenance.  My wife and I seriously discussed moving to another motel.  The bed was total crap.

What part were you in?  I always try to get a room in the Royal Palm tower and they're pretty good.

He was probably in the Regency Tower like us. What a crappy place. Only one elevator worked (barely), the wallpaper was coming off the wall in places, no refrigerators, and the beds/pillows SUCKED. If it ever goes back to the Town and Country, I will be staying at a different hotel.

My impressions, outside of the crap Regency Tower:
- Man, I love the people at NHC. I love finding my beer family every year and adding about 15-20 people to that circle each time. Can't wait for the next time we get to go to NHC!
- The seminars were pretty basic, outside of a handful of them of course (Czech lagers, mead panel, mead recipes, and blending).
- The BJCP judges reception was AMAZEBALLS. Drinking bottles of Utopian and Tart of Darkness was great. The presentations here were better than 80% of the actual NHC presentations.
- I drank a lot of mead.
- The Final round judging was so well organized. Kudos to the organizers there, especially Bruce and Janis, for putting on a great judging experience. I met a ton of great judges there, from Recognized to GM2, that all had something for me to learn. And hey, the Standard American Lager we picked out at mini-BOS got 2nd BOS! Pretty neat!
- The AHA should have made it crystal clear on what beer we could have brought into the banquet. Many people did not bring any beer to share or sniped the beer our table was saving for the awards right off our table. All of that could have been solved by simply telling people they could only bring commercial beer in. Several of our friends ended up taking their commercial beer back to their room instead of bringing it to the banquet.
- Am I the only one who thought the majority of Club Night beers were sub-par?? Sure, there were some awesome clubs who brought their A-game and some awesome mead makers there, but I had about 50% crappy beer until I just stuck around the clubs that had the good stuff. Like... butter bomb Pilsners, aectic ciders, sock-smelling gueuzes, acrid stouts, etc. I watered a lot of plants that night until I found the booths that had well made beers. I actually asked a couple of the clubs how they selected beers and the general consensus was "We asked for kegs and got kegs." No selection process? Dang.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 10, 2015, 04:06:57 AM »
Googled it. Seems very expensive for what you get. More Beer has this for $29.99. Standard 3/16" beverage line is $.79 per foot. Since your beer and lines should be sanitary, and cleaned regularly anyways, I don't see the need for anti-microbial lines.

You could basically get 12' of regular line for 1/3 the price of the kit.

You're quoting vinyl lines against barrier lines. Different animal. Vinyl will be sanitary but will leech plastic taste into the beer sitting in the lines over time. Barrier lines have no flavor degradation or crossover.

I realise standard vinyl beverage line and barrier beverage line are two different animals, but after 5 years of running vinyl, I'm yet to see off flavors. Some things, like Perlicks, are worth the upgrade, but to me SuperFlex beverage line does just fine, and I think there are better places to spend your money. Just my 2c :)
10-4 good buddy! The first post sounded like you were comparing apples to oranges, but I smell what you're stepping in now. :)

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 01:19:22 PM »
+10 Thanks Amanda! Induction rocks.

Not a problem! Induction is super neat. One of my favorite subjects in school was electromagnetism. I'm cooking with SCIENCE!  8)

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 01:08:46 PM »
I named it Jeremy. "POOOWWWER"

Love a good Top Gear reference.  Sounds like a kicka$$ range, too.   ;D

Our old range was "Captain Slow".  ;)

Jeremy has so much power that I can sear the ba-jesus out of anything on power level 5.5 or 6 out of 10. 10 is terrifying. The big burner as a "Power Boil" that really should only for a large pot of water. I put about an inch of water in my 3 qt saucier... good thing I was standing there staring at it because it went to boil in about 45 seconds.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: June 09, 2015, 12:46:19 PM »
The rain jacked up the plants. It was a real pain and has put me behind considerably. Now though, it's dry as a bone after a 10 days and no rain. Hot.

I have 13 young tomato plants, oregano, thyme and marjoram that would have all died without my constant vigilance.

I we didn't have raised beds, we would be so royally f'd right now in the garden. We had a 30' wide river running straight through the backyard after 4" of rain in less than 4 hours a few weekends ago. Weatherman says it's rained 34 of the past 40 days. They are showing pictures of an ark on the forecast. I'd like to move out of Seattle please!  :D

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 12:36:09 PM »
Amanda how do you like your induction range?

+1. I'm quite interested to hear how it performs

Without trying to sound too much like a fan girl... OMG LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. I have no idea how I lived with my 2000 crap-fest Whirlpool POS for longer than a year. Myles thought it was going to be an "Amanda toy", but he is also in love with it. I can't wait to try out the 8-pass 3700W broiler on our Baking Steel for pizzas. Boiling water in sub-3 minutes is crazy. Dinner takes about half the time (not exaggerating) compared to our old POS. And when Myles is grilling and I'm doing some sort of side... I used to have to start before he lit the Weber kettle. Now I can start when the meat hits the grill.

As far as which one we have, it's the GE PHS920SFSS. It was between that and the Samsung Chef Collection with the dual oven. The higher reviews on the GE and the turbo-broiler won out over the double oven of the Samsung.

It was supposed to be the crown on my full kitchen reno, sort of like the carrot at the end of my renovation stick, but that Memorial Day sale was entirely too good to pass over. So it was the third thing we bought for the kitchen reno... and I couldn't be happier.

I named it Jeremy. "POOOWWWER"

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Westvleteren Beer Color
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:50:40 AM »
I'll have to try and remember to ask Stan this week. Curious minds...  :D

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Do you use brewing software? Use the same ratios of all the ingredients but scale them down based on your efficiency and batch size. Once you have your estimated OG on par I would adjust the hop amounts down to meet your IBUs.

Someone else here probably has a easier suggestion...

That's how I do it too. Grains can be scaled down using a spreadsheet, but hop calculation is not completely linear.

Doesn't Brewer's Friend (the site OP linked) have that feature?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Draught Line Conversion
« on: June 09, 2015, 09:31:52 AM »
Googled it. Seems very expensive for what you get. More Beer has this for $29.99. Standard 3/16" beverage line is $.79 per foot. Since your beer and lines should be sanitary, and cleaned regularly anyways, I don't see the need for anti-microbial lines.

You could basically get 12' of regular line for 1/3 the price of the kit.

You're quoting vinyl lines against barrier lines. Different animal. Vinyl will be sanitary but will leech plastic taste into the beer sitting in the lines over time. Barrier lines have no flavor degradation or crossover.

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 09, 2015, 08:09:03 AM »
We have an induction range now, so I'm limited to high-quality stainless or iron things.

That being said, All-Clad is having another "factory seconds sale" right after NHC, so I'll be able to pick up the last two pots/pans I need. I think all you need is a little passcode and the link for anyone to get in... if you all are picking up what I'm throwing down.

I've bought a lot of pieces from the factory seconds sale in the past and none of them have had any flaws on them. Non-stick 10" stainless pan for $40? Looks perfect. Saucier for $90? Again, perfect. Giant 5qt high sided pan with lid? $95 for not even a scratch. I'm still confused as to why these things are discounted.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:39:08 AM »
Keep it up guys!  ;D Y'all are making me jealous - I can't wait to get out there!

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Events / Re: Craft beer and brewing party Thursday night at NHC.
« on: June 09, 2015, 07:34:05 AM »
I'm not cool enough to have received an invite.

Eh, neither am I.

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Beer Recipes / Re: session IPA tricks
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:20:51 AM »
Session IPA means what OG?

Damn, thought it was in the new BJCP guidelines, but apparently it isn't. So let's take the ratebeer definition:
"typically 3.2 - 4.6 percent alcohol".

The guidelines do say about the APA: " More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than session-strength American IPAs (aka Session IPAs)", so the Session IPA's existence is herewith officially recognized.

Session strength in respect to Session IPA is on page 38 of the 2015 Guidelines.

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Strength classifications:
Session – ABV: 3.0 – 5.0%
Standard – ABV: 5.0 – 7.5%
Double – ABV: 7.5 – 10.0%

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:24:23 AM »
From what I understand, the location will more than likely be on the East Coast.

That is not what I've heard.

This is disinformation strategy ;).  Fred Bon Jour did the same thing to me when we shared a ride back to the airport in Seattle when I mentioned something about Grand Rapids.

Please post when you register at NHC for those unfortunate few who can't go and so I can start the countdown to NHC.

Several of us will have be there & registered early on Wednesday (for BJCP stuffs). I'm sure one of us will remember to let you all know.

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