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Events / Re: NHC Awards
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:25:55 AM »
My other 2 entries in the competition had nothing in the place section, this one did, that's why I'm confused

Simple answer: the stewards assigned to your flight's table did not understand the implications of their actions. The official data from the AHA is all that really matters though, not a rouge steward writing things on cover sheets that shouldn't be there.

Hope that helps!

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 23, 2014, 05:33:56 AM »
Ooo! Almost forgot. I ordered this bad boy for the wall from BeerLoved:

60"x40".  ;D

We will use it to map out our adventures with push pins.  8)

For reference:

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 23, 2014, 05:24:56 AM »
Thank you guys. I did go to college for Architectural Engineering and used to do a good amount of pencil art, so I've been well prepared to take on the bar design. :)

In other news, we made substantial progress last night. Namely that the taps are working!! I'm actually a bit surprised that the "computer fan sucking air through PVC" thing works at all. But it certainly works! Just need a couple more hose clamps to get the last two taps with liquid running through them and we'll be in business!

Shot of the back of the tap box. Fan on the left of the picture, three taps labeled and running with Beer Line Cleaner in them:

Shot of the Perlick 630SS set up with the glass rinser drip tray. I'm going to get that installed properly after the party this weekend. Not enough time!

Quick pic of the cabinet doors with Myles adjusting them. TV should be up tomorrow!

The Pub / Re: I promise (possibly NSFW)
« on: April 22, 2014, 11:40:11 AM »
Hahahaha... Flashers Night Club. What a good name!

Equipment and Software / Re: BrewEasy
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:51:16 AM »
Huh. At the 2012 NHC I randomly ended up hanging out with the Blichmann guys for all of Friday. They picked my brain for market research, took me to dinner, and we all roamed around Club Night together.

When they asked why I didn't own more Blichmann products (I only have the Beer Gun), I told them that I lived in an apartment and they didn't have any compact brewing systems for someone with my space requirements. I told them that it needed to roll away into a closet and be able to brew on a tiny deck if it was propane. Looks like they certainly delivered!  ;D

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:28:06 AM »
Put on some finishing touches recently. Some items worth mentioning: received the countertop and finished up the tap list.

Still need to stain and polyurethane the edge banding on the countertop, mount it to the cabinets with the biscuit joint finished, and get the back splash on the taps before I can anchor down that massive drip tray.

My mom gave me this frame (30x40) for the tap list. I finished it out last night with the party tap list. I haven't drawn anything in probably 5 years, so I'm quite pleased with how the title block came out - did it all by hand.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:15:28 PM »
The sour beers at my mom's home will remain, I will just not add anything more to it. When the time comes for those beers to be ready, I'll bottle them and haul them across the state.

When I'm done with this bar build, I will have more time for brewing sours. Those new ones will hide out under my stairs. It's a slow phase out process.

All Grain Brewing / Re: First time doing a true lager
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:50:53 AM »
Is shaking enough or is compressed O2 essential?  I have a slow lager and I was worried about that because I don't have forced O2 capability yet.
Depends on the OG, but pure O2 can't hurt, that's for sure. A friend of mine has brewed some good lagers without using pure O2 in the 1.050-1.060 range and they attenuated as expected. But I prefer to use pure O2.

I used a mix stir on my recent one, until the foam hit the top of the bucket.  1.012 in 8 days.

I also use a Mix Stir, and do not fail to hit my final gravity on my lagers.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:14:13 AM »
with 7 official, now on pace for 838 IPAs.   ;D

I guess everyone really is making IPAs right now, not just the pros.
For sure.  I rarely ever make an IPA but even I was guiltily of entering a IIPA this year!

I'm not sure I have ever entered an IPA in a competition. I'm better off drinking them!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:43:43 AM »
So..... Were there simply 1000 beers that people registered to enter, and then never sent in??  That is really unfortunate if people were registering beers that took spots that others would have gladly used.  I had a lot of trouble deciding which 4 I would send it..... would have been a lot less trouble if I had 5 or 6 entries.  I am sure there were plenty of others in the same boat.
~1000 beers that were registered and paid for at $15 each.

Talk about a waste!  :o

Wasn't there a clause that if you didn't send the beers you paid for, you were locked out of the next year's comp? Or am I making that up?

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:41:56 AM »
I'm getting tired of people telling me I'll brew them a batch if they buy me the "ingredients". I say make your own effing beer!

Follow that with a simple, "I'm not sure you realize how much time and effort was put into what you are drinking right now." I'll bet you won't get many more of those demands!  ;)

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 17, 2014, 07:31:50 AM »
Nice work so far. The taps through the wall part of the project is something I'm working on right now in my basement, so thanks for sharing. Where did you find the drip tray/rinser combo?

I bought the drip tray / rinser combo directly from Micromatic.
15psi pressure regulator for rinser:

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Time before pitching.
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:55:38 AM »
As long as you have excellent sanitation practices, you can go longer than 18 hours. Not that it's beneficial, but you can.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:12:36 AM »
Did some beer related work tonight. Finished sealing up the box with that aluminum duct tape. Also wrapped the beer and air lines with Reflectix.

Close up of the inside of the box.

I also received the new drip tray / glass rinser combo. This thing is a beast. It's still in the protective packaging, but you can see the glass rinser in the middle. That works perfectly for my situation since there are two studs smack in the middle of the tap box behind the wall. Almost looks like I planned this... ;)

Custom countertop has been designed and will be fabricated soon. Once I get that in place, I can mount the drip tray, get the metal plate on the wall for the "tap back splash", install the shanks/taps/lines and pour beer!

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:05:45 AM »
Number 11 is the reason I only open my garage door half way!

Luckily I moved into a neighborhood where there was already a homebrewer, John. Now when the neighbors walk by and I'm brewing, I get comments like "You're going to outdo John!" or "Givin John a run for his money!" It's pretty cool to already have the "meth-stigma" broken down AND have a little neighborhood joke going.

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