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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.

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:00:31 AM »
I want to print this out and put it next to my taps.  ;D

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:12:09 AM »
Really exciting progress here: we have a toilet back!

We also got the box structure built and the PVC glued into it's final location. It's a tight fit with the air duct up top, but it'll do. I added some weather stripping but still need to make the box airtight. Crappy cell phone picture (promise I'll take proper pictures at the end, uploading from the phone via Tapatalk is just too easy):

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:38:23 PM »
I have a True GDM-12 (upright fridge, not kegerator) and I love it. I use it for fermenting larger batches, but I would recommend anything that True makes. Real workhorses.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:11:52 PM »

I know that basement.

Yep! :D

Made a ton of progress in the past few days. Cliff notes:

Roughed in the PVC piping for the beer lines and cooling air.

We also got all of the new flooring laid and the cabinets are here! Doors are being stained now and will be installed soon. I need to pick out a top and get the taps installed, but they hinge off of the top being picked out. Tomorrow, maybe.

We've gotten far enough to be able to move the laundry back into its proper home. Woo laundry!! Haha.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:57:24 AM »
Saison... dry zesting with lemons & white pepper

I've been thinking the same thing for one of our wedding beers, but with black pepper. I have some small test batches planned over the next few months. Have you considered meyer lemons?

Heh, funny - this is a test batch for our wedding too. I have considered Meyer lemons, but they are hard to find at the grocery stores here. I could go to whole foods or something, but that's another trip I gotta make. So I'll probably stick with the regular lemons.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Weekend Brewing 4/11/14
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:21:08 AM »
Brewing a total of 15 gallons this weekend, housewarming party drinkers and wedding test batches.

10 gallons Saison - split between dry hopping with Amarillo and dry zesting with lemons & white pepper
5 gallons Dry Stout - noms

I'm hoping to brew sequentially on Saturday, since I can theoretically start mashing another beer while I'm boiling the first one.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:47:40 AM »
I have a couple of ferm wraps for my Better Bottles, but I use a low wattage ceramic heater for the 15g conical.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:06:48 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.
We're meeting the week before to taste all of the beers.  Everyone knows those that blow won't be served at Club Night.  Unfortunately we won't know the fate of the cask conditioned brews until they are tapped at Club Night.   8)

GREAT idea.

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