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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:02:19 PM »
Cabinets are here!! :D

Started staining them tonight. This is going to be a long process...

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:15:35 PM »
Wow.  This looks so awesome.  But what are you going to do with all your time when this is done?


I'd like to think that I'll brew more and drink while sitting in lawn chairs more... but those will probably be famous last words if I commit to that! Like the title of the thread, "there's always a project".  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:15:11 AM »
  However, as one can clearly see, a beer that had no major flaws and was "not too far off the mark" only received a score of 31.

Check out the bottom left of the score sheet. 31 falls into "Very Good: Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws." While sparse, his notes seem to indicate exactly that.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:44:43 PM »
One more thing for (potential) future reference. The tap cross section I mentioned earlier. This is probably the 4th or 5th design and will be the final design.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:38:12 PM »
Oh hey Tim! Good to see you on here! Hoosier, some of my favorite places to drink involve standing in a basement, around a floor drain, and in front of the kegerator. :D

And no, I cannot build another... I am so worn out with my own project! :) But after living for years in apartments with a brewery, it's pretty clear that this has been stewing for a while! Haha.

Progress tonight: ripped out toilet, moved the washer and dryer out of the bathroom/laundry room, continued sanding on my sad attempt at mudding and taping drywall, built a bit more of the remote tap box, and drilled the first five holes in the wall for taps.


Superstructure of remote tap box. Basically 2x4s and polycarbonate. Still need to buy the all thread studs (have 1' rods, but it is impossible to cut with hand tools) and weatherstripping.

Love me a hole saw... Taps as shown on the previous drawing.

Toilet and laundry gone. Half painted. Have a new toilet on order and still need to pick out a vanity. I have a sneaking suspicion that the part I'm attempting to mud/tape over will need a beer tin over top of it. ;)

I have half of the main room painted. Once it is all painted, then the floors go in. Then the cabinets.

Speaking of, cabinets will be here tomorrow. Staining will start on Thursday. I cannot say enough good things about my great friend who is making them, Michael Crane. He's awesome. Just awesome. He's totally the reason I'm even motivated to tackle this project.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:07:12 AM »
I threw together a schedule over lunch so I know exactly what my critical path is for the project. Substantial completion is on target for 4/18.

I also mocked up the final tap spacing. It'll work out to be 5 taps initially, 3 on one side and 2 on the other. Then add a 6th tap for nitro.

If we ever get a wild hair and want 4 more taps (10 total), then there is spacing to do that without moving any existing taps - just by sliding the future taps down 2" and centered between existing taps.

I'll post the cross section view of the taps if I remember when I get home.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:49:36 AM »
Careful with homebrew conicals. Many of them have 1/2" ports and if you are not careful you will get the yeast plugged up so bad you will not be able to get any movement.

I knew there was a reason I went with the 1.5" butterfly dump valve. :D

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:46:51 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.
^^^^  Yes, clubs should bring the A game to Club Night.

We are bringing our A game! Look for us under the BBQ or tailgating themed tent... We'll decide here soon.

I still remember beers from 2012 NHC Club Night that were whole heartedly infected being served. Sad times. I will not be one of those people.

I wouldn't enter a beer that had only two weeks to bottle condition.

Same. Not much point in rushing a beer to get feedback on a beer not in its prime.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:17:19 AM »
Amanda, I recall that the 2013 KC site was also well run.  I considered requesting it this year but thought that it might be too far from NC.  Definitely going to be requesting it in 2015 after seeing how well run it was the last couple years.

Both times ran by Steve Cook as site director (duxx20 on here).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:01:36 AM »
Nashville is apparently still working on finishing up the last few categories.  They just posted on their Facebook page a call for judges including:

I need any and all available judges (or newbies who want to judge or learn to judge) on Tuesday 4/8/14 @ Rebel 6pm. Also need a couple stewards as well. If u can make it out, PLEASE DO! Let me or Jonathan Adams know if you can make it. We will be judging English Browns and Meads.

Newbies who want to judge or learn to judge on $14 entries.  Outstanding.  Mental note for 2015 - Request KC site.

I shouldn't laugh at this, but... Hahahaha. Thank you for that. :)

Sad thing is, we only had 570 entries show up in KC. If people outside of the Midwest realized that we are indeed serious about running the best comps we possibly can, we would probably be near the 750 limit.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:41:05 AM »
This is turning into more of a bar build than anything directly homebrew related, but I'll post anyway.

Made a lot of progress last night, but forgot to take pictures, so pics from  Friday will have to do. Trimmed the walls on Friday, painted on Sunday evening. Pic is from Friday.

Bathroom, before (hole is from a hideaway ironing board):

Bathroom on Friday:

Mudded and taped the hole up last night.

Tonight is an off night, gotta lead a BJCP class upstairs for our tasting exam in May.

More progress later...

Ingredients / Re: What's your favorite maris otter...
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:40:26 AM »
I use Crisp too. Available, reasonably priced, and good flavor/aroma.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:32:35 AM »

P.S. - a few top 3 placings were missed on the cover sheet even in KC last year.  I had a couple stewards annoyed at me because I was doing it myself this year, so for the final flight I let them handle everything.  When it came time to sort the scoresheets, guess which flight the steward had neglected to put the top 3 on?   ::)

Dang. Can't catch 'em all! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:57:58 AM »

Do you know if the scoresheets sent out from KC indicated a place or whether or not they advanced?  A couple years ago, I got my scoresheets back early but they didn't have any mark in the place awarded box so I thought they didn't advance.  It wasn't until Janis released the final results that I saw it did advance.  Thankfully, I didn't drink the rest.

So if you get your sheets back before the final results, you may want to hold off drinking the rest of your beer until the official results are in.

I was not nearly as involved with this NHC as I was with last year's KC NHC or this year's KCBM XXXI. Last year at KC NHC, I was the head of the 'cover sheet gestapo'. I made sure that the stewards knew how important correctly marking the 1, 2, 3 on the cover sheet was to the entrants at the NHC Regionals. AFAIK, every person that advanced had it marked on the cover sheet.

This year, I advanced a lambic that did not have anything marked on the cover sheet. So if you entered KC this year, I cannot be confident that the cover sheet will be marked correctly. However, I have heard rumor that the AHA will be trying to release regional information a bit sooner than normal this year - so there's that.

As to the 'Nashville didn't allow anyone to know anything' quip, that decision is left to the site organizer, which is why some sites are different.

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