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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Another foamy faucet question
« on: April 22, 2015, 07:09:39 AM »
Try releasing the pressure on the keg to make sure you're serving at the PSI your set at.  The keg might have a higher pressure.  Your Sanke coupler should have a PRV on the side.

This. Sounds like your keg is over carbonated.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:50:30 AM »
I heard Gary glass give an interview saying that the welcome reception will be outdoor with numerous breweries serving kinda festival style and club night will be the same style. Wish I was going.

Sounds great. Looking forward to it!

Amanda, you echoed my own thoughts!  But I have mixed feelings...if you need to be a trained taster to detect the difference, does the difference really matter?  I don't know.

I don't know either, especially since no information was given about the tasters (like they are in the AHA REF articles).

My concern is tasters like this...
i've seen people i know drink a beer with crap tons of diacetyl and say "mmm, buttery malt flavor", while i'm like "puke, this is horrible".
...being used in a controlled experiment.

Either way, I'm won't change my starter-makin' ways!  ;D

Did these tasters have any sort of sensory training?

I have found significant differences in my own beer between making starters and direct pitching, so much so in fact that I will not make a beer if I don't have time for a starter.

When you say that only 9 of 20 could correctly identify something that I have identified in my own beer as a significant set of flaws (as well as other brewer's beers), it makes me wonder about the quality of their sensory analysis. For instance, could these people pick out a spiked beer from a triangle test, say if it was spiked with vodka or artificial butter?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 07:47:39 PM »
Best of luck to all entrants.   Have a great time at the conference.   All is well.  Obviously, I'm the only one who sees a problem.
Oh I think it's flawed as much as you do. But I also know that the system isn't changing within the comp year, so we've just settled on gaming it when necessary. This year was a gaming year. 

Do I have time to devote to being on the comp subcommittee to help fix it directly? Not it the foreseeable future. And I doubt you do either with all the other stuff you do for the hobby! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 04:28:27 PM »

I guess I have to realize that this competition is as much about gaming the system as it is brewing prowess. 

But that's exactly what it is Scot! :) I made sure to enter an early round (because I hate waiting), entered a region where I know for certain that the judges know how to judge a "wild ale" properly (because wild ale "isn't sour enough" is not acceptable feedback to me), and then had Myles double our chances in another early region.

But even with "gaming the system", I still had the exact same success rate as my first two years. Perhaps next year I won't be burned out from wedding brewing that I'll actually have more than just weird beer ready to go.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:26:35 AM »
I may have try some of this "fabric" you speak of. Guess you lay mulch or gravel over the top in between the beds.

Yes sir - like this:

Oh - we started on the mulch/planting this weekend. 6 CY mulch so far, probably need another 4 CY to finish it up. Then metal edging to keep it tidy.

Plant pictures
Romas bordered by garlic -

Planted some spinach & lettuce -

Apple tree in bloom -

Hybrid tomatoes and onions -

Blackberries are going well so far. Need to remove the rock here and fill in with mulch -

Pimp My System / Re: Motorized Mill & Cabinet
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:18:02 AM »
Very nice!  Is that direct drive?  If so, look out for rocks!

Yeah, didn't think about that.  *fingers crossed*

Ha - I'd rather loose a motor/Lovejoys than a finger in a pulley. Much cheaper and less carnage. (Yes, even with a guard... if there is a will, there is a way.) Plus, we haven't seen a rock/twig since we stopped buying Briess a long time ago.

Glad the motor is working out for you! Cheers!

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:31:29 PM »
I have the gray contractor grade fabric everywhere I can get it. Under the beds, around the house, around the trees... It's the stuff from Ace around here. I havent had to weed with that fabric in 1.5 years.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Aggregate Club Competition Results
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:44:05 AM »
The BN took 8 medals in the NYC region.  One positive thing about not going to NHC this year is hearing the booing and whining when the BN wins COTY...I've heard it that last 3 years.  :'(

In order for the booing to stop, I think will have to be a system like GABF where there is a "Small COTY", "Mid-size COTY", and "Large COTY". Sure, there is the Gambrinus, but that still doesn't allow tiny - but still epic - clubs to get any attention (or mid-sized ones either).

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 644 genetic results
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:35:32 AM »
Even more interesting is their release of WLP648 - which is speculated to be the BSI Drie Fonteinen strain. Sweet.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Aggregate Club Competition Results
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:34:17 AM »
There isn't a way to sort by club, AFAIK.

Would be interesting to see how some of the larger clubs are "gaming" the Club of the Year system. Our club (KC Bier Meisters) entered a few different regions, but it obviously didn't pan out as well as QUAFF, who I see is in at least 3 of the 5 reported regions as winners. Wonder if this will be the year that the BN doesn't win COTY.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 09, 2015, 07:06:50 PM »
Apple trees are here! Very tiny trees for now, and hopefully the super dwarf rootstocks will keep them that way. I also "finished" the irrigation system, but got an idea on how I can add to it to water the blackberries. Dangit self.


Almost have all of the fabric down for the mulched area. Looks like we are going to be ordering 11-12 CY of mulch for next week. Then maybe it'll warm up enough that I can get some plants in the ground!

Pretty soon it's gonna be a little garden paradise. :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:06:40 PM »
It is always fun to advance to the second round. Fingers crossed!

It's fun advancing until you have to sit there, at the banquet or listening to the BN, every year, waiting for your name to be called only for someone else to be called for first place.  :-\

This is the fourth year in a row I've advanced something (and two last year). The last 3 years, the beers have gone to mini-BOS at Nationals. No purple banded medals in my house though.  :'(  Dang. So close every time.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:01:12 PM »
That looks awesome Amanda. Glad you found the right irrigation for your garden. What varieties of apples did you go with?

Kingston Black

All dwarf root stocks, G41 I believe.

I ordered them from Orange Pippin last year - should be here this week!

We also have a Granny Smith in the "way back" from the previous owners. Outside of a little scald last year, it was a good producer. I'll be more careful this year with watching/spraying it with fungicide now that I'll have 4 reminders in the 'front of the back yard'.

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