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All Grain Brewing / Re: Smaller Batches
« on: February 02, 2015, 12:52:02 PM »
I get things like spiders and centipedes that crawl into my bottles over time, paper, old yeast sediment, etc. 

If you store your bottles upside down, that problem will disappear too.  8)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:23:32 AM »
Thanks for the head's up Jeff. I'll be waiting until the glitch is fixed.  8)

The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:15:06 PM »

I hope this is a Halloween costume this year.

But really, what an end to a Super Bowl. Amazing catch followed by not using Lynch. Crazy!

The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 01, 2015, 07:47:02 PM »

Haha, I did have to laugh at the Budweiser commercial poking fun at us beer nerds.
Well they weren't poking fun at me, I don't have a curled moustache.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 01, 2015, 05:50:05 PM »
We did none of the things on our list, but we did do some day drinking at our favorite homebrew shop on Saturday and decided that the lower basement was in desperate need of more organization.

So we did some things today.

Before. Wine coolers (fermentation temp control for 5g batches) were on the floor of the basement with a mess on top of them. Crap everywhere.

After. Wine coolers raised off the ground, so we don't have to bend over to get to full fermenters in the coolers. Tiny side table for random crap.

The bottle storage below the tiny table was the whole reason we started the 'we need more organization tangent'.

Once I make it back to StL again we can get the shelves in the bar basement started. New light fixtures are supposed to ship on Monday!

Beer Recipes / Re: Maibock Recipe
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:50:46 AM »
I'm a Pils + Light Munich kind of lady. Why?

I want light toast and light melanoidins. Dark Munich is almost too intense of the deep bread crust and melanoidins. It's great in a Dunkel though! Melanoidin... missing the bread crust and toast. Vienna is too much like honey, especially as the base malt.

So Pils + Light Munich is exactly what I want for the flavor profile, not just the color.

Zymurgy / Re: How long till I get my first issue
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:46:26 AM »
The magazine comes out every two months, so I'd imagine that you're first issue would be the March/April one. I think that comes out in February.

Welcome to the club! :D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Campden Tablets
« on: January 31, 2015, 05:00:38 PM »
Tried boiling it first for one batch. Same thing, going to get the water tested when I move this summer. Haven't ever noticed that plastic burp tasted with my house brown or stout so that's what I will brew until then
Just throw a crush Camden tablet into the strike water and/or boil water. It'll cover your butt.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Perlick 650 SS with flow control?
« on: January 31, 2015, 04:29:02 PM »

Sometimes you have to pour two or three pints to be certain! 
And fill a few growlers without adjusting the tank pressure.
It's probably the coolest thing about flow controls. Well, that and switch between saisons and ESBs on the same beer line.

Ingredients / Re: lower cost bock
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:45:24 AM »
Try chewing on Briess Munich versus Best Malz Pilsner and Best Malz Munich I. It's amazing how much the Breiss Munich tastes like the Pilsner malt.

Ingredients / Re: lower cost bock
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:19:36 AM »
Long story made short, Steve:

Sure you can do it! But your own priorities are going to have to tell you if it's worth it.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:05:00 AM »
Jon, it's no more involved than raising the temp for mashout on our system.

If I'm doing a German lager, I'll usually do a rest at 145F, then one at 158F, then mashout. The time spent at the 145F and 158F flips between 30 and 45 minutes. If I want a more fermentable beer, I do 45 minutes at 145F and 30 at 158F. If I want more body, I reverse that.

Looks like the next few weekends are going to be too cold for brewing, so that will give me some time to source Saphir hops and maybe even get some more done on the basement bar. I have some custom lights coming in, I want to install a new fixture for spotlighting, I'd like to get some shelves on the bar back, maybe install the new bathroom door, get a frame around the map, and install a new sliding glass door to the deck.

In the meantime, here's a crappy quality picture of the table we built:

It got good use over the past weekend. Mario Kart N64 prior to a party we had:

I'm really going to have to take some proper pictures when this thing is all said and done. Cell phone pictures just aren't doing it justice.

Ingredients / Re: lower cost bock
« on: January 29, 2015, 04:33:51 PM »
1) How much are you really going to save with these cheaper ingredients?

2) Is that difference really worth all the work to make what could be a sub par product?

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:16:36 PM »
I'm a Hochkurz infusion masher when it comes to German lagers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 29, 2015, 11:16:01 AM »
Scanning and emailing judging sheets is probably the easiest option available although for a large comp you need a fast scanner and somebody, or preferably multiple people, who has a good process in place to sort forms before they go in the scanner and afterwards as the files are being created. It's faster and cheaper to send forms by email with the cost of postage these days.

This is what we do for Malt Madness.  Our competition is around 500 entries and we have 2-3 to people to scan score sheets.  We used to stuff envelopes and have them available for people to pick up the day of the competition and send the rest out by mail, but we switched to scanning to save on postage.

Dave, what type of scanner are you using?

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