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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP moving up the ranks question
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:17:57 PM »
Examinees can outperform the proctors on exams and are rewarded for their efforts when they do.

Well that's comforting. Just re-took the tasting and didn't have a speck of white space on any of the lines or underneath the descriptor check boxes. Here's to hoping the super-completeness & epic feedback was worth it!  :D

The Pub / Re: quotations
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:26:03 PM »
Ben Franklin didn't say that.

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

It no longer matters if Ben Franklin said it or didn't.

Go to a wine forum and tell them that!  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: May 05, 2014, 12:30:09 PM »
Myles and I will be there starting on Wednesday. I'm sure he will love to see the real source of all of the times I've said, "So I was reading on the AHA Forum..." Haha

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:44:32 PM »
Okay... so I lied about the time saving thing. I went ahead and added comments to the original file so I wouldn't have to click back and forth. Includes full descriptions and speaker names.

Should be able to download it from here and see all of the comments:
nice, yeah I mostly threw it in the blocks to make scheduling easier.  This is pretty handy though so you don't have to keep referring to the website.  Thanks.

The blocks were great, doubt I would have attempted it if the framework wasn't there! Quick copy/paste job for me.  8)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP moving up the ranks question
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:43:11 PM »
I think I found it, didn't scroll down far enough on the site. Need to take the written proficiency exam next. Now to find one in Canada....

The BJCP is moving to having quarterly regional written exams. That means that you should be able to find one more easily and the grader pool isn't as stressed.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:36:52 PM »
Okay... so I lied about the time saving thing. I went ahead and added comments to the original file so I wouldn't have to click back and forth. Includes full descriptions and speaker names.

Should be able to download it from here and see all of the comments:

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: May 01, 2014, 12:09:29 PM »
...and the planning begins... On a side note I always hate that format... I wish it was better laid out in blocks... I always end up putting all the info into a spreadsheet to make my decision making easier...

If you do put it in a spreadsheet would you share it please?  Which seminars to attend and which ones to listen to?

I'm pretty sure once you open it you can create a copy of it and then edit it... I usually mark the backgrounds of the seminars I want to go to with green, the ones I don't with red, and leave the ones I'm unsure about in white... I usually change the time headers to a green back ground once I get a seminar in that block picked as well.

Thaaaaank you. Saved me some time doing that. Now to plan!  ;D

Go Steve go!!  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Digestibility
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:41:19 PM »
+1.  It's all about getting high attenuation and 'drinkability' through low mash temps and using sugar/syrup adjuncts.

And low starting temps for fermentation. Too high and you get fusels, which are not too drinkable.

Beer Travel / Re: St. Louis this weekend
« on: April 30, 2014, 12:11:40 PM »
Perennial Artisan Ales - fancy Belgians and experimental beers
4 Hands - hoppy ales
Civil Life - EXCELLENT session beers
Urban Chestnut - they have two 'series', the traditional ones and the experimental ones. The traditional ones are mighty fine German lagers.
Schlafly - two locations, one on Locust (Tap Room) and the other in Maplewood (Bottleworks). The Tap Room has one off beers, really good food (get the special, whatever it is), a small patio, no tour, and is in a historic building. I love that place. The Bottleworks is the production facility with tours, a huge patio, great food, and a place to purchase any swag you want. I also enjoy that place.

I would stay out of Square One. I was there a year ago and had the most painful experience of trying to drink totally flawed beer in front of the owner who was going on and on about his fantastic brewmaster. Ugh. I have never had more acetaldehyde laden beer in my life! Or astringent beer... or tart Scottish beers... it brings me nightmares.

Buying beers: Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton

Amanda - Sucks you got injured. I was actually thinking the risks last night. I wonder if using a stainless disconnect would be safer. Those things are $30-40.

There is still no regulator, which is the real issue with those little guys. The tiny regulators are wicked expensive, somewhere on the order of $120. I believe the 16 gram cartridges are around 130psi, which is high enough to make you bleed for 3 days (pro-tip!).

I prefer flare over barbed fittings. Little bit extra up front, but easier to work with if you want to swap ball to pin or sanke.

I have two pin locks, so I only keep two of the gas lines and two of the beer lines with the MFL fittings. Are the others are barbed. It's not like I'm going to be swapping out 10 other lines anytime soon! So while convenient for us weirdos with ball and pin lock kegs, not a must.

I love my co2 charger for taking kegs places.

Be careful with these. I used to love mine until I shot the CO2 into my hand, blowing a hole into my hand and rupturing the skin. 3/8" wound for a few weeks was no fun! I'm still scared of the thing.

Dip tube brush is nice to have if you don't have a way of effectively cleaning them.

YES. And be sure to get one that is longer than your dip tubes. I have two, one that goes 2/3 of the way and one that goes completely through. The 2/3 one is collecting dust.

Keg lube is a must. I apply to all rings when assembling, lid ring when sealing, and post rings when attaching to the lines.

Definitely saves headaches when searching for gas leaks. Gas leaks are the WORST.

BLC for cleaning lines. Oxyclean and pbw work ok, but proper line cleaner is superior for cleaning nasty stained lines.

Build one of these line cleaners too. Might take some effort to find a post with the proper threading, but it is easier than using a keg and cheaper than the proper line cleaner pump bottles that run near $50. Plus, those proper line cleaners work from the faucet, not the disconnects.

I have one of those line cleaners that I keep BLC in, and might build another as a dedicated StarSan holder. When we blow a keg, we immediately run BLC through it. Otherwise the foam in the lines dries up, is impossible to get out, and you end up replacing your lines - which gets expensive.

Perl Faucets are more expensive, but the standard ones stick if not used every day... get the Perl's up front or you will find yourself replacing them later.

Yep. Just buy stainless everything. No point in buying something that you're just going to replace later. I have the 630SS faucets and they are niiiiice. They have a shorter throw on them, kind of reminds me of a short throw shifter. Haha.

ALSO - I added different colored electrical tape to the ends of my beer lines. For instance, a line running from a keg to the first tap is marked with green electrical tape at the keg end and at the tap end. The second keg/tap is white and so on... I also have black gas line, not clear. Kegerators become a tangled mess of lines quite quickly so anything you can do to tame the madness will help in the long run.

If you have room on your manifold, have a dedicated line for an inline gas quick disconnect ( I have a dedicated one and can clip in whatever I want. Right now, I have it set up for the Beer Gun only. But once I get around to it I'll have two other clip ins, one for a long-length gas side ball lock QD and another for a gas chuck for topping off carboys in the sour area.

Equipment and Software / Re: Thermapen or MW101 PH meter?
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:18:26 PM »
There is no way I would spend the $$ on a Therapen when they make the RT600c. I have two of the RTs and they are nice. Now I need an extra one for other duties.

Same here. RT600C is excellent.

Also, I have a Hanna pHep5 and it's such a pain to maintain that I barely use it. Strips work fine for my level of curiosity.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:10:39 PM »
We had our housewarming party over the weekend with the brand new basement bar.

20 people blew through 3 full kegs and nearly finished 2 other kegs. I also no longer feel crazy for wanting to brew 12-14 kegs for a 150 person wedding.  8)

Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:13:07 PM »

What is up with people on Kickstarter selling t-shirts for $50?

Seriously. The last thing I need is another t-shirt. Much less one that costs $50.

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