Mill your grain outside? Wear long sleeves etc...
I would be building an enclosed milling box. And visiting an allergist.
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I still have to ask one of the Five Star guys in person about this product. I'd like to get past the marketing explanation and would like to get a straight answer how this product works. Maybe at the NHC 2013 we can get some of knowledgeable folks and not just the sales team.
Unfortunately 5.2 is a trade secret and not a patented product.
Found past winners on line.
2012 Seattle, CA = 36
2011 SD, CA = 48
2010 Minneapolis. CA = 62
2009 Oakland. CA = 39
2008 Cincinnati. CA = 35
2007 Denver. CA = 48
I want to look at Michigan next.
I would really like to see some data on NHCs winning entries versus distance from the competition. I think I could spin this info out of the winner's pages, but it would take some time.
I wonder if a more detailed description would help your beer fare better in areas where they do not know the joy of Saison-Brett as we do. I can't imagine a couple weeks of warm transport would destroy a brett beer.
hard to give much more information when limited to 50 characters of specialty information. Just sayin'
I agree with Jeff's comment. Shipping clearly damages beer and those beers traveling the farthest are more likely to suffer. In the case of long-distance shipping, air freight might need to be a prerequisite if a brewer is interested in good results at the second round.
At any rate, a judge should not be experiencing a 20 or less at the June final round, especially if the beer scored 30+ in April.
The first time I judged final round was in Orlando with you. We judged bocks. I recall both of us saying how disappointed we were in the overall quality of them.
In my case, it would be a moot point since my beer names are like "#424 German Pils".
3 months, some of those bugs critters are just getting going. Give it time, lots of time.
I like your cookie jar solution. Looks like a flat bottom, and pretty cheap.
Its not so much the cost. I wanted to make ice blocks in Chinese food containers and then refreeze the water afterwards. It might take up a lot of space and I've already taken up a lot of real estate in our spare freezer with hops.
I've grown tired of Erlenmeyer flasks breaking or cracking. I've had ones from the LHBS and Pyrex ones. I now use a glass cookie jar that I picked up for $4, that thing holds 3.5L and has lasted me longer than all of the Erlenmeyer flasks combined!
I was thinking that a mason jar would do just fine.