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Equipment and Software / Re: What's a good refractometer?
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:50:12 PM »
Yeah, you have to Google it and then they have it as part of their 881/2/3/4 family.  The range is where they differ, the 871 is 0-85% Brix whereas the 884 is 0-50% Brix.  Resolution and Accuracy are identical.  Keep in mind that 50% Brix is 25% alcohol v/v so the added range of the 871 really buys nothing for beer brewing.

Just checked Amazon and it's currently $79.99 with free Prime shipping.

Thanks for the info.  Been thinking about one of these for a while. May pull the trigger this summer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:43:44 PM »
Nice job, Frank !  It'll clear even more as time goes by.

The Pub / Re: Aged spirits in a week
« on: April 26, 2015, 11:41:53 AM »
Pretty interesting. I'd read references to this, but without much detail. It'll be interesting to see what kind of impact it has on the industry. Like you say, it could be huge for start up distilleries. Or others.

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 26, 2015, 10:15:58 AM »
Yep. I was pronouncing the first syllable" hef". I learned most of my German from Hogan's Heroes.

Same here, on both counts.   ;D

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 26, 2015, 05:22:56 AM »
I was just at the one on Panama City Beach a few weeks ago when we were visiting my inlaws. They had a Märzen as their seasonal and it was phenomenal. The first time I went there I thought most of their beers were just OK/nothing special, but this beer was killer.

The best part was hearing the waitress with a serious drawl mangle every single German word. I had to ask her 3 times what the seasonal beer was until I realized she meant Märzen. I had to try really hard not to be "that guy" and correct her pronunciation of words like spaetzle.
We would correct her then the Germans would correct us. I thought I was doing a decent job pronouncing" hefeweizen" to a German guy at work a couple weeks ago and he said what?, I repeated it,  and he said" oh,  hefeweizen, yes." And I would not have recognized it as "hefeweizen" out of context.

'Hay-fuh vyt-zen', right? A local German American club here puts on an Oktoberfest every year. I've been corrected on a lot of pronunciations there.  ;)

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 25, 2015, 05:04:59 PM »
If I didn't have family coming in that weekend, we'd go then. We probably will go in a couple weeks.

The Pub / Re: Hofbräuhaus time
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:37:38 PM »
Love some Hofbrauhaus. Think I'm going to Newport sometime in May - Maibock. 'Nuff said.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:34:02 PM »
Yeah, that's nice.  Well earned.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:31:05 PM »

Heh not hard to see why they had like 50 entries last year

Well, there is that.  ;D   Yeah, I'm not a fan of shipping very far, either.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:25:46 PM »
I went there once.  Ended up winning a $200 GC to there last NHC.  Stopped in there and got a 10 gallon corny while judging the Indy Beer Cup last year.  Win, win, win. :D... The brewery they ?own? next door is pretty good too.

Awesome on the GC ! Yeah, great shop and the nano next door is excellent. They were brewery of the year in the Beer Cup a couple years ago IIRC. Are you judging it again this year ? I'm planning to have at least a couple entries in.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:08:30 PM »
Yep, the S lock, as long as it isn't over filled (I'd do slightly underfilled) shouldn't drop any liquid into the beer.  The suck back is one of the reasons I don't  cold crash until the beer is kegged, since it has to be sucking in oxygen as well.  The o2 exposure probably isn't much, but almost certainly more than I get by crashing in the keg under co2 pressure.
I have absolutely no data or taste testing to show what, if any impact long term though.

Yeah, I crash in keg now, too. For years I crashed in the fermenter, honestly with no ill effects. My theory was that the air that got sucked in must've sat on top of the heavier blanket of CO2. I'm pretty sensitive to oxidation and didn't find any. But I just like the idea of eliminating O2 altogether. So I crash while I carb.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crashing
« on: April 25, 2015, 03:47:16 PM »

Depending on your airlock you can get suck back from the temp drop and find your airlock nearly empty with its contents in your beer.
S-lock... No worries


Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on Black IPA recipe
« on: April 25, 2015, 02:45:38 PM »
Just to update on this recipe - I slightly undershot my OG and got 1.066 but it was my first brew that I monitored my PH, which I got to 5.4 at room temp. Now I'm wondering if this has been the secret key to making really awesome homebrew, because the first bottle I've tried is truly wonderful! On my first taste I didn't really know what to expect and thought "Whoah that's way too hoppy and bitter!" but as I sipped away at it, it just got better and better. Very hoppy but very balanced. Not a hint of 'Homebrew flavour' and I think I have to say, my finest brew to date. Never again will I underestimate the importance of PH!

Yep, pH is huge in all grain beer. Nice job!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:47:48 AM »
That was very helpful, thanks Jon.  I'll even buy it from your LHBS.  I think I'll just need a wing nut to attach to the sanke coupler and I should be good to go. 

Awesome, you'll love it.

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:37:40 AM »
No one will give you the stink eye for having a 4 year old. Remember most dedicated homebrewers fall into the "slightly nerdy married white guy between the ages of 25-45" which translates to prime kid years. The usual caveats apply, of course, in terms of where the kids are allowed to be (e.g. the actual conference itself which is 21+)

I see I am outside of home brewer demographic. Time to quit home brewing.

I am too, Leos. Guess I'll be a rebel and keep brewing. Cheers to being an old fart.  ;)

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