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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Discussion Topics
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:32:07 AM »
Don't leave out the artists, chefs, etc.  Great beer comes from the intersection of creativity and science. The best brewers in our club are a Hay Broker, a graphic designer and a cabinetmaker.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Feedback at Club Meetings
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »
We have a sign in sheet that's numbered. We make a drawing at each meeting for a small prize by the numbers on the sign in sheet. There's a place to check if you're a club member or guest and also a place to check if you've brought a beer you want critiqued. We have a time during the meeting that we open and sample a commercial beer and discuss. After that, anyone who checked the sheet for a critique beer has a moment to present their beer, pour it and receive feed back and discussion. You can also have it presented anonymously if you prefer.

We've gone through various iterations on how to do this and are still revising. It is after all an important part of a club for many home brewers.

People who want to share beer, but don't want feedback just pass their beers or pour freely.

All Things Food / Re: Pizza Time
« on: April 23, 2017, 06:01:44 PM »
My neighbor has an amazing wood oven that I get to use about 40% of the time (they travel about 60%)
They spoiled me for pizza forever. Out of desperation that 60% of the time, I took a chance and ordered the Italia Pizza Oven accessory for my camp chef stove. I've got to tell you that thing is a very nice compromise if you can't or don't want to build a wood oven. I can get it up to 900 degrees easily, and it's very affordable. Especially if you already have the stove. Plus it's portable. Most of our friends who've been over for pizza have ordered one.
A bunch of us who camp together take them to the coast and drive the other campers nutz with the aroma of fresh pizza wafting thru the campgrounds.
Check it out if you'd love a pizza oven outdoors but can't do the real deal.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is this yeast still okay to use?
« on: April 23, 2017, 08:51:56 AM »
My LHBS often gives me a free pack of expired yeast. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Last one was just last week. It was a Feb. 2016 English Bitter yeast. Took about 5 days to finish .5L starter. I always smell and taste the result. This one tasted like meaty burned rubber, so I dumped.

At 6+ months I'd give it a try, but I sure wouldn't pay for it and I'd have another yeast on hand as a back up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Sunday with Monks
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:56:46 AM »
What a wonderful collection. Thanks for posting. In the third picture, the monk on the right is holding a large brass vessel in his right hand. I was given one of those by my father in law, and here I always thought it was a font filler for holy water. Guess those monks knew how to repurpose stuff.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Looking to upgrade
« on: April 04, 2017, 10:05:41 AM »
Lots of great stuff out there, but just remember the more kettles, hoses and connections, the longer it takes you to prep to brew and last, but worst of all, the longer it takes to get everything cleaned up and put away.
How gear centric are you? How much space you have is another consideration. Sometimes simpler is better if you're not one to futz with equipment.

Ingredients / Re: New Hops Oils Composition Chart View
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:57:20 AM »
I love info laid out for easy comparison like that. Thanks for taking the time to do that and posting it. Just looking briefly at it I find a couple of surprises. For instance, I would certainly have expected Chinook to come up high in the piney and resiny categories, yet it is rather low.

Anyone else see any surprises?

The currently posted article on post boil and whirlpool hops on the AHA website has some interesting results.
One thing noted was that extended whirlpool times were actually preferred less by the sample tasters than a 10 minute whirlpool. I am all about saving some time in my process.  Will be testing that theory. 
Take a look at that article.

It's one of my favorites.
Hmmm, Jonathan Livingston Brewmaster.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I Think she's into it!!
« on: March 21, 2017, 09:58:51 AM »
Awwww. That's such a sweet picture.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: New AHA Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
Greetings Pilgrim. Welcome to the forum.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:14:28 PM »
Zaxxle, Just keep making beer...and use the flour. It's beer goodness in powder form. Brewing is about brewing, crushing is only a step in the process and you can take that step when you decide your interests in the hobby warrants it. Cheers!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 36 of the best Tripels in the world
« on: March 13, 2017, 11:27:41 AM »
Congrats!   Well Done!   Fantastic!   Let's drink to that!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Crushed grain powder
« on: March 13, 2017, 11:24:05 AM »
Any mill is better than no mill, and money well spent. Milled grain oxidizes in a hurry....fresh is best.

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