You didn't mention what type of rye you are using. If it's malted or flaked, you don't have to worry about cooking it. If it's unmalted, you'll need to cook it until it stops thickening, then add it to the rest of your mash.
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I hear you. I'm not a big fan of the cloud either but I do appreciate its aspect of mobility. I moved away from recipe calculators to only paper b/c I didn't want to lug a laptop to my brewing area. Now I'm moving back to these tools b/c I can simply use my phone.
You could install a stronger WIFI our use Ethernet over power line to solve the internet access issue. But keeping all the stuff on the laptop also works.
I've considered both of those solutions, but I'm too cheap to spring for anything yet. I don't have a smartphone, so that option is out. I brew in a detached garage about 50-60 ft. from the house. I have an old desktop running Promash there and my solution at this point is to put recipes on a flash drive and just carry it back and forth from the house to the garage.
You know, when i put this up i knew someone was gonna say that. My reply to you is thus. Id rather be buying brewing gear that i will get more use and enjoyment out of then what seems like a 1 trick pony. Thanks for the advice tho, i will definatly consider it!
Our club was invited to pour at a local brewfest in 2011. According to the powers that be there was no problem as admission was free to the event. There was no admission charge, you only bought glasses and drink tickets and we did not require tickets for our beer.
The next year 2012, we were told we could not pour under the festivals liability insurance. We could however donate our kegs to the festival and they could dispense them for "paid tickets" the same as the commercial beers. This was apparently deemed to be OK as the festival was organized by and with proceeds going to a non-profit.
I think most of the rules are made by the local liquor commission rep depending on how they feel on any particular day. Without club members being able to pour at our own booth and talk to people about the club, etc., it has become very difficult to get members to participate in the festival. A lose:lose situation for both us and the fest.
I know the whole situation is in the past but my first thought was the orginizers saw dollars being missed and wanted to increase the take. Even if it goes to charity that seems a bit greedy to me. I would also question wether homebrew can be donated and then sold. Did the "donation" somehow satisfy the tax man?
Sorry your club lost the opportunity but it's probably best you didn't participate.
And for the record IANAL. I'm just a sometimes grump guy with a tendency to see the bad side of people (especially before my first 3 cups of coffee).
Hmm? Maybe you should move UP to Bru'n Water?
Martin, since I started brewing last Fall, I have valued your inputs on this forum as well as HomeBrewTalk. Thank you for all you do for us pikers. I have read your website (https://sites.google.com/site/brunwater/water-knowledge) multiple times... Yeah pretty sure I still couldn't pass a test based on the material, but I keep trying.
So having said that, I have a copy of Bru'n Water on my computer which I open periodically. It is just too complex and intimidating for me at this stage of my understanding. The reason I use EZ Water is because it is easy.
Someone in my past said "Quadratic equations are easy if you know how to do them." I am sure the complexity and detail are there for a reason and I'm equally sure it doesn't seem like it should be intimidating in the least to you (or maybe even that it should be self-evident). But looking at your Bru'n water spreadsheet kind of reminds me of a political cartoon I saw once: The then current president was sitting in the pilot's seat of a jumbo jet looking at the array of dials, controls, etc., and was saying, "No Sweat. Just show me where on is."
BTW I voted for you for the AHA Governing Committee. Thanks for all you do.