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Zymurgy / Re: Brewing vintage beers
« on: March 06, 2014, 01:30:15 AM »
+2  And never use metal scrubbies to clean it. Use the plastic ones.

The Pub / Re: Fat Tuesday
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:40:17 PM »
Neither a borrower nor a lenter be....that's me.

The Pub / Re: Fat Tuesday
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:14:44 PM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Adjusting bitterness post-fermentation
« on: March 04, 2014, 05:56:34 PM »
I have tried adding bitterness by making a 1-gal batch of beer to add to a 5-gal batch of beer and that was helpful.  If you just want to add some hopped water, it'll be difficult to get a big IBU increase without dilution becoming a concern.  You can play around with some brewing software to see what I mean.

The gypsum or the isomerized extract sound like better plans. 

  Blending has turned several of my ho hums to really nice beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mash steps
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:32:13 PM »
It's going to feel thin, watery, lifeless... and it will probably be clear as crystal instead of cloudy.

Another comedian. Don't sweat it. Keep notes, relax and learn from it. I've done the same thing and ended up with a beer much sweeter than you'd anticipate based on the temps. You'll just have to wait until it finishes....then let us know.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:53:57 AM »
you said some other stuff, but that's what I took from your post.

No, it gets worse.  The BCJP judges at my table could not tell the difference between acetaldehyde and ethyl heptanoate (the condensation ethanol and heptanoic acid). They flagged a really nice sweet smelling beer as suffering from acetaldehyde.   I said, "are you sure that you do not grape?"  That's when everyone at the table noticed it.  One said,"I smell Concord grape."  I said, "Bingo! You just smelled ethyl heptanoate."   Silence fell over the room because no one had heard of that ester.  Ethyl heptonaote is the ester that is used in artificial grape flavoring. Ethyl heptanoate smells like Concord grape or grape lollipop.    Many heirloom British yeast strains produce this ester.

With that said, the major problem that I have with this situation is that inexperienced brewers tend to take contest remarks as gospel.  Flagging ethyl heptanoate as acetaldehyde is a major faux pas that only confuses the entrant. 

Sounds like you had some very insightful knowledge to share. Like I said, get involved, or stay involved. You can help make the competitions in your area better.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 02, 2014, 01:23:07 AM »
Anytime you get one set of criteria and two humans to apply that criteria you will get 3 different opinions.

The best way to influence judging is to become one. I am a novice, but I have judged for a number of competitions and I have entered many more. You can look at your score sheets. The BJCP judges are always identified by their ID number. In many cases, it has not been the BJCP judge giving my beer the lowest score, but rather a non BJCP participant, and I know that they are not the lead.   I have also strongly disagreed with the score at a table where I was judging. I was allowed to present my argument and the lead judge altered his score to bring our table scores to within the 7 point requirement.

Judging is hard work. I personally do not enjoy it. 98% of the judges I've worked with take the job VERY seriously, work hard and try to render helpful, fair and objective scoresheets. You may have met one of the 2%, I don't know, but don't condemn the process based on this one experience. Get more involved.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Wet Hopping"
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:30:57 PM »
I use muslin bags for dry hops and just toss 'em after I use them. 

OK, we're even. You win pragmatic and I win cheap. xxx

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: "Wet Hopping"
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:44:49 PM »
My hop bags are utterly disgusting looking. Many, many batches of beer under their drawstrings. I toss 'em in a bowl of Star San for a few minutes, wring 'em out then add the hops, a weight and toss 'em into the fermenter or keg, where ever I want the hops. Seriously.....never a problem.  I even (shame on me) neglected to clean them immediately after use one time and they molded. Scraped the mold off, washed and bleached the bags and I continue to use them.

I would never worry about contamination of a beer just through adding hops...remember, when dry hopping there's alcohol in there already and the hops are recognized as having antibacterial properties.

Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:20:59 PM »
Oh my, if you have been using a Corona Mill all this time, you're gonna be in heaven with the new set up.
Less time, better crush, better efficiency.

You're build looks very ....dare we say.....pragmatic. Clean, simple, efficient, cost effective. Good job.

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:42:40 PM »
Ah, that I get. We only get up there every other month or so, so we really have no basis of comparison. I must say I have the same problem down here.

Open a brewery, then learn to brew. Weird, it would have never struck me that you could get away with that.
I'm always saying to our members....yah, that's good, but can you brew it again. They're off doing this that or the other without ever getting a foundation recipe down and then expanding from there. But hey! Their friends just love their beer.

All Grain Brewing / Re: cold-weather brewing
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:14:08 PM »
If you're out of the wind, you can brew in just about any weather. I had a whimpy burner back in Minnesota, so I always stuck to 5 gal. batches when it was cold. Loved having all the snow for quick chilling.

Now get out there and brew. You'll be able to tell your grand kids about the adversity you survived one day.

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:12:07 PM »
I respectfully disagree with the brewery comment Denny. We've got a 65 mi.trip home after leaving Eugene and I really like having a nice selection of low gravity beers. Too many places up there have little available under 6.-6.5%. Maybe I'm just getting old. Maybe you're just getting cranky. ;)

Ingredients / Re: Fermcap-AT
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:47:24 PM »
Good store, good people.

The Pub / Re: Beer Limericks
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:59:05 PM »
There was an old farmer named Lear,
Who possessed a fine cow that gave beer.
Budweiser or Schlitz,
Could be tapped from her teats,
And pretzels came out of the rear.

What is hoppy and brings us good cheer?
Not a froggy, I promise, my dear!
It’s brown, black or tan,
It may come in a can.
It’s deliciously wonderful beer!

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