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Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:25:09 AM »
roast some of the pale malt, or get some roast malt, use just enough of the summit to bitter a little and the other hops near the end.  shoot for medium to dark amber, lower ibu and use the london yeast and  i think you could get somewhere along the profile of a scottish, but with a more pronounced ending hop flavor, aroma.  something kind of unique and not provided by anyone else

Good thinking Don....I was sort of pondering the possibility of a N. Eng. Brown too.

Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:22:42 AM »
FWIW, I love Summit hops!

Bitter and/or aroma?

Beer Recipes / Re: Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 10:44:03 AM »
If it were me I'd go English IPA using the Summit for bittering and the Glacier and EKG's for flavor/aroma.

Oops, forgot to IPA, Cream Ale or Porter is to be made as those will be supplied by a comm'l brewer.
Thanks for your input though, that would have been my first choice too.

Beer Recipes / Recipe help please
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:35:53 AM »
I will be brewing 25 gals of beer for an event. Ingredients provided are Gambrinus Pale malt, whatever specialty ingredients I want in reasonable quantities, and the following hops...Kent Golding, Summit and Glacier. American Ale Yeast or London Ale Yeast.

Another person has already committed to brewing an English style bitter for this event, so it needs to be different.

I have never used Summit hops. I've read a lot of negative comments from folks about them. The person providing the ingredients uses a fair amount of Summit and I'm not in love with many of his beers.

I'd love some thoughts on what some of you would brew constrained to these two yeasts and 3 hops varieties...


The Pub / Re: "Homebrewers" (insert eyeroll)
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:34:20 AM »
Believe me, 90% of the time I'm ecstatic to talk beer with anyone, for any length of time (as anyone I met at NHC can probably attest).'re a real person!!!!!  I thought you were just some loquacious incarnation of beer verbosity created to entertain people at the NHC. ;-)

I think it makes no sense....

You and my DH. Before the NHC I specifically tried to instruct him to pay attention and not order the "D"s
and the "I"s. (He's a session bitter and IPA drinker and has little idea or interest in what all the other stuff is)
He spent a lot of time on his own and sure enough I found him slurring ;-).......but happy.

We have a brew festival here in our town that is put on by a PAC to raise funds for their operations.
As with the rest of the festivals, all the beer is donated by the breweries. No one is admitted unless they are over 21.  Then they buy a glass, they buy tickets.  You can get in to the festival if you are over 21. You are NOT required to buy the glass or the tickets to get in the door, but then of course you can't sample the commercial beers.

Last year, our club had a booth and poured home brew. It was free...they did not have to purchase glass...our beer was served in 3oz. plastic cups.  The premise was because they got in to the event free (only drinking the commercial beers required a purchased glass & tickets) so therefore it was fine to pour the home brew. No one who came to our booth, came only to have home brew. They had their glasses and their tickets. Most only hung around if they were very interested in getting into brewing or were already home brewers. It was a great awareness opportunity for our club and home brewing.

We are still allowed to pour home brew at our town's Art & Wine walks, from which no one makes money. It's just for exposure of the downtown merchants.

However, this year they have said no to the festival pouring.  We may "donate" our homebrew to the PAC, then they can pour it to the paying attendees from their booths, not ours. 

I'm not sure who figured that one out. I'm told it was the decision of our local liquor control, but I suspect that the festival organizers were mostly concerned about our pouring beer for which they were not getting income. (my opinion, I haven't talked to LCC )  I think this is screwed up. Why in this instance is it OK for home brew to be "sold".  They say because it's being donated, and the PAC is a tax exempt organization.
(So? Most home brew clubs are tax exempt organizations. Could we donate it to our club and sell it? Of course we have no political affiliations, so I'm sure that wouldn't work)
I am bothered by this and don't understand how it passes the sniff test.

Equipment and Software / Re: GIve Up on ProMash??
« on: June 09, 2012, 09:17:34 AM »
I don't want to sound like my dad (his hatred of power windows on cars is legendary), but more features and gadgets often means you have less control.  ProMash does the calculations I need without doing stuff that I don't need (and often don't trust).  I hate seeing things like FG calculations that people trust blindly just because the software said so.  It's a tool, no more, no less.

Hear, hear!  I don't know how many people have told me that they do multiple batch sparges because Beersmith tells them to.  It's a tool, it's NOT brewing instructions!

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 Without understanding how something works, anything bigger, better and faster will just help you fail quicker.
Tools are actually dangerous in the hands of people who don't know how to use them.  ~Lefty

Equipment and Software / Re: GIve Up on ProMash??
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:53:40 PM »
As a forever Mac user, I remember going into a blue funk panic when Darryl Richmann stopped supporting the Brewer's Planner. Wow, what a long way we've come. Armchair brewing has never been more fun, nor brew day more organized and predictable. Beersmith is simply the Bees knees. Every update has been loaded with lots of useful new features and Brad Smith is simply one of the two most responsive software authors ever.

Beersmith is without a doubt my favorite piece of brewing equipment and has paid the highest return on investment.

With Beersmith and Bru'n Water I CAN CONQUER THE WORLD!!!!!!!! aaaargh

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:47:59 PM »
I've been competition organizer for a BJCP Sanctioned event. A couple of entries arrived damaged. One was packed really badly, and the box was saturated and stinking of beer when UPS delivered it. That didn't seem to bother them, and it was obvious what it was.

I think it's really the luck of the draw. If you get some T totaling prude you're screwed. Good reason to enter early and often.


The Pub / Re: its Naptime!
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:13:05 AM »
For anyone with kids, this is hilarious...


Ever catch "Outnumbered" on PBS......a half hour of that show and you're completely exhausted.
They definitely need the product.

One of my all time favorite shows!  My wife and I can't figure out if the kids are scripted or ad libbing!

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No kidding.  I've seen the little girl in another production and she was quite different so I think she's just an amazing talent. 

My husband and I just stare at each other at the end of each episode and shake our heads.....probably silently
offering a prayer of thanksgiving that we never had kids.

The Pub / Re: its Naptime!
« on: June 05, 2012, 09:48:00 AM »
For anyone with kids, this is hilarious...


Ever catch "Outnumbered" on PBS......a half hour of that show and you're completely exhausted.
They definitely need the product.

All Things Food / Re: DME in Bread
« on: June 03, 2012, 10:21:01 AM »
DME is great in bread as well as ground malt, soaked malt, flaked grains...practically anything you use in your brewing works great in bread.

When batch sparging, the gravity is usually pretty high on the final runnings, so I continue to sparge with a bit more water, catch the run off separately, then boil it down to make a nice rich wort which goes in place of some of the water in my bread recipes. Cheaper than using DME or LME...why throw those delicious sugars away.

Questions about the forum? / Can't log on
« on: June 02, 2012, 05:13:55 PM »
Wanted to download some previous NHC seminar notes, and can't log on. My info is set up the same for the Forum and for the main site, but can't get into main site. Get page of error messages..Soap Error?

Wuz up?

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