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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: March 01, 2013, 06:28:27 AM »
TL;DR: Get rid of the current competition system. Replace it with two separate comps, one which is judging/feedback ONLY (no winning awards) and another which is ONLY awards, but with no categories. BOS-type stuff.

Sounds like you might be due for a local brewclub meeting.... I doubt many people would invest any time to submit a beer or participate in that idea. 

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 28, 2013, 12:00:34 PM »
I would not pay more to enter a beer than it cost my for ingredients to make the beer. At $30 an entry that is the case. At $12 an entry it is already the most expensive contest that I enter.

My recommendations

1) Limit entries to 5

2) Early registration for AHA members

3) Day 1 entry for AHA members only

4) Start on a weekend or at night


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-Keg Stainless Steel 2L Growler
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:26:09 PM »
Very nice.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:45:54 AM »
Giving preference to AHA members during registration gives more value to joining the association. That should be something the association should seriously consider.  In addition having placed in a pre-qualified AHA sanctioned contest you could be given a code for entering into the NHC early. These are the homebrewers that are making other competitions happen and are serious about the competitions. This would add value to these competitions and increase their entries too.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:26:09 PM »
Took 1 hr and 25 minutes of trying but entered one beer in Region 7: Saint Paul,MN and was able to pay for the entry. Over 175 entries so far in that region

Kegging and Bottling / Mini-Keg Stainless Steel 2L Growler
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:28:14 PM »
The other day I ordered 2 of these 2L Stainless Steel Mini-Kegs from Deep Wood Brew Products  They arrived today and are pretty cool... Now they just need a cap with a keg post for carbonating/dispensing.

Photo of the 2L growler next to a 22 oz bottle.

Ingredients / Re: Lyle's Golden Syrup
« on: February 25, 2013, 08:05:35 PM »
I found and purchased some on Amazon, for several batches of an Old English Ale recipe found in Gordon Strong's Brewing Better Beer book. Barrel aged the beer for several months. Lyles Golden syrup is some pretty tasty stuff. Glad I tried it, and will use it again in the future.


Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:55:55 AM »
Just add it to your cart and go.

Equipment and Software / Re: FastRack
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:32:32 AM »
I just received my order of 3 FastRacks and 1 tray that I placed last week.  Very sturdy racks.  Looking forward to using soon.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 12:51:26 PM »
Thanks for the info on the filter.  I liked the idea of it because it also has optional 0.2 and 0.3mm stanless steel filter screens that can get even smaller particles.... for whichever application you need (wort transfer) or beer transfer, short of actually filtering your beer.

It is in my wish list.

You can see it in action and also the size of the filter here:

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 11:12:50 AM »
and also gave me one

Ale Force! Now that is some friend!  I wish I had friends like that!

I have a keg with the top cut off but never converted to a keggle that I use as an open fermenter (two, actually).  It is my favorite one.  I only go closed for long fermentations.  I wish I had a 1 1/2" tri clamp ferrell installed on the side.  There are decent looking filters that can attach.  I have been looking at this for a while for the solution:

I've bought that from brewers hardware a year ago and can say its worth the price. We use it hooked up to our boil kettle while transferring to the primary.

Ingredients / Re: honey malt
« on: February 11, 2013, 08:47:57 AM »
I've tried it in a Scottish Ale recipe (Classic Brewing Styles), and a Pumpkin Ale.  The aroma during milling the grain and the finished product was amazing.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Open air fermentation
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:24:12 AM »
Thanks... Hate to admit it but I haven't had a chance to use it due to other projects (an Old English Ale aged in a bourbon barrel) and remodeling our basement where I ferment all of my beers.  The barrel project is now behind me and the remodeling is almost done.  One of the first beers I make when I start back up will be using this fermenter.  A friend of mine also had one of these built and has made some serious beer with it, so I am anxious to give it try.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thermometer?
« on: January 01, 2013, 08:29:49 AM »
+1 on the Thermopen... I use one for grilling/cooking...

For brewing purposes I have been using the pocket thermometers  .  I just got an email this morning that they are on-sale until Jan.3rd so I picked up a couple extra just to have on hand.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Kettle Mashing Question
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:51:41 AM »
What size of tubing are you using for recirculating?  3/8" , 1/2" ?   

When I was using a cooler for my mashtun, I was using 3/8" tubing... When I switched to using Blichmann's I had to go to 1/2" tubing to get a better flow rate coming out of the kettle, which meant the pump wasn't having problems...

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