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The Pub / Re: Longshot 2013
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:06:31 PM »
Got mine today, came with a T shirt.  Gordon Strong judged one of my beers, nope, did not get invited to GABF.  Maybe next year.

Pimp My System / Re: Kegerator with inside taps
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:14:06 AM »
Awesome!  I love the stealth mode aspect of this.  New friend comes over, "would you like a beer"?  Open the normal looking fridge and BOOM!

Equipment and Software / Re: how to connect to natural gas
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:57:51 PM »
Your local home improvement center will have the hose you need, including a handy shutoff valve.  These are designed to hook up your gas grill and will be found in that section.  Works for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with Hibiscus....
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:20:10 PM »
I brewed a Hibiscus Saison with dried hibiscus from the bulk spice section at Natural Grocers, I'm sure other grocery stores carry it as well.  I used 6oz for the last 10 minutes of the boil on a 10 gallon batch.  The color comes through beautifully and the flavor really compliments the character of the French Saison yeast.

Do it!

You don't happen to be driving a black Trans Am?

Ingredients / Re: Amarillo
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:02:05 PM »
I've never got that from Amarillo before, however a friend recently brewed an Amarillo IPA that had a strong sweatsock or BO character.  A knowledgeable brewer told me that the Amarillo hops seem to be mutating into something different on successive crops, although I have not seen anything published to back that up.  Where did you buy your hops?

The Pub / Re: NTSB Recommends 0.05% BAC Limit
« on: May 16, 2013, 02:43:21 PM »
Does anyone here even have a legitimate breathalyzer?

I bought one a few years ago to keep myself safe and legal and I was absolutely surprised at where 0.08 was. Sometimes it's two beers, usually three session beers and it's even been one IIPA on an empty stomach. Point is, when you're drinking you usually underestimate your true level.

I tried the cheapo $40 breathalyzer about 12 years ago.  It worked will enough to help calibrate the relationship between how I felt and BAC but the response time is slow, like several minutes.  After a while I started to get pretty good at predicting BAC and don't seem use it as frequently now.  I always keep it in the console of my truck, good for a little reality check before turning the key, just in case I'm not as good at predicting as I think.  When you go to a brew club meeting, it's impossible to keep track of alcohol intake with small samples of various strength beers, much more difficult than tracking those 3 Bud's or whatever. 

I have now upgraded to a meter with "fuel cell technology", whatever that is, anyway, it produces results in a few seconds and is a quality piece.  Cost was about $120, cheap insurance in my book, if used properly.  One key to an accurate reading is to not drink anything for about a half hour before testing, otherwise the alcohol in your mouth causes a false positive.  Waiting that half hour is usually a good thing anyway but it makes the tool less effective in a party environment because people have a hard time waiting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SN/DFH IPA Glasses
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:22:16 PM »
This is not exactly what I think of when you mention "beer glasses".

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:14:32 PM »
My Denver score sheets showed up in the mail today. On the cover sheets, some of the places were marked 1, 2, 3, etc. Some marked DNA and some with the place awarded space left blank. I'm waiting for the official AHA results to be posted before I re-brew anything.

Equipment and Software / Re: Gas ball lock QD in downtown St. Louis?
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:08:31 PM »
Well done MacGyver.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beverage line length ?
« on: April 20, 2013, 08:05:23 PM »
I use 10 foot of 3/16 I.D. line and get a nice pour, 12 should work great.

Do you have a fan inside to keep the air circulated?  Could be temperature stratifacation inside the unit, leaving the lines on top a bit warmer, which would cause foam.

It's not always an average, could be a consensus score.  I'm looking at a cover sheet right now and it says "at least two judges from the flight in which your beer was entered reached consensus on your final assigned score.  It is not necessarily an average of the individual scores."

In any case, that's just two judges opinions on a given day, not gospel by any means.  In my experience, you will probably get quite different results if you enter the same beer in a few other competitions.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:17:15 PM »
It's nice the AHA is enjoying a surge of popularity, I understand it has not always been that way.

There seem to be a lot of problems registering for the competition this year, that is unfortunate. 

Lets see... With 11 sites projecting 750 entries each @ $12.  You can solve a lot of problems with $99,000.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re-use of dry hops
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:09:02 PM »
I make what I call the Recycler IPA from time to time, it's a lot of fun to do and it goes something like this:

10 gallon mash tun full to the top, use the first runnings to brew a 5 gallon big double IPA, collect the second runnings for the Recycler IPA for a second boil.  The double IPA has a ton of late whole leaf hops, including 6 oz at zero.  Now I love wasting hops as much as most hop heads but I got to thinking I would use those late hops to bitter the second runnings beer.  After chilling and transferring there's a bunch of hop cones left in the boil kettle.  Take a guess and how many AA's you are looking at, consider how many you want for the Recycler boil, then scoop out a bunch and discard.  In my case I typically leave about 40% in the kettle to be the first wort hops for the second beer.  Proceed with whatever hop schedule you have in mind for the smaller beer.

Now you have a big and a little IPA fermenting side by side.  I like to cold crash both beers and keg them at the same time, then let them warm up for a day before dry hopping.  I dry hop in a keg with an irresponsible amount of whole cone hops in a mesh bag.  I dry hop the double first with a closed transfer by running a jumper over to the dry hop keg for a few days, then right back to the serving keg, chill, carb and enjoy.  Same procedure for the Recycler beer, only using the same dry hops for a second time.  I have found that I get an amazing amount of aroma, even with the second use, and it kind of works to scale when you go from the big beer to the little one.

Now I suppose you could recover those dry hops and use them to bitter another beer, but as tomsawyer said, bittering hops are cheap.

Ingredients / Re: Water Softeners
« on: October 07, 2012, 06:39:27 AM »
Most if not all water softeners have a bypass valve built in to the unit to allow service.  You just switch the valve on the unit, run enough water through the tap to flush the line, now you have untreated water available to brew with.  Just don't forget to switch it back when you're done brewing.


First of all, I tried a search but I got 12 pages of items with the word Water or the word Software so I'm asking.
The house we are moving to has a water softener because the water is fairly hard.  I'm going to have water put into the garage for brewing and it will by-pass the softener but that may not be until next year so I'm wondering what I can expect if I use softened water to brew with?

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