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Equipment and Software / Re: Digital hydrometer kickstarter
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:48:09 AM »
Just came across this digital hydrometer kickstarter. Says it will measure percent alcohol too.

This is cool, but I wonder how it measures percent alcohol?  Seems like it's not possible without knowing an OG.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlfloc and Fluffy Trub
« on: March 21, 2013, 07:48:16 AM »
I wonder if it is an interaction between a particular recipe and Whirlfloc.  The reason I say this is I do not recall  experiencing this until my most recent brew - and I always use whirlfloc.  It should be said that I have only done 9-10 brews since starting last Fall.  The recent brew where it showed up was a Zombie Dust clone.

The unique features for this brew were: lots of Citra hops (10 oz.), and Cara-Pils grain.  Honestly it looked to me like hop sludge.  I always use a hop-sack, which retains most of the hop material.  But maybe Citra hops have a higher percentage of really small particles that excape the hop-sack?

What do you more experienced brewers think of this idea?  Is it possible that the massive fluffy trub is due to a particular recipe ingredient?

Could be the recipe, though not necessarily the whirlfloc.  When pH isn't low enough, you get inferior protein coagulation and hot break.  Some of it probably is hop trub as well.

It *should* look like egg drop soup after flameout.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:59:39 AM »
My entries are on their way.   Only bottle labels were required, right?  The rules and info on the region 11 site said to include your entry form and payment in box along with your entries along with bottle labels attached to your bottles (I know, rubber bands tape :) ).  I didn't see an entry form and the entries were prepaid as required by the AHA, so I assumed this was just the standard template for this competition software.

Good luck to all that are entering!

Are the results posted yet?  ;)

There used to be a form you sent which showed proof of payment, and before that, you probably could pay with check.  Probably just old instructions.

Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:56:16 PM »
Well, since we're all here anyway, I'd suggest a stop at Two Mile Brewing* in beautiful Leadville, CO (pop. 2600).

*Opening Spring 2013.

Spring? Can't you just fast forward 3 years in a wink like the time traveling OP did?

I swear the post looked new when I read it...

Kegging and Bottling / Gilda corker with belgian corks?
« on: March 20, 2013, 04:41:12 PM »
I was going to fill a Jeroboam (3L champagne) with Geueze for NHC club night but the thing is too tall for my floor corker.  Has anyone used a handheld with Belgian or champagne bottles?  This one seems to be the best of the bunch, since it has an iris.  I figure it will be a pain to get it right, but I only need to do it once.

Beer Travel / Re: Small Town Brewpubs
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:25:08 PM »
There were a few good brewpubs that we visited in Astoria, OR last year before NHC.  The town isn't 200 people, but it was small and seems like it would have seasonal tourism.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do corked belgians lose carbonation?
« on: March 15, 2013, 06:06:52 AM »
Maybe it is gas gremlins.

Or it could be that the priming sugar wasn't mixed well enough.  If you bottled all the capped ones first, they could have taken more of the sugar if it sat at the bottom.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial Side Car
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:09:58 PM »
The target FG was just calculated from my Beersmith software.

That's not reliable, and if you're off by even a couple of gravity points you're going to get bottle bombs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do corked belgians lose carbonation?
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:36:14 AM »
They shouldn't lose carbonation.  I once had a problem with some corks that didn't hold carbonation... they were sold as Belgian corks but they were harder and didn't have the "Ref" or (R) symbol on them.  I placed these bottles on their side and that fixed the problem, but in general I use the Ref corks and store upright without any carbonation problems.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Emphasize pilsner?
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:31:07 AM »
They're probably quoting from the style guidelines.  Things like "lightly sweet Pils malt character", "Smooth, light to moderate Pils malt sweetness initially", "Often has an almost lager-like character, which gives it a cleaner profile in comparison to the other styles", "Relatively recent development to further appeal to European Pils drinkers".

Whether your beer is actually lacking an important characteristic of a Belgian Blond or they're just misguided is another question.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: how to transfer between kegs
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:47:40 AM »
Jumper from beer-out to beer-out is the way to go.  Be sure to purge the receiving keg with CO2 first.

I just bleed the receiving keg from the pressure relief valve; however, if you're transferring already carbonated beer, you could get some foaming unless you do it slowly.  Kai has a better solution for siphoning under pressure here:

During any downtime at NHC (including 11pm to 2am... who needs sleep!), everyone heads to the hospitality suite.  Homebrew clubs take shifts, usually a few hours long, and take over all of the taps to showcase their club's beer.  It's like club night but you don't have to worry about decorations, and you'll be the only one (or one of two clubs) there so you get the spotlight.  I would definitely recommend doing it if you can drive to the conference... shipping kegs when it's all the way across the country is a PITA and very expensive.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Took a Yeasty Shower
« on: March 08, 2013, 04:07:37 PM »
I had this happen once when I thought I could build a "counter pressure filler" for a growler.  A geyser of beer 6 inches wide hit the ceiling.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:05:52 PM »

I'm all about some of the proposed changes, but blaming Geoff for this is not entirely fair. He's right - nearly everyone uses this software for their competitions. And with how many complaints? The AHA should have known that this would have been a high demand time and required (paid) for server space to accommodate.

All I can go by is this experience and what I've read in the other thread:

The software is problematic. I run the UK National Homebrew Competition, have helped with the Irish National Homebrew Competition and we have similar problems with hosting on a server I own. Multiple registrations at the same time seem to shut the database down.

It seems obvious that this was not ready for prime time.  I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that serious consideration is taken before using this system again for an organization as large as the AHA.  This is not a knock on your effort, just a reality of production-ready software.

I didn't realize this was open source software, so I do apologize for my initial reaction.  I expected someone to be making a quick buck while everyone else suffered.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 28, 2013, 08:39:58 AM »
There are two separate issues here.  Obviously, demand has been increasing every year... all regions filled up within 3 days last year, and a few hours this year.  There has been lots of discussion on how to fix this.

The other problem is that the registration software that the AHA switched to this year is garbage.  Looking at the company behind it (, it's some guy in Colorado who probably knows beer but lacks any technical background other than some web design skills.  You need to be licensed to do my taxes but any random guy can still write server software?  C'mon, it's 2012.

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