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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.

Turn off the heater for 10 minutes just to be safe in case of leaks.

Going Pro / Re: Starting a brewery
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:53:12 AM »
Also, IMO if you're getting complaints about the beer being bland, you may want to rethink brewing as a profession.

Someone should tell that to New Belgium re:Fat Tire. I'm not really sure why people think you need to brew only "good" beer to be successful. Most successful breweries make decent, consistent beer, but do it profitably. That's really all it takes. You're kidding yourself if you think New Belgium could've gotten as big as they are with the Lips of Faith series alone.

And that's another reason not to open a brewery. I want to make good beer, not run an assembly line and mess around with focus groups.

The ideal situation would be to have a local brewpub, stay small enough to brew whatever the frick I want, and survive off of people's love of good beer and cool places to hangout.  It's been done but the term "labor of love" seems fitting.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:09:07 PM »
Fine, I'll jump on the bandwagon and pay again.  I suppose it will be easier for Janis to issue a refund for one than to fix the mess if the system automatically deletes my entries tomorrow.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 07:38:47 PM »
At this point, the site says that they have halted registration.  Paying twice is only going to create more problems for them in the long run.  If you have a receipt, I would be shocked if they didn't honor your payment.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:13:24 PM »
I think they fixed the payment confirmation later on.  The earlier payments didn't seem to register on the site.  Since they have the credit card transaction and payment emails, they should go back and correct that.

At the moment, I can't even login to check.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:01:15 PM »
Enough people gave up that you can register now.

Yeah, considering that it doesn't seem to enforce any limits, Ohio is pushing 950 now...

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:35:51 PM »
Yeah, I got the email too.  I assume the site is just messed up (a fair assumption, I think).

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