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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Collecting data at NHC?
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:13:50 PM »
I'd be in.  (Commenting to follow thread)

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Other Fermentables / Re: freezing apple juice
« on: April 29, 2015, 06:51:42 AM »
Freezing will work fine... Just remember to not freeze full containers... or they may burst...

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg Headspace
« on: April 29, 2015, 06:31:29 AM »
Your talking temperature stratification.. not stratification of the different gasses in the air.  Pushing the sanitizer out of the keg would be your ideal way to get the most o2 out of the keg... though I think for practicality sake the put co2 in the 'in' of the keg and purging gets the vast majority of the o2 out via displacement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 11:18:20 AM »
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Entrants may only submit one entry per subcategory. For categories that have no subcategories (Categories 20 and 23), you may only submit one entry. An entrant may be an Additional Brewer for a different entry in a subcategory they have already entered as the main brewer (e.g. John Doe enters an American Pale Ale, Category 10A, and is also the Additional Brewer on an American Pale Ale submitted by Jane Smith).

That's from the rules. It seems that if you want to submit the same pale ale to both American Pale Ale and American Amber Ale - it's good, and there is a lot of overlap in the style guide.

As for the team thing - I would give them the benefit of doubt and hope that they just made a mistake. Janis caught it in her audit of the results and did the right thing. It is a shame it wasn't caught by the site director so that one of the entries didn't advance to BoS.
...That's one way to interpret that rule... I would read that rule as you can only enter 1 beer per subcategory where you are the primary brewer.  If someone else enters a beer in that same subcategory with you as the secondary brewer it's ok.  I don't interpret it saying anything about entering the same beer in multiple subcategories...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:52:54 AM »
To me entering 2 entries from the same batch is pretty lame... Entering 2 beers from the same mash/boil is fine by me as long as everything else down the line was by different people/temps/locations/yeasts/dry hops/whatever.  To me those would be 2 distinct beers flavor wise... at least in my experience.

EDIT:  Maybe that's a better metric... If they smell/taste the same... don't enter them both.

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The Pub / Re: Aged spirits in a week
« on: April 28, 2015, 05:44:56 AM »
I'm sure it makes for an interesting product... I'm also sure it's not the equivalent of aging long term on wood.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Prop. 65?
« on: April 27, 2015, 09:40:49 AM »
My guess would be it's because of something in the rubber gaskets in the connectors.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:32:53 PM »
That $100 for judges is nice though... The girlfriend and I are both judges so it basically pays for our hotel and gas to have a fun little weekend.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:28:50 PM »


I went there once.  Ended up winning a $200 GC to there last NHC.  Stopped in there and got a 10 gallon corny while judging the Indy Beer Cup last year.  Win, win, win. :D... The brewery they ?own? next door is pretty good too.

Awesome on the GC ! Yeah, great shop and the nano next door is excellent. They were brewery of the year in the Beer Cup a couple years ago IIRC. Are you judging it again this year ? I'm planning to have at least a couple entries in.

Heh not hard to see why they had like 50 entries last year...but the beers were pretty good too. We are going to be judging again this year. Already all signed up and ready to go. Hopefully I can win another $200 at the NHC but I'm not holding my breath lol. Doubtful I'll have entries this year as I'm not big I shipping entries.

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Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:24:17 PM »
I can't imagine anyone being concerend over kids at the hotel... even a little bit...

That said.. I fall in the demographic age range...but not kids and not married.. Though the girlfriend is a homebrewer and beer judge as well... so beer related activities are not frowned upon for me...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:18:13 PM »
I got a beer gun 4 or so years ago and haven't looked back. Easy to use and zero issues with infection.

Same here. That was a good investment.

Would the beer gun work with Sanke valves?  I have sixtels.

Never tried it with a Sanke.  I'd think as long as you use the Sanke connector/QDs that there wouldn't be a difference. Really all you're doing is sending the liquid out line to the beer gun instead of your tap.

I'm sure I can figure it out.  SOLD!!!!!

It's a really nice piece of equipment. Gives you a lot of flexibility. Keeps comp beers in better condition than filling through the tap, and I like the option of bottling a partial keg to make room to put something else on tap. Win-win !

EDIT  -  BTW my LHBS has a nice, easy video on using one.  Scroll down to find it :

http://shop.greatfermentations.com/product/blichmann-beergun-bottle-filler/beergun-and-accessories
I went there once.  Ended up winning a $200 GC to there last NHC.  Stopped in there and got a 10 gallon corny while judging the Indy Beer Cup last year.  Win, win, win. :D... The brewery they ?own? next door is pretty good too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 24, 2015, 12:48:30 PM »
Yeah I've never had any luck even with cleaning and sanitizing my lines bottling off of the tap.  It's fine for filling a growler or something but not for something you're going to bottle and submit to a competition.  I would do as suggested and either get a picnic tap line that you dedicate to be your 'bottler' or get an actual bottler.. I think you'll be happier with your results.

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Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 10:03:24 AM »
I hope you get some large shoes. A brewery is no place for bare hobbit feet.

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Going Pro / Re: Well, this happened.....
« on: April 22, 2015, 04:43:38 AM »
Cool beans... One question though.... I've always wondered if the Shire is really full of hobbits and how do you work around them?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 02:34:22 PM »
Sometimes fortune is with you....Sometimes not so much. I admit the beers I put forth we're not my best effort. They were just what I had around at the time. My meads I expected to advance as they were meads that have advanced multiple times in the past.  I knew Chicago was going to be hard on meads though.

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