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Ingredients / Re: Using your back yard creek
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:12:37 AM »
There could be plenty of things you wouldn't want to drink in that surface water that you can't taste... I'm not saying the beer wouldn't taste good... Just maybe it's not the wisest idea.  I'm sure doing it once and having maybe a pint of it and sharing it all out would be fine.. but maybe not so great for you if you drink it all yourself or do it frequently for all your beers... 

I could just be paranoid about what these companies put into our air and water (and therefore rain).  But I don't trust it.  Then there is also organic pollutants like animal feces and decaying animal bodies etc... YMMV is all i'm saying. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2nd time using a bourbon barrel
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:35:38 PM »
Yeah I'm sure the top of that barrel also has the mold on it... I don't want to say it's toast... but yeah I wouldn't be putting anything in it.

EDIT:  I did this same thing before except I didn't store mine with just water I used a kmeta/citric acid storage solution... and it still got moldy.  It's a rain barrel at my Dad's place now...

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fastferment - are there any cons?
« on: April 18, 2015, 06:14:43 AM »
I'll add that I have one of these but I have not used it.  Looking at it it seems like it should be easy enough to clean and sanitize.  I didn't see any glaring issues at least.  I'm planning on using it next weekend so we shall see I guess ;-)

Ingredients / Re: Using your back yard creek
« on: April 18, 2015, 06:00:35 AM »
From my understanding surface water's composition changes at least seasonally.  I would also be worried about pollutants etc... Maybe just use it for chilling?

I use a vacuum pump with my glass carboys. Basically means I never need to move them when they are full. I put them where they will sit and transfer to them. Transfer out of them in the same location as well.

Events / Re: Time to kill after the NHC
« on: April 16, 2015, 06:14:15 PM »
Everytime I see it I think someone is murderous after seeing their results from the 1st round of the NHC.

Ingredients / Re: Peated malt
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:01:17 PM »
I love strongly peated whisky, but it is a much more enjoyable flavor after distillation than it is in any beer... I cannot and will not use it in beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:03:23 PM »
To clarify... Yeast sticks to the walls of the conical's cone.  So while you get a lot of yeast and trub when you do a dump... you don't get all of it.  You would have to do quite a few dumps and waste a decent amount of beer to avoid racking altogether and just go out of the dump valve.  50% of my conicals do have either a racking port or a rotating racking arm... and they are handy in comparison to not having one....

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 14, 2015, 12:01:19 PM »
Well... Some of the conicals I have I do still rack out of (like a bucket).  If it doesn't have a racking arm built in it's just too much trouble to go through the dump valve.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 14, 2015, 11:32:33 AM »
Yep.  Upright freezer with temp controller (BrewBit in my case) and heat wrap.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conicals
« on: April 14, 2015, 06:52:52 AM »
I have 4 conicals.  1 14.5 Stout stainless, 1 7 gallon mini-brew plastic, 1 Onederbrew (plastic bucket), and 1 Fast Ferment plastic.  All have their advantages and disadvantages.

Flavor wise I don't notice any difference.  Harvesting clean yeast wise... that's where their main benefit is to me.  Sure you can just pitch on the entire cake but I like to remove as much trub as I can and I don't wash my yeast or anything.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:23:57 PM »
Waiting on the Chicago results here... I was going to judge either there or Zainesville but last minute we decided we had just been doing too many road trips the past 2 months and decided to opt out.  Downside other than not judging is now I have to wait to know. lol

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC entry counts
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:16:11 AM »
I was confused seeing several hundred entries per category,  reality is if there are 12 entry in round 1 in your category and 36 in the final and you make it, your really only competing against 46 others.

Technically that's true.  The winning beers only beat out their 1st round competition center category beers and then the final round category beers... but the beers they beat out in the final round beat out all the other entries in that category from all the other 1st round centers.

Equipment and Software / Re: BS decoction setting
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:16:22 AM »
I don't think BeerSmith accounts for decoction (or boiling) adding any color to the beer.  It's probably because it's not really been quantified as of yet... If you can come up with a reliable model I'm sure Brad would add it ;-)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC entry counts
« on: April 13, 2015, 05:58:38 AM »
round 2 is like a separate comp.  When you are looking at the results page for 2014 you select the year (2014) then there is a drop down list where you can select the final round OR one of the individual sites for the first round. 

EDIT: I think I see what you meant.  Yeah they total up the entry counts for the final round results from all teh first round competitions it seems.  But in reality there are those ~36 entries in each category for the final round of judging.

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