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Events / NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: April 04, 2015, 01:40:38 PM »

Since the NHC seminar schedule has been posted I was wondering if anyone has created a spreadsheet on the seminars yet?  Just curious before I spend the time to create one myself.  Thanks.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 29, 2015, 03:03:38 PM »
Quite frankly I do not believe there are any tests to detect 'maltiness'.  You can tell some of the compounds that make up the beer... but those are not telling you anything about the 'maltiness'

The test would only be able to do 1 thing as far as I can tell... If it's calibrated to detect whatever makes up the end product of maillard reactions.  Then it could tell you if sample A) is different than sample B).  It won't even be able to tell you all the compounds in both samples.

Maybe in the future such a test could be devised... but I'm pretty sure it's beyond science at this point...

Equipment and Software / Re: 14 Gallon Stainless Fermenters
« on: March 27, 2015, 05:35:31 AM »
Stewed wort hog. 

Equipment and Software / Re: 14 Gallon Stainless Fermenters
« on: March 26, 2015, 07:01:01 PM »
Heh yeah I get it.  I wad in live with the man tun until you told me it couldn't be direct heated.  An insulated vessel I could use as a cooler but also direct heat if I wanted would be my dream mash tun :)

Equipment and Software / Re: 14 Gallon Stainless Fermenters
« on: March 25, 2015, 08:52:06 PM »
I looked at getting one of their stainless mash tuns... The let down was that they are foam insulated and cannot be directly heated.  So they are basically stainless coolers. :-/

I then was considering the 7 gallon fermenters... except they only come in 2 options 1) With a hole punched in it. 2) with a weldless fitting in said hole... Not meeting my sanitary needs. I would have picked one up with they came 'hole-less'

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:04:33 PM »
I used a large ladle and just scooped up grains and then used the side of the mash tun to pour the liquid out of the ladle. There was very little liquid actually in there... Lesson learned lol.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:46:35 PM »
I often hear about scorching decoctions but does anyone have any experience in actually scorching a decoction?

Too thick is difficult to stir until it gets up to temperature, that I can understand especially for a big grain bill.
I've burnt up a decoction pretty bad (my first one) the thick portion was too thick.. lol no amount of constant stirring helped... I even chucked the pot afterwards lol.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch Size with New Recipes
« on: March 22, 2015, 07:31:35 AM »
I don't do the smaller batches for 1 reason.  They still take a considerable amount of time.  They are quicker than the larger batches depending on your heat source and run off rates etc... but for the time savings it isn't worth it to me.  Consider the opposite of the scenario you presented.  You brew a 1 gallon batch of awesome beer... now it's just going to end quickly and you'll wish you had more.  I suppose the other downside to brewing larger batches that don't turn out well is the waste of money factor.  It's there but it's not really much money in my mind (granted I buy all my base malts and most my hops in bulk... so I could be out of touch with reality here).  I brew an occasional stinker I don't like.  If I don't like it I don't force myself to drink it it.  It meets it's fate down the drain.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Stainless steel auto syphon bottler
« on: March 22, 2015, 06:39:16 AM »
I don't know... Is it just me or does that look like it has an extreme amount of splashing?

I think I'd bleach it twice lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:01:39 AM »
yeah I'm pretty happy. burns a little to know I would probably have done better if I read the instructions more closely but lesson learned.

Don't feel bad, NOBODY reads the instructions...everybody jumps in. For a short time the examinee was asked to initial each line that they read it, I wish we still had that.

When we gave the essay exam getting the examinees to number the pages correctly was like herding cats, all of a sudden intelligent adults became children with one of those big fat pencils and paper which tore as soon as you touched it with the lead. I'm not quite sure why that was, but eventually I made a template and gave it to every examinee. Several still got it wrong.

thanks Mike. I've got some time before I'm eligible for the written exam (I've only got 3.5 points right now) but you can be sure I'll read all the instructions carefully when I do.
Big thing with the written exam is practicing answering those questions as quickly as possible.  I got my exam, read through it, and thought "Wow I'm going to ace this thing.  I could answer these with my eyes closed."... Well that is true... but answering them in the allotted time proved to be a different thing altogether lol.

Look out're next:

Only if Innovation gets the trademark. ;-)

Wood/Casks / Re: Barrel conditioning a Barley Wine Temp
« on: March 15, 2015, 10:25:03 AM »
Yes it was with guys from the brew club I am in. We have a black IPA coming out next weekend. And will be filling back up with the barley wine. I would like to leave at my shop over the summer but was thinking 90's during the day might not be good for the beer. I can move to my basement and that would be around 68 constant

If the basement with a constant temp is an option it is def preferable.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a woman...............
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:53:29 AM »
Hopefully I got your attention.   ;D

I just booked my room for the NHC, but it's (gulp) like $700 with taxes and fees for four nights (Wednesday through Saturday nights).  Does anybody know of a woman attending alone who would be hoping to share a room?  I've never shared a room before, but the room has two queens and I'm almost never in there anyway, so I was hoping to find a roomie this year.

If you are interested, or know someone who may be going as a single woman (like me) and wanting to share, please let me know!  I'm hoping to come into San Diego early, and stay at the beach or another resort for a few days before the NHC and not wanting to blow my entire hotel budget in 4 days!


I see what you did there.  Two Queens are staying in that room....

Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 08:51:13 AM »
I opted for Towers as well from the very limited positive reviews I could find online... most of the positive ones suggested the Towers.

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