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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Utopias
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:35:30 AM »
Yeah I got a bottle of the 2013 for my birthday... Have not opened it.  I've tried 4-5 years of it.  It was a thoughtful gift but I don't think it's worth the $ they charge for it.  I'm still waiting on my 'free' glass to drink it out of.  They can't ship it to Michigan so I had to have it shipped to someone else in IL, and last I went and visited them I forgot my glass.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Digestibility
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:32:56 AM »
Here is what their website has to say on the malt:
The “Spencer Malt Mix” is a proprietary blend of 2 row and 6 row malted barley varieties carefully selected to meet physical and nutritional requirements for optimal brewing of our Trappist ale. A caramel Munich specialty malt from Wisconsin adds color and body to our ale. On September 26, 2013 we planted our first field of barley at the monastery and we plan to collaborate with a local craft malter when our barley harvest meets the quality standards for brewing.

I had a chance to try one this past Sunday.  It wasn't bad but it had a fairly strong apple ester I didn't care for too much.

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Came across this and figured I would share it (guilty I bought 2 and I want him to get funded so I get the fermenters instead of my money back.)  It seems pretty decent... pretty simple... Stainless steel vessel that seals up airtight and has hole for an airlock.  A stainless steel bucket basically for $125. (as of posting this there is still 1 $105 on left.)
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vessel--2/x/6103135#home


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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 01:46:34 PM »
Don't worry after you use it for awhile you'll forget why you were concerned about it in the first place (I know bad joke...)

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:38:49 PM »
I gotta question how well it works.  It says that it can take your wort    "down to 35F below ambient IN A MATTER OF DAYS and hold it there".     We all know the first 2 or 3 days of fermentation are really critical, in terms of temp control. Seems that there would have to be a lot of trial and error, to be anywhere near as accurate as just setting a controller on a fridge and letting it go.
I think that is intended for cold crashing your beer.  You should be chilling the wort down to pitching temp before going into your fermenter.

Wouldn't work for me. I depend on my ability to drop the wort in the fermenter from ~85 to pitching temps in a few hours. Just not possible to reach 64 much less 50 with 70 degree tap water.
Yeah I have no clue how long that would take for this thing to drop it down from like 75 (I'm assuming you don't get the wort to the water temp) to 60 or 50.. Both are less than their 35 drop that they say will take days... but not but a whole lot.. though I imagine those temps as you get closer to their limit would take much longer.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:53:32 AM »
it operates by holding a temp you set.. but if you are trying to actually cool it to X temp it will take days to drop 35 degrees is what it's saying.  So if you chill your wort down to 50F and pitch you would then set the thing to 50F and it would maintain that.  At the end of that you could drop the temp to cold crash or lager it (within their 35F range...)

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:44:03 AM »
I gotta question how well it works.  It says that it can take your wort    "down to 35F below ambient IN A MATTER OF DAYS and hold it there".     We all know the first 2 or 3 days of fermentation are really critical, in terms of temp control. Seems that there would have to be a lot of trial and error, to be anywhere near as accurate as just setting a controller on a fridge and letting it go.
I think that is intended for cold crashing your beer.  You should be chilling the wort down to pitching temp before going into your fermenter.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Second Round Recipe Entry
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:41:26 AM »
Are there any deadlines/time-frames with second round entries at this point?  Anything that needs to be done in the near/immediate future?

Thanks
You should have your entries to Perrin Brewing Company between May 19th and June 2nd.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:14:55 AM »
With that said I'm glad they didn't fail this time.  I spoke with them quite a bit at the NHC last year, but then their campaign failed last year... This time around they did make some improvements to the actual product and it's price I think.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewJacket
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:11:37 AM »
Well they are actually selling tshirts for $50... The vast majority of kickstarter campaigns that price their rewards too high like this fail.  Usually if they have a tshirt in the $15-$20 range they would be much better off... Though usually what people really want is the product at a reasonable rate... I have bought maybe 15 things off of Kickstarter.. It's cool, but there is also a significant delay in receiving your items if the item is the one they are hoping to produce. 

Basically what I mean is the best campaigns sell stuff to raise money and the ones that try and raise money via 'donations' tend to be the ones that fail.

$300 is still too much for me to buy this thing.  I could see possibly doing it for like $150.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:38:53 AM »
Ah yeah I guess it is.. I was just seeing it as the 'English translation' on some sites.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:03:16 AM »
Let us not forget that we're all perfectly OK with American spellings of other German words - including 'German' and also 'beer'.
I think those are just English spellings of those words... The English spelling of Kölsch is Koelsch.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Rashid “Semenych” Abdulvalyiev
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:59:02 AM »
I always find the brewing experiences of those in other parts of the world very interesting.  I'm not sure I would have taken up the hobby if the ingredients were hard to get and/or possibly sub par.  I commend your fortitude.  Welcome to the forums. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:51:50 AM »
Guys, I just wanted to share a frickin' link to some frickin' glasses. Wish I would have never posted the damn thing. Sheesh!

Well, I'm glad you did. Ignoring the bickering about umlauts and e's everywhere, I now know where to get the glasses when the mood strikes. :D
I don't know... It's a bit like someone typing they found the perfect glass to drink stowoot out of.

With that said the link is great and I thank you for it ;D

+1.  Glad to have the link - ordered some already. Personally, I think it's ok to type the word kolsch. Just a beer, not world peace.    ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:11:54 PM »
yes, a 38.5 can win you a gold medal in some competitions.  That score pretty much assures you that your beer will get onto mini-bos (unless there is some crazy good flight).  Once in mini-bos scores don't even matter... so it's anyone's game one you get in there.

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