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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:57:28 PM »
Well to be fair it hooks up to a 5 gallon corny as a fermenter... As supplied you're not making > 2.5-3 gallons without a mess.

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:36:20 PM »
I have been using untappd pretty regularly for 3.5-4 years.  I use it to keep track of which commercial beers i've had and have not had... and roughly what my opinion of them was (to taste not style).  One of the drawbacks to such use is sometimes I'm friends with the brewer and forget about it... then they are like 'hey why do you hate my beer' lol.... At any rate... I'm on there as 'mors'

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heh yeah sometimes you need to use quotes I find in the username search.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:38:28 AM »
Dislike = The $40 cab ride from the airport to JW Marriott.

In my humble opinion, a good public transportation system should be a requirement for hosting NHC from this point forward.  The better part of a c-note is too much for ground transportation to and from the airport. One can ride the light rail from BWI Airport to downtown Baltimore for a few dollars.

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The dinner was fantastic. Good choice of beers with dinner.

Note to self:  You do not eat pork, diary, or eggs; therefore, order a special entree, salad, and dessert next time.
You can request the vegetarian meal on the spot if you can't/don't like the meat dish.  My girlfriend did this in Seattle since she doesn't like fish (worst Inuit ever).  Switching to the vegetarian dish even netted her some one on one Sean Paxton time since not many people ordered it and he wanted to discuss it with her.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking about trying my had at mead
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:32:43 AM »
I'm a big fan of Sparkelloid for fining my meads as it doesn't impart any off flavors if you leave it in there too long and it does an excellent job at clarifying and leaving behind the flavors.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:49:18 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.
Yup...soar throat, then sinus congestion/infection.  Yesterday was the worse but ears are still plugged up.

Hey...I think I shook your hand at club night...thanks a lot dkfick  ;)
Yeah I don't normally get sick but like once every couple years... but I'm pretty messed up right now lol.  I didn't do glass sharing so all I can really think of is the pitchers of water... or just having to talk to people with our faces closer due to general loudness at the expo etc...

post NHC 2013 and 2012 are by far the sickest I've been in a couple decades.  I was pretty wary about glass sharing this time, and have thus far avoided illness...

anyone remember that suspect glass rinser in the social club in Philly?

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 08:46:37 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.
Yup...soar throat, then sinus congestion/infection.  Yesterday was the worse but ears are still plugged up.

Hey...I think I shook your hand at club night...thanks a lot dkfick  ;)
haha yep.  I can't remember which beer I poured down your gullet though ;-)  I don't think my Xmas beer was on so if it was mine it would have been the cask bitter.  Nice to put a face to the name.  Still bummed I skipped the meet and greet.

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All Things Food / Re: recommend some Pots and Pans
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:50:33 AM »
That company that was at the NHC with the finned pots... they also have pans etc... if you have a gas stove... Obviously I have no idea how evenly they heat.. but in theory it should be pretty even and pretty efficient.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:40:37 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking about trying my had at mead
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:28:13 AM »
I would add that KMETA shouldn't be necessary in a mead as honey is antibacterial and should already be free of spoilage bacteria and yeast. But yes... Nutrients, nutrients, nutrients.  If you smell any sulfur... Add more nutrients.  Degassing is pretty important as well.  It not only knocks the co2 out of solution to help keep the yeast healthy but it introduces oxygen to the must which will also help the yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My first storage/aging experiment.
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:22:59 AM »
If you store them cold they will oxidize and change more slowly.  If you store them at room temp they will change quicker.  So for a barleywine I would recommend aging at room temp.  For a light lager I would age cold. etc... If you want (slight) oxidation and flavor development I would age room temp.  I have to age everything at room temp because I can't fit 35 kegs in my kegerator (2) lol.

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:20:49 AM »
One of the drawbacks to such use is sometimes I'm friends with the brewer and forget about it... then they are like 'hey why do you hate my beer' lol....

I sometimes enter my homebrews and I'm all over that guy for making s***ty beer.  ;D
heh yeah I never enter homebrew.  I have a few friends that do and all I do is make fun of them because every one of their homebrews they check in are 5's. 

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:09:44 AM »
I have been using untappd pretty regularly for 3.5-4 years.  I use it to keep track of which commercial beers i've had and have not had... and roughly what my opinion of them was (to taste not style).  One of the drawbacks to such use is sometimes I'm friends with the brewer and forget about it... then they are like 'hey why do you hate my beer' lol.... At any rate... I'm on there as 'mors'

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:13:04 AM »
Read this whole thread. Decided to go to Montana on the Hog instead of San Diego next year.
Bummer because it was a blast.

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Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:12:17 PM »
I agree a larger pitch size would be handy sometimes... but really... I think most people would opt to bypass it sadly :-/

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:04:06 PM »
...Find out volume of cone, to any valves, to any thermowell.

Oooo... nice save. Don't mean to hijack your thread, Steve, but I gotta know - do thermowells come in custom locations (through the top or through the side anywhere you want it) or are they pretty much fixed by the particular manufacturer? Does one mfg put it in the top, and another put it in the side near the cone? Which is best? I'd think you'd want to take your controlling temps near the cone where the heat will be higher, no?

Again; sorry, Steve, for hijacking, but you started a great topic here...
Most homebrew sized conical manufactures put it in a fixed placed midway up.  Stout (the link in the OP) does as well... Though they also allow you to customize your kettle.  You could have one put in the lid if you wanted.  I almost did this actually.

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