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All Things Food / Vacation in Bend, Or
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:36:31 AM »
Hey guys and gals-

We're headed to Bend for the Bend Beer Festival next weekend, and need a good recommendation for a restaurant.  Who knows a good place with good food, and an even better tap selection?


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Equipment and Software / Re: Monster Mill Drill Question
« on: July 23, 2015, 09:51:17 AM »
I recommend looking for a drill with an adjustable trigger stop. This will allow you to set the trigger to the desired speed.

+1



That's one of my biggest gripes about the Dewalt I use. However, since I got it on sale I'm somewhat tempted to cannibalize it and make it into a dedicated mill motor. Rigging up a more precise speed control would be pretty easy. Might not even be that hard to rig some form of PID control to set the speed.

If you could figure out a way to do this it would be great. I run my 1/2 drill on a  monster mill and just zip tie the trigger all the way closed. It runs much, much faster than it should which shreds the husks.
http://m.harborfreight.com/router-speed-control-43060.html

I picked up this link from a previous forum post.  It might be helpful for the zip tied drill. -T
Great!  That looks like a cheap n easy solution.

Has anybody tried using something like this to control a drill for a  grain mill?

This is exactly my set-up.  Works great. 

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Events / Re: Public Big Brew Day So Everyone Can See.
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:32:09 AM »
We brewed an extract/specialty grain recipe at a local farmer's market a few years back.  Went through the entire process except adding the yeast of course.  It was well received, but a lot of work.  Lots of folks were asking for samples, but as we all know, not possible. 

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Events / Re: GABF Ticket Question
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:28:22 AM »
Quick question regarding ticket numbers.  It seems clear but I just wanted to make sure:
Pre sale for member session = 2 tickets
Pre sale for all other sessions = 4 tickets

The last couple of years I have been unable to get tickets so I don't want to screw up my ticket number and have my order canceled.  Thanks

I think you got it right. 

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Going Pro / Re: Question about Restrictions of brewery location
« on: June 26, 2015, 09:43:50 AM »
I think mostly it means the brewery space must be completely separate and the space can't be shared with some other use. I've heard you can open a brewery at your house if it's in a separate outbuilding, or at least a garage separated by a locked door. This probably depends on your local inspector, not to mention local regulations. State and zoning laws are often more restrictive.

Our brewery is in a separate building on our residential property.  We had no problem at all getting a Brewer's Notice. (federal license)  During our post-approval inspection by a TTB investigator, he was mostly concerned about how we measure our beer for tax paying purposes, and that all the doors, windows and such could be locked. (I'm guessing that the "effective administration" part) The first thing he said after introducing himself was "I am here to protect the revenue of the US Government."  Kind of says it all.  Although he also wanted us to get receipts from the pig farmer who picks up our spent grain.  I asked him for a regulatory citation for that requirement, and he couldn't do such. 

Another person in town is opening a cidery in his home.  The feds forced him to remove the door between the garage and the dwelling space. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:03:28 AM »
Seems to me that most of the arguments about changing the rules can be summed up like this:

"What can we do to make it so the BN doesn't win next year?"

That kind of seems like poor sportsmanship to me.

The consensus in this thread, having just skimmed it, seems to be more along the lines of "What can we do to ensure that clubs of all sizes compete on a level playing field?"

True, but it's focused on the BN.  My local club has less than 20 folks.  We'll never compete with the likes of Quaff or the Falcons.  And I'm OK with that.  The thing that gets me, is the BNA cannot shoose what happens at their meetings, nor elect leaders.  All decision making is controlled by Justin.  Now, in my view, he does great things for the homebrewing community, and I wouldn't be where I am without his podcasts.  But most clubs, the members have a greater voice......

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:21:39 PM »
I am a member of the BNArmy.  And always will be.  Justin has done some wonderful things to help folks become better brewers.  I refer all new brewers in my local club to The BN.  The archive of Brewstrong is just plain wonderful. 

The only single thing that makes them "not a club" to me is the members don't get to choose their leaders, content of meetings or such. 

But, I do think Justin and his crew deserve much appreciation from all of us.  They are an important part of our community.
It seems everyone on this thread is saying that BN is a good organization that does good things. Its the rules of this contest that people think need to be changed.

Agreed.  Folks hould be contacting the governing committee, and suggest specific changes. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 16, 2015, 01:07:12 PM »
I am a member of the BNArmy.  And always will be.  Justin has done some wonderful things to help folks become better brewers.  I refer all new brewers in my local club to The BN.  The archive of Brewstrong is just plain wonderful. 

The only single thing that makes them "not a club" to me is the members don't get to choose their leaders, content of meetings or such. 

But, I do think Justin and his crew deserve much appreciation from all of us.  They are an important part of our community. 

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Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:21:08 AM »
Good info. I don't have enough crowns to really do a good side-by-side test myself. I started growing hops after I got the book, so I trimmed from the start without knowing how much affect it had. I have been trimming when most of them were over 4" tall, but I'm interested to know how tall everyone else lets theirs get before cutting back. I'm in Eastern PA and am just starting to see the first shoots (maybe 1" tall) on my Brewer's Gold, and its still getting down near freezing so I want to make sure that the plants are protected.

you can eat those early shoots like asparagus. reason enough to cut them back right there.
Eat the trimmings? I will have to try that this year. How tall do you let them get when you eat them? I imagine they get pretty woody pretty quickly.

Puterbough Farms in Yakima actually sells pickled hop shoots on their website:

www.hopsdirect.com

(good source for hops as well) 

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop Growning and Yellow Leaves
« on: June 11, 2015, 08:15:24 AM »
It the upper portion of the plants look o.k. and the yellowing is confined to the lowest leaves, that's a common occurrence.  I remember seeing a somewhat technical explanation suggesting the plants may begin to draw nutrients from the older leaves.  I don't know if this is accurate but it happens every year on mine, some varieties more pronounced than others.

+1  Also, once the vines are about 5 feet tall, I trim of much of the green (and sometimes yellow) leaves from the bottom foot or so.  Reduces bugs, and gives better airflow so mildowing is reduced.  Can't remember where I read this. 

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 11, 2015, 07:39:04 AM »
Looks like my first NHC will be 2017
The AHA is looking at a West Coast (2015), East Coast (2016), Mid-section (2017) cadence.

Coming to flyover country, Jim?
But my experience in the states between Massachusetts and North Carolina was not good. Way too many people. Freaks me out!

+1  I love rural Washington.

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Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 21, 2015, 08:43:25 AM »
I bought coir twine this year, $30 for 450 ft, and used most of it.

Homegrown hops are the most expensive ones I use.

Here's a source for 4X that amount, for less money:

http://www.growerssupply.net/index.cfm?id=8&group_id=twi2226

(when they have it in stock)

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Hop Growing / Re: Container hop growing
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:25:56 AM »
So after a couple years, what the best thing to do? Dig them out, cut the rhizomes back and replant a small rhizome?

The planters I've got are pretty large, each one took an entire 64-quart bag of potting soil, with room to spare. My wife and I are stuck in a condo for at least a few more years, hoping that the planters can work for a while yet.

I have four varieties, in four half-whiskey bbls.  After three years, they all become quite root bound.  What we did a few months ago was dump all barrels (1 at a time) onto a tarp.  cut out as many rhizomes as we could, then cut the crown in half, and replanted.  My fuggles are 4 feet tall at this point.  and the others are just barely behind that.  Last year, I got over ten pounds of dried hops.  Or at least what I THOUGHT were dried.  They became moldy, and I had to throw them out.  This fall, I will dry them well past when "I think" they are dry enough.  Maybe do that weight process to make sure. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Five Star acid wash #5
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:18:33 AM »
I have a 1bbl system with a Blichmann tower of power.  I think I'll give this a shot this weekend. 

(and thanks for the safety advice)

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