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Equipment and Software / Beersmith recipe Cloud
« on: May 16, 2012, 09:09:45 AM »
This is in beta release, and many current owners got to be part of that group.  I played with it for awhile, and you get to keep ten recipes on line for free.  I just upgraded to be able to keep 75 there.  That was $14.00 a year.  Brad has sale pricing through the end of the Conference in June. 

Now, we just have to wait 'till he get's the iPhone app.  It will be so great to keep my inventory on my phone.  Just last night at the LHBS, I bought a bag of 2-row, and 6 packs of yeast, but forgot which speciality grains I needed for a couple brew sessions this weekend...  AAAARRRGGGG


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All Grain Brewing / Mash temperatures
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:34:39 AM »
Depending on style, I mash anywhere from 149 to 152.  I think I did 154 once, but don't remember the style. 

Anyway, at a recent non-bjcp competition that was judged by the brewer and owner of a local microbrewery, it was suggested that I mash at 160, or even a bit higher.  Traditionally, I start freaking out if I get to 155 or so.  The two beers I entered were a Session IPA and an Imperial Stout.  The same brewer made the statement "crystal malts are the enemy of good beer" 

FWIW, this is my favorite brewery in the Seattle area.  (Fremont Brewing)

Any thoughts?

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Events / 37 days 'till the opening toast.....
« on: May 15, 2012, 10:33:20 AM »
(but who's counting)

this will only be my second NHC, but it sure a lot fun last year.  And since it'ss in my backyard this year, how could I pass it up?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Pro-Am tapping party
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:56:09 AM »

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Yeast and Fermentation / 6 gallon buckets - - Big enough?
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:32:53 PM »
I brew ten gallon batches, and ferment primary only in 6 gallon buckets.  But quite often, I get krausen coming through the airlocks and spill all over my freezer.  It's a pain.  I'm thinking 7 gallon buckets would be the way to go.

Any suggestions?

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Events / Beer for NHC
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:22:46 AM »
I started a similar thread last year.  It would be great for folks coming to NHC to post what beers they are bringing, and where they will be served.  (Hospitality vs club night, and booth)

Here's what I am bringing:

American Amber
Session IPA
Imperial black IPA
Imperial Stout
West Coast IPA

They will be served at the Washington Homebrewers booth on club nioght, or maybe in the hospitality suite from noon - 2:30 on Friday in the hospitality suite. If you see a bearded guy with a woman both wearing these goofy hop hats, that will be me and SWMBO. 


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Events / Seattle Beer Week
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:38:55 AM »
If you're gonna be in the Seattle area from May 10-20th, there will be well over 100 events around town. 

www.seattlebeerweek.com

There's even a homebrew competition on the 12th........

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General Homebrew Discussion / Hard apple cider
« on: May 02, 2012, 03:00:59 PM »
Ok, so for kicks and giggles, I brewed (if you can call it that) a hard apple cider.  Basically took five gallons of raw apple cider got it to about 180, added 4 pounds of honey, and stirred like crazy to get all the honey disolved. 

Cooled, and transferred to a bucket.  (OG was 1.082)  Added two packs of rehyrdated champagne yeast. 

Three weeks later and the FG is 1.000.  Obviously very dry.  But, I like it.  It's carbonating now. 

Now, doing the math on the gravities.  (on iPhone app called "brewmath") that takes me to 11%abv.  I used a couple online calculators and got from 10.6% to 11.3%.

Does a brewing hydrometer work for apple cider?

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Homebrew Clubs / Our club is starting to mature
« on: April 30, 2012, 09:15:24 AM »
For the past 3+ years, there's just been a few of us at meetings   5-6 most times.  So we would just BS and drink homebrew for a couple hours......  We rotated from house to house.

Now we have LHBS that opened up in our town, (previously had to drive 75 miles) and the owner allows us to have our meetings there on Sundays, when he is not open for business.  Well, the first month we had 15 our so folks, and this month there were well over 20. 

It's almost like we a "real" club now.  LOL. 

We do have "officers" or such, and the three of us kind of run things.  Our agenda is basically:

1. Club news
2. Education session
3. RDWHAHB

Just looking for advice on things.  Managing the membership list, is our agenda "normal," We really don't want to collect dues, but is there a point where it becomes necessary, and why?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Barley Wine Storage
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:34:05 AM »
Well, I kegged up my barely wine.  Came in at 8.8%ABV.  Not real high, but OK I guess.  Now I wonder about long term storage.  Should I leave it in the keg, or bottle?  And any advice on how long to store would be helpful as well. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Grain storage
« on: April 29, 2012, 01:12:37 PM »
I've been buying all my base grains by the bag for some time.  But, I now have an opportunity to partner with a local brewery to get much more than a bag at time, but for less than half what a bag costs me now. 

So, I wonder.  Grain in their original paper bag.  How long will it last and still be acceptable?  Use your imagination on how much I brew.  But, it's more than most. 



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General Homebrew Discussion / To our Governing Committee
« on: April 27, 2012, 11:33:58 AM »
Please take a look at the thread I started about the 1st round of NHC. 

If it's true that one guy entered 70 different beers, someing must be done to spread the love around.  I know we all have fun with NHC, and I love getting judging sheets back as much as anyone.  But many folks didn't even get to enter a beer. 

Please folks, do something. 

- Mic

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IIRC JZ on a Brewstrong talked about this, and said it really doesn';t matter one way or the other.  I keep my Co2, inside the kegerator and depending on what the welding shop has, get either aluminum or a steel tank.  I've enver noticed any difference between the two. 

At our Club meeting last weekend, there was quite a debate about this subject.  I just kind of stayed out of it, as many had very strong opinions, and stated things like if it's in the fridge, you don't get all the C02 out of the tank and such.  Or that steel should be outside, and aluminim inside, etc, etc.

Anyone have any good strong advice, or evidence on this subject?

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General Homebrew Discussion / 1st round NHC results
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:00:04 PM »
Got my judging sheets back yesterday.  My American Amber scored a 35 and 37.  All comments were good, with the only negative thing being "slight oxidation" from one of the judges.  Not bad scores, and about what I've gotten with that recipe at local competitions.  Doubtful a score like that will advance, but maybe????????


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All Grain Brewing / Single-Malt beers
« on: April 17, 2012, 10:04:25 AM »
Hi folks, I remember hearing some folks talk about single malt beers. 

Are they worth doing?  I'm think 25 lbs of Maris for a 10 gallon batch. 

Or is it just goofy?

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