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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. 

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.

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

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?

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

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?

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. 

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. 

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

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?

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????????

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?

Going Pro / OK, we're doing it
« on: March 16, 2012, 07:06:40 AM »
Not opening a production brewery or anything.  Years ago I got a business license for "Dungeness Brewing Co," as I live less than a mile from the Dungeness river in beautiful northwest Washington State. (and my logo is a cool crab holding a keg.  google "dungeness brewing") yesterday, I mailed off a modification to that master business license declaring I am a brewery.  Supposedly, this will get the ball rolling, and our state liquior control board will be paying me a visit.  It was only $100. 

Now we will find out exactly what hurdles must be overcome.  A local brewery has already promised me a tap in their taproom.  And the owner is guiding me through the process.  He suggested the route I'm taking.

All I really want to do is to be able to sell my beer legally for weddings, class reunions, etc.  And the tap at one taproom will be cool. 

Equipment and Software / I love beersmith
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:57:48 AM »
I've been using beersmith for quite some time, but hate bringing my laptop out to the brewery.  Is anyone aware of good software for the PC, that will sync to an iPhone app?  (won't switch to a mac for beeralchemy)

Kegging and Bottling / Barrel aging
« on: March 11, 2012, 12:30:31 PM »
So, I'm gonna get a couple 8 gallon whiskey barrels, and brew a winter warmer for next winter.  Couple questions.

The distillery is bottling today, the barrels will sit for a week until I can pick them up, then about a week 'till I'll brew.  Any problems? 

Also, I'm think of putting in barrel post fermentation, and letting it age till, November, when I will keg and carbonate.   Thoughts?

General Homebrew Discussion / First barley wine
« on: March 10, 2012, 06:39:36 PM »
First off, don't ask me. But swmbo told me too

Anyway, starter going, and will use the BCS recipe. Start with 1056 and finish with champagne yeast.

Any suggestions?

General Homebrew Discussion / Are we growing fast, or what????????
« on: March 05, 2012, 04:23:56 PM »
I joined the AHA about three years ago.  Went to my first conference last year, and have entered the NHC each of those three years.  (first year got a 37 on my Irish Red, and last year a 39 on my American Amber)

Anyway, we all know how fast the conference sold out this year.  Luckily, I got my tickets.  Then, Saturday I'm registereing and entering my Aemrican Amber again for the NHC, and Portland - closed, San Fran - closed, San Diego - closed. 

Amazing.  Looks like I'll be shipping my beer to Minneapolis. 

We're all like Rock stars or something.......   

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