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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Cloud
« on: June 15, 2012, 02:58:41 PM »
A search for "micsager"  comes up with no matches

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Interesting.  I'm on right now, looking at my recipes. 

Try a recipe called "w10 with kelly" My RIS clone of Widmer's w10 should come up

Beer Recipes / Re: Avery Maharja Clone questions
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:16:26 AM »
I am looking at brewing a Maharaja clone.  I've seen some recipes with up to 18 lbs 2 row (for +/- five gallons) and some with more like 14-16 lbs 2 row and some DME or corn sugar to add alcohol.  Anyone have some experience on which way they have gone and how it's worked?

Thanks Colin, I know you can brew a good version........

Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: June 15, 2012, 07:47:26 AM »
OK, the "specialist review" was supposed to be due today, and checking the TTB website, nothing has happened.  I guess this is our first real "delay."

I've served my homebrew (for free) at two local Relay for Life fundraisers, and another one for local scholarships.  They are closed events.  I have no clue as to the legality, but we've never had a problem, and the folks rent a building at the local county fairgrounds.......

Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Cloud
« on: June 12, 2012, 09:17:23 AM »
I guess not very many people are using this yet.  Maybe after NHC, where I'm sure they will be pusinging it........

Also, hope Blichmann brews a batch with his tower of power.  I missed that last year. 


Hundreds of gallons of beer that were set to be poured this weekend at the sixth annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival will have to find a new home after the city's excise commissioner ruled Monday that serving it at the festival would be illegal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:07:14 AM »
SWMBO has bought me the beer of the month thing twice over the years.  First time, 5-6 years ago, DHL was the shipper and would not leave without someone 21 there to receive.  Then, just last year it was FedEx, and I'd come home from work, and the beer would be waiting for me.........

BTW, I've never had a "good beer" from one of these clubs.  All east coast lagers.  WE need a BOM club that focuses on northwest IPA's.  LOL. 

Lot's of inconsitancies.  Roll the dice, take your chances. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:43:55 AM »
I think he means "Bruce Springsteen". ;)

Or more likely it's SWMBO.... ;D
Funny! Very amusing!

Yes, it was SWMBO.  Sorry guys, I'll be more clear next time. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:07:23 PM »
They said it was after UPS picked it up. It had some UPS stickers on it that send return to Postal Annex because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. I kind of wonder if the people at the store opened it, though. The woman there kind of gave me a hard time.
there is certainly some weird things here.  I've shipped beer from my local UPS Store, told them it was beer, and they had no problem whatsoever. 


Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:00:30 AM »
Well, we got an email from out state LCB.  Looks like they want a lot information.  Much of it is all ready for them as it's the same as the TTB, but a few new things. 

Good thing I'm a pencil pusher for my day job........ 

If all goes well, we should have kegs out by Labor day.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:44:32 AM »
My wife and mother in law bought me a Haier at Sam's for my birthday.  It's not what I would have gotten and I was looking to build one but I think the boss was worried how it would look in the house.
I have since updated to a tri tap tower and it holds 3 corny's and a Co2 tank.
So far, I'm pleased. It's quiet as hell and with 2 kegs inside, works well.
Of course, it's more fun to build and brag.  Maybe in the future.

That's what I've had for years.  My boss just baught me a dual tower.  The thing works great. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:58:24 PM »
I'm just thinking out loud...  If you are only controlling one freezer, the second freezer will only come on when power is provided to the first.  So, if it warms faster for any reason, but only comes on for as long as the first freezer is running, it may not cool down enough.  Or maybe vise-verse is the case with it cooling faster than the first would.  Thus it may not be as controllable as the first.  It is worth a try.

I thought the same thing and that may very well happen. But I dont think it'd be a huge deal for just beer storage purposes. Unless he plans on fermenting in the second freezer...wouldnt recommend that.

I have a third chest freezer for fermenting.  And that one has dual controller with a heater.  That changed really helped my beer along. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Accidently mowed over hops...
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:44:43 AM »
Our lawnmower bit the dust last week, so my girlfriend had a company (actually, a friend that owns a lawnmowing company) mow the lawn for us.

I just put hops into the ground this year. They were getting pretty long, but I haven't built a trellis (they were sprawling into the lawn).

He mowed over them.

What do I do now? I know I wasn't going to get a good crop this year anyway, but can I still be hopeful that the roots will continue growing??

My guess is you'll be fine.  I would clean up the bines that got cut.  That is, cut them off cleanly.  I'll bet within two weeks, youget some more sprouts. 

Some books on such about growing hops do say that when the first sprouts of the year get about a foot long, cut them to ground level, and wait for the next set of bines, and choose 2-4 of the best, and cut the rest to the ground.  And that's what I have been doing for a few years now, and I get more hops than I can use.  My homebrew club gets the rest.   

To dry them every fall, I take the screen off of my sliding door, put it between to sawhorses, lay out the hops, and put a fan blowing underneath.  I do this in my heated garage.  It takes about a full day to get them dry enough to vacumm seal and freeze.

General Homebrew Discussion / one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:38:44 AM »
I've been running out of room in my chest freezer for long term storage.  I have a single stage controller on it.  I got another freezer off of craigslist last weekend to expand, and thinking I will just hook both up to the same controller, set at 45 degrees.  Of course the temp probe will only be in one, but the freezers are the exact same. 

Any problems I'm not thinking of?  It seems it should work fine. 

Anyone working in the industry with an MBA? I can get the program paid for by my work, but I'm wondering what the most useful concentration area would be if I wanted to own/run/work at a brewery/brewpub/something someday.

The program that I'm looking at has concentrations in the following. I've added my impressions after reading the course descriptions for the electives in the areas:
FINANCE - Mostly financial planning, looks tailored for people who want to be a CFA
MANAGEMENT - looks like operations and HR
MARKETING - logistics, supply-chain management and the usual "marketing" stuff
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS - IT systems? I'm not really sure.

I wasn't a business major, so I have about a year of "foundation" courses before I need to decide on a concentration, so no big hurry.

I would think marketing.  With all the new craft, micro, nano breweries out there, a good marketing exec would be invaluable.

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