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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro-Am tapping party
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:10:15 AM »
Sounds great, congrats on winning the contest.  Thats a cool prize.  How big of a batch did you brew?

Just one barrel. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 11, 2012, 09:08:30 AM »
I agree with you and the process should be sped up to eliminate that problem. There should be enough beer submitted and be judged in a timely manner for it to really be a fair contest. Just my opinion.

I had no idea this is how it worked.
Get me 800 or so judges in a single location and we'll do the entire thing in one day.

I'm of the opinion, if you can't do it right, don't do it at all. This seems very unfair from a contest standpoint.
I am of the opinion that if you can't do it in an ideal way, do your best.

All of the second round beers are judged on the same day.  Since the beers may be rebrewed or tweaked, that means the first round sites are essentially regional qualifiers for a style of beer.  For a competition this size and with the limited judging pool, that is as fair as it can be.

I understand the enormity of the competition, but I still don't think that the judges comments should be given to those that qualify for extended rounds. To me, that implies a do-over.

I understand what your saying, but judging is still a very subjective process.  I've entered the exact same beer in different competitions, and the judging sheets said wildly different things. 

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottleworks 13 anniversary ale
« on: May 11, 2012, 07:52:22 AM »
I've got two bottles in the fridge.  Haven't tried yet.  It does seem a bit excessive. 

Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: May 08, 2012, 11:07:52 AM »
Mic, is one these your operation?

Sure is.  Kelija Brewing.  We'll be DBA "dungeness brewing"  They got the city wrong though.  My Fiance's last name is Raymond.  But we are in Port Angeles. 

Thanks for sharing

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: May 07, 2012, 08:21:36 AM »
I'm in the market for a commercially made kegerator (preferably 2, even 3 taps) capable of fitting two 5-gallon cornys (or three cornys, if three taps). 
Anybody have experience with them and suggestions on where to find/buy the best brands. 
This kegerator is going inside the penthouse at the condo complex, and the garage is too far away (by elevator) to be practical, so it has to be located inside the penthouse, and it has to look "really nice." 
DIY keezers and front-mounted fridge conversions aren't going to be considered due to time and aesthetics.

Not a bd deal.  (if it's any good)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 04, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »
Looks like they are up!!

I took second in Light Lager with a Munich Helles.  Glad I didn't drink it all because my score sheet didn't show a place!

Congrats dude.  My big empty box was accurate.  No advance for me.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 04, 2012, 01:38:09 PM »
any update from "the inside?"

any minute(s) now...

LOL.  Well, after these are posted, the only thing left for NHC (before it actually starts) will be waiting for Justin to start selling BNA7 tickets. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Boiling in an erlenmeyer flask
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:39:42 PM »
i gave up on it after i got 2nd degree burns from a boil-over while moving it off the stove. but i didnt drop it! :D

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?

I hope this thread will help any brewers with issues they may have with their pumps. Feel free to post you question/problem here and i will answer it and the rest of the community can see the fix....if you want you can also PM or email me.  8)


Hey Walter -

Thanks much for chiming in and helping everyone with your pumps.  I converted to a full gravity system a few years back, and sold my home made brutus that had two pumps.  It all worked great.  I just got tired of all the hose and pump cleaning. 

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. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard apple cider
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:16:47 AM »
When I do it I'll let it ferment out and rack to a keg and chill. Then I will add a can or two of frozen apple juice concentrate to back-sweeten. I've found out that that is about right for my tastes. I keep the keg cold to inhibit fermentation, but if I were planning on bottling I'd use a campden tab or two when racking and before back-sweetening.

Keeping it cold slows the process down dramatically and works with beer as well.

That's an interesting idea.  Might have to do that. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard apple cider
« on: May 04, 2012, 08:20:57 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;) ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 04, 2012, 07:54:06 AM »
Well, it's May 4th and first round results are not yet posted.  Looks like Chicago is still processing.  (whatever that means)

I thought last year it said "by the end of the day on..."  but don't see that there this year.  I'm sure they will be posted by the end of the day unless some act of god happens.  Janis is working very hard on this and as always, she will come through.

Agreed.  Plus, with all the entries this year, I'm sure they are all having "fun" in Colorado......

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