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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:50:10 AM »
Thanks to everyone who brought and served their beers down in SD last week.  Club night was a blast, and the hospitality suite was always serving good beer. 

Equipment and Software / BeerSmith 2.0 reviews
« on: June 13, 2011, 09:21:54 AM »
I had pre-ordered this a few weeks ago, and downloaded and activated Saturday in prep for a Sundy brew session.  (Dark American Lager, from BCS)

Anyway, didn't play around too much, but I sure like the sliding scales to tell you how your matching the selected beer style.  All in all, it looks like a great improvement.  Good job Brad.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member discount program
« on: June 10, 2011, 02:26:44 PM »
Mic, we can talk about it in SD.  It's still illegal, but we might have an angle.  We're working with Gary and the AHA on it, but it's slow going.

Sounds like a plan.  I'll help where I can.  We do have a state rep that has come to a couple of our meetings. 

General Homebrew Discussion / AHA member discount program
« on: June 10, 2011, 11:38:04 AM »
In my state, (Washington) I get no discounts because state law prohibits such.  Has the AHA ever done any work to get this type of law changed? 

I don't even know where to start.  But my local brewpub would certainly give a discount, if it were legal.  So, I want to find out if anyone has attempted or been successful. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 06, 2011, 11:59:59 AM »
Anyway, I'll introduce myself at your "pragmatic" discussion.........   

I'm looking forward to meeting you.  Don't expect too much at the talk...we won't be re-inventing the wheel!

Well, now that I know you're be serving some of your beer, I'll only "expect" one thing..........   Look for me (and my SO) in the front row. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:30:38 AM »
None of mine this year, but I'll be sure to stop by and try yours, Mic!

I hope it's worthy.

Anyway, I'll introduce myself at your "pragmatic" discussion.........   

General Homebrew Discussion / Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 06, 2011, 10:02:40 AM »
My IPA will be at the WAHA booth in the hospitality suite Thrusday night. (Hoppiness is an IPA, from BCS)  It turned about a little sweet for an IPA.  But, still a pretty good beer.

Just curious if any of you will have your beer served.  It would be fun to be sure to try the beer of some of the forums regulars.

I brew 10 gallon batches, and use the Blichmann thermanator.  To allow for greater throughput, I place an ice pack on top of the plate chiller about ten minutes before and during transfer.  I get from 212 to about 60 degreees without any problems, and wide open valves.  I'm sure another ten gallons wouldn't change that at all.

Equipment and Software / Re: Suggestions for a new burner.
« on: May 23, 2011, 08:48:19 AM »
While brewing today, i decided I needed a new burner. The one I have was doing alright with the 7.5 gal aluminum pot, but is really struggling with the new 15.5 gal SS kettle.

I am thinking of either or

Right now I am leaning toward the Blichmann because it can be converted to natural gas if I so desire.

Any one with any experience with either of these? Pros? Cons?


I use the Blichmann burners, and love them.

It was just easier with two pumps, as they were placed in different spots.  You could do it with one.  On a side note, I no longer use this system.  Splurged on a Top Tier from Blichman last summer.  Now it's gravity the whole way.  I just got the stand and burners, those biolermaker pots are cool, but very $$$$$.  I still use my old sankey keggles.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spent grain
« on: May 23, 2011, 08:02:40 AM »
If you put an add on Craigslist, folks would be happy to take it away for you.  I have buckets from three different local farmers and I rotate who gets the grain.  And, I get free eggs from two of them.........

They tell me that you shouldn't feed chickens more than 25% spent grain though.  I don't know why or even if that's true. 

HLT is to heat water prior to begining the mash.  Here's basics:

1.Heat water in the HLT to strike temperature
2.Add grain and heated water to mash tun
3.sparge into your boiling pot., move to feremntors and add yeast

I used 2 pumps.  From 1-2 and 2-3.  Gravitly from 3-4.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: May 20, 2011, 11:26:29 AM »
The new version, 2.0, is in the final stages of Beta Test, scheduled for release mid-June

Yep, I just pre-ordered.  I was wondering if any of the testers are on this board, and if they are allowed to say anything about the product. 

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: May 20, 2011, 10:36:02 AM »
The biggest benefit to me is when tweaking recipes.  When tweaking, I'm constantly adjusting malt/hop/etc. amounts and varieties and can instantly see how a particular change affects the OG, IBU, SRM, etc.  No way would I try to calculate those values by hand for every permutation.

Plenty of other benefits, but I consider that the biggest from my perspective.
I tend to tweak a lot when I'm putting my recipes together too.

That's why I love beersmith.  Has anyone used the new version yet?  Any words of wisdom?

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:10:29 AM »
1.  MAC users now have a choice, Of course runs on a wide variety of Windows platforms.

2. Tabbed and Windowed Browsing
One of the biggest features brewers wanted was a way to work on more than one recipe or tool at a time.  After all, you can open a bunch of web pages in your web browser – why not your brewing software?  So I added tabbed and windowed browsing to BeerSmith 2.0.  You can open any recipe, tool or item in a tab or in a separate window and work on it the way you want.  Want to work on three recipes at a time?  No problem – they will open in three different tabs.  Have multiple monitors?  You can open as many windows as you like and spread them across all your screens.

3. Built for expansion.  Want to take notes? now they are unlimited

4. Easy addon's - additional grains etc.

You added?  Are you the developer of Beersmith? 

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