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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vegetarian meal at the banquet
« on: May 26, 2015, 02:39:52 PM »
I've been pleased with the banquet selections in the past. We will have a new chef this year. I'm looking forward to it. Full meatitarian here!

New Chef?  What's up with that?

The BA/AHA now does so many events that they have their own chef.  I'll miss Sean, but I'm interested to see what this guy does.

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I have just been pumping ales <1.060 into the fermenter, that causes lots of slashing and foam. Lagers and real big beers get 02.

I have been contemplating throttling the pump to get less flow and splashing for English Bitters.

I've been finding the same thing, Jeff.  By the time I get the wort pumped into the fermenter is appears to be well aerated.  Results bear that out.

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I really dig these as discussion starters. I think its fair to say after this experiment that of those five people, only one could tell the difference between shaken vs not shaken wort of a highly hopped ale. I would not extrapolate that to mean that you dont have to aerate or oxygenate, and I dont think the findings of the experiment are suggesting that.

You could look at this in 2 ways....either that doing nothing works as well as shaking, or that shaking works as poorly as doing nothing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: State of home-brewing
« on: May 25, 2015, 08:58:45 AM »
Our LHBS owner came by our club meeting this month and talked to us about how his shop is down 60% from where it was last year.  He seemed to suggest that this is a hobby-wide trend and not just affecting his shop, but I have my doubts as he always seems to be out of common items like base malt and liquid yeast.  I'm curious if he is right about the health of the hobby, or whether he has just isn't a financially sound business owner.  Moreover, could he be both right and wrong and the drop in business is only a problem with brick and mortar stores as internet competition grows?

Based on info I've seen, the meteoric growth of homebrewing the last few years is starting to level off.  But AFAIK it's not going down.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: May 24, 2015, 01:09:29 PM »
I adjust based on crush quality, not gap measurement.

Well, I'd say crush quality and still having the ability to drain the tun in a reasonable amount of time. Another thing that Denny reminds me of, is the speed at which the rollers are spun. If you spin fast, you might have to increase the gap a bit and vice versa. Another variable is if you condition the malt prior to milling.  All of these factors suggest that there isn't a preferred gap. However, there is the gap that works for you.

Just to be more complete, I crush very fine and have never had a runoff problem.  I also run the drill I drive the mill with as fast as it will go and I don't condition the malt.  Yeah, counter to pretty much everything oter people do.  But I get great efficiency and IMO great beer.

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Life's too short to use Ringwood IMO. Not my favorite.

Agreed.  I hate the stuff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Preferred Gap Setting?
« on: May 24, 2015, 08:07:42 AM »
I adjust based on crush quality, not gap measurement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just joined this forum
« on: May 23, 2015, 01:03:08 PM »
Welcome!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 22, 2015, 01:10:41 PM »
I'll give my next batch a higher mash temp. I guess I really don't know if a pale ale should be dry or not, and if it's really an issue either way with the low FG.

Go get a Sierra Nevada pale ale.  Use that as your guide.
Not Oakshire?

Oakshire doesn't really make a straight ahead pale ale.  And SNPA is kinda the benchmark of the style.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Nottingham dry yeast
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:55:32 AM »
I don't find Notty clean at all.  To me, it's tart, bready, and estery.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:53:01 AM »
I'll give my next batch a higher mash temp. I guess I really don't know if a pale ale should be dry or not, and if it's really an issue either way with the low FG.

Go get a Sierra Nevada pale ale.  Use that as your guide.

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Auber TD-100.  Inexpensive and reliable....


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All Grain Brewing / Re: Low FG
« on: May 20, 2015, 02:51:46 PM »
I'd call that close enough...definitely within the margin of error.  Remember, mash temp doesn't make as much difference as you mayt have been lead to believe.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Issues with Tapatalk
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:26:00 PM »
Working now after update was uninstalled

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Issues with Tapatalk
« on: May 20, 2015, 01:17:22 PM »
They're looking into it now.

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