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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 20, 2011, 11:25:19 AM »
Actually, I thought CDA was the best of it's kind I tasted all week.  I complimented Tom on the fact that he'd made the roasted malt and hops play well together, which is what I normally don't like abut the style.  Then he told me that all the color came from Sinamar...that explained it!

Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:56:05 AM »
Nice to meet you and your wife, Mic!

Events / Re: NHC Winners
« on: June 20, 2011, 10:35:04 AM »
Nope, don't believe he did.

Events / Re: NHC San Diego Update
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:42:04 AM »
BTW, I constrained myself to about 3 beers per day all week. 

Yes Denny...I think I will have to practice some restraint next year. I drank quite a bit this past weekend, all in good fun, but at the expense of sluggish mornings.

What an awesome conference!  :)

It was a GREAT conference!  Following my recent health problems, I put a pretty strict limit on my drinking.  The conference would be a lot less fun after having a stroke!  ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Kettle Shaking Uncontrollablly
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:21:58 AM »
I used to have a pot with a warped bottom that did that.

Beer Recipes / Re: Golden Monkey
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:21:05 AM »
IIRC, Victory bottles with a different yeast than the fermentation strain.  I'm not positive about that, though.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: specialty malts
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:43:37 AM »
I always use crystal in an APA and Victory is nice sometimes, too.

Events / Re: NHC San Diego Update
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:42:07 AM »
It's been a killer conference so far.  Really smooth, great facility, lots of great beer.....hell, people even attended my seminar for some reason I can't fathom. 

Quote from: Antiques Roadshow Thread
I can just hear  the appraiser now "Very rarely do you see a hippy in this good of shape....." 


Kudos to whoever came up with the idea to have presenters present more than once.  Great idea! That was always the toughest part; deciding whom you would have to miss.

We started doing after Orlando when we found judges bowing out of judging to attend seminars.  We need to have all the judges we can get, so the obvious choice was to start repeating seminars.

BTW, I constrained myself to about 3 beers per day all week. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Pitching Temperature
« on: June 20, 2011, 08:39:28 AM »
I just sat through Jamil's yeast seminar at NHC.  Getting the pitching temp down was one of the most important points he made.  He pointed out that most off flavors are produced in the first 72 hours of fermentation.  he said the he likes to chill to just below his intended fermentation temp before pitching.  My experience is the same.  Even if it takes you an hour to get to 62, you're far better off than pitching at 80.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rubber Gasket in Fermenter
« on: June 19, 2011, 04:42:21 PM »
Has this ever happened to anyone else?

 Ha Ha. More times than you want to know;D ;D

 I used to fish it out by going elbow deep but after awhile I realize an air lock is not really necssary and just stuffed some paper towel in the hole and let it ride.

Yet another pragmatism award!

Events / Re: NHC Winners
« on: June 19, 2011, 04:41:01 PM »
Thanks Denny, and congratulations to all the winners!!!  Cheers!!!

Since I don't know who you really are, what category were you in and how'd ya do?

Ingredients / Re: Hops Direct announced this years crop
« on: June 19, 2011, 10:27:28 AM »
I mentioned this to Dave Wills of Freshops last night and he was dumbstruck that Sarabrianka was available.  He said that Cascade came from a cross of that Fuggle, and something else he couldn't recall at the moment.  Hey, we were at the Awards Banquet and there was some beer involved....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Timing Diacytal Rests
« on: June 19, 2011, 10:23:12 AM »
What does it taste like?
Pretty good. I cant say that I've ever tasted diacytal.......

Ya know the "butter flavor" on movie theater popcorn?  That's diacetyl.

Events / NHC Winners
« on: June 19, 2011, 10:20:29 AM »
Congrats to ALL the NHC winners, but especially Jeff Rankert, Chumley,  and any other forum members.  The entire list is at .  See ya next year in Seattle!

There are a lot of people who use the BIAB method.  I hear you can make good beer with it, but to me the logisitics of dealing with a bag of grain that weighs 10-15 dry and a lot more wet, kinda outweigh the supposed simplicity.  Give it a try and see what you think, but I'll bet you'll be switching to a cooler after a few batches.

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