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During mashing, I was definitely getting a "graham cracker" aroma. Is that what was meant by "toasty/biscuity?" I'll try to reserve judgment until I taste the beer, but I think I see what a few of you mentioned.

Hmm...Never used GP before. From that description, im intrigued. Sounds like itd make a helluva good Brown Porter with English Brown Malt and some Chocolate Malt.

It's also the go to malt for Scotch ales.

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Equipment and Software / Re: How big for a homebrewer?
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:40:11 AM »
Graham, I batch sparge large and/or high gravity batches using a 152 qt. cooler.  It works fine.  The only drawback, if you can call it that, is that I use so much mash water that most of those batches turn out to be no sparge.  That gives me the opportunity to do partigyle batches, too.

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The Pub / Re: screw the thermapen, Here's my fathers day present!
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:25:24 PM »
Congrats, Dad!

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Events / Re: Nhc tickets mailed?
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:17:39 PM »
That's not so kosher, so I'm going to say no.

And I'll agree with Drew.

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The wort "return" for Jamil's setup is a small length of copper tubing attaching to heat-tolerant hosing with a clamp, secured to the chiller. Is that what others are using?

I'm also trying to figure out how to fit an ice-bath recirculation into this design, and admit I'm a little confused.

I have a long piece of tubing on the output of my pump and I just stick the end of the tubing back into the kettle.

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Events / Re: Nhc tickets mailed?
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:18:17 PM »
+1

The most important item...don't forget to get your tasting glass.  :D

You learn fast, Ron!  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Re: BeerSmith Cloud
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:38:57 AM »
I've got one up there, but it's screwed up...if you see it, ignore it!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is my water any good for all-grain brewing?
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:36:12 AM »
Being pragmatic, I've gotta ask if you've worked on your crush.  That's generally the biggest variable and it's a hell of a lot easier to deal with than water chemistry!  But if you have experimented with crush, water is the next place to look.

Denny is right - we may be going about this the wrong way. Crush is huge! I think you also like to run your wort out of mash tun fast...right Denny?

Yep.

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We have a brew festival here in our town that is put on by a PAC to raise funds for their operations.
As with the rest of the festivals, all the beer is donated by the breweries. No one is admitted unless they are over 21.  Then they buy a glass, they buy tickets.  You can get in to the festival if you are over 21. You are NOT required to buy the glass or the tickets to get in the door, but then of course you can't sample the commercial beers.

Last year, our club had a booth and poured home brew. It was free...they did not have to purchase glass...our beer was served in 3oz. plastic cups.  The premise was because they got in to the event free (only drinking the commercial beers required a purchased glass & tickets) so therefore it was fine to pour the home brew. No one who came to our booth, came only to have home brew. They had their glasses and their tickets. Most only hung around if they were very interested in getting into brewing or were already home brewers. It was a great awareness opportunity for our club and home brewing.

We are still allowed to pour home brew at our town's Art & Wine walks, from which no one makes money. It's just for exposure of the downtown merchants.

However, this year they have said no to the festival pouring.  We may "donate" our homebrew to the PAC, then they can pour it to the paying attendees from their booths, not ours. 

I'm not sure who figured that one out. I'm told it was the decision of our local liquor control, but I suspect that the festival organizers were mostly concerned about our pouring beer for which they were not getting income. (my opinion, I haven't talked to LCC )  I think this is screwed up. Why in this instance is it OK for home brew to be "sold".  They say because it's being donated, and the PAC is a tax exempt organization.
(So? Most home brew clubs are tax exempt organizations. Could we donate it to our club and sell it? Of course we have no political affiliations, so I'm sure that wouldn't work)
I am bothered by this and don't understand how it passes the sniff test.

I think that the modifications we made to the law a couple years ago should allow you to pour.  Lemme look into it and get back to you.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Raisin Flavors
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:39:27 AM »
How much raisins do you guys use?

I use a lb. or ,slightly more for the caramelization trick.

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The Pub / Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:35:48 AM »
right up there with Bose

In the pro audio world, we have a saying...

No highs, no lows
The sound blows
Must be Bose

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Is my water any good for all-grain brewing?
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:26:25 AM »
Being pragmatic, I've gotta ask if you've worked on your crush.  That's generally the biggest variable and it's a hell of a lot easier to deal with than water chemistry!  But if you have experimented with crush, water is the next place to look.

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Zymurgy / Re: We need your brew dog photos!
« on: June 12, 2012, 10:20:19 AM »
... and its stories like this that make me question why I still subscribe...

If that was the only story, I might agree with you.  But there is a lot of other content in there, too.  Besides, you don't just subscribe to the mag.  It's a benefit you get from supporting the organization and its efforts.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Extra yeast for bottling
« on: June 11, 2012, 10:51:22 AM »
Unless it was a very high OG, my experience is that you should be fine without more yeast.

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