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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Best Yeast for an Oatmeal Stout?
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:57:30 AM »
Sounds like you're going for a "West Coast" style stout, not a British one.  I use 1056 for those, so I'd recommend 001 if you're going White Labs.

Events / Re: NHC 2014?
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:55:29 AM »
Thanks Denny and Drew.

The thing I worry about it this event is becoming so big that only a handful of cities in the US can really support that many people for an event. When you also take into account that of the cities that can host an event like this, how many of them are "craft beer-centric"? Seattle and San Diego were great because they are great beer cities and have the support from multiple homebrew clubs. I'm sure Utah won't be in the mix for awhile  :D

That's definitely an issue we've discussed, Mike.  I wish I could say we have a good answer, but at this point we're searching for a solution.  There's been talk of multiple conferences spread around the country, but that's completely unworkable from a staff power and cost standpoint.

The Pub / Re: Beer Made With Yeast Found in Brewmaster's Beard
« on: July 04, 2012, 08:51:27 AM »
It's like night following day...someone makes a comment about a weird yeast, someone else posts about the "human cultured" yeast....

Events / NHC 2014?
« on: July 03, 2012, 10:57:51 AM »
The process starts a couple years in advance of a conference when a local club puts together a "bid" (non financial) to have the conference at their location.  They submit info on their ability to pull off final round judging, suitable locations, and volunteer resources available other things.  There's an online Google doc describing the process, but I don't have the link available on my iPad.  If someone doesn't post it, I will later.

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Events / NHC 2014?
« on: July 03, 2012, 08:49:05 AM »
I can't say anything about where it might be, but I can tell you that I haven't heard any mention of Atlanta.

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The Pub / Re: NHC Beer made it on Serious Eats
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:50:23 AM »
I made the list!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash schedules for Lagers
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:17:24 AM »
Do we ACTUALLY know they still do, the are unbelievably tight lipped about anything they do.


All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash schedules for Lagers
« on: July 01, 2012, 10:21:16 AM »
I have heard of people using melanoidin malt to emulate a decoction mash...anyone tried this with any luck?

You have to start by assuming that there's a flavor addition from decoction.  I'm not sure I can say that.

Beer Recipes / Re: Traditional Scotch Ale Recipe
« on: July 01, 2012, 10:20:09 AM »
I've done it with an extended boil, but you can achieve the same thing in kess time by taking a gal. of first runnings and boiling it down to less than a pint, then adding it back to the kettle.  AFAIAC, the absolute, without a doubt best homebrew Scotch ale recipe is Skotrat's Traquair House clone recipe.  You can find it here, with the addition of chanterelle mushrooms.  Leave those out and you've got a killer Scotch ale.

Beer Recipes / Re: Mdixon wit recipe
« on: July 01, 2012, 10:13:35 AM »
Mike's recipes, charts and papers are at .  LOTS of good stuff there!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lager Time
« on: June 30, 2012, 09:29:34 AM »
i am thinking that just boiling the first runnings longer may produce the same effect but have not experimented yet.

I can pretty much guarantee you that it's not the same.  Try both and see for yourself.

Equipment and Software / Re: What pH meter do you use?
« on: June 30, 2012, 07:46:20 AM »
Looks good to me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Lager Time
« on: June 30, 2012, 07:44:16 AM »
AFAIAC, single infusion for all of them.

Questions about the forum? / Go Down
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:16:25 PM »
The AHA just got a new IT crew, they'll be taking a look at it. We suspect it's a theme thing because if people move out of the default theme, the problems go away. (I think)

We've asked them to focus on this, so changes soon.


Where do we change our theme?  I looked everywhere through the profile settings and couldn't find anyplace to change it.

At this point, only administrators can change their theme.  The IT people are looking at it as a last ditch solution for everybody.  The good news is that the new IT director has experience in the language the forum is programmed in.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: That German lager flavor
« on: June 29, 2012, 01:46:46 PM »
that was my thought too, so then how much different would you expect it from just doing an extended boil with part of the runnings.  i suspect there would be still some difference do to possible flavors present in the grain that may not be in the wort but just guessing that is minimal

Boiling down the runnings gives you a sweeter flavor than what you (supposedly) get from decoction.  Decoction (supposedly) increases the malt flavor, which is not necessarily sweet.

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