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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: September 30, 2010, 03:22:35 PM »
Thanks for the wonderful news, Frank!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from a n00b brewer
« on: September 30, 2010, 01:00:06 PM »
Yep, you sure do.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from a n00b brewer
« on: September 30, 2010, 12:34:17 PM »
That scale is giving you the current reading, not an indication of alcohol %.  To do that you need to subtract that reading from one that you take before fermentation starts.

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Events / Re: Hop Candy at NHC
« on: September 30, 2010, 10:49:59 AM »
How did I miss that?  Sounds like an "experience".

AFAIAC, it's a once in a lifetime experience!

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Events / Re: Hop Candy at NHC
« on: September 30, 2010, 10:49:34 AM »
Like some of the others have said, the flavor was really intense.  If that was toned down a bit I think it would be easier to eat, maybe even have more than one piece at a sitting.  And you want people eating more than one, right? :)

I agree.  I first tried it at Hop Madness some years back.  It was interesting, but too intense, even for a hophead like me.  When it showed up at NHC, my reaction was "thanks, but I've done that".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:48:51 AM »
Some fir trees with limbs overhanging the house.  I'll wait til spring for the fruit trees.
Ah, that makes more sense.  Although now I'm having fun picturing you climbing the 70 feet or so to the lowest branches on the Doug firs in my yard  ;D  I'm guessing you have some other kind of firs or younger Dougs in mind.

Yeah, after I posted that I realized that it wasn't entirely accurate.  70 years ago my house was owned by an arborist and he planted a variety of evergreen trees in a circle around the front yard as a kind of showplace (the trees, definitely NOT the house!).  Some of them have limbs hanging over the house.  Fortunately, I can get to them with a ladder.  That said, I'd rather be brewing!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:40:16 AM »
Some fir trees with limbs overhanging the house.  I'll wait til spring for the fruit trees.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brewpots
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:48:28 AM »
You'll drop a lot of temp while the water sits in the bucket.

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Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:47:24 AM »
Thanks, this all pretty much confirms my line of thought.  Some, if not most, bitterness should still be available for later use.  It will be hard to calculate in advance.

BTW, Denny, It's your cascades that are in question here.

Well, those are an unknown AA anyway, so I'd say assume they're 5%, deduct 20% after dry hopping (a total WAG!), and try bittering with 'em.  Heck, no matter what, you'll make beer!

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Questions about the forum? / Re: renewing online
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:45:43 AM »
sorry Denny, I saw that there was another question about renewing online answered by garyg so I thought that this might be the right place to post.

Perhaps a section in the forum for members to touch base with the AHA people would be useful. (maybe there is and I missed it too  :-[)

Gary might have noticed it, Ken, but you also might have a wait until he found time to check in.  Going to the main website and getting contact info there might be your best bet, but try Kathryn's email that I posted.

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Obsidian Stout recipe I have written that just a little gypsum is added....

That would be quite unusual.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Greetings from a n00b brewer
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:38:49 AM »
Since you're using extract, your OG pretty much has to be what the kit says it is if you make the volume that the kit is designed for.  There's a set amount of sugar from your extract.  If you dissolve that amount of sugar in the correct amount of water, your OG will be what they tell you it will be.  If you add more water (greater total volume), you dilute it and your OG is lower.  If you add less water (lower total volume) your OG will be higher.  Does that make sense?  Since the wort has sugar dissolved in it, it's heavier than water.  Once you add top up water after the boil, the heavier wort sinks to the bottom of your fermenter, meaning that if you take an OG measurement you get mainly the lighter, diluted wort form the top.  I wouldn't even bother taking an OG reading, to tell you the truth.  Just use all the ingredients in the kit, make the correct final volume, and your OG will be what they tell you it is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 10/1
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:33:47 AM »
Congrats, Drew!  No brewing for me....time for fall chores.  Field mowing, chipping branches, pruning trees...

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The Pub / Re: Note to self...
« on: September 29, 2010, 10:17:04 AM »
I'd burned out on porters until I came up with this recipe.  It's also in Drew's book, if you have that (you should!).

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/NickDangerPorter

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Ingredients / Re: re-using dryhops
« on: September 29, 2010, 09:52:10 AM »
My wife complains that the beer isn't as good after the lupulin goes away.

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