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Questions about the forum? / Re: Where did Ask the Experts go?
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:55:06 PM »
Apparently the pages were removed due to an error.  They should be back in a day or 2, and eventually will be migrated to a sub forum here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:25:25 PM »
Don't drink while you are brewing. And stick to your plan. I usually wait until the beer is chilling to pour myself a cold one.

I completely disagree with this bit of advice, but aside from driving, there's not much I don't do with a solid beer in hand. My brew day usually starts with an omelet and a Breakfast Stout  :P

A book that I found most beneficial, especially transitioning to all grain and creating my own recipes was Designing Great Beers by Daniels.

To each their own.  I found many years ago that I make fewer mistakes and the cleanup is easier if I don't drink when I brew.  But I almost always start by 9 AM and finish by 2, so there's plenty of time for beer afterwards.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First time Homebrewer
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:48:44 PM »
I agree, Tom.  My theory has always been "Learn the rules so you can decide which ones you can break!".

As a judge and a competition coordinator I'd definitely suggest 16E.  I'd suggest the following for the comments submission - "Belgian White styled IPA dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial." 

Suggestion for any competition - Keep the special comments short and to the point.  Anything more that short and to the point and the competition may need to abbreviate them to accommodate pull sheets or pre-printed labels for the score sheets.  Also competitions get a lot of special comments that border on short history lessons rather than info about the beer.  If you keep the comments short and to the point the judges don't need to summarize and form their own conclusions.

Totally agreed.  Don't assume the judges know what "Chainbreaker" is.

The Pub / Making Grumpy Cat Happy
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:31:00 AM »

Questions about the forum? / Where did Ask the Experts go?
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:17:08 AM »
I'll see if I can find out.

The Pub / Re: Sierra Nevada: Brewer and the Geek
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:55:17 AM »
Thanks, Mike!  Looking forward to checking it out.

All Grain Brewing / Trub removal
« on: March 11, 2013, 08:08:29 PM »
honestly haven't tasted any difference though in pouring everything from the kettle vs minimizing trub.
I think it's mostly something that homebrewers worry about when they are looking for something new to worry about.


Equipment and Software / Tutorial/Instruction sub-board in Equipment?
« on: March 11, 2013, 12:20:14 PM »
Not a bad idea...let us think about it.  In the meantime I can sticky the thread you linked so it won't be buried.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Starter All Grain Equipment
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:16:31 AM »

I don't see where you're doing anything wrong, but I also don't see where it's easier than what I do.  But that's the beauty of homebrewing.....

Sorry Denny. Typing on phone so really never answered the question. The point of BIAB is that it is cheap, easy, and a good stepping stone if one wants to try all grain.  It also scales up nicely.

I have a three tier RIMS pico brew-stylesystem, too. The cleanup is faster in BIAB with only one kettle. It shaved off about an hour in setup and cleanup.

But if you want to buy all the hardware, that's cool, too. I was just throwing this out as a suggestion since space was listed as an issue.

Nope, I don't want to go to that extreme either.  The cooler with a toilet hose braid I've used for 435 batches is all I need.  If you haven't seen it, take a look at the link in my sig. The point I was making is that your BIAB method sounds more cumbersome than what I do now.  But to each their own.

The Pub / Re: BB King tonight
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:13:50 AM »
And he defies gravity!

haha! On the iPad it is not upside down.

I think it's becasue I was holding my iPad "upside down" when I took the pic.  It works when viewd on iPad, but in "normal" circumstances it's upside down.

The show:  Well, BB King was one of the weirdest shows I've ever seen.  After the backup band played a couple numbers, BB was wheeled onto stage, where he stood up and toddled onto stage followed by 5-6 handlers.  Sat down, picked up his guitar and there was massive feedback.  Couldn't get the guitar working, swapped out 3 amps and 45 min. into the shoe he played his first note.  Introed the band for 15 min., told aimless stories while the backup band played and they try to get his amp working, a 15 min. sing along on "You Are My Sunshine", a lackluster "Thrill is Gone", then 15 min. of signing autographs and handing out cheap plastic jewelry from the stage.  Hour and 15 min, and that was it.  Most of the audience thought it was an intermission, but the show was over.  I love BB King, but I think maybe it's time for him to stay home and take it easy.

Ingredients / Re: Lactate Taste Threshold Experiment
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:08:54 AM »
Very interesting info, as always, Kai.

The Pub / BB King tonight
« on: March 10, 2013, 08:00:11 PM »
Working a BB king show tonight.  Man, that dude is older than I am! :)

All Grain Brewing / Batch Sparging: Dilution
« on: March 10, 2013, 07:34:35 PM »
Get a bigger cooler!  ;)

We're working on the upgrade to ten gallons.  Plus a brew-shed / man-cave.  It's in the works hoss! :D

For the moment, my batches may be slightly less than optimal, but they've been coming out pretty damn good anyway.  The 2-banger batch-sparge is probably less than optimal, that's a given.  Bigger cooler on the way.

The only thing that's less than optimal is that you're doing a bit more work than you'd have to otherwise.  Not a big deal, and if the beer is good, it's all good!

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