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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stuck Fermentation Help
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:08:08 AM »
Before you do anything, tell us about the recipe and technique.  It may be finished, not stuck.

Beer Recipes / Re: pale ale recipe feedback
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:53:58 AM »
will the vienna be able to convert the rye, crystal and wheat adequately?

Assuming the rye and wheat are malt and not flaked, they should convert themselves.

Beer Recipes / pale ale recipe feedback
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:14:19 AM »
That's what I'd do.  I'd add the Centennial as FWH (I've done this a few times and it's been good) and then skip the 20.

Anyone else wondering how sweet this beer will be with all Vienna and 10% Crystal?  I have no experience to question this, just a feeling.  I've done all Munich before and it's been good but would all Vienna be sweeter?  If that's what you're after, go for it.

I find Vienna to be pretty dry.  I don't think it would be too sweet.  It's how you use it.  You can get malty without sweetness.

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Beer Recipes / pale ale recipe feedback
« on: July 05, 2012, 10:13:00 AM »
I'm not sure you would want to use a high alpha hop like magnum as FWH.  I've only done it once, but I believe it is best to use lower AAU's.  Move them to your bittering addition to get the IBU's where you want them.

Otherwise, I think the rest looks good.

Alpha doesn't matter for FWH, but flavor does.  IME, Magnum is not a good flavor or aroma hop.

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Events / NHC 2014?
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:25:16 PM »
I heard NHC 2014 was going to be in Volcano Village, Hawaii.

Fine with me!  You're the organizing committee!  ;)

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Equipment and Software / Hop spider design
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:48:11 PM »
I agree that it's likely a non issue in this case, but I'd avoid galvanized even in this situation if possible.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014?
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:16:08 PM »
Ohh ohh I know... but I can't tell... they might throw me in the river.

Hmm, throw you in the river?  N'awlins would be a rockin' NHC location

How many clubs are in the area?  How many volunteers could they get?  Have they ever run a first round comp for the AHA to see they're able to do the second round?  Many BJCP judges in the area?

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop spider design
« on: July 04, 2012, 11:44:44 AM »
Will galvanized carriage bolts be ok?

Yep, zinc is actually a yeast nutrient, so having that in the boil would be a good thing!

I dunno....for one thing, there's seldom a need for additional zinc.  For another, I'm pretty certain I heard galvanized in the kettle could be poisonous.  I'll see if I can confirm that.

ETA:  According to the FDA, (

4-101.15 Galvanized Metal, Use Limitation.

Galvanized metal may not be used for utensils or food-contact surfaces of equipment that are used in contact with acidic food.

Apparently the issue is that the low pH will dissolve the zinc and lead to zinc poisoning.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hop spider design
« on: July 04, 2012, 11:43:30 AM »
That will depend a lot on what size bag you use.

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!

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