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All Grain Brewing / Re: Forgot mash-out
« on: May 09, 2011, 08:41:06 AM »
I read that the increase in temp for the mash out is to lower the viscosity of your liquid so you get a better flow during sparge....and this makes sense as it would give a better rinse to your grains.

It may make sense, but it's been proven to not actually make that difference.

Ingredients / Re: Red-Rye IPA
« on: May 07, 2011, 01:37:20 PM »
Rye adds an orange-red hue to beer IMO.

I'm brewing (surprise!) Rye IPA.  It was the "official" recipe a few years back, and that's good enough for me!

The Pub / Re: TechTalk ever coming back?
« on: May 07, 2011, 11:20:47 AM »
We're still working through the last few issues.  We haven't forgotten out promise, but remember it's all volunteers.  I won't venture a guess as to when it'll start up, but from my point of view it's pretty close.  Drew may have a better answer since it's his baby.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mash Tun
« on: May 07, 2011, 10:41:39 AM »
I used to use a mini-keg bung setup in my 48 qt mash tun.  When I upgraded to the 70 qt xtreme I tried to use it and the wall was too thick for it so I went with a bulkhead.

Makes sense to me.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Mash Tun
« on: May 07, 2011, 08:06:16 AM »
For those contemplating a similar conversion, I'll mention that I get better draining by not using a bulkhead.  Using my funky mini keg bung and piece of tubing allows for a better siphon and more complete draining.  YMMV.

Ingredients / Re: Sinmar
« on: May 07, 2011, 08:02:37 AM »
Nope, boiling Sinamar doesn't change the flavor.  90% of the time I use it I add it to the boil.  When I use it post boil, I add it to a bit of water and boil it in the microwave before adding it to the beer.

Ingredients / Re: Dark Beet Sugar Candi
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:20:14 AM »
I assume that the Rogue brewers had something to say about the ingredients that went into the kit.

Knowing the guy who designed the kit, all I can (tactfully) say is don't assume that.

Equipment and Software / Re: New brewery
« on: May 06, 2011, 08:10:51 AM »
When I remodeled my garage for brewing, the first thing to go in was a floor drain with the floor at a 1/8" per ft. slope down to it.  It's the best part of the brewing space.   When I re-remodeled last fall, I added an under counter water heater in the base cabinet for the sink.  I can't tell you how great it is to have hot water.  I suggest you consider both things.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 06, 2011, 08:02:09 AM »
1.storing/tracking/handling 750 bottles is already a large chore, 1500 might be unmanageable

THIS! ^^^^^

I can assure you all that this is a prime topic for the AHA and the GC.  Kinda makes me glad I'm not on the comp. subcommittee!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA First Round
« on: May 06, 2011, 07:36:00 AM »
One of my favorite recent judge comments was (on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale): "Though the style guideline provides for the level of sweetness you have in this beer, I prefer the drier examples of this style."  I was blown away that he basically acknowledged that one aspect of my beer fell within the guidelines but outside his personal taste preferences,and then dinged me for it... ???   

I've made comments like that in the overall impression section if the scoresheet, but I've never let my preferences affect the score I assign.

Atlanta was not passed over. They did it 2 years in a row and they were done doing it. They put in their time is one reason. Another reason is the location they used is now a parking lot. From my understanding talking to Phil Farell it was a still fully stocked resturant with a walk in cooler that was renting to them for a song since it was in foreclosure and out of business. But its no more. Anyway we had expressed interest 3 years ago and were asked to host this year. Which we were and still happy we did host this year.

Thanks for the explanation, Brandon.  There's already too much speculation about some things here and it's great to have the facts.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Quadrupel ideas
« on: May 05, 2011, 12:13:25 PM »
That's the direction I'm heading at this point.  I just found some coriander seed and GOP laying around and I'm trying to decide if a bit will go in.  Still got a couple weeks til I have to finalize the recipe.

You can refute this if it is not true, but my understanding is that despite hosting successfully in the recent past and wanting to host this year, Atlanta was passed over. So this seems like a case of taking three chances (Nashville, Dallas, Saratoga) when you could have taken two.

I hadn't heard that.  I'll ask about it on out next GC conference call.  But I can tell you that based on how I've seen sites chosen, I've never seen a successful and willing site passed over.

Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest 2011
« on: May 05, 2011, 10:28:47 AM »
I can't say for certain that you NEED to get the beer off the yeast for lagering, but I do.  I lager in a keg that I end up serving from.   I want to get the beer off the yeast so it's ready to go hen I'm done lagering.

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