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All Grain Brewing / Re: Best igloo cooler for all grain brewing
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:03:12 PM »
Could one do a reverse Hochkurz step mash starting at 158F and letting it drop to 145? Does it matter if the Beta rest is before the Alpha rest? Or vice versa?

If you hold the 158 for any length of time, you will denature the enzymes that work at lower temps.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Is liquid yeast significantly better?
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:01:15 PM »
Ya know, in these discussions of which is "better", I've never seen a definition of what "better" means.  Better fermentation performance?  Better flavor?  But isn't flavor subjective?  There may be differences in flavors, but after that isn't it all preference?  I mean, there are both liquid and dry yeasts that produce flavors I don't care for, but in that case "better" becomes strictly my own choice.  Right?

Ingredients / Re: Quality of Canadian Malt
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:54:19 PM »
What malt is it?  For a domestic malt, I prefer Canada Malting Company to Briess.

So much THIS^^^^^

The Pub / Re: GABF - Ticketmaster hosed again
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:53:31 PM »
From the AHA Facebook page....

Hi AHA members. We’ve been reading your posts and while we can't reply to each of them individually, we wanted to give everyone another update on GABF ticket sales.

Your staff at the AHA, the Great American Beer Festival and the Brewers Association sincerely regret the problem with today’s member pre-sale. Ticketmaster had a technical problem that unfortunately had a negative impact on many of our members. We are sorry. There do not seem to be any easy answers in the world of large-scale event ticketing. At this juncture, the GABF remains under contract with Ticketmaster through 2014. Going forward, all suggestions and options for ticketing solutions will be under review.

At the same time, there are more thirsty members and craft beer enthusiasts than there is capacity at the festival. We know it is disappointing for everyone who wants to go the festival but can’t get tickets. Thanks for your continued support of the AHA, the GABF, and the hundreds upon hundreds of American brewers who make the event all that it is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop varieties for a warmer world
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:35:37 PM »
They use drip irrigation on the hops in Yakima, don't know about the Willamette.

I can't recall ever seeing any irrigation in the hop fields around here.  I know the one that's a few miles from my house doesn't irrigate.

Brewing my Noti brown ale recipe today.  I'm usinf 1272 in this batch.  In a week or so, I'll do a batch with 1450 to compare.  I'd just split the wort from this batch and use the different yeasts, but I can only control the temp on one batch at a time.

All Things Food / Re: Tip
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:09:55 PM »
A little kraut and I think you've got all 4 food groups...

No, you'd be missing your chocolate group and your pepperoni group.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 30, 2013, 03:32:46 PM »
Well, yesterday there was nothing I could do to get it working again.  Today it's flawless.  No idea why....

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy iphone app?
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:26:34 PM »
Duncan, I downloaded the update yesterday...unfortunately, the app that had been working perfectly no longer works!  I had d/l'ed a couple issues and many others showed up as available for d/l.  After the update, they all disappeared.  Any ideas? 

Ingredients / Re: Charlie asks
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:49:18 PM »
Yep.  Terroir makes a huge difference.

The Pub / Re: Awkward Band photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 08:40:22 PM »
funny, I feel like most of those were intentionally awkward though

Having posed for too many band photos in my life, I think they're frighteningly real.

You really need to talk to your local liquor control people.  You don't want the restaurant to get busted and lose their liquor license.  Sure, you might be able to keep it quiet and get away with it, but it's not fair to your potential hosts.  Here in OR, we got the law changed to allow what you want to do.  If you find it isn't legal, maybe you could start working toward getting it changed.

The Pub / Awkward Band photos
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:03:27 PM »
I'm just gonna leave this here for you all to enjoy....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: advice on dry hopping
« on: July 26, 2013, 05:21:53 PM »
While I agree with the bucket advice, I also don't understand the problem getting hop bags into a carboy.  Although I try to avoid using carboys, I've done it recently.  I had little trouble getting a bag with 1-2 oz. of whole hops into or out of a standard carboy.  Just squeeze 'em to get 'em in and pull the bag to get them out.

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