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Equipment and Software / Re: Warming Fermenters a Few Degrees
« on: January 23, 2013, 03:11:57 PM »
I set mine to come on about 4-7 PM and go off 6-9 AM, depending on how cold it is.  Between that and the thermostat on the aquarium heater it works really well.

My timer has enough little plastic bits for 3-4 on/off cycles a day, so with a few days to play I should be able to get it to fluctuate within a pretty narrow band.

I wonder if I should pick up an aquarium heater, or just use my 1500 W heat stick.  ;)

Do you think the heat stick might be too much?  I guess it's a lot colder there than it is here, so between that and a timer it might be just the thing.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Warming Fermenters a Few Degrees
« on: January 23, 2013, 02:52:44 PM »
Brilliant! I hadn't even thought of an outlet timer. I should have plenty of time to get it dialed in too.

I set mine to come on about 4-7 PM and go off 6-9 AM, depending on how cold it is.  Between that and the thermostat on the aquarium heater it works really well.

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Events / 2013 Sasquatch Brewfest Homebrew Competition
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:15:23 PM »
ANNOUNCING THE 2013 SASQUATCH BREW FEST HOMEBREW COMPETITION

Greetings Homebrewers and Judges,
2013 marks the 11th anniversary of  The Sasquatch Brew Fest. Managed and produced by Northwest Legends Foundation and the members of Cascade Brewers Society, the Sasquatch Brew Fest Homebrew Competition is a benefit event that raises money for the non-profit Glen Falconer Foundation. Since 2004 the foundation has awarded fifteen full-tuition brewing education scholarships to brewers and homebrewers. The event also raises money for other non-profit organizations in the Eugene area (see website at http://www.northwestlegendsfoundation.org/).
This will be an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition. Judging will be held at The Eugene Oregon Hilton Hotel on April 27th 2013. Check the website (to be updated soon ) http://www.northwestlegendsfoundation.org/homebrew.html
Contest entries must be received at either of the following locations no later than 5 P.M. on April 20, 2013:
              Falling Sky Brewing  30 E. 13th Eugene, OR 97401   www.brewabeer.com
              F.H. Steinbarts  234 S.E. 12th Portland, OR 97214  fhsteinbart.com
Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the following BJCP style categories:
•   Category 2: Pilsner         
•   Category 5: Bock
•   Category 8: English Pale Ale
•   Category 10: American Ale
•   Category 12: Porter
•   Caregory 13: Stout
•   Category 14: IPA
•   Category 18 Belgian Strong Ale
•   Category 19: Strong Ale
•   Glen Tribute Beer (style guidelines found on entry web site)
For style guidelines please visit the BJCP website.
Best of Show prize is tuition and lodging for HopUnion’s Hop School (see http://hopunion.com/29_HopsBrewSchool.cfm?p8=open). Winner is responsible transportation and incidental expenses.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Warming Fermenters a Few Degrees
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:53:17 PM »
I use a large tub of water that has an aquarium heater on a timer in the water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:50:13 PM »
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Are you talking about all of those books garc mentioned, or just the last two?  I really like the few beers I've brewed from BCS, and Radical Brewing is probably my favorite brewing book and I think it is hands down the best resource for odd ingredients.

Damn, I AM asleep!  I meant only the last 2.  BCS and Radical Brewing are great books.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:11:23 AM »
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:04:27 AM »
Take a look at the AHA recipe database, too...

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BeerRecipes

Mark, I gotta disagree on those books.  I do, however, find them great for starting fires in the woodstove.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Big beer efficiency and fermentation question
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:57:09 AM »
I find conversion is done in 15-20 minutes, and certainly within an hour.  Mash time is not a factor in my experience.  YMMV?

Definitely varies, Dave, as we've discussed before.  It's totally subjective, but I find lighter body and increased fermentability from longer mashes.

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All Grain Brewing / Big beer efficiency and fermentation question
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:51:09 PM »
You don't say whether you fly sparge or or batch sparge, but if you batch sparge a longer sparge won't make any difference.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Time from Mash to Boil
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:55:57 PM »
Unless yo do a true mashout to denature the enzymes, there will still be conversion going on at a low level of activity.  That could make your wort more fermentable than you intended.  Frankly, I don't think it's too big a deal and wouldn't worry about it.

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Ingredients / Re: Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:48:33 AM »
I wasn't impressed with the Gambrinus pale, but like I said I haven't tried the pale ale.

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Beer Recipes / Re: One More Time!
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:44:04 AM »
Sounds tasty to me! I don't know if your setup allows it, but on the last hoppy brew I did that needed topoff water I added the topoff water to my kettle after the initial racking to my fermenter. I essentially "sparged" the hop trub that was left in my kettle. I figured, why waste the hoppy goodness?

IIRC, Charlie talks about that in NCJOHB.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite yeast for a Belgian IPA?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:42:03 AM »
My go to yeast for Belgian IPA is WY3522.  To me, the tartness of the yeast complements the hops.
I've never used that one.  What temp do you ferment at?

62-65F

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:36:05 AM »
I live in southern california about an hour or so away from San Diego. I hadn't even thought about yeast in the summer with the shipping! Good thought! Thank you to all for the suggestions I just got back home and will be looking at them in a few minutes!

Beer, Beer and More Beer is close to you....morebeer.com

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Ingredients / Re: Gambrinus Pale Ale Malt?
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:34:37 AM »
I've used the pale, but not the pale ale.

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