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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Advice on Score sheet?
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:03:22 PM »
Remove the brewer's name from the sheet.  Use an entry id so the beers remain anonymous.
The spider graphs are cool but you might want to cut down on the number of items in each. 

Did you look at how a pro comp score sheet is laid out?

I always do the "add primer to bucket, aim siphon hose along wall to cause a swirling motion" procedure.  That way, the priming sugar gets mixed in uniformly with no stirring required. My guess is as the others point out, you need more water in your priming sugar solution.  It definitely should not be thick.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Apa by an Italian Hb
« on: September 20, 2017, 06:40:35 PM »
Prego.  Sì, io sono italiano, ma non parla molto a tutti.
Google translate è una cosa meravigliosa!

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Apa by an Italian Hb
« on: September 19, 2017, 10:01:11 PM »
Che sembra eccellente!

Beer Recipes / Re: cream ale
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:55:33 PM »
That looks like what you wanted when you were asking for a dark ale version of a cream ale.  I called it the Cream Ale counterpart to American Dark Lager.

It does not truly fit an existing style, but that's ok.  As they all stated, it looks good.  There's nothing wrong with biscuit malt in there either.  It's far too malty and dark to be a cream ale, but that's what you were going for, isn't it?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: home brew competioion
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:49:23 PM »
I would highly suggest you have the judging on one weekend and award prizes at a "celebration" on a following weekend.

Plan on 2 judges for every 10 entries.  You can have multiple sessions (ie, a morning and an afternoon session), where pairs of judges judge a flight of ~10 beers (give or take).

You should go up to the BJCP web site and look for the links to the Education Director Bruce Buerger.
(hint: his email is

He's run a zillion competitions in WI (as well as the NHC) and can plug you in to the judge and steward pool.
Good Luck!

Beer Recipes / Re: Dewberry Blonde Ale Hops
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:28:16 PM »
I'm with Denny.
Keep the fruit front and center.  Any noble hop or noble progeny (Mt Hood, etc) would be fine.

Beer Recipes / Re: cream ale
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:25:49 PM »
I just lost a whole writeup responding to your recipe.

Here's the short answer:
Add more base malt and corn, and not as much Dextrose (dextrin is something different, but I think you mean Dextrose by your usage in the recipe and the question).

The mix of grains is ok, though non-traditional.  Traditional would be 6 row and corn (or rice).  You might not get much flavor out of only 6 or 7 oz of the Vienna and biscuit.
I stopped using carapils/dextrin malt, as I find I get plenty of MouthFeel without it.

The mix of hops is also non-traditional.  If you want traditional, stick with Noble-type or something like Cluster.  (American Noble-type hops such as Mt. Hood, Sterling, or Crystal are great too).
Keep the IBUs below 20.  Ferment it as cool as you can to minimize esters.

As far as an Dark Cream Ale, DO IT!  It will be the counterpart to Am. Dark Lager that Cream Ale is to American Lager.  Good versions of Am. Dark Lager can be REALLY tasty (ie, Full Sail Session Dark Lager).
I'd try Sinnamar and either Midnight Wheat or Carafa Special II (dehusked) to get the darkness.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Smoked Helles Advice
« on: September 12, 2017, 06:37:21 PM »

I have an electric smoker. Do you have to cold smoke it or can I just use a low temp?

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This is one of the things on my to-do list.  I haven't tried it yet, but I would definitely cold smoke it.  I don't think the malt (enzymes) can withstand the 200+ F degree heat of a hot smoke.


Events / Re: GABF : breweries recommendations
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:05:01 PM »
DO NOT MISS Cascade Brewing from Portland.
Chuckanut from Bellingham, WA and Ruben's Brews are two of my favorite WA breweries that will be there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Infection in keg
« on: September 11, 2017, 07:55:55 PM »
Yes, disassemble everything.

Throw away the rubber parts of your kegs and replace them (usually about 6 bucks for O-ring sets, and similar amount for replacement poppets.

If  you have a plastic picnic tap, get rid of it too.

Then, clean everyghing thoroughly (Oxyclean or PBW) and then sanitize thoroughly with at least 2 different sanitizers like Iodophor AND Star-San.  Using more than 1 sanitizer will kill everything.


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:01:43 PM »
I am the walrus. The Beatles

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: September 02, 2017, 03:00:43 PM »
we hit terrible traffic.  With her phone, the wife found a gravel road that we turned off on, and drove for 25 miles.  That in itself was pretty cool.  I was glad I took the pickup and not the car.

Just don't do that in the winter. Blindly following GPS is how folks die out in the mountains (and the desert).

Janet's Brown is a fantastic brown ale.  Mike knocked it out of the park with that one.
I wholeheartedly concur with that recommendation!  You'll love it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Howdy, and beer share review
« on: August 25, 2017, 11:37:56 AM »
Good to see you back on, Jim.

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