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Events / GABF ticket selection
« on: July 20, 2012, 08:54:40 PM »
Last year was my first GABF.

For this year as a member I have the option to go on the members only day.

What's the difference in sessions? Do you strongly recommend one over the other?

With only experience in the general admission day I have no idea what if any differences there are. Secondly if the members only day is preferred how fast does it normally sell out? We have a party of 4 and with only 2 tickets per member is it a crazy fast sell out like a concert like sold out in an hour with ticketmaster freezing and hanging up where getting 4 tickets could be a problem or does it sell out in a couple days?

If there isn't anything to gain on members only day can we buy general admission tickets during the pre sale? Might be the easiest option to just grab 4 tickets to gen admission but not if there is something cooler at members only session.

What are your thoughts on ticket selection? 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: conditioning time in keg
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:56:59 PM »
Most ales are ready to drink after 2-4 weeks in the keg, whereas lagers need a 4 week lagering period prior to tapping. 

This is what confuses me about using the fast carb shaking routine.

If ales are in primary for 2 weeks and then sitting at "set and forget" for one week (and if we are talking generally on average) at this point they will be carbed but it could still be a week early on the good side of 2-4 weeks in the keg.

How is carbing anything in 1-2 days any good?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: What Denver area clubs are fairly active?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:40:42 AM »
Sounds perfect I'm joining right now.  8)

Yeast and Fermentation / How much hop scrubbing does fermentation do?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:38:56 AM »
I've got an IPA with some late addition hopping fermenting right now and it smells like a 22 megaton hop bomb has blown up in my apartment.  8)

I'm really digging it but I can't help but feel like that aroma is getting blown off at a pretty good clip.

How much better is dry hopping vs late hopping for aroma and taste in the finished beer? I like doing the late addition thing and like I said my place smells awesome but how do you feel in general about fermentation stripping out/blowing off hop aroma vs dry hopping?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No fermentation temp control
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:50:53 PM »
Yeah one of the beers did have an "interesting" flavor I was not expecting. Not bad just kind of misplaced.

Maybe the yeast/beer is even more forgiving that we give it credit for/stress over.

Still, I'm not going to start ignoring good practices because I'm pretty sure all the beers would be better still if given better conditions it's just interesting how resilient the beer is to want to turn out.

It makes me wonder what totally reckless things people must be doing to get the not so good beers out there.  :-\

Yeast and Fermentation / No fermentation temp control
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:57:33 PM »
Like most of you I go to a lot of tap rooms and breweries.

I look at every system I can see. I've been assuming all the conicals I've seen are jacketed/cooled systems. I know some are but yesterday I was at a nano brewery and I saw some conicals I could tell were not jacketed or cooled or temp controlled in any way. I saw the temp strips pegged over to the right outside the "ale" range. They were just free standing with no temp control at all.

Thing is... the beer was alright.   ??? We tried several and I'll admit the fruiter styles were better than the others.

I've always worked at cool fermentation temps from the start but It made me wonder about room temp fermentation. Has anybody brewed several styles at ~75-~80 and compared beers?

Say an IPA fermented at 70 vs ~80.

I'd be nervous to test a batch of IPA at 80 degrees but I am curious.

Homebrew Clubs / What Denver area clubs are fairly active?
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:34:03 PM »
I'm looking to join a club in the Denver area and when I look at the links from here some of them are dead, some have boards where the last post was in 2009..   ???

In a perfect world it would be a club with at least a monthly meeting or every other on a wed, thur, or Fri. Or at least some activity during those days. I work Sat/Sun and could not participate much in a strictly weekend get together club.

Any suggestions?

Plus if anybody here moderates those club links I think a few of them for CO are folded up...

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Massive haul from trip to CO
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:21:51 PM »
Yeah the Avery tap room is where it's at.

Stuff goes down there that you just have to be there for.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Massive haul from trip to CO
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:13:43 PM »
I do like the Espresso Yeti.  8)

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