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Ingredients / Re: Sugar vis. Bru'n water
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:51:20 PM »
That's what I was thinking.  Thanks.

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Ingredients / Sugar vis. Bru'n water
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:38:49 PM »
I've not used sugar in a recipe for a long time.  Does it need to be entered in Bru'n water?

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I've got a little heartburn with the commercial calibration lists.  It is about availability. Why list a beer and then put in parentheses 'not available in the U.S.?'  The more common occurrence though is that the examples are just not available in a given region.  I can understand that I can't get all of the examples in Yakima, but Seattle?!  Surely there are more commercial examples of the given beer styles that exist in a large market like Seattle that are not on the list but could be.

My solution would be to give permission to a small number of top-level BJCP judges to simply log on to a website so that when they try a given commercial beer and it is a good example they can add it to the list.  This list could even be 'unofficial' if there are issues I am not seeing with the process.

The bottom line: the commercial calibration lists need to be longer so that a person doesn't have to travel to another state, the opposite coast, or Europe to get an example of a given style.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Get fitted for a bra fellas
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:13:35 PM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:16:09 AM »
Congrats! Noticed your club is BN Army. We need a club that is AHA Forum.

Hey, I'd join that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:31:43 PM »
That's great Jim, congrats!

Now when I share my Helles with you I'm going to have an excellent comparison!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:38:16 PM »

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Equipment and Software / Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:30:47 PM »
I remember seeing a slick 6 or 8 faucet jockey box at NHC, but I cannot recall the company.  Can someone help with my recall problem?

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Ingredients / Re: Water!
« on: June 20, 2015, 05:47:14 PM »
Martin, so you want to come out to KC and present on water for my club in September? I feel like you're more qualified than me...

Or Yakima.  Any time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: FWH in BeerSmith
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:37:42 AM »
My take on FWH is that while you seem to get about 10% more measurable IBUs, it doesn't taste like it.  Since I tend to drink my beer rather than just measure it, I count FWH as what it tastes like to me, which is a 20 min. addition.

+1  Right to the heart of it Denny!

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Equipment and Software / Re: SSBT Insulated Stainless Mash Tun
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:35:25 AM »
I just can't get my head around using a cooler for full contact with what I am going to drink.  I know, it is perhaps an OCD type thing but I would imagine plastic chemicals leaching into my beer, and could never enjoy it.

Steve, I know you...you're an intelligent guy.  Trust science.  Do some research for yourself.

Its not about science Denny.  Like I said its an OCD thing.  Call it imagination or emotional.  But no, I just couldn't.

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Equipment and Software / Re: SSBT Insulated Stainless Mash Tun
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:26:07 AM »
I just can't get my head around using a cooler for full contact with what I am going to drink.  I know, it is perhaps an OCD type thing but I would imagine plastic chemicals leaching into my beer, and could never enjoy it.

As a consequence of that and the need to insulate because in the winter my Blichmann MT does NOT hold temperature. I bought one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/958078058/chapman-homebrew-equipment-mash-tuns-fermenters-ke/description  in a 15 gallon size.

The problem I saw with the SSBT and the other (More Beer?) Stainless insulate MT are that they are too small.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:10:09 AM »
"Organic" yeast sounds like a gimmick.

Yeah I wondered about that too.  Clearly it is important to a growing segment of the market.  Specifically I wondered how the managed culturing yeast in a way that it could be described as organic.  I wouldn't be surprised if most or all yeast could be labeled 'organic.'

Regardless, I too am interested.  The thing I see regardless of packaging (smack pack, can, vial...) is that they all are attempts to meet the needs of the producer.  No one seems to make packaging that meets the desires of the homebrewer.

As an example of what I am talking about: if they would put a spout on the package it would be more sanitary (no package entirely open to the air) and effective (how many times have you cussed while trying to pour a smack pack into the top of an Erlenmeyer flask?)

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Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 17, 2015, 11:42:20 PM »
Talked to a guy whose been, and his response was that tge Viking river cruises are ambient age ~80.

Yike.  Nothing like partying in a geriatric ward.  I hope to be 80 some day, but right now we are on totally different wave-lengths.  This little tidbit of info may end up scratching it from my bucket list.

We were in Europe 5 or 6 years ago.  I definitely want to go back.  We rented a car with a GPS and had no trouble at all getting around.  That was in Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Germany.

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Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:52:08 PM »
The real advantage to the river cruise though is that one unpacks once.  Your motel (and restaurant if you don't want to eat ashore) goes with you.  I am very attracted to doing a cruise on the Danube.  Lots of wonderful places to see and things to do.  No it is probably not the best *beer* tour venue but still very attractive to me.  It is on my bucket list.

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