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Events / Re: 2014 GABF
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:12:13 AM »
I'm going to give it a go at getting tickets this year. Last year I watched the ticket sales but didn't buy any. I was surprised by how fast the tickets vanished.

Hop Growing / Re: Note to Self
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:23:06 AM »
What cultivars are you growing?

Sterling, Nugget, Cascade and Mt. Hood. I tried EKG but it did not survive the heat at all.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Overtreated water?
« on: July 13, 2014, 09:55:58 AM »
If you overdid the salt additions the beer would taste salty and/or minerally.

How did you treat the water? What is the recipe?

Hop Growing / Re: Note to Self
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:38:31 AM »
What's your location?

I live in Maryland.   Chinook and Cascade also grow well in Maryland.  In fact, they are almost stupid proof cultivars for anyone who lives above the 35th parallel.   

FLBrewer earned my respect this year.  I guess that no one told him that hops are photoperiod sensitive.   All of Florida is below the 31st parallel.

We are at the 32nd here in Dallas and hops will grow and produce. I know people down towards Houston who also have decent luck. I am sure my plants would be happier further north though.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:26:02 AM »
"mixed to a more lenient taste profile before bottling."

I read this as "watered down." But that may just be my interpretation.

Mine too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 12, 2014, 07:18:19 AM »
I designed three or four labels but never got around to labeling bottles because putting labels on means taking them back off. I have named all of my beers minus my solera pulls, which are just labeled as "lambic soler year" and the year of the pull. I have never named the handful of ciders and meads I have done over the years. I am running out of fun names for my beers.

My mother in law has been cleaning out her parents' house after they passed away and offered me a 1930s hand-operated mimeograph designed to make postal card-sized forms, ads, etc. I am planning on using it to make very basic black and white labels for some of my beers I want to keep for years. I don't know if I will ever get around to actually doing it but it would have a clean look and a cool story behind it.

Ingredients / Re: Equinox Hops
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:20:48 AM »
I tried an Equinox single-hopped beer from one of the vendors at NHC. The main aroma that jumped out was "gasoline". Not kidding. Did not come through so much in the flavor, but it was definitely there.

Molotov cocktail clone?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast washing techniques
« on: July 11, 2014, 07:04:52 AM »
Sounds like you let things sit too long in one of the prior steps because you should have a lot more yeast than that. What was your process?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Additions right to primary?
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:45:58 AM »
If you are not looking at reusing the yeast then I would add them to primary. When I add peppers I deseed them and cut them into strips lengthwise so they won't clog the siphon.

If the competition has an east coast IPA category then that might be a good place for it. Otherwise I would consider American pale ale as the best place for it, especially if a couple months passes between brewing and competition.

I have a rotary smartphone. It has excellent audio quality.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is it true?
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:35:08 AM »
If this had come from anybody but Jim the whole forum would have to be fumigated.

The Pub / Re: volume control for multiple speakers
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:32:10 AM »
You are pulling too much power out of the receiver and activating the shut off function.

The foolproof option is to buy a multi-channel amplifier with one channel for each speaker you plan on running off the amplifier (you can still run the speakers in the room with the receiver off the receiver). Using an amplifier allows you to use all of your existing equipment and get maximum power to each speaker. Other options will require your receiver and/or your speakers to conform to specific ohm requirements.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Fermentation Control
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:41:11 AM »
As long as you are happy only going to 36F to lager then there's no reason to move away from your fridge. Just buy a temperature controller. I have the Johnson Control A419 and it works very well. It switches from cold to heat control by opening the box with four screws and moving a pin inside. Very easy. You can spend less if you feel comfortable wiring the controller yourself. I don't so I bought a plug and play device. To heat that up in the winter I use a heat wrap that is similar to fermwrap but designs for reptile tanks. It's cheaper and seems more durable than fermwrap or the old brewbelt.

I believe I read on the BJCP forum that they were keeping comments open for a month or so.

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