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Events / NHC 2014 List of Speakers is Up
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:23:32 AM »
I just noticed this when going in to register. A diverse list of topics, and it is also a long list.

There are a few regulars from the boards on there, Denny, Drew, Tom S, Bruce B, and if I messed anyone else, sorry about that. Gordon is speaking also, he has been sparse around here though.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:12:30 AM »
There was not favoritism in the general lottery. A guy in our club who has an NHC Gold Medal is waiting to hear if he gets in. Just had to say that, as there were some in our club who entered a competition for the first time and got in, and someone who has been there and done that is waiting. It was a lottery.
The guy in the club in was talking about, today sent to the list that he is in for the St. Paul first round site. Looks like they are working through the entry lists and assigning to sites with openings.

Just though I would let folks know.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:08:51 AM »
No drama or angst today, 2 registered in a painless fashion.

Hop Growing / Re: Bine dried hops
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:50:44 AM »
How do they smell if you do the hop rub between your hands?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cleaning and rinsing bottles
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:07:56 AM »
I rinse with hot tap water. Then the final step is the Star San, which is made with RO water.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Understanding Oxygen Help
« on: February 19, 2014, 06:03:24 AM »
Jim, it looks like you have a good handle on it.

The CO2 from fermentation comes from the sugar.

C6H12O6 → 2 C2H5OH + 2 CO2
Glucose.         ethanol.        Carbon dioxide.

From experience I have found that Higher levels of O2 in some beers, like a bitter, leads to a disappointing beer due to lack of esters. I just aerate those by pumping into the bucket from the kettle.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:44:45 PM »
Ordinary Bitter. Pint glass logo is to the back.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: excited newbie
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:26:24 PM »
That's a pretty good order and I saved water for last, mostly because there wasn't very good info for awhile. I envy the newbies. All the free, available info shortens the hell out of the learning curve these days !
That is true about all of the information at our finger tips. +1

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: excited newbie
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:29:24 PM »
Welcome. We all started with our first batch. We all remember how great it was! We all still have a lot of questions, some of us have more answers now than we used to.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap heater
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:23:03 AM »
I have thermowrap, and hang a trouble light with 60w incandescent of of the dump valve. The shipping box holds the heat close. The bulb is not near the cardboard, not a hazard.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was surprised...
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:57:50 AM »
Charlie's book may have sold more since it was first published, current cover says >1million copies, and it is published by Harper Collins. HtB was the highest selling book in the Brewers Publication catalogue. 3 or 4 years ago, Kristi Switzer stated it had sold over 60,000 copies. Has to be over 100k now with the huge growth of the hobby.

Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:10:53 PM »
I'm going with a 32 oz bottle of tart cherry concentrate.
You can add some at a time, to taste. Thos have a high Brix, so try and estimate the sugar going if you want to know ABV.

Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:16:06 PM »
The Trade Joes juice would be one way.

I have used tart cherry concentrate in meads with good results. One year we found a blend of Montmorency and Balaton cherries in the concentrate that was excellent. That was before the wiped out 2012 crop in MI. Have not seen it since.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:10:35 PM »
I read in the rules that if you win a lottery slot but fail to pay you are out next year.

OK, I got that it can act as a deterrent to those that are not serious, and waste time and slots. No problem with that.

The Pub / Re: If you're as old as I am....
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:17:26 PM »
I remember Hot Tuna. You are old.

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