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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:02:17 PM »
Always fun, and I hope that I can remember who I talked to last year. It was a little hazy,if you know what I mean!

Please don't be shy, come up and talk to anyone you think you connect to on the forum. We all are homebrewers and it has been fun putting the names, internet names, and such together.


You can also meet and talk to the authors who are there to sell their books. That are great people, as Amanda has pointed out about Stan H.

What are Drew and I, chopped liver?  ;)
You two are on the A list, no mention is necessary!

Listening or even watching the seminars online doesn't really compare to being able to attend in person.  You can't ask questions, talk to them afterwards, or sample the presentation samples online.

Meeting and talking with other homebrewers from across the country (and sometimes world) is also not to be overlooked. 

At the Homebrew Expo you get to see demos (and oftentimes samples) of all sorts of different/new products.
Not only can you see the new gadgets and gizmolics that are on display, you can talk to the venders, like say John Blichmann, who has a great sense of humor.

You can also meet and talk to the authors who are there to sell their books. That are great people, as Amanda has pointed out about Stan H.

Pro Brewers often present and hang out, why? Because it is the "Best 3 days of beer related activities ever!"
Had to work that in again.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Screwed up my big black IPA
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:24:41 AM »
You can go 100% for Munich, Vienna, and Dark Munich.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: May 06, 2015, 11:16:30 AM »
I'e brewed six batches since joining; Though it would be SWEET I'm not looking for a six digit salary for brewing beer.  I've found a community who openly share that which they have learned in order to grow.  AHA Rocks!!
The hobby is full of sharing people that want to improve the quality of homebrewed beer. That is good since those 6 figure brewing jobs are extremely rare.   ;)


You left out that you introduced yourself to a "D List" Homebrewer like me last year.  ;D

Ha, yes I remember! I thought I scared you a bit since I basically accosted you in the registration line. :)

I can't wait to go back!
One is not used to the attention on the D list.  ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Law of partial pressures
« on: May 06, 2015, 01:22:40 AM »
Because the partial pressure stuff really only applies to diffusion. Gases mix and behave as a single solution in a situation like purging a keg. Partial pressure forces are tiny compared to the energy of releasing a valve.
This is very true. Diffusion due to partial pressure may take hours. It can cause O2 to get under a bottle cap through the liner, given enough time. When we purge the keg, it all flows out.

Every year you go, you make new friends, so that by the time you've attended three or four, it seems like you know everybody or that everybody knows you - kinda like "Norm!"
It's not just the beer.  It's not just the seminars.  It's not just the chance to explore a new city.  It's the people.
I am looking forward to seeing a couple thousand of my best buds at my 16th conference.

This. So much this.

My first year (2012 - Seattle), I went alone. I had no club to go with but I wanted to go anyway. This past year (2014 - Grand Rapids) we went with 9 club members and did club night. A cliff notes of a few experiences for you:
  • I talked my way into judging the 2012 Final Round as a Certified judge with recommendation from the BJCP West rep at the time (GMII). I learned so much during that judging experience! My first flight was with Ron Price, who was on the AHA GC at the time, and I picked his brain on all things AHA and English bitter. My second flight was with Randy Scorby (who had just won AHA Homebrewer of the Year the year prior with a rauchbier) and we judged Cat 22. I picked his brain about all things rauchbier and ended up taking that knowledge home with me to brew the best rauchbier I had ever tasted. Randy and I still stay in contact via the BJCP (he is now one of the Education Directors and sets our club up with CEP sessions 4-6 times a year). When I saw him at 2014 NHC, he met my now husband and gave us pointers on where to go for our upcoming honeymoon.
  • Sitting at the bar on Friday night, by myself at my first NHC, I started talking with an older gentleman. Very nice man. He invited me to sit with his group at their table so we could all eat dinner together and continue our conversation about beer. I sit down, look around at everyone, and everyone is wearing a Blichmann polo. I jokingly ask, "What is this, the Blichmann table?" John reaches out his hand for a handshake and says, "Yeah, I'm John Blichmann. Very good to meet you!" Ha! Anyway, we all hung out all Club Night. Had a blast. One of the younger guys at the table, Pete, and I ran around all of club night, coming back to John and the rest of the crew when we found an excellent beer. It was awesome.
    We met again (they still all remember me somehow) at 2014 NHC, shared some hugs, laughed, and my husband thanked them all for keeping me company during Club Night. Love those guys! The found us during Club Night 2014 and hung around our booth for probably an hour.
  • I met Stan Hieronymus at GABF 2012 on a hungover plane ride and we have kept in touch, but during 2014 NHC the husband and I were running around with him during the welcome reception. Stan was running off to grab me beers he thought I should try and such. I'll never forget the look on on of our newer club member's faces, as if to say, 'Holy sh*t! Are you guys talking to Stan H??'. Haha, it was great. Of course, we introduced them and they chatted it up. Stan is such a wonderful person - would recommend being hung over on a plane next to him. :)
  • Denny and Drew. Enough said. My husband is a huge fan of them (he's the weird beer brewer) and was elated to meet them. It is super neat to have met and kept in touch with people who's book you have on your coffee table.
  • Martin Brungard. Awesome person. Since I knew what he looked like, I ran up and introduced myself. I was promptly greeted with a hug and a smile.
  • AHA Forum meet up. Once this gets arranged, don't miss it. It is awesome to put a face/person to the names we've all been talking to for the whole year. Last year, I did a mini-beer swap with Jimmy K where we traded a special beer/cider that we couldn't respectively get.

These are just a very small handful of the experiences I've had at NHC. And I've only been twice! Just go. You won't regret it.

Nice write up.

You left out that you introduced yourself to a "D List" Homebrewer like me last year.  ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: NSF Keg
« on: May 05, 2015, 05:41:28 PM »
My opinion only: I think it's more of a "feel good" for those concerned. I'm not familiar with the NSF certification but assuming the NSF certification is for use as a pressure vessel rated to X pounds. The steel and welds would be tested as such, if it's a non automated welding process, there is the possibility the person welding could have a "bad day" producing one bad keg. NSF certification cannot prevent "operator error".

However the fact that the manufacturer went through the trouble of getting it certified which includes periodic inspections/sampling, does go a long way to put my mind at ease that they are producing and want to produce a quality product. In other words it's not just some schmuck welding tanks in his garage.  ;)

Worth a few extra bucks to me, but I would not worry about it either.

 Are the materials food safe is a big part of the NSF rating.

Best 3 days of beer related activities ever!

This will be number 10 for me and the wife.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Law of partial pressures
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:10:17 PM »
If O2 diffused that rapidly, then I wouldn't feel like I was about to pass out every time I stick my head in my damn fermentation chamber...
Or people wouldn't die entering confined spaces that were not properly ventilated before entry.

Beer Recipes / Re: German themed IPA
« on: May 05, 2015, 11:17:15 AM »
Wyeast 1007 is from Zum Uerige, so it is a Duesseldorf Altbier yeast. It does take some time to settle, but it will clear out if you lager at 40F for a few weeks.

The White labs equivalent strain is 036.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: NSF Keg
« on: May 04, 2015, 11:44:47 PM »
I know what the rating is, I'm just curious if it's worth getting a non-NSF keg. FWIW, it's already ordered, just curious for future purchases.
I bought 2 from AiH, and had seen the U.S. Lab analysis if the steel. No worries here. The new kegs will be the n same but with the NSF stamp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC SQLite Dataset
« on: May 04, 2015, 10:07:53 PM »
That was pretty interesting. Only 2 past winners have use SafAle yeast? That seems surprising to me.
More likely only 2 past winkers calmed or SafAle specifically. Look for S-05 and you'll get a lot more hits I suspect.
Winkers or wankers? I kid.
I have got to start paying attention to what autocorrect days I said. Hopefully everyone got the point.

You have to have noticed some of mine by now, right?  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Law of partial pressures
« on: May 04, 2015, 10:05:15 PM »
If you purge many times you can get to a very low level of O2.

The amount that will go back in due to the partial pressure depends on the diffusion trough the rubber gaskets, not zero but pretty low I think.

On bottles there are better crown seal liners that let less O2 diffuse in. Sierra Nevada changed back around 2008 to those liners, but to be effective they had to go with pry off as that gave a higher clamp load to make it all work.

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