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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:39:18 AM »
I wonder how GABF is judged given that so many commercial beers are kind of out of style

They don't use BJCP guidelines.  They have their own.
That has about 3X the number of styles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gusher Infection?
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:29:54 AM »
If you watch art glass being made you will see the last step is that it goes into an annealing oven. Those start at the working temps, and the glass is slowly brought to ambient over a day or two. If not it will be brittle.

Glass bottles were made from glass that was a hot glowing slug of material. They are cooled slowly.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 10, 2014, 01:08:09 PM »
Quarts and liters are close enough in volume that I treat them the same in my head.

They are close. ~3.8L=1 Gallon. I have read that a lot for some reason.  ;D

Ingredients / New White Labs Packaging Announcement
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:21:20 PM »
Just saw this. For commercial brewers, comment section says the homebrew pitch will still be in vials.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:15:24 AM »
I have a couple of ferm wraps for my Better Bottles, but I use a low wattage ceramic heater for the 15g conical.
My fermwrap is on the conical. I also have a 60 Watt incandescent bulb in a utility/trouble light hanging from the dump port. The bulb is contained and just hanging so no fire hazard. With SS light is not a worry. The trouble lamp was not getting use so I put it to work in the winter. Next batch I may not need it.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:12:06 AM »
40 Watt fermwrap is one that I have.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast Remains or Worse?
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:12:59 PM »
Paul, I know the feeling. I dumped zero beer sthis quarter. Quarter before I dumped 60 bbls of beer. So, put that in perspective. That said, it always sucks, no matter how much you dump.

I will toast your commitment to a quality product, next time I have a beer.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:32:10 AM »
On my last brew day my grain mill still acted up.  It would crush for a while, then just sit there and spin for a while.  It didn't do that when new.  I don't know what else to do.  I have adjusted the gap, and cleaned the rollers well.  It is a Cereal Killer mill if that matters.

So now I am thinking new grain mill.  What do you recommend?
Have you talked to the guys you bought it from? AiH?

Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:39:05 AM »
How have I missed Monk's after all the time staying in the Loop?

Joe, it does seem like a long ride on the Red line. If it is your daily commute, it may seem quick. It all depends on what 69franx defines as short.

With children, well then, Local Option might be out.

The Pub / Re: Spring Brewing Inspiration
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:19:17 AM »
Top one is MT Hood bottom one is MT Adams.

That was my second guess. Not St. Helens.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:17:13 AM »
I just have plastic 60L Spiedels at this point, but have considered a conical, as I like the concept of transferring clear wort under pressure.  I have always wondered how you clean and sanitize the dump valve in place after the dump of an early trub and unwanted yeast?  Just spray it down with StarSan?
That is what I do.

The Pub / Re: Spring Brewing Inspiration
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:07:23 PM »
The second looks like Rainier.

Ingredients / Re: A beer by another name.
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:46:08 PM »
I think what Neil is getting at here is that his buddy brewed something like Denny's RIPA or Waldo Lake Amber and then changed up the established recipe, but is still calling it by the accepted name. 

So yeah, I'd agree that if he's made significant changes to a 'famous' homebrew recipe, then he should call it something else.  Kind of a branding issue in a way.  Like the fake Brewdog pub in China.
Denny's Wry Smile IPA made by replacing Mt. Hood with Liberty would be hard to detect. Replace MT. Hood with Citra, then rename it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:07:38 PM »
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.
Can you post your recipe, procedures somewhere on the board. I have done one a few times, would like to compareotes.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:57:52 PM »
I am hoping they allow food to be brought in by the clubs this year again. That was part of the fun.  Sucked in Philly with the only food being provided was by the hotel.
Dan is correct. The NHC is too big to fly under the radar on food safety laws in places with food licenses.

Edit - read the FAQ on food. Not allowed.
I suppose that means the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be used by the AHA to provide food during club night... At least I hope so... with all that beer there really needs to be some food somewhere ;-)
we usually have something to eat before. There were snacks in Philly during club night.

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