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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:17:12 AM »
Maybe this year we can arrange a more formal AHA Forum meetup at NHC and put faces to names.

This would be awesome! I'm looking forward to attending my first NHC and would love to put faces to names.
Be careful what you ask could ruin the mystery  ;D

But then you get to say you have met some of the heroes of homebrewing, like Denny and Drew. A lot of the forumites don't look like the people you would expect.

I won't be there this year, the new house is taking all of my time and most of my money. But my wife and I both plan to attend next year in San Diego!

Too bad you will miss GR. SD was a lot of fun last time, see you there next year.

Beer Recipes / Re: The Recipe Wiki?
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:40:54 AM »
As Mtn... pointed out, we now keep it under the "Resources" section of Let's Brew.

And here is a link to access the 2013 National Homebrew Competition gold recipes:


Thanks, Duncan.

I see where it is now, and can drill down to find it from the main page. Thanks for the help.

Beer Recipes / Re: The Recipe Wiki?
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:31:26 AM »
I'm on the iPad this morning, but when i select the "Let's Brew" I see it. Must be the old man eyes this morning.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pale Ale Feedback
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:05:43 AM »
Great suggestions. 

I was wondering about the Horizon, having never used them.
What do they bring here, or are they just a clean bitter?
Horizon is often mentioned with Warrior and magnum as a clean bittering hop. It is not grown to the extent of those others, though.

Beer Recipes / The Recipe Wiki?
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:50:28 AM »
I was looking for the Hombrewpedia Wiki in the new web page, no pull down that I could find. You can still get to it from the sticky above on this page, so it is still out there on the server.

Cannot find the NHC winners list of recipes, that was one I would use for recipe development research.

Anyone know if those are on the to do list for the new page?

2 NHC medals here. One was bottle conditioned, one was not. Hope this helps.  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: % of IBUs from bittering addition?
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:36:41 AM »
In the German Pilsners I brew, I have found I like about 50% of the IBUs early in the boil and the other 50% between 30 and 10 minutes. They tend to like the hops boiled for 10 minutes to give that refined hoppiness that is popular over there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: % of IBUs from bittering addition?
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:02:00 PM »
For an APA with new hops this might work. Some guy named Vinnie used this for new hops.

Dkflick, good thing you dodged the bullet of being interviewed by JZ. Your user name would have derailed the whole show from the beginning
It's actually even worse as it actually is sans the 'L'. Lol. German exchange students always enjoyed my last name...
When I was in Germany, another engineer with the last name of Fickes traveled over for a series of meetings. Much hilarity ensued.

Ingredients / Re: Avangard Pilsner Malt
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:55:20 PM »
I just picked up a sack of Avangard Munich.... Anybody dip into it yet?
Made a German pilsner that is lagering now. Will say when it is carbonated.

Phew is right. I could have talked about brewing with Joe and Andy Hudecek. That would have burned that time up.

I don't think that would have helped your election cause! :)
That could be Drew. They live in the next town over, and it was a crazy fun morning. They were doing 4 10 gallon batches that day, brewing in parallel on 2 systems.

Their Oktoberfest party is a blast. Ask John Palmer about it. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: why whirlpool
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:24:04 AM »
I think it's the souls of brewers past.

Edit to add more than just humor...

Of course I'm no expert, but having read Palmer's book and listened to him discuss it. I think you're both right. The foam just before boil is hot break, and so is the stuff swirling around once that foam falls. My understanding is that at boiling the pH drops due to calcium precipitation, plus you have heat and motion. This combines to cause proteins and tannins to collide and combine into big masses. Then at chilling they sink to the bottom along with all the other particulates, like hops and whatnot.

Whirlpooling sets the contents of your pot into a circular motion, the outside is moving faster than the center. When you stop whirlpooling (as long as you don't disturb it) the stuff tends to settle near the center where it was moving slowly. In my kettle I whirlpool through the whole boil and chill, then cut the whirlpool. I then take a hydrometer sample. Once the break in my sample has settled enough to get a reading, I gently run off to the fermentor. That's generally about 15 minutes.

Or its the souls of dead brewers.

Your explanation does not have the vertical circulation in it, so it missed some of the fluid dynamics. The whirlpool cone was explained with a cup of tea as an example by Albert Einstein. Yes, that Albert Einstein.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who got in?
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:59:53 PM »
Got 4 entries to Zanesville which was my first choice. Said i would judge Zanesville, might judge the finals, and the wife will steward both.

I know 9 on that list. It is a very strong field, with the incumbents, the high ranking BJCP judges, and people from the forum. We have known people who have run and not been elected, but they gave it a try.

Good luck to one and all. Didn't think I would be interviewed on the BN!

Really! I didn't know there would be interviews.

Sadly, it doesn't look like there will be this year just due to the sheer quantity. Justin has said he's planning on doing as much as he can to promote the election because he wants to get the word out.


Phew is right. I could have talked about brewing with Joe and Andy Hudacek. That would have burned that time up.

All Grain Brewing / Re: PH Test Strips
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:37:34 PM »
+1 to Bru'nWater. If you're careful to enter the correct grist, water volumes and use RO, it seems to predict pH very accurately. If I were to ever feel I needed it I'd buy a meter I suppose, but I'm a lot of batches in on Bru'nWater and it works consistently well. Really pleased.
Every now bad then I have a mash that is a little off, so I have to adjust. That could be grist variation or base RO water variation. I check the mash pH, and have started measuring kettle pH. I have to get with it and measure the finished beer pH someday

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