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You stop listening halfway through many brewery tours and just read signs, record boards, and box labels.
Or you are muttering to yourself every time something is wrong and your wife gives you the "don't be that guy nudge".

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:14:32 PM »
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

The. AHA will let us know soon.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:10:34 PM »
Good job Jim.

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:52:09 AM »
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

Had a very good time in SD  2011.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting 1056 behaviour
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:49:13 AM »
Does anyone know if Sierra Nevada uses the same strain for their "lagers"?

Ha, it's funny how you put lagers in quotes. I never thought Sierra Nevada's lagers were very good...they are definitely an ale brewery. The vienna lager was decent that I had in the fall pack last year, but I am not a fan of the Summerfest at all; it just isn't a smooth and clean tasting lager.
And the oktoberfest had a slight roast character to it that took me by surprise.

They have a go to lager strain for their lagers. Don't know what it is.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:24:54 AM »
Mine was about 48 hrs to signs of fermentation. Beer is fine.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:15:46 AM »
80 is very good, if I get motivated to take the tasting again, I would be satisfied with that.

The Pub / Re: water analysis for coffee
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:37:06 PM »
For the targets, to need 26ppm Ca and 45 ppm bicarbonate. Left to you is what minerals do Ca, gypsum or CaCl2, baking soda, and how many grams of each per gallon, or liter in your case.

The first tab in Brunwater calculates hardness and.alkalinity. The 3rd tab will.give the ppm for minerals in g/L.

Hope this helps.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: February 22, 2015, 11:11:20 PM »
Flbrewer, your magnesium is really high, perhaps too high

What happens w. too high of magnesium? I'd really like to use my water as otherwise I have to keep buying gallons of distilled and adding back in stuff.

One other idea I had was to just buy spring or drinking water bottled.
RO water should be cheaper than distilled, and spring water.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada HopHunter
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:38:05 AM »
Had it on draft tonight. Damn it is good!

All Grain Brewing / Re: When to measure mash pH...
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:33:23 PM »
Mash in, stir, check/adjust temp, stir some more. Gee, it is 10-15 minutes in, time to check the pH.

Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:42:07 PM »
While attending a hop conference here in Ohio two weeks ago, a fellow mentioned to me that one of the big players in Yakima was considering establishing some test acreage (200A?) in Northern MI. $2000/A in MI is quite a savings from what land is going for in the Yak Valley.  Business is business I guess.

Wonder where in N. MI?

The guys I know on teh brewing side like some of the qualities of the Chinook and Cascade from MI. They say the aromatics are very nice.

Ingredients / Re: Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:29:12 PM »
Talking with some hop growers in NC, they said the yield is lower there than MI, about 25% of Yakima. They become very competitive for the fresh hops, as they do not have the express shipping charges.

I know a guy who has 1/4 to 1/2 acre of hops. All of those go to Arcadia for a fresh hop beer.

If you are in Grand Rapids go to Siciliano's, they sell some MI hops packaged for the homebrewer.

Ingredients / Michigan Hops Farms Expanding.
« on: February 19, 2015, 04:06:18 PM »
Michigan is the #4 state for acres of hops grown, with a whopping 300 acres strung this year. If this goes through it will more than double that.

Beer Recipes / Re: SN Pale Ale Clone
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:39:56 PM »
SN on their mention of Bravo.


    Alcohol Content 5.6% by volume
    Beginning gravity 13.1° plato   1.053 OG
    Ending Gravity 2.8° plato  1.011 FG
    Bitterness Units 38


    Yeast Ale yeast
    Bittering Hops Magnum, Perle
    Finishing Hops Cascade
    Malts Two-row Pale, Caramel

No mention of Chinook or Centennial either.

There were no Magnum or Perle in the hop staging room. They were brewing Pale Ale that day.

They may have had to do some changes due to the hop crop.

could be. when was that picture taken?

First week of September.

I was there last month.

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