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Pimp My System / Re: Wood Framed Kegerator Build
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:16:33 PM »
That looks like a classy piece of furniture. Good job on that!

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Events / Re: What's with all the Rye?
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:39:05 PM »
I saw Carlson a little while before this was brewed. It is one of his recipes that has won a lot in the area. He and Founders have a good relationship that goes way back. He was honored to have it selected as a commemorative beer.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pin lock to ball lock conversion
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:46:18 AM »
The one that I have that was converted has had leaks. I think I have it under control now, but it has been a bother.

I would just get some threaded connectors and swivel nuts today.

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Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:37:26 AM »
A DP over 200 for a Continental malt? I would think that maybe that is the WK index not degrees Lintner. 6 row is in the 160-180 degrees Lintner range.
Oops, you are right, my bad.  The pils is 250 WK/74 Lintner.
I found out the Red X is 225 WK/68 Lintner.  I think I'm going to go with the Rye Malt anyway since my LHBS has both.

68 Lintner is still fine for most grists. Sometimes you see MO in the 65 range.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Mash Tun false bottom
« on: May 13, 2014, 08:24:35 AM »
It is all in here. I saw a big sheet of the perforated SS where I worked in the storage rack by the machine shop, no idea what they were going to use it for. I mentioned this because you should be able to buy the material rather than punch all of those holes, unless you are a skilled metal worker. Or just buy a screen from one of the suppliers.

http://brewhardware.com/false-bottoms-filters/152-falsebottom

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A couple of times when judging the senior judge would look over the scores, and would have a fairly high scoring early beer pulled to compare to a high scoring later beer to check for drift in the judging during the flight. This has only happened a couple of times, but it was a good technique. Of course this does not fix the difference in judge pairs and what happens in a mini-BOS.

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Ingredients / Re: Red X malt (Best Malz)
« on: May 12, 2014, 02:09:55 PM »
I tried to find it, couldn't. What are you planning on doing? They say it will convert itself at 100%. I would probably not try to use it to convert an adjunct though.
Doing a Red Rye IPA 19lbs Red X, 4lbs flaked rye, 2 lbs Carared.  Maybe I'll just swap 4 lbs of the Red x, for Best Pils.  It has a diastatic power of over 200!
A DP over 200 for a Continental malt? I would think that maybe that is the WK index not degrees Lintner. 6 row is in the 160-180 degrees Lintner range.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:59:30 PM »
Back on topic, we don't plan on going. Mrs. R says she will just want a quiet evening with a beer and dinner after stewarding all day for the 2nd round. Sounds like a plan to me.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:04:15 AM »
I have looked at a couple of the BNA NHC threads over there.

This one has to be corrected next to last [post.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31664&start=32
The guy who said Disco Demolition was at Tiger Stadium has that all wrong. It was at Comisky Park in Chicago with a local DJ, Steve Dahl, as the master of cerimonies.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Happy Mom Day
« on: May 11, 2014, 07:15:34 PM »
I miss my mom.
I do too, she has been gone almost 30 years.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 10, 2014, 07:53:27 PM »
It was very disjointed and crowded and there were private beers for VIP and IIRC it was not clear they would be unavailable. There were three places for the regular Joes to get beer and over time the crowd cleared out. For awhile it was nearly impossible to wet the whistle. It was also hot has heck in some areas.
You forgot to mention the high noise level. Real high. We left fairly early, and the bus was full.

This years venue will be in a minor league ball park parking lot. The MI Brewers Guild holds the winter fest there. The VIP area will probably be in the Stadium Club, that's where the beer fest has the VIP area. Hopefully BN has similar food venders lined up. Oh, the winter beer fest has about 7500 people including workers, so the venue will hold the BN party.

My favorites were SD and Minneapolis, followed by Seattle, then Philly.






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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bigfoot 2014
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:17:00 AM »
They do age much better since they stopped using screw-tops, but Bigfoot has always been fantastic fresh as well. I usually but a pack to stash in the cellar when they come out, and then just buy as needed for general consumption.

To me, Bigfoot isn't necessarily a brandy-snifter type barleywine. I save that for English Barleywines/Quads/RIS/etc. I'll gladly drink Bigfoot out of a pint/Sam Adams glass/Red Solo Cup/etc.

When we did a vertical there was a marked reduction in the aging qualities from 07 to 08. They went to the pry off cap in 08.

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As Eric says, pay attention to the levels. Look up Munich water, that should be for hoppy beers if you go by the ratio. The number from Martin March April Zymurgy article are Cl=10 ppm and SO4=18 ppm. Pretty low, so you don't think it emphasizes the hop bitterness.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in a keg on it's side?
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:56:05 AM »
The height of a corny is not near the height of a 7 bbl conical. I have found I get clear beer fairly quickly by lagering at -1C, which is what is typical in Germany. Colder is better, but -1C is essentially Tom's 30F lower limit, so I would not go lower than that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering in a keg on it's side?
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:44:23 PM »
Horizontal lagering tanks are how big lager breweries do it. The beer clears quicker as the "stuff" has less height to settle out of. If you can keep them sealed good. Then if you can rack to a fresh keg while the original are on the side it would work.

I have time to let my Cornies settle, FWIIW.

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