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Equipment and Software / Re: Plate Chiller and Hops
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:47:50 AM »
I have been brewing for a couple years now and I finally stepped my game up and bought a plate chiller. My question is how do you guys that have one filter your hops out to go through the chiller. I do use the pellet hops any information you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated.

I have been having issues with this as well.  Last brew I used a hop spider and although I don't think I get the same utilization as "free" hops, at least the chiller didn't clog.
I am going to make a grant.  The hot wort gets drained through a colander into the grant and then pumped from the bottom through the chiller and back to the kettle.

I now have a grant. The main use is to break the vacuum that can be on the false bottom when pumping. I also will try having the grant on a burner, so that I can heat when transferring to the kettle and get to the boil faster. I also will use it to bump temperatures in a step mash.

You just gave me a boil/post boil application, Jeff.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:34:59 AM »

Any mention of what the fee will be per entry?  That could be a deciding factor for some deciding how many they want to enter.

Also, since they are allowing you to enter alternate judging locations, does that mean you may send some entries to one location and some to another?

I read that as you select where you would like your entries to go first. If that site fills before your entries are assigned, you will have your other preferences on file. The reasons would be you are comfortable with the judging centers past performance, quality of judging, and shipping costs. I don't read that as the ability to split entries.

All Grain Brewing / Re: substitution for smoked porter
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:46:07 PM »
Remember that smoked malts lose smokiness due to age and out gassing. If it is highly smokey go on the low end, not much smoke go on the high end.

Some of us smoke our own grains to get the level we desire.

Ingredients / Re: long term storage of ingrdients
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:23:23 PM »
I have the opinion that grain will last most of a year, as it has to, to propagate the species.

I have used malts that were stored well, long after I bought them.

Beer Recipes / Re: How do YOU spitball new recipes? Name your process
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:14:55 PM »
I have made made some following Gordon Strong's Zen approach in Brewing Better Beer. Flavor goal, ingredients to get to the goal, don't over think it (apologies to Gordon for understating the whole deal).

I made a rustic German lager that did not fit into the style guidelines. It turned out very tasty, and was like those around Bamberg when one orders a Lagerbier or Landbier.

I made an off the wall lager that was inspired by Bells Quianannon Falls lager. Got close, and it was well received by many at NHC in Philly on Club Night. This was winging it at its finest. The Bells folks liked it!

Ingredients / Re: Needed... 16.5 Tons of Pilsner Malt
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:56:31 AM »
Great Western 2 row is in many of the west coast big name brewers silos. I have seen semis delivering, even rail cars of it. Pils, I don't know.

Ingredients / Re: Needed... 16.5 Tons of Pilsner Malt
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:03:43 AM »
Is importing to S. Korea that easy? The folks who opened Arbor Brewing India spent months with the brewing supplies held up in customs. Just asking about the timing.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:00:09 AM »
I will say that the more NHC's you go to the more you want to go to NHC.  I've been to over a dozen and will try not to miss one no matter where it is.
Pro night last year reminded me of GABF with the incredibly loud venue and long lines for the "special" beers and breweries.  I didn't stay long.
This will be my ninth NHC, and the summer is planned around the NHC.

I agree on Pro Brewers night last year. I did get to chat with some of the pros that I know, which was nice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Idea for siphoning to keg?
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:12:30 AM »
I'm not sure you will get a vacuum, or enough to pull the liquid to start the siphon.

A couple of guys in the club will use a vacuum pump on the gas post to pull the liquid in through the liquid post. I have seen it done and it works great.

Try it, let us know what happens.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cake in beer
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:22:21 PM »
oh good, your subject line made me think you were going a different direction.
It made me want to experiment... Next time I have left over cake I know what I'm going to make a 1 gallon batch of!

I'm still trying to figure out how to add cake as in ingredient in BeerSmith... (I guess it'd be a Specialty Grain?)
Good for the brew house music if I am in a ska-ish mood.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:44:29 PM »
Well it wouldn't be money to the AHA... It would be simply used to evaluate merit.  Unless you can think of a better way to evaluate brewing merit for a given year...
There is always this one.

A guy we know said he spent about $2k on entries and shipping the year he won.  :o
Haha True enough.  But that does require a ton of entires.  I was just proposing a way to get some slots in the NHC based on merit vs random lottery.  I didn't mean to say you HAVE to enter 20 comps or you're not going to get to enter the NHC.
That was just a comment on a way to show your brewing chops, not about the NHC.

The NHC has been inclusive in the past. Even a new brewer can win medals, or have a shot.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Porter Recipe
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:35:35 PM »
The Briess is strong compared to the Weyermann. 1.5 lb should make it fairly smokey.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:33:19 PM »
Well it wouldn't be money to the AHA... It would be simply used to evaluate merit.  Unless you can think of a better way to evaluate brewing merit for a given year...
There is always this one.

A guy we know said he spent about $2k on entries and shipping the year he won.  :o

The Pub / Re: What's the best hangover cure?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:12:25 PM »
Down in TX they tell me menudo works wonders.

For me it is water, vitamin B, a shower, and time.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:04:17 PM »
In talking about using existing competitions. You medal at one of them you're allowed to enter the 1st round of the nhc.
Dan, if you compete for a long time, you will have a certain bias against this. A 40+ beer in one competition will be a 32 in another. Then well respected folks give you great feedback the next time you put it out there. You can't say that judging is an exact science.

My experience.
I agree that's just how judging goes. The same thing will happen to you in the 1st and 2nd round of the NHC. It's the nature of the beast. I'm not sure I see how that would be a negative against having qualifier competitions for the 1st round throughout the year. I can definitely see how logistically it would be a bit of work... But it seems to me it would be worth it.

Why not just seed the brewer, not the beers? Someone who competes a lot will have enough ribbons/medals to qualify. That would be a lot of record keeping for someone, though.

In my mind you are still essentially raising the cost of entering the NHC to lower demand. I don't enter a lot of competitions partially because it's an expense that I don't need most of the time. But the NHC is an exception. As it is a highly respected contest I'm sure there are a lot of folks you aim for it as their one, or one of a very few, contests each year. If you are trying to gain entry to NHC by winning a separate qualifying event with it's own entry fee you have again made it so someone who can afford to enter ten or hundreds of beers in contests all year long has a much greater chance of getting an entry than someone who has to refine and collect their very best efforts and enter only in 1 or 2 contests in the hope of winning on the merits of their entry rather than on surviving attrition.

These days I usually do 3 or 4 local comps and the NHC. Some of those I are not before the entries are due. Looking at the BJCP site, no competitions are registered in MI before June.

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