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Ingredients / Re: Anyone use the Pur Mineral filter?
« on: July 15, 2013, 08:09:15 PM »
You're not going to filter out any of the minerals that are important to brewing, or the alkalinity.  A house water softener or a reverse osmosis system will, but not a charcoal filter, Pur, Brita, etc.
water softeners take out Ca and Mg. they don't take-out bicarbonate. Those add Na in the ion exchange.

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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:47:43 PM »
At a wedding reception I talked to a guy who is going pro. He has been brewing dice Christmas, on a Mr. Beer system. He has made four batches, all awesome. 8)

Jeff, send him the link to the article before he hurts himself!
No idea how to contact him. He was not listening to me.

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Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 14, 2013, 01:20:43 PM »
At a wedding reception I talked to a guy who is going pro. He has been brewing dice Christmas, on a Mr. Beer system. He has made four batches, all awesome. 8)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lagering -rack to secondary?
« on: July 13, 2013, 06:14:23 AM »
Kegs are my secondary lagering vessels.

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44 on the beers. Maybe 5 for the mead and cider.

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Ingredients / Re: Base Malt Allergy
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:47:21 AM »
No reaction to the things that have been roasted, cooked, or boiled. Tell that to the allergist.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:53:38 PM »
If the 32 ibu came from all late hops plus dry hops and had a big IPAish hop profile with enough malt to back it up but half the alcohol, I'd say gimme 3 more! Love me some session beer! Love IPA for the hops. Alcohol content doesn't matter much. If I could have a 3.5% IPA that tastes like a 7% IPA I'd rather drink twice as many 3.5% beers.
it was an ordinary bitter to me, and the IBU were not from late hops, did not have a dry hop character. It was disappointing. Fuller's Bengl lancer at 5.3% bottled was much more of a British IPA to my thinking.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:12:16 PM »
Ok so from now on IPA ( pronounced: eye-pee-ay) is now a WORD used to describe a particular style of beer. It is not an acronym for ANYTHING! Unless it's brewed in England.
I can assume you never had Greene King IPA. 3.6% ABV, 32-ish IBU, little hop flavor or aroma on cask.

What would you say if you ordered an IPA and got an ordinary bitter?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:56:39 PM »
Zombie Dutst is another IPA masquerading as an APA. Then there are ones like All Day IPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:09:00 AM »
If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

Due to availability?  Or some other reason?

Just curious.
Price.

I haven't seen such a huge price difference at least locally.  All kegs seem to be hovering around $50.

Definitely, though, I agree that there's no reason to pay more just for the ball lock connections.
$50 for ball lock, $35 for pin at my LHBS.
http://www.homebrewing.org/Home-Brew-Kegs_c_223.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:42:17 AM »
If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

Due to availability?  Or some other reason?

Just curious.
Price.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:19:33 AM »
A friend has mostly pin lock, but has a couple of ball locks. If you have the swivel nuts on the gas and beer line, you just need to change the keg disconnects and you are good to go.

If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

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Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:25:00 AM »
Thanks.

I should be able to find some time. You can also email me if you feel you need my input on a topic.

The NHC had become big. I wonder how much larger it can get.

Kai
4000 next year is what they are working on.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:12:55 PM »
because who doesn't like more stats:

which region did 23 categories of beer medals and points (6/4/2) come from?

New York:       10 medals, 36 pts
Northern Cal:    8 medals, 36 pts
Tulsa:              7 medals, 28 pts
Ohio:               7 medals, 28 pts
Minnesota:       7 medals, 28 pts
Southern Cal:   6 medals, 22 pts
Milwaukee:       6 medals, 18 pts
Seattle:            5 medals, 22 pts
Denver:            5 medals, 16 pts
Atlanta:            4 medals, 20 pts
Kansas City      3 medals, 16 pts

mostly well distributed, and of course people shipped all over the place.  I don't think I could make any statements about what the numbers mean other than the fairly obvious:  any shipping is worse than local drop-off for the Final Round.  Would we see the most local region near the top of this list most years?  Seems likely, but what do I know.

if anyone adds those up and notices only 68 medals, I cannot find the Cat 18 Gold winner on any regional lists.  If that is an administrative advance beer that is awesome for him, though it does illustrate the need for further improvement to the competition.

cheers--
--Michael
That is a good analysis.

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