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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: excited newbie
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:29:24 PM »
Welcome. We all started with our first batch. We all remember how great it was! We all still have a lot of questions, some of us have more answers now than we used to.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Cheap heater
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:23:03 PM »
I have thermowrap, and hang a trouble light with 60w incandescent of of the dump valve. The shipping box holds the heat close. The bulb is not near the cardboard, not a hazard.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was surprised...
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:57:50 PM »
Charlie's book may have sold more since it was first published, current cover says >1million copies, and it is published by Harper Collins. HtB was the highest selling book in the Brewers Publication catalogue. 3 or 4 years ago, Kristi Switzer stated it had sold over 60,000 copies. Has to be over 100k now with the huge growth of the hobby.

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Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: February 18, 2014, 04:10:53 AM »
I'm going with a 32 oz bottle of tart cherry concentrate.
You can add some at a time, to taste. Thos have a high Brix, so try and estimate the sugar going if you want to know ABV.

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Ingredients / Re: Cherries
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:16:06 AM »
The Trade Joes juice would be one way.

I have used tart cherry concentrate in meads with good results. One year we found a blend of Montmorency and Balaton cherries in the concentrate that was excellent. That was before the wiped out 2012 crop in MI. Have not seen it since.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:10:35 AM »
I read in the rules that if you win a lottery slot but fail to pay you are out next year.

OK, I got that it can act as a deterrent to those that are not serious, and waste time and slots. No problem with that.

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The Pub / Re: If you're as old as I am....
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:17:26 AM »
I remember Hot Tuna. You are old.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:55:03 PM »
I wonder how many people either did not get an email or the email went into a spam or promotional box. But they were actually selected in the lottery, and didn't know it, waited patiently until time expired, and now they can't get in next year either.

I didn't get my email till a day after I had already logged in and paid.
Explain next year to me?

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Ingredients / Re: Water adjustment for an Old Peculier clone
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:36:27 PM »
I found that profile surprising, and was hoping Martin would chime in. Thanks for the input Martin. I want to brew an old ale again soon.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: State Championships
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:33:05 PM »
California does a state wide comp for both home and pro. The trophy is actually pretty bad ass.

Former prez from my club won it last year.

Bad ass Golden Bear indeed.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:28:03 PM »
There was not favoritism in the general lottery. A guy in our club who has an NHC Gold Medal is waiting to hear if he gets in. Just had to say that, as there were some in our club who entered a competition for the first time and got in, and someone who has been there and done that is waiting. It was a lottery.




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Homebrew Competitions / Re: State Championships
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:12:53 PM »
The Michigan State Fair Homebrew Comp was around 750 to 800 entries about the time the State Fair went under due to lack of funds. You know, crappy economy up here around Replaced by the Michigan Beer Cup, but that is a little smaller.

We did not have a commercial competition. So my hat is off to Florida.

You are judging, correct?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:07:34 PM »
+1 to the scale to be able to adjust water to what you want. I use this one for hops and water salts - it's affordable and works really well   :         
                   http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Signature-AWS-100-Digital/dp/B0012LOQUQ

I also recommend picking up a calibration weight for the AWS-100. Mine came a bit off.

http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Scales-100WGT-Calibration/dp/B002SVUBYE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392653701&sr=8-2&keywords=100+gram+calibration+weight

I should've mentioned that, Steve. I bought a calibration weight along with mine as well. Mine was a slight amount off until I calibrated it.
I have that bottle and the test mass. An instrument should be calibrated if you are to believe the measurement.

If you don't want to but a calibration weight you can use a new US nickel. Should be 5 grams.

Good info on the nickel - never heard that. My scale was ~ .03 g low out of the box, before I calibrated.

3 parts out of 10000 error is not too bad. Peace of mind calibrating it. Then again, what tolerance does the test mass have?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Starting with RO Water and adjusting from there
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:40:08 PM »
+1 to the scale to be able to adjust water to what you want. I use this one for hops and water salts - it's affordable and works really well   :         
                   http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Signature-AWS-100-Digital/dp/B0012LOQUQ

I also recommend picking up a calibration weight for the AWS-100. Mine came a bit off.

http://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-Scales-100WGT-Calibration/dp/B002SVUBYE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1392653701&sr=8-2&keywords=100+gram+calibration+weight

I should've mentioned that, Steve. I bought a calibration weight along with mine as well. Mine was a slight amount off until I calibrated it.
I have that model and the test mass. An instrument should be calibrated if you are to believe the measurement.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Newb Question - bottle limitations
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:32:36 PM »
While I can't speak for this comp, in comps I've judged in the past, we have allowed these bottles, but they are frowned upon. I believe the judges have the right to reject the bottles, but rarely, if ever, do. You will not lose points for it, but there is a section on the judging form about appropriate bottles.
No, judges are not allowed to reject entries. But they can bring it to the organizer's attention. In reality it would have to be a big violation for that to happen.

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The registrar and competetion organizer can reject, though.

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