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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gorgeous Brew Day
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:04:30 PM »
On the drive from Bend to the coast there's a pretty spectacular lava field.  Is that it?

That's definitely not the Newberry Crater flow; you have to take a road east off highway 97 to get there. Well worth the trip. I see a couple different lava fields on the map west of Bend, so you'll have to be more specific about which highway you're referring to.
McKenzie Pass is what I remember, after looking at a map.  Highway 20 between Sisters and Cascadia.

No, it is more south and a little east of the highway. Huge flow of obsidian, not what we think of lava, this is black glass. On top there are obsidian boulders almost the size of a Smart car.

A ways from there, there was a lava flow with casts of trees, that left round voids down into the lava.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:53:26 PM »
I just saw this on the NHC competition page on the AHA site:

Please check back in January 2014 for information about how to enter the competition.  Registration will be done lottery-style, allowing entrants to register themselves and a specified number of entries (TBD) at their leisure.  After the registration period, entrants will be notified regarding the actual allowed number of entries per entrant (TBD).

I'm sure when they release the details it will be more clear, but the last line has me wondering.  I'm curious if you submit your entries, and they "pull from a hat" which ones can go in.

Either way, there's sure to be some complaining  ;)
That is going to be interesting. It looks like you will register online, and then if those are picked in the lottery, and you send to the first round. Right?

With the general dissatisfaction last year, this will be a change that will let everyone have time to register, but many will still get left out. The AHA will get a look at the potential demand for entry slots if there were no limits.

Should be a fun ride.

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:16:11 AM »
I brewed a beer once years ago using 100 percent maple sap as the liquid. Wasn't good but I did it. Not sure there was much sugar in it.

well about 1/20th as much as maple syrup right? so 3.5% or so?

I've often considered this and I think I would want to use partially boiled sap instead of straight.

More like 1/40th, I believe. I wonder what was so bad about it? I once brewed an extract brown ale with sap reduced to 1/5 of it's original volume. It was terrible. Very smoky from the wood fire I cooked the sap over.

I recently tasted a beer brewed with shagbark hickory syrup. The syrup is made by boiling tree bark for flavor and adding sugar to make the syrup. On it's own it tastes pleasant: woody, nutty, and sweet. Fermented in a beer, it's horribly tannic.

The guys around here say 1/40 for boiling down maple sap to syrup. One friend does Birch syrup, and that is 1/100, so he gets a very low yield.

I have tasted the Hickory bark syrup from southern Indiana. It as interesting, don't remember it being tannic, but that was just the syrup, so the sugar was probably covering up the tannins.

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 17, 2013, 04:57:08 PM »
Muscovado sugar. Stronger flavors.
I also have some Palm sugar which has a rich taste, but have not used.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:26:19 AM »
I would love to join but, don't know which would be a good membership for me since I just started homebrewing  8) ;D
sign up for a year. Benefits of membership are discussed early in this thread. If you use the benefits, you will realize that the cost:benefit ratio is low. I say the membership pays for itself.

Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: October 16, 2013, 05:02:14 PM »
Was always under the impression that a belt offers some compliance to the system if a rock jams the rollers. I had a bag of malt with 3 rocks, and with a drill, it was rather exciting when the mill would pop up in the air when it all locked up.

Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:57:59 PM »
I have always benefited from the advice and free sharing of recipes that others have given me. I give my recipes out.

Though I have just remembered that I owe a couple of guys a recipe.

Beer Recipes / Re: Copyright
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:10:07 PM »
Beer recipes are a dime a dozen. Recipes in general can't be copyrighted, the legal folks can correct if wrong (looks like they already have weighed in). As said keep it secret, like the Coke Cola recipe if you think it is supper special.

There are recipes for Pliny the Elder on the web, supplied by Vinnie Cilurzo. Now why would he do that? He says the equipment and procedures are hard to duplicate, so you get a similar beer, but not exactly the same. Sort of like Grandma's apple pie recipe.

MY homebrew club did an activity that weighed out the same ingredients in kits - malt, hops and yeast - for club members to brew a home, so water and process were not controlled. When judged there was a 20 point spread. So much for a recipe being special.


Pimp My System / Re: Pimp My System
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:11:48 PM »
Nice bar. Mine has the red painted walls and the same chairs.

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: October 16, 2013, 12:02:29 PM »
Wow! Some nice hardware, and a picture with Charley P.

Going Pro / Re: Trench Drain Plan
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:23:09 AM »
At the Oakland NHC, the going Pro discussion ramped off on floors and drains for quite a bit. Ken Grossman said he had written up guidelines on floors and drains. Might be on the Brewers Association site somewhere.

Tom - I remember Vinnie C. saying that his floors did not drain, and would have to redo someday.

The take away is that this mundane subject is important, and get it right early.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP940
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:16:57 AM »
Vienna Lager time again, ramping up the 6 qt starter of WLP940.  Prolly try to get 2-3 iterations
off of this yeast.  Be a good pilsen and victory malt with some czech saaz. base it around 1.050 O.G..
I used 940 in a CAP. It was almost too clean!

All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction Tips?
« on: October 16, 2013, 10:15:10 AM »
This is how Jeff Renner does his cereal mash for CAP.  I think he has a really big pressure cooker.

I think mine is 20 qt.  With a larger inner container, I could do a pretty sizable decoction in there.
Jeff Renner's is about 22qt IIRC.

Beer Recipes / Re: Help! Peppercorn IPA
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:44:24 AM »

This is a great one. The base beer looks close to yours.

By Mike Bardallis.

I like the look of that but am thinking I would sub out the special b for a 65 l crystal. Have you brewed it with the special b?

I have not brewed it, but have had more than a few times at Mike's as he wrote that recipe. Good stuff.

Equipment and Software / Re: Calling All Metallurgists!
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:27:56 PM »
And really glad I posted and got your advice Jeff.  That would have ruined a good beer and a lot of hops.......

Whoa! Like I said not a metallurgist, but thought give it a try in a glass as an experiment just to see. Glad it saved you some angst over ruined beer.

I have one wrapped in water weld curing now.  Will try it out when I get home on Thursday.  Or maybe I'll just buy a handful of SS pipe fittings........or marbles.

The wife is going to pick up more of the glass beads she uses to weigh down flower vases. Those are real cheap. One other usewill be to keep meads up to the neck of the carboy.

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