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Equipment and Software / The Zymatic has landed!
« on: March 05, 2015, 04:58:19 PM »
Here's my review of the Zymatic.....
Nice review. You're a good writer.

It would be awesome to fit an inline plate chiller with ball lock QDs (or some other QD mechanism) on each end so it was super easy to connect the chiller. You could set the plate chiller in the sink under some ice and let her rip.

That chiller could probably be left inline for the rinse cycle to clean the chiller when cleaning everything else.

The Pub / Re: Check out this homebrew!
« on: March 04, 2015, 08:26:35 PM »

Is it just me, or does that onesie look ultra cozy?
Seriously. Hospitals must be upping their game. All my kids got was swaddled in a thin blanket.


Equipment and Software / sorry...immersion chiller recommendations
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:07:18 PM »
I chill to 80-90 degrees with an immersion chiller then put the beer in the ferm chamber and pitch in the morning.  Less hassle than trying to get to pitch temp right away.

I have considered this. The problem is I aerate using gravity into my speidel 30L. If I pitched in the morning wouldn't I need to aerate again? It's not easy for me to do it once it is in the fermenter. Baby steps until I aerate properly...
I also have a Speidel 30L. I open the top and aerate with a sanitized paint stirrer hooked to my drill before pitching. Aeration is supposed to work better with cold liquid.

Edit: something like this

Equipment and Software / Re: sorry...immersion chiller recommendations
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:27:18 AM »
I chill to 80-90 degrees with an immersion chiller then put the beer in the ferm chamber and pitch in the morning.  Less hassle than trying to get to pitch temp right away.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When is a lager an ale
« on: March 02, 2015, 06:55:38 PM »

I went to BeerSmith and clicked on the Recipes tab and searched for Boston Lager clone.  The 8-9 results showed all but one as an American Pale Ale with ale yeast.  I think it is a really nice beer and would like to try brewing something like it.
Those recipes are classified by the Homebrewer who published them on the Beersmith site.

The people at the enforcement agency  are doing their jobs. They probably drink beer themselves. I don't think attacking them helps and it could hurt. They may be asked to testify in a committee meeting when a new law is proposed. Why make them look bad?

I think if you contact your state they may tell you a specific license they want you to have. Good luck.


Need some help with interpreting my state laws or who can i contact to help?
There has been some local post on the Idaho state police website with this being said to the public.

Home Brewing Information
"Recently we have had a lot of questions in regards to home brewing contests and other forms of competition. Idaho and Federal law allows the privilege of manufacturing wine or brewing beer for personal and family use in the privacy of your home without a brewery or winery license. Idaho State law does not permit an unlicensed person to allow their wine or beer to be consumed by the general public in such contests, competitions or exhibitions. If you intend to compete in a homemaker’s contest, competition or exhibition you must obtain the proper state, county, city and federal licensing. For more information click here. [pdf]  "

I organize the local state fair for a yearly homebrew comp and we have multiple entries from around the US along with organized judging. Basically they are saying we cant do this anymore unless we have the proper licensing.

This is a link to the PDF

Any suggestions or recommendations on how to proceed with education to the local homebrewers and determining what the law really is would be appreciated
I contacted my state directly and provided a description of the events we would hold. In my state there was a specific agency under the department of revenue. The people I talked to were very helpful. They had me write descriptions of the event. They had the event descriptions reviewed and sent me letters stating they were legal.

Actually, for 1 event they first said it was illegal. I had to make a change and resubmit (they told me what was wrong.) On the second try I got a letter stating we were legal.

To find the right agency I worked my way patiently through a phone tree (explaining my issue to multiple people along the way.)

In your case, this may not help since they have clearly stated contests are not legal. However,  they might know a work around.

The Pub / Huntsville, Al
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:27:55 PM »
I won't be a Huntsvillian until Late July. I am a villian (Starkvillian).

That being said, I am in for sure! I will be looking into homebrew clubs. I am in one now and love it.

Speaking of, we have War of the Wort in May. Y'all should enter or judge. We put judges up for free.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:30:18 PM »
I have another question: after loading the grain and hops and pushing the start button, how long can you walk away? Is it completely hands off until time to cool the wort?

The way I see it 2.5G batches might be OK if you get a lot of time back. You could just brew more often.

I could turn my 3 5G cornies into fermenters and buy some 2.5G cornies for serving beer.

The Pub / Re: Huntsville, Al
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:13:56 AM »

I'm hoping the ground breaking is still on Thurs. Looks kinda cold!

I'm excited about the stone oven pizza and home brew shop, too.

Welcome to Huntspatch Alestateyall.

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Thanks, Brewbama.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:52:23 PM »
The time I used bry97 it was doing nothing on day 2. I noticed the yeast was on the bottom and sides of the fermenter. I raised the temp a few degrees and gave the carboy a shake and fermentation was going a few hours later.

The beer was great.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:16:06 AM »
What if you lose internet access during the brew? My router seems to be in need of a reset quite often these days.

The Pub / Re: Huntsville, Al
« on: February 23, 2015, 06:55:21 PM »
Im loving this...

Yellowhammer Brewing to break ground Thursday on Stone Middle School expansion, partner with pizza food truck
Nearly seven months after revealing plans to open at the Stone Middle School project near downtown Huntsville , Yellowhammer Brewing will host a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at the development. Yellowhammer, which has been brewing Belgian and German-style craft beer in downtown since...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Losing Carbonation And lacing After First Pour
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:54:26 PM »
I use 10PSI at 38F and 10' lines with cobra taps. The taps and lines are in the fridge so they stay cold all the time.

What is the optimal foam for you guys? I can pour a pint with about a 1/4" of foam. If I want more I just aim for the middle of the glass.

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