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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 10:23:35 PM »
But I wonder how pre-registrations will really allow AHA to truly measure demand since I am assuming there is not a cash/payment commitment. One could simply pre-register and then flake...putting those on the wait list into a fury trying to get there.  I tend to understand the move but the amount of work for staff to manage registration with pre reg and wait lists...seems excessive and unnecessary. I worry the pre reg process will actually greatly decrease the amount of attendees who actually attend since I don't lose anything by pre-registering. Curious to see how this works out. I hope I win the lottery! Ha.

Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:04:30 PM »
Yeah Fort Collins Brewery is really close to Odell….a short walk east.  They offer some solid beer.  your AHA card for sure will come in handy. 

If you are looking for a beer bars check out The Mayor of Old Town, Tap & Handle and Choice City. 

Cheers and have fun! 

Events / NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 02:49:23 PM »
So I was just recently looking at the latest issue of Zymurgy online and noticed that there was a small write up about NHC in Grand Rapids. It indicated a pre-registration over time but there is a chance of not being selected to attend.  Can anyone explain how this will work?  Also, when would one know if one is selected to attend through this lottery system?  I have never seen a conference utilize a lottery registration system.


Beer Travel / Re: Ft. Collins for the holidays
« on: December 20, 2013, 04:51:48 PM »
Seems like everyone has covered it but I would have to +1 to Equinox, Odell and Funkwerks and of course NB.  Lots of options.  Have fun....for sure a great beer town.  Cheers!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Northern Brewer Deluxe Kit
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:45:12 PM »
For sure could use the NB system for smaller batches….but don't underestimate how fast a 5 gallon batch will go.  Especially if you give some to friends, bring some to parties and/or ran out of your favorite commercial 6 pack. 

Nothing hurts keeping some bottled beer on hand.  It isn't uncommon for me to have 4-5 bottled batches at time…because its nice to have some variety.

Happy Brewing and welcoming to the forum!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Training up the new Assistant brewer
« on: December 10, 2013, 04:07:57 PM »
Great picture!  Good idea on the little mash paddle!

Commercial Beer Reviews / 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:55:03 AM »
A good friend sent me some Zombie Dust from 3 Floyd's.  Wow!  What a great beer. Having lived in Indiana for a couple of  years, 3 Floyd's was a favorite of mine (Alpha King) and would frequent their tap room, but never had their zombie dust.  Total citrus bomb and obviously full of citra. 

Great beer.  What are other's thoughts? 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Celebration is out again
« on: December 04, 2013, 12:51:41 AM »
picked up a 6 pack of this the other day.  Great beer.  Much more bitter than I was expecting and it lingers, but I'm not complaining.   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 99% attenuation?
« on: November 23, 2013, 11:50:00 PM »
Well...I'm in luck because I'm out tonight to buy a new thermometer because mine recently died. I calibrated my thermometer awhile back but not recently. I wonder if that was the culprit. Thanks everyone.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 99% attenuation?
« on: November 23, 2013, 06:05:23 PM »
Hydrometer is calibrated. All is right there. Sample was at 60 no temp correction needed.

I used 1.5 pounds candi sugar in the boil. I mashed at 152 for 60 minutes. Hit my target OG on the head.

The sample tasted awesome. It wasn't too thin and not boozy at all. Tasted like New Belgium Abbey which was what I was going for.

I triple checked my readings. I took the first, let it sit for 20 minutes, rechecked....still the same. Gave the meter a spin...still the same.

Possible over-pitch? But from what I have read, over pitching won't cause too much of a final gravity difference.


Yeast and Fermentation / 99% attenuation?
« on: November 23, 2013, 02:20:31 PM »
Hello. I hope all is well. I have a question. Just bottled a Belgian Dubbel yesterday and was taking a fg reading. This one finished at 1.001. The OG was 1.070. The fg was lower than anything I have ever brewed. With the numbers plugged in, it indicated it was 99% attenuation. It was Belgian wyeast 1214. Is 99% attenuation possible? And, is that even something to aspire to...except when looking for a super dry beer?


Ingredients / Re: simcoe
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:39:39 AM »
You have to use it and see for yourself. I like it, my wife does not.

I think it is about personal smell/flavor.  And I really do believe the ability to detect cattiness and dankness is genetic to some degree.  For me, simcoe is all cat-pee and I will avoid using it. In fact, I know of award-winning commercial beers that generously use Simcoe and I nearly gag when smelling/tasting, while the person next to me is in hop euphoria. I am not arguing with those that love the aroma and flavor.  I'm sure that's what they experience.  So, long story short, use your own judgement.  And there are a lot of commercial beers to help with Simcoe research ;)

I agree with the cattiness comments.  It smells like a dirty liter box to me…but it is popular nonetheless.  I think if you are careful with it and pair it well with some other hops, specifically amarillo and citra as other have said, it can be drinkable.  I think it a personal preference.  Try it out and see what you think. 


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Founder's Porter?
« on: November 06, 2013, 03:16:37 AM »
I grew up on Founders (from Michigan and lived in Grand Rapids) and they are fantastic.  They have grown at a tremendous rate both in space and popularity.  Their porter is fantastic as is some of their IPAs.  Their Centennial IPA was one of my favorites but lately has been tasting really under-attentuated to me...for some reason.  I agree with fmader...get some of their oatmeal stout.  Fantastic! 

Founder is always what family brings me when they visit...since I can't get it in Colorado.  Great brewery and beer. 


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Huge honor!
« on: November 06, 2013, 12:57:21 AM »

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Score!
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:10:00 PM »
Nice!  Cheers!

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