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Equipment and Software / Re: Temp control: Johnson or Ranco?
« on: July 01, 2014, 01:19:37 PM »
For fermentation I would say Ranco dual stage (that auber looks real nice too).  I have a Johnson digital and use it for fermentation...but I have to watch it closely depending on the weather outside. Does a great job cooling in the summer months, but in the winter it can get a little low.  In that case, I just turn on the reptile heating pad. With that, the Johnson is always spot on and I have really enjoyed it, but a dual stage is ideal. 

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 24, 2014, 10:15:12 AM »
Here is my take on NHC 2014.

First, I am from the Grand Rapids area and went to school there (GVSU) so I loved being back.  Arrived on Wed. and got a chance to hit the old stomping grounds of Founders.  Went to Perrin, GRBC, Hopcat and Brewery Vivant.!  Awesome brewery and fantastic beers.  Grand Rapids has certainly come up in regards to craft beer and it was great to see GR doing awesome things.

The conference was great.  The expo was really fun and got to see a lot of cool stuff.  The sessions were hit or miss.  I was actually expecting a little more out of the sessions, but about half of them I went to were either very introductory or just the presenter going through the motions not really covering much. I actually left two early because of the lack of info and polish.  Some of the better ones I attended were very informative and dug deep into the topic.  Overall....really good info to be had and glad they are posted online.

Club night was awesome!  I had some amazing beers and focused on sours that evening.  Really blown away. 

Didn't go to the banquet even though a buddy and me had a co-brew in the finals.  really just because I didn't want to pay for the banquet and not be able to eat anything (I'm vegan). 

Overall, really great time meeting people, learning lots and being back home. 

Oh and the forum meet up was awesome!  Great meeting Denny, Drew, Ron, Amanda and others. 

Two thumbs up for GR and I am looking forward to San Diego. Cheers!

I agree with some others on the crush.  Milling my own via the LHBS via their hand mill helped a lot.  Also, make sure you are stirring the crap out of it when you dough in and when you add your sparge water.  I saw a significant increase in efficiency when I spent more time stirring (during sparge) to ensure I was getting residual sugar in suspension. 

I agree the clone category is interesting.  Overall I really like the changes. 

Only had to dump one batch so far.  It was actually rather recent.  IPA that was so oxidized that is all I could taste.  Bummer was that I spent roughly $40 on hops just for this one batch.  Oh well.  To be honest...I am intrigued what a quad with hotdogs tastes like.  ha.  Cheers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars
« on: June 20, 2014, 07:49:58 AM »
haha.  I believe there was a guy recording the Denny and Drew's presentaion.  I was right behind him so it looked like the film was rolling.  The tincture was funny...although I was jealous I didn't get any vodka at 10am in the morning.  Kidding. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:56:55 PM »
Great meeting everyone! Everyone is just as I expected...super cool. Oh and nobody can rock red chuck Taylors like Denny. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC broadcast???
« on: June 15, 2014, 04:54:23 PM »
No love for me either. Next year. Cheers to all the winners!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:05:31 PM »
I will be there! Looking forward to it.

Beer Travel / Re: Estes Park, CO & There abouts
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:19:24 PM »
I know the breweries in Fort Collins well.  I would agree with some others on Funkwerks and Equinox.  Great beers at both of those places.  Odell is a must.  Horse and Dragon is a new spot that is really good.  CB Potts tap room always has some tasty brews also. 

Of course there is New Belgium but many people can get their beers since they have a wide distribution network. 

Cheers and have a good time!

Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 17, 2014, 06:22:41 PM »
Forum Fest 14 sounds awesome!  ha.  Looking forward to NHC and meeting everyone.

Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 09:54:42 AM »
So is the consensus to attend or forgo?  This is my first NHC and am looking to take advantage of all that is offered, but if the general sentiment is save $50 and do something else then I don't have a problem doing so.

Cheers and looking forward to next month!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:29:42 AM »
I will be there.  Going solo and this is my first NHC.  I will be in town on Wednesday.  I am for sure looking forward to meeting the people of the forum.  Cheers!

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:22:36 PM »
Some great sessions.  I want to go to all of them.  ha.   ;D

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottle conditioned lager
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:42:19 PM »
Thanks Jonathan.  They were stored for about 3 weeks at around 65-70.  A little cooler than ideal, but I would have expected something at those temps. 

Thanks again for the suggestions.  Headed to the LHBS today. 

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