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General Homebrew Discussion / Is there really only so much aroma?
« on: July 21, 2018, 09:33:25 PM »
I remember hearing an old Belgian brewer (perhaps Pierre Celis) say that the aroma of hops from the brew kettle is “for the neighbors.”  At the seminar on how to brew with low O2 at NHC, the speaker said that all the fresh malt aroma from the boil is inversely proportionate to the malt aroma in the finished beer (not his exact words, but that seemed to be what he was saying).
What these people are saying is that if the aroma of an ingredient goes up in the steam of the brewery, then that means it will not be available in the finished product. 
Does this really make any sense?  Does an ingredient only have so much aroma that it can get used up in the boil?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 14, 2018, 01:33:22 PM »

I agree about the mini BOS "notes"...... I know at that point, the judges are only really concerned with finding the top 3 and it is not about filling out an entire score sheet.  But it would be really great if there was a section for Mini BOS where the judges just wrote down one or two phrases that let you know what the key factor was that knocked your beer out (or set it apart enough to medal). 

You're talking about comparing apples and oranges. There is little more that could be quickly conveyed other than your beer wasn't presenting itself better than the other beer(s). The beers are often different styles and variants.
No, Martin, it is pretty easy to have the steward or one of the judges make a few notes as each beer is eliminated from a BOS round.  (That is, if the format of eliminating is followed - I have seen some flights done by vote right from the start, but that’s not so common).  Simple notes, like “a little astringent” “not balanced” “slight medicinal phenolic” “too bitter” or even “better examples on the table”
Sending this back to the entrant gives him the opportunity to verify that his beer was actually judged in the mini BOS round and perhaps learn what to do to make it even better the next time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 13, 2018, 07:19:29 PM »
At most of the competitions in Florida we fill out a mini bos form to send back with the score sheets of entries that advanced.  It includes notes from the judges on all the mini bos entries to give some reasoning as to why it did or did not place.  I wish all the competitions did this.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:42:53 PM »
Wow, I didn't know they did a pils. I believe pils is a very underrated style. A good pils is a satisfying beer to drink. I'll have to try it now. Thanks for posting.

A pilsner done right is a masterpiece.  "Craft lagers" are blowing up right now in Portland.  Lots of people making pils, both German-style and Czech-style, as well as other light styles like Kolsch and Blonde.  A nice retreat from the 100IBU Hop Wars of 2016 and also perfect for the summer.   

I doubt I can get the YL here, but I'll keep an eye out.  They aren't quite national distro, east coast and midwest if I remember correct.
I really enjoyed all the lagers I had in Portland.  We had an especially good Koelsch at a pretty much unmarked brewery in the basement of an office building at Burnside and MLK.  I can't remember the name.  Upright maybe?
Yuengling Golden Pils is no German Pils, but it is very refreshing.

Beer Recipes / Re: German Altbier & Irish Ale Hybrid
« on: July 11, 2018, 03:46:34 PM »
I am not sure what you are trying to get out of this combination.  In my opinion an Irish Red has a distinct malt flavor (kind of caramelly) which is accentuated by the type of yeast.  A traditional Alt is very clean and accentuates the hoppiness and has more of a bready malt character.  Did you want the base malt of an Irish and the hoppiness of an Alt or did you want the cleanliness of the Alt, the malt of an Irish Red without the hops?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yuengling Golden Pils
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:37:34 PM »
My local kwikee mart has six packs of 16-ounce cans of this for $7.99 plus tax.  Well worth it after working in this heat all day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Distillery
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:41:47 PM »
We ban any distilling talk on this forum. Sorry. There are other forums that talk distilling do a search for them.
I'm pretty sure she just misunderstood the term and wants to brew beer.
Welcome, Juliedang.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Spilling the beans: 2019
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:22:41 PM »
I really like the later part of June for the conference...I can add a couple more days vacation right into 4th of July!

I'm not such a big fan of what it means for airfares. :o

Where's the closest airport? Google says Boston.

Logan (BOS) is probably your best bet.  TF Green is in Warwick but it is a small airport.  From the airport, you can take the Silver line to the South Station, then the MBTA Commuter rail to Providence.

Southwest has two nonstop flights per day from Tampa to Providence, so I’m good.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Spilling the beans: 2019
« on: June 23, 2018, 07:39:18 PM »
Hey, Oregon and [redacted] are the last two of the 48 I have to cross off!
My last two states are S. Dakota and Nebraska.  No regrets.

All Grain Brewing / Re: pale malt difference
« on: June 21, 2018, 06:44:21 PM »
I'm with Denny as well. 
I think a blend of the two would be best, maybe 50/50.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:48:48 PM »
Speaking of telepathy, my initial thought was that he won a gold medal in one of the NHC categories to be judged next week.

We haven't yet introduced time travel to the competition, but I have it on good authority that we will in 2073.
I'll be looking for the hot tub at club night.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewers Association books and swag
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:39:37 PM »
I just recieved a package from the Brewers Association with 3 brewing books and some great swag--a couple of hats, two tasting glasses, coozies, and a brewers association hand towel; however, I do not know why. I must have entered a drawing, but I do not remember it nor did I recieve an email that I had won something. There was also no paperwork in the box. Does anyone here remember such a drawing here or somewhere else?

Congratulations, your name was drawn from the list of members who voted in this year's Best Beers in America. That issue drops today,
along with the list:

Sorry about not telling you why we sent you goodies. Every now and then I like to practice my telepathy. Didn't work this time.  ;D
Speaking of telepathy, my initial thought was that he won a gold medal in one of the NHC categories to be judged next week.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What to do?
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:07:26 PM »
I like to use beer for steaming mussels.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial napoleon
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:37:26 PM »
I made a beer with this strain Friday. Pitched at 74.5* and the temp rose to 76* on its own. Fermentation took off like a rocket and is slowing down already, I put a half# of Candi sugar in yesterday during high flocculation.  The current temp is 72.3* and the beer is still chugging along with a lot less flocculation.
If this strain is like 3711 should I raise the temp to ensure that the beer finishes? The temp threshold says 65-78*.
I was thinking of raising the temp to 80 over the next few days, is this a no no? I have cranked up 3711 to 85 before.
I don’t know about this yeast, but you may be using the word “flocculation” when you really mean “kraeusen.”

No I’m not. The yeast is flocculating in the carboy, moving randomly. The Kraeusen formed, some blew off, it receded and I poured in more candi sugar when the yeast was still very actively flocculating in the carboy. The yeast is falling out of suspension now.
No offense really, but “falling out of suspension” is another phrase that means flocculation.  The part you refer to as flocculating is just active fermentation.  Another synonym would be sedimentation, the act of clumping together and dropping to the bottom.
Back to the issue at hand, have you checked the gravity yet?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Vindication for us non-rehydrators
« on: June 17, 2018, 04:41:39 PM »
Until I recently acquired a chest freezer, all my fermentation control crapped out during a move. No clue why but both my fridges worked when I unplugged them and loaded them on the uhaul and didn't work when I plugged them back in...

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Give the fridges a bit to settle the Freon out. They may very well work if just left for a few daze. Especially if jostled around during the move.

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This is good advice, but it isn’t the refrigerant that settles, it’s the oil in the system, particularly in the compressor.  If you had to lay the unit on its side, the oil needs some time to settle back to the bottom or else it may damage the compressor.

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