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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Low OG, First brew
« on: April 22, 2015, 03:31:53 PM »
It may be that this is a brew in a bag mash that did not stay in the correct temperature range long enough.  I'm not sure I understand the sparge comments.
What equipment is being utilized?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 02:09:48 PM »
They used to wait until all the regionals were tabulated, but changed to the current model.  The old way would always be hung up on one tardy region.  I like the current way better, personally.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Newbie question - krausen
« on: April 19, 2015, 11:22:05 AM »
I also recommend letting the beer sit in the primary for at least a week, better for two and even three if you're busy.
The temperature you had for your first batch is probably better for brewing ales.  You have to remember that the fermentation creates heat, so the wort may be six to ten degrees warmer than ambient.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Anxiety of Kegging
« on: April 18, 2015, 10:35:31 AM »
A friend of mine uses a scale.  Weigh the keg empty first and then you'll know how much beer weight it has.
You can also take the keg out of the cooler and observe the condensation line as it warms.
I just lift mine gently and guesstimate the weight if I'm curious.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Contest Entry
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:49:56 AM »
Somebody around here posted a method that is cheap and works well. Get a bottling wand and remove the spring tip. The tube fits perfectly into a picnic tap, giving you a bottom filler with a valve. If you push your beer with very low pressure (say 2psi) you should get very little foaming and an easy fill.
And if you put a small rubber stopper on the plastic wand, the size that fits into your bottle opening, then you can control the flow of beer by burping the stopper.

Equipment and Software / Re: BS decoction setting
« on: April 14, 2015, 07:03:01 AM »
I'm not sure it really does add that much color...have you honestly noticed a color difference between a non-decocted and decocted beer? Kai did a couple decoction videos showing color differences. What I took from it is that it doesn't add much, if any, color.
I wouldn't believe for a second that a beer like Ayinger Altbarisch dunkel is 100% Munich II. There has to be some caramunich/debittered black malt in there for color.

When boiling a decoction you can actually see the color darken, especially so when adding it back to the main mash. 
I did one decoction of thick mash to get from 148F to 158F, then took an all liquid decoction and boiled it for 20 minutes to concentrate it before adding back to mash out.  I'm pretty sure I got some color and some more malt flavors, sort of like boiling the first runnings for a Strong Scotch Ale.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:35:04 AM »
I have yet to hear anyone coherently explain "lawns"...
Its a 60s thing, like upholstery on the floor.
Ever been to Graceland?  Elvis had upholstery on the walls and ceilings, too.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC entry counts
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:37:31 PM »
It would be interesting to send just one category of entries from one judging center when done to another and see if the same 3 placed.
My bet would be that a different set of judges would rarely pick the same trifecta. Though a win place show bet would have  tighter odds. I imagine that a lengthy debate is fairly common over gold and silver. So in many cases it could easily go either way, and in some cases even three way ties.

Many years ago I had a medal in the finals with a mead that was bronze in one of the regionals, so it really does depend on the judge pool.  I also had a gold in the finals once that only scored 34 in the final round.  I actually contacted one of the judges to confirm it.  He said it was deserving.

Equipment and Software / Re: Refractometer, what am I missing out on?
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:06:26 PM »
I broke so many hydrometers that it was actually becoming a significant cost.  Haven't dropped my refractometer yet........

I haven't broken one since I bought a spare as a backup...go figure!
For the same reason that I never had a water pump failure on my antique BMW 1600 when I had a spare in the trunk.  You have to scare it into behaving sometimes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 13, 2015, 12:01:04 PM »
Struck out again.

Where were you competing?

Zanesville. Judged, and stayed and heard the announcements and picked up the sheets. Always next year.

I had a couple beers at Zanesville.  Did you hear my name?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC entry counts
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:20:31 AM »
I was confused seeing several hundred entries per category,  reality is if there are 12 entry in round 1 in your category and 36 in the final and you make it, your really only competing against 46 others.

Technically that's true.  The winning beers only beat out their 1st round competition center category beers and then the final round category beers... but the beers they beat out in the final round beat out all the other entries in that category from all the other 1st round centers.

You have to look at it as if the final round is a best of show of all the winners from the first rounds.

Ingredients / Re: Local Malt
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:51:21 AM »
My brother says he bought this malt cleaner off ebay last year as a mascot, but it actually works.

Equipment and Software / Re: BS decoction setting
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:47:04 AM »
That's what I figured, but it never has stopped him before.  You have assume at least a little darkening, so I'd expect a guess built into the program.

Equipment and Software / BS decoction setting
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:41:59 AM »
I brewed a Dunkel yesterday using 100% Wyerman Munich II.  When I entered it into BeerSmith it showed it coming out too pale in color, so I decided rather than go back to the store and get some roast malt for color adjustment, I'd do a decoction or two.  I had the time and I'm one of those weird brewers who thinks it adds to the beer.  When I entered this into BS it did not change the color setting, even with two decoctions.  Anyone else run into this?  I know the wort will be darker because of the decoctions, but I have no idea other than by looking, how much.  I'm fine with the result, but wondered why there would be no change in the program.

Honestly, the aversion to the metric system really baffles me.  5/8ths of a cup (small cup or large cup?) for a 2 quart starter?  You have to be kidding me.

I think they are kidding you.  I use metric wrenches all day and can't ever figure out what's up with 3/8" or 5/8" or 7/16".  How did they decide on these sizes?

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