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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 27, 2015, 08:44:23 AM »
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad
We stayed in one of the smaller two-story sections on the other side of the pool area.  It was very nice, with a front patio and lots of flowering plants.  I heard less than favorable things about the rooms in the high rise building.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:55:57 PM »
What do you do when it becomes self-aware?
It creates its own recipes and gets offended if you don't like them.
Or it is overly self critical and a sad robot.
Did Denny name it Marvin?

A brain the size of a planet and they ask me to make beer.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: February 26, 2015, 05:26:18 AM »
Sometimes it's better to be vague, but if you clearly have a excellent base style, then it is better to be more specific.  I think the judges would take away points if you declared Baltic Porter and they didn't find the "Baltic" in it, but it seems that you have nailed that part if it scored 43. 
There's a big difference in taste between oak and spiced rum infused oak.  If it has any rum evident, then you'd be smart to re-enter it with that annotation.
I'd be really happy with that score, especially if highly ranked judges scored it.  I rarely ever go over a 43 when judging.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio: Jordan Lindsey
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:18:48 PM »
welcome indeed. tornatoes are scary!

I thought you wrote tomatoes and had to go back and reread the posts to figure that out.  Remember that movie, "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"?   I don't think that's what he was talking about.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Show off your foam!
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:48:13 PM »
Why do you think the grant helps?  Are you using it between the mash tun and boil kettle?

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mill Break-In
« on: February 19, 2015, 05:39:14 AM »
What is grain conditioning? Too tired to Google.
It is the process of moistening the malt with a little water before crushing it.  It helps keep the husks intact.

Beer Travel / Re: One afternoon in Memphis
« on: February 18, 2015, 04:49:52 PM »
Honestly I'm not a big fan of sweet bbq, so I wasn't that impressed with their bbq. But that's my texas bias.
The Commissary was the best place when I went last year for Q. Central bbq was pretty good as well.
If I remember correctly Memphis only has one or two breweries. Ghost River was ok. I might recommend going to the flying saucer (I believe you have one near you in the metroplex). They have Yazoo and Fat Bottom, which were my favorite breweries from Nashville.

We were there for a weekend last year.  No breweries downtown, but local beer was available in a lot of places, such as Flying Saucer and Local Gastropub (?) on the street with the historic trolleys.  Central BBQ was good and had good local beers as well.

The Pub / Re: Brewery Interview
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:51:11 AM »
I reached out to a local brewery and am going to speak to the owner/ brewmaster Friday about a volunteer opportunity. I think it'll be a great way to spend a couple of hours a week getting commercial exposure

I work in the professional world and would only typically show up to a job interview in a suit. Any advice on this one?

I think they'd laugh at you if you wore a suit.  The job will probably be all about cleaning various things and moving stuff around, so I'd suggest you dress for that sort of work.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition Resources
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:06:00 PM »
There's a list of competitions on the site too.  Most of them will be on it because that's where they get sanctioned.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Extreme Weather Brewing
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:01:41 PM »
The cold front is coming through right now bringing a low that is expected to be 54 tonight.  My planned brew day, Sunday, looks like a high of 79 and sunny.  I think I'll brew outside.

Equipment and Software / Re: Extra Kettle
« on: February 16, 2015, 04:50:31 PM »
Sometimes I use another kettle for decoction mashes. 
I've used a second boil kettle to boil down first runnings while still collecting the wort in the main kettle.
I collected too much wort once and boiled it down in two pots to save time.
You may want to brew one day and have a low country boil at the same time.
Just typing out loud......

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Grain Mill
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:30:17 AM »
It is not really necessary but I do it just to keep my area clean.  I have an air compressor and just use that to blow off the excess dust outside.  Don't get crazy with it, don't jam the nozzle in the bushings or or anything like that.  Just a light sweep with the nozzle removes the dust plenty easy.  If I didn't have a compressor I'd use a dry paintbrush or just find a container to store the mill in.

+ 1 I completely blow mine out and make sure its pretty lean as i keep mine in the garage and dont want to invite critters.

Speaking of critters, I used to cover my hopper and mill with an inverted paper bag, but this just invited roaches to live in the nice darkness.  Now I keep it open.

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Grain Mill
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:16:15 PM »
How are you cleaning your mill and/or hopper?

How often do you do so?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend? 2/13/15
« on: February 13, 2015, 03:37:04 PM »
I'll be judging homebrew all day tomorrow for Best Florida Beer Competition.  As a matter of fact I judged the BFBC pro comp last Saturday and signed up for more judging the next two Saturdays.  Then its Tampa Bay Beer Week.  Busy around here.
Sunday I am smoking 200 pounds of malt over peach wood for a local brew pub.  It will be a smoked pumpkin peach ale, peach-wood aged.  Brewed the hard way, I guess.

Ingredients / Re: 2-Row Bulk (Ordering and Storing)
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:00:08 PM »
I try to unfurl the string, but each brand of malt seems to have a different arrangement.  I found this with a quick search:

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