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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: CAP un-lagered
« on: May 16, 2011, 04:46:22 AM »
You could always call it a Classic American Cream Ale (CACA) if it produces too much estery character.  Same as a CAP, only fermented warmer using an ale yeast.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Dunkelweizen and Devilled Eggs...Infection?
« on: May 16, 2011, 04:34:26 AM »
I was expecting banana/clove aromatics, not eggs.
The eggs go away and THEN you get the banana/clove after it's all said and done. 
Sounds pretty normal to me.

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 15, 2011, 03:29:42 PM »
I saw this today:
Born OK the First Time

The Pub / Re: Bumper Stickers
« on: May 13, 2011, 04:32:06 AM »
I always liked "Imagine Whirled Peas."
As a matter of fact I'm doing it right now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap S
« on: May 12, 2011, 11:45:15 AM »
Probably not news to anyone here but just a 1/2 oz hops as a first wort hop can reduce the boilover potential (but not nearly as well as Fermcap I assume, I've never used Fermcap).

Ya know, I've heard that for years, but as much as I  FWH I've never found it to work for me.

Same here.  I don't think FWH helps prevent boil-overs at all.

The Pub / Re: bad day resolution
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:06:11 PM »
I've been through a similiar situation and it's a stressful one. I'll bet your glad that you're past all of this now. It can really reduce you to a much smaller size human being.

Now you can RDWHAHB.  :)
Yep, I've been stressed for several days, reaching a peak yesterday.  It really wears you out.
I'm having a fresh dry-hopped strong hopfenweisse as we type.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap S
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:00:26 PM »
I love it.  A couple drops and the boil-over just disappears.  At that concentration in 10 or 11 gallons of wort, I am not concerned over health issues.
I'm thinking that it may be a good idea to make a really dilute concentration and put it into a spray bottle.  What do you all think of that?

Hogtown Brewoff on Gainesville this weekend.  Anyone else going?  Martin?

The Pub / bad day resolution
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:41:37 PM »
Back on April 6, as you may remember, I was given a citation for "driving with an improper tag" which I was told by the officer was a felony misdemeanor.  Turns out it is a 2nd degree misdemeanor and I had my court date yesterday.
My sister-in-law, a judge in N.C., recommended I dress well because she's always impressed by people showing respect, so I wore a coat and tie.  I was the best dressed person at traffic court yesterday, with the possible exception of the translator.  The whole room was filled with people wearing t-shirts and baggy blue-jeans.
They had about 100 people in the courtroom, but the judge announced that they were going to go through 261 cases in the afternoon.  So, starting pretty promptly at 1:45, they did all the cases that required interpreters first.  Mostly driving without a license, but there were a couple leaving the scene of an accident and dui's.  One kid was handcuffed and sent to jail.
After the Spanish iteration of traffic court, my turn came up, I plead guilty and got a chance to explain my situation briefly, showed that I had obtained the proper documentation and I was out of there with court costs.  $265.

It's a whole 'nother world out there.  Takes a real hit to your relative self worth.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 11, 2011, 05:08:30 PM »
I agree for the need of experienced judges for this comp.  I was a bit disappointed that when I got my scoresheets that I didn't have a single certified judge.  I know that there are plenty of good experienced judges that aren't certified, but have never been in a comp where not a single judge for one of my beers were certified, so was a surprised that my first time to have this occur was in the NHC.

What region was that (if you don't mind my asking)?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Getting Started
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:16:57 AM »
There are calculators in cyberspace that can help you dial in the temperature.  I use the one at

Homebrew Competitions / Re: storage conditions
« on: May 11, 2011, 07:12:51 AM »
+1 on the drop off if at all possible. your beer is more likely to suffer from conditions during shipping than it is after it arrives at the comp. for our FL homebrew circuit comps, much of the beer is hand carried by 'homebrew railroad.' takes some communication & cooperation, but it's worth it. previous posts have summed up the storage issue very well - coolers will be used whenever possible, but that's not always the case. at least you know that all the beers get the same treatment as yours.

I sometimes wonder if some of the clubs "garage-condition" the competing clubs' entries, but I'm sure that never happens. ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Gelatin
« on: May 11, 2011, 04:34:30 AM »
I find it easier to stir into the liquid before I heat it up.  Add some to the water (or beer) and let it bloom, then stir and heat.  When I add it to hot liquid it clumps up and takes a lot of stirring.
Then while still hot add it to cool beer.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sam Adams Noble Pils
« on: May 10, 2011, 07:09:16 AM »
I also thought the hop crispness was less this year, which could have been a recipe change or perhaps oxidation.  There are still some 12 packs in the stores here, but I'm not enjoying it as much as last year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Do you give your beers a name?
« on: May 09, 2011, 01:45:11 PM »
I don't name my beers.  It doesn't do any good when you call them anyway.  Must be like cats.

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