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All Grain Brewing / Re: Edit: I did a decoction, damm!t...
« on: May 22, 2011, 12:59:49 PM »
Don't make me start entering comps, Ron! 

I've been thinking about getting into competition brewing for awhile now, but I just haven't been able to find a good way to bottle from the keg.  I've done a lot of research on the subject and here's my hangup: I don't want to mess with slightly overcarbonating a keg just to ensure that it has the proper carbonation level in the bottle.  I've got four kegs hooked up to the same CO2 tank via a 4-way manifold, so what I do to one keg affects them all.  If there's a better way to bottle from a keg, I'm all ears.  Honestly, I'd like the competition feedback.
If done properly you won't lose much CO2 filling bottles.  I use a beer gun and bottle right from kegs without changing the carb levels and generally don't have negative comments on the score sheets regarding that aspect.  Make sure you have the bottles cold and cap of foam.

  Does Guiness mix take a special regulator, or will a CO2 regulator work?

I think you have to use a nitrogen tank, and I believe the threads are different than a CO2 tank.  I have just started to look into this, so hopefully someone more knowledgeable will chime in.
Yes, there is an adapter you'll need to go from the tank to the regulator, but I have no idea the thread size.

Got one of my score-sheets from Saratoga in the mail today, very happy with the feedback.  One question though, is it usual to not send score-sheets together for multiple entries?  I entered two beers and only got score-sheets for one of them, I thought both sets would come together...


I would have thought they'd come together.  All the scoresheets for all of my entries came in one envelope, but then I was entered in the Nashville one.

I got extra score sheets in my envelope.  It's OK - I was able to forward them on to the proper entrant.

Ingredients / Re: Full-Flavored Belgian Wit.
« on: May 21, 2011, 05:10:57 PM »
A little chamomile is nice in a witbier too.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Cloudy Beer that was recently kegged
« on: May 21, 2011, 05:07:24 PM »
Actually I think it's just yeast sediment that will be reduced as you drink another pint or two.  My beers do that if I transfer right from the primary to the keg, especially when they were brewed fairly recently.
Keeping a wheat beer cloudy when it's in a cold keg is tricky.  There's a product called Tanal A that some pros use to keep them hazy, but I've never tried it.

The Pub / Re: May 21 - What are you planning ot do?
« on: May 20, 2011, 09:44:26 PM »
I've been invited to a couple of looting parties, but I doubt I'll go.  They have their own facebook pages.
Here's a nice flow chart to let you know if you'll be staying or going:

(couple of edits to fix the link and some spelling)

Beer Recipes / Re: Helles - FWH + small late addition only
« on: May 19, 2011, 09:12:44 PM »
Paul, what type of hops did you use before and what are you thinking of using for the FWH version?
I was using Magnum for bittering (about 17-18 IBUs worth) at 60 min, with a small Hallertauer Mittlefruh addition at 10min (0.50 oz for 12gal).
For the FWH version I was thinking either using Mittlefruh all the way through or Tradition.  I would do Tettnanger, but I have a lot of the other two currently.
I've used a lot of Tradition lately.  I really like the flavor.  I'd think it would be a lot smoother and more mellow than Magnum.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Help me decide
« on: May 19, 2011, 05:55:27 PM »
Cross Dressing Amateur?

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: May 19, 2011, 03:21:55 PM »
Nice and pleasant here.  Low humidity for a change.

All Things Food / Re: Rye Bread
« on: May 19, 2011, 11:37:30 AM »
This reminds me of a beer and food pairing a friend and I did last year.  He made these little Reuben sandwich sliders and I paired my Export lager with them, but I added the caraway seed to the beer instead of the bread.  It was a great match.  The beer smelled like rye bread.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition letdown
« on: May 19, 2011, 12:07:59 AM »
You have a choice:
You could chock it up to "different judge, different day" and keep entering the same beer in hopes that the next set of judges agrees with you;
You could extrapolate from the comments and make your beer better the next time;
You could save all the beer for yourself and your friends and avoid competitions altogether.

I like to enter competitions and have won a stack of medals, but I'm looking seriously at comments lately because my percentage of winning is way down these days.  I doubt that everybody else suddenly got better than me, so I'm looking at the comments to see what I may do to make improvements.

The Pub / Re: How annoying are you?
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:41:40 PM »
2.67 - a bit over half way on the irritating scale.  The other two (picky and arrogant) were low.

The Pub / Re: i love cartoons!!
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:26:45 PM »
  Another great one was Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends. Eduardo was the greatest!
I liked the Power Puff Girls, not that there's anything wrong with that......Mojo Jojo was a great villain.

Beer Travel / Re: Arkansas, Chicago, NYC
« on: May 18, 2011, 11:46:42 AM »
FWIW I'm going to try to go to Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint in NY and Goose Island and Half Acre for brewery visits. Not sure where else to go.
One of my favorite bars in NYC is the Blind Tiger in the West Village.  I'd rather go there than the Brooklyn Brewery.  Mug's Ale House is around the corner from Brooklyn Brewery if you're in the neighborhood.

Very pretty indeed.
Welcome to the forum.  How do you pronounce rgnlkngtylrbmbstk?

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