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Going Pro / Re: Where's Tom?
« on: January 26, 2015, 05:28:41 PM »
Looks a little thinner, too.  Brewing is good exercise.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Never Ending Krausen
« on: January 26, 2015, 05:27:22 PM »
Are you going to stir them in?  It may be a better idea to put the hops in a secondary and rack the beer from under that stuff.

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The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: January 26, 2015, 05:19:22 PM »
The winter of 78 was the biggest reason we moved from Cincinnati to Florida.
I drove to work the day of the blizzard, mostly because when it got too cold the radio stopped working in my car so I didn't know it was a blizzard until later.
During the next week people were walking across the Ohio River for cryin out loud.

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Ingredients / Re: low alpha hops
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:55:48 AM »
The best Czech Pils I made used 2.5% (if I remember correctly) Saaz hops.  That was a crap ton of hops to get 35 IUB's, but it was excellent.

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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:49:18 AM »
There's nothing wrong with gaming the system by entering a category that doesn't get as many entries and thereby increasing your chances.  We have very few cider makers in Florida so those categories have better odds, but we have a lot of mead makers, so the chances may be better in Dark Lagers than Meads.
Obviously there are many more entries in beer than in mead and cider.  Our statewide circuit applies the same number of points for each category winner, but mead and cider best of show only picks up one point as opposed to 3,2,1 for the three beer best of show winners.

Didn't Dennis Pierson take HOTY once?  If not, he came close and IIRC only with ciders?


Yes, he won once or twice with a beer and all the rest were ciders.
This past year the HOTY for the Florida Circuit relied a lot on meads, but also had a lot of beer entries.

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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:25:10 PM »
There's nothing wrong with gaming the system by entering a category that doesn't get as many entries and thereby increasing your chances.  We have very few cider makers in Florida so those categories have better odds, but we have a lot of mead makers, so the chances may be better in Dark Lagers than Meads.
Obviously there are many more entries in beer than in mead and cider.  Our statewide circuit applies the same number of points for each category winner, but mead and cider best of show only picks up one point as opposed to 3,2,1 for the three beer best of show winners.

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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:41:33 PM »
I'm a beer judge and have judged a lot of meads in competition, but have never taken the certification exam.  (I did, however, proctor a mead exam once, so there's that.)
As to your question, are you asking if judges think it is easier to make mead or easier to judge mead?  I'd say they're different.  Less time and work in the first stages of mead making, but there seems to be an art to getting the flavors melded well.  I have a lot of respect for mead makers who make more delicious mead than I can.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Anything Brewing 2day kids?
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:30:45 PM »
Sadly no, the all grain bug has bitten me but alas I have no chest freezer and only one fermentation chamber.

The problem here is that you live in Florida. You need to move to Ohio where you can freeze your ass off while brewing, but a ferm chamber can be considered "outside" with the help from a ferm blanket lol
I moved from Ohio to Florida.  I don't see any problem here.  Get a dang fridge.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Next up, Wallerstein Sazz Yeast #64B
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:27:54 PM »
I may be intersted in making a CAP with that if you want to share.

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The Pub / Re: Please Help Me Plan My Trip To The US
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:37:46 PM »
I'd fly across the country just to go to Tornado in San Fran right now. I've been to the San Diego location, close, but no cigar. ;)

Why?  Do you like the abuse?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:35:40 PM »
A lot of decent Black lagers out there, but some get roasty and not to style...I like a nice clean black lager, not a Baltic Porter light.

I will admit that mine, while not a porter is still just a touch more "chocolatey" than is probably appropriate to style.
Which is probably why you like Monschof better than Kostritzer.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Bottled Guinness with no widget
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:32:24 PM »
I picked up a 12 pack of Guinness "Draught" last night mostly because I've been drinking too much strong beer lately and wanted the flavor and low ABV.  That whole stop drinking thread has had an influence on me. 
This is the Coke-shaped bottle with the shrink-wrapped label, not to be confused with their Foreign Style Stout.  It actually says, "Brewed in Dublin" on the label.  It also says, "enjoy straight from the bottle" but I'm not doing that. 
Much to my surprise this beer no longer has the plastic widget to release pressure and nitrogen upon opening.  It sounds really carbonated when popped open, but doesn't do the cascading carbonation thing that the old bottles did.
The flavor is not the same, although I'm sure it's just the mouthfeel that contributes to this.
So what gives?  Anybody try one lately?  Are the cans the same way?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Grain Mill Gap Setting
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:28:33 PM »
I'm using the same mill as Denny, I have never measured the gap like Denny, my mill only adjusts on one end, like Denny's, and I crank it all the way tight, sort of like Denny, except when I mill raw wheat as I have to loosen the gap a little or it won't turn very well.

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The Pub / Re: English brews
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:08:51 AM »
I remember buying generic store-brand beer in small cans labeled "Barley Wine" when I was there several years ago.  It wasn't bad.

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... When making stew, you add the peas at flameout.

This cracked me up  ;D
Also my favorite thus far

And my favorite, too.

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