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Zymurgy / Re: 2011 Zymurgy topics
« on: August 19, 2010, 02:37:11 PM »
It may be interesting to have an article describing doctoring beers for off-flavor demos.  I know it's on the bjcp site, but a whole lot of non-judges out there would probably like to learn where inappropriate flavors come from.

Pairing beer with food is also popular.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Spreading Out the Process
« on: August 19, 2010, 11:23:57 AM »
Is there any good reason why I shouldn't mash/sparge one day and brew the next?
Keeping the wort overnight, eh?  I guess it may depend on whether it picks up any bacteria before the boil.  This is sort of the way you could make a Berliner Weisse.  I would suggest that you find a way to keep the wort as hot as possible, but it should be OK.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash temps for a Flanders Red style???
« on: August 16, 2010, 09:07:44 PM »
Judges have told me that my own Flanders is too dry, which is what happens if you leave it on the bugs for an extended time.  I'd personally mash high and use some dextrinous malts to attempt to get the residual body.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonating in Growlers?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:12:00 PM »
I've heard of exploding 12 oz bottles, but never a growler. Do you have any other knowledge or is your opinion pure speculation?
Speculation from observing the growlers.  You may have never heard of growlers exploding because it's not commonly used to prime beer.
One point though: some people think of growlers as the big swing top, handled glass jugs.  These are very sturdy glass and would most likely push the rubber gasket out before the glass was compromised.  I on the other hand usually think of growlers as the 1/2 gallon glass jugs with screw top lids.  My purely speculative opinion is that these would be too weak to risk bottle conditioning homebrew.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:59:42 PM »
Excellent choice to stay at McMennamins.  I love the Kennedy School, especially the Boiler Room Bar.  Laurelwood is also a very good selection out of the many brewpubs available.  Bridgeport is also pretty, all remodeled now - check out the restored urinals.  Really.
You didn't say if you'd be driving or spending the whole time in Portland.  There's way too much to see and drink there.  Have fun.

Wood/Casks / Re: Wood aging (other than oak)
« on: August 15, 2010, 04:32:28 PM »
I'm not sure how you'd treat the wood before aging.  Run it through a planer to get fresh wood exposed, then bake it or toast it in the oven?
You can buy spirals of different types of wood and hang them in the fermenter, taste testing occasionally until you get what you're after.  Search for "infusion spirals"
To be safe you could heat it in the oven at pasteurization temps.  I do that with my pepper additions just to be safe.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonating in Growlers?
« on: August 15, 2010, 04:22:12 PM »
Beer is sold in growlers all the time. Both filled at the bar and also sold in liqour stores. So I don't see why they wouldn't work for homebrew.
Mostly because every homebrewer has heard the stories of exploding bottles, whether it was an uncle years ago or a personal episode.  Growlers don't have the same strength as beer bottles and would be bad to prime or to add under attenuated beer to.  Finished, carbonated beer from your tap for short term use is a different story, but carbonating in a growler is risky.

Wood/Casks / Re: Wood aging (other than oak)
« on: August 15, 2010, 01:38:23 PM »
Interesting note about the Spanish cedar-aged IPA that won the gold at NHC.  Cigar City in Tampa won the gold with their version (called Humidor IPA) at GABF last year.  The room-mate or friend of the homebrewer who won at NHC was visiting Tampa earlier this year and the brewers gave him some of their cedar spirals to take home with him.  So both pro and homebrew versions were from the same wood source.

Equipment and Software / Re: Another March pump question
« on: August 13, 2010, 01:21:34 AM »
can the head be removed for cleaning? Any special thing to consider when removing the head of the pump?
I've had to take mine apart a couple times to clean and they are pretty simple.  The sticky wort sometimes causes them to get stuck.

The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 12, 2010, 08:46:52 PM »
Dave's Cave Creek Chile beer.  I tried twice.

No brewing this weekend, but I will be visiting some locals in NYC and Philly.  Looking forward to lunch at Kraftwork in Fishtown Saturday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 12, 2010, 03:44:59 PM »
Take it from the voice of experience, you'll get over it!
How much experience do you think it'll take?  I've been brewing since 1990, judging with the bjcp since 1995......
So far I've learned to skip some of the BBQ style posts, but that's about it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 12, 2010, 02:45:49 PM »
There is so much outcry on TT to keep it that it would seem counter productive to the causes of the AHA to do away with it.  A huge number of people have written in the past week or so that it is a major part of their subscription.  I'm glad that Drew and the GC is reaching out to try to keep it.
I like it and use it.  I find it more polite and a lot easier, but I'm getting used to the forum.
Honestly if I check for new posts on the forum twice a day, it's a bit overwhelming and time-consuming, but I'm one of those compulsive people that wants to read everything about beer so it's hard to skip stuff.

Ingredients / Re: Anyone Else's 1st Year Hops Not Up to Snuff
« on: August 10, 2010, 09:20:39 PM »
Mine are in their second year and seem to be very healthy, having climbed up about 16 feet and then sent shoots out all over, but I have no flowers or cones yet.  I'm envious of the photos of people harvesting already.  I want to show these to my hops and tell them, "this is what you should be doing!"
Jeff in Tampa

Questions about the forum? / Re: Read vs. Unread
« on: August 10, 2010, 11:28:34 AM »
This is exactly what I was looking for.  Thanks, brushvalleybrewer.  It will make this forum much easier to navigate.

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