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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:07:00 PM »
Thanks fellas.  We were blessed and had no damage due to Irma.  Stress yes, but that is behind us now...


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:38:32 PM »
American Amber...simple, elegant and perfect on a Friday afternoon




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The Pub / Re: Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:55:35 AM »
Yeah, we had lunch there; the food was great.

I saw when I pulled up your response, that you did mention that in the OP.  I only saw the pics originally. my bad.

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The Pub / Re: Avery Brewing
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:27:02 AM »
it is a beautiful facility.  fresh avery IPA on tap is otherworldly.  did you get a chance to eat there? I thought the restaurant was outstanding too!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:49:48 AM »
Hey All,

Hurricane Irma came through my town and although not too much damage to house, we are still out of power. Unfortunately, I had two 5gals fermenting at 68. Since the hurricane, they have been in 82 degree range. Any chance these will be any good or should I go ahead and trash them?

Thx

Z

how long were they fermenting before you lost power?

One was just a week and other was two weeks at the time, so now 2 weeks and 3 weeks

primary fermentation was most likely fully complete on both then;  I wouldn't worry at all - they should be just fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: post hurricane advice
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:53:17 AM »
Hey All,

Hurricane Irma came through my town and although not too much damage to house, we are still out of power. Unfortunately, I had two 5gals fermenting at 68. Since the hurricane, they have been in 82 degree range. Any chance these will be any good or should I go ahead and trash them?

Thx

Z

how long were they fermenting before you lost power?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend?
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:24:35 AM »
brewing a festbier likely tomorrow;  will be nice to try to get back to normal after all the Irma stress.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest
« on: September 04, 2017, 06:34:47 PM »
Going there tomorrow woohoo!


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I haven't pulled the trigger on anything, but someone recommended going to this website:

http://www.buckeyehydro.com/premium-ro-systems/

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=30123.msg395273#msg395273

I'm thinking about grabbing one with an inline TDS meter, but at $175 I'd break even after about 25 batches. That'd probably take about 1.5 years of brewing, may not be worth it. Let me know if you find something else you like!

Happy that you ran the numbers.  Also consider the install fee if you are not handy, waste water costs, and replacement filters later on.  I want one, don't get me wrong, but the numbers just don't jive.  Now, if getting RO water (I use distilled) was truly difficult/far away that could change things. 

Zman, unfortunately an RO system isn't that easy to just throw on the end of hose and go.  It's slow.  Even the nice systems with tanks will require filling containers and storing.  Personally, I'd just get into the habit of picking up a few gallons each trip to the store and next thing you know you have nice stash ready to go.

yeah - i've really wanted one - but I've done the same analysis as you; it'd take me a full day to gather enough water for a batch versus going down the street - $6 and 20 min later, I'm ready to go.

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Zymurgy / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:39:40 AM »
Hey Dave, any thoughts on creating a BJCP/NHC scoring app? This seems like it'd cut out a lot of work dealing with paperwork, mailing scoresheets, etc. It might make sharing the info easier, and analyzing trends in NHC winners. It could be interesting to find out that judges are picking up or favoring IPA's with peachy notes, or roastier stouts, etc.

It seems like in future years you could add that competing allows you to share score sheets, same thing with the recipes.

that's a really interesting idea - it would also assemble a collection of data on the judges which may help them improve.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Is this a good deal for a premade??
« on: August 29, 2017, 11:40:46 AM »
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-5-6-cu-ft-2-tap-beverage-cooler-kegerator-stainless-steel/4223500.p?skuId=4223500

Saw this 2 tap kegerator online. I don't want to go thru the hassle of making my own kegerator from scratch. Ive heard some bad stories of people ruining their fridges thru cutting thru the cooling lines.

Looks like this has some good reviews and looks like its not too poorly priced.

Thoughts?

not bad, but as said it will need some mods.  IMO, a chest freezer with a collar is a good, cost effective way to go if it works with your space.

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Ingredients / Re: Which base malts do you keep in stock?
« on: August 28, 2017, 01:22:29 PM »
I buy several sacks of pils (weyermann) and 2 row (rahr) frequently, buy a sack or 2 of munich and maris otter annually, and then for Vienna and Munich II, I have bought sacks in the past but going forward I think i'll stick to the a couple 10# bags instead since I've noticed I don't turn it over as much as I anticipate.


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Events / Re: German American Festival Beer List
« on: August 28, 2017, 12:24:23 PM »

The rock is 138 lbs and the winner threw it over 11 feet.


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wow.  does he compete on the World's Strongest Man or something?  that is impressive.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 27, 2017, 01:44:46 PM »
I'm shocked that 9% crystal isn't enough.  that said beautiful looking beer, albeit lighter than BL.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: August 25, 2017, 05:39:03 PM »
Amer Amber Ale




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Awesome looking beer! Looks great.

Love me some Amber ales.  That looks spectacular


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