I have never even noticed any hot break in my DME starters.
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I had problems with it not dissolving easily until I started using my kitchen/mash whisk to get the job done. I thought that might be overkill, never thought of putting it in the blender thoughI use a drill motor and a stir stick.
If you're worried about your mash ph not getting to 5.2 you can buy this stuff. Works great!
Didn't work for me at all.
Why not go digital? Judges, bring your smartphones/tablets. Log in to a central scoring site. Each beer receives a control number for scoring. Brewer gets feedback same day. No paperwork to lose.
Requires one technical oriented individual to set up the database/survey, but the time and hassle elimination seems obvious.
...you've mopped the ceiling.
...the only time you clean up the dishes is when you need to use the kitchen sink for beer related activity.
...the "door beers" are only for special occasions and guests.
... your kids drink their juice from pint shaker glasses because that is all you have room for in the cabinets, (and they have their favorite logo/brewery).
Brewing is my Hobby, Beer is my Reward!
When your weekend revolves around your "production schedule."What? Non travel weekends are brew weekends!
I'll add: when you keep a hydrometer on the kitchen counter. How many of us do this?
When you are the only guest asked/allowed to bring beer to any gathering you attend