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The Pub / Re: Farewell for now
« on: June 19, 2016, 01:19:49 PM »
God bless and Godspeed.

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The Pub / Re: Week 1 done
« on: June 19, 2016, 12:21:49 PM »
God bless and God speed!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers in America
« on: June 17, 2016, 11:23:09 AM »
I am also disappointed. There are so many excellent, satisfying beers that are not loaded up with hops. For example, I think a good German Pilsner is an amazing beer, when done well. But, it will never win any popularity contest.

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I recently had that dilemma. I had prostrate cancer and had surgery in April. I didn't have a beer for six weeks. You want your first beer to be fantastic. So, I picked my favorite beer, a Porter I brewed and entered into NHC. His favorite beer is what I would recommend.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Saison?
« on: June 12, 2016, 10:25:48 AM »
(BTW, my saison is on its way to NHC finals.)

Glad to hear it!  Let us know how it goes.

My saison did not win a medal. In fact, in category 19, the 3 medal winners were saison. I am looking forward to reviewing my score sheet. Congrats to the winners!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Giving up the glass
« on: June 11, 2016, 09:21:52 AM »
Obviously, safety has to be a priority. Which means you do what you are comfortable doing.
I have 2 glass carboys break because I had wet hands. Whenever I handle glass carboy now, I stop, check my hands. I also put the carboy in a large grain bucket. So if it breaks, it is self contained. I haven't had a problem since.
I am constantly urging my fellow club members to slow down, think safety, and constantly review your procedures. Home brewing is a great hobby. But, it not worth getting injured over.

I understand what you are saying.  I probably could have gone slower and I KNOW I should have dried my hands and the carboy before picking it up.  It was definitely a preventable thing for sure.  I was careless and I got lucky.  I actually did consider a new glass one, but decided on the buckets from a cost standpoint as well as just not wanting to be worried about it happening again and not getting so lucky.  Brew is fun, and I have found it relaxing (actually brewing and reading all I can to learn as much as I can), even though it is a lot like cooking which I do for a living.  And you are right, it's not worth winding up in the hospital for.
My best to you. I agree it is enjoyable. Stay encouraged and enjoy!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2016 Final Round scores
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:26:44 PM »
So, I am not there in Baltimore this weekend. If I medal, will I be contacted?
Thanks

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Giving up the glass
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:23:52 PM »
Obviously, safety has to be a priority. Which means you do what you are comfortable doing.
I have 2 glass carboys break because I had wet hands. Whenever I handle glass carboy now, I stop, check my hands. I also put the carboy in a large grain bucket. So if it breaks, it is self contained. I haven't had a problem since.
I am constantly urging my fellow club members to slow down, think safety, and constantly review your procedures. Home brewing is a great hobby. But, it not worth getting injured over.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 10, 2016, 04:39:01 PM »
Who's the guy without the beard and why is he there?
Hilarious.

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I cool my wort by putting the kettle in a big bucket with water in it. I also use a double wort chiller method. Where water goes into the first chiller that is in a bucket of ice water. Then it leads out to the second chiller in the wort. After few minutes, the water in the big bucket is warm, so I replace that with an ice bath. Last Saturday, I got the temperature of the wort down to about 61 degrees in about 30 minutes using these methods simultaneously.
In the winter time, I have sealed up the vessel the wort is in and let it sit out. It's usually cold enough where there nothing that can get in it to ruin it. I had reach target temperature in about four hours.
I hope this helps!

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The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 04, 2016, 03:44:36 AM »
1. Genesis with Peter Gabriel. The "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is brilliant.
2. Jethro Tull. Everybody thinks of "Aqualung". But, they have some many good album and songs. I like "Songs From the Woods" and "Living in the Past".
3. Polka music - I never heard a sad Polka song!

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The Pub / Re: Best beer themed songs
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:54:05 AM »
My favorites are "I Like Beer" by Tom T. Hall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG5gWk-1m10

and
"In Heaven There is no Beer" polka
(It's why we drink it here.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXI0_vmfIfo

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: How do I Improve a Blonde ale kit
« on: June 02, 2016, 04:41:29 PM »
Is this the first time you brewed this kit? If so, I would recommend brewing the kit as is and see how it turns out. Taste it, and have others taste it, and then you can figure out what more you want in it. Hope this helps.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny hits 500 today...
« on: June 02, 2016, 03:25:48 PM »
Sante!!!

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I am no expert. But, in my Saison, I use the White Labs 585 (Belgian Saison Yeast). It's only available From July to August. I also use the WLP644 Sac yeast. BTW, my saison is in the finals of NHC this year. The 585 gives the beer that pepper note and the 644 cuts it a little bit. I hope this helps.

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