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Homebrew Competitions / Strong on the new guidelines
« on: May 13, 2015, 05:33:12 AM »
I haven't listened yet, but last night Gordon Strong was on the BN discussing tge new guidelines

Hop Growing / For comparison
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:29:48 PM »
For all you hop growers. This is Willamette growing in Mabton, photo taken this morning. My Willamettes are twice this big, in pots, and I hacked mine down about 3 weeks ago.

Equipment and Software / PH Meter
« on: May 03, 2015, 11:32:06 PM »
I've been getting by with colorpHast strips. But with sour season coming up, and other stuff I'm trying to fine tune, I'm in the market for a pH meter. I want one that is accurate but fairly easy to use and maintain. Budget under $200. Suggestions?

A little run down on how to use them would be cool.

And help with my limited understanding on adjusting pH needs a little help too. I'd like to be able to read my wort pH post boil and then adjust it to 4.5 with lactic. Is there a charted amount to add per gallon per pH degree? Or is it more complex than that due to various grain bills?

All Grain Brewing / Saison attempt
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:47:31 PM »
I'm going to take a stab at a saison next. Do any of you saison experts use sugar to help push attenuation?

Here's my very simple recipe
12 lbs pils
2 oz midnight wheat (option, im brewing one with and one without)
Mash 90 min at 145

90 min boil
1/2 oz Magnum at 60
2 oz Mittelfruh in whirlpool starting at 180 for 20 min

Wy3724 starter, pitched at 80º freeride to 90º

I'm considering doing the darker one as is, then a second batch with no color addition and subbing a pound of cane sugar for a pound and a half of pils


General Homebrew Discussion / Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:22:28 PM »
Send a beer - Get a beer - Review a beer

If you want to participate in the Spring 2015 Beer Swap, send me an EMAIL with your Name and Shipping Address.
Participation requires a commitment that you will ship at least 1, no more than 3, beers which you have brewed, to the person/address which you will receive back in an email.

Package properly please, and include a description of what the beer is. This could be as simple as what style, or you can be super thorough and send your recipe and describe your full brewing process.

You are also making a commitment to post a polite but accurate review of the beer you receive back.
Snarky reviews and heated arguments over reviews are strongly discouraged.
Reviews should be posted on THIS thread, and contain comments on Appearance, Aroma, Flavor, Mouthfeel, and Overall, with a point score of 1 through 5. 1 = undrinkable, 3 = send me the recipe, and a 5 = best beer ever.

This works on the open honor system, meaning we trust you to ship and post a review, and if you don't it won't be secret

Due dates:
April 15 is the cuttoff for committing by email, including your NAME and SHIPPING ADDRESS
April 16 you will receive an email back with your shipping instructions
April 30 you must ship your beer by this date! Please keep your tracking info, as this may save your butt later

Ready? Go!

General Homebrew Discussion / Beer Swap Idea
« on: April 09, 2015, 10:03:44 AM »
Would there be any interest in a forum beer swap? This idea is sprouted from a secret santa I participated in, but different.

If we can do it, you would PM me your info. Once all the participants were in the hat, you would get a PM back with who to ship to. You would ship a beer to that person leaving out any clues to who you are. When you get a beer you enjoy it and post your comments on that beer. Only the brewer would know whose beer you are talking about. If they want to the brewer can reveal their identity. Only rules would be a commitment to follow through in a set timeline, and no rude comments in the beer reviews.

What do you think? If we're allowed to do it and there's at least 8 or 10 willing participants, we'll go from there.

The Pub / Modern work ethic
« on: April 09, 2015, 04:03:18 AM »
Monday: Dont go there! Just... dont
Tuesday: Team meeting? Woo hoo!
Wednesday: Mike Mike Mike! What day is it?
Thursday: I guess I better do something, like send an e-mail er something. I wonder if I can get tomorrow off?
Friday: Sick

The Pub / Hmmm
« on: March 27, 2015, 01:43:31 AM »
All hooked up n ready to go camping, with like 150 other campers... Had to give up judging at NHC to go do family thing. It will be fun, but criminy. At some point I thinkbid rather just drive around and camp in my own driveway. Chin up, I'll survive, family first right?

The Pub / What is this?
« on: March 25, 2015, 04:06:23 AM »
I was googling some Speidel stuff and came across this photo on one of their brochures.

Equipment and Software / Belgian Caged Corking Tip
« on: March 23, 2015, 09:44:44 PM »
The last time I corked n caged, also was the first time, I struggled with getting the right depth. More Beer suggests using a #7 stopper, but they are rubber and mash down too easy giving you a lack of consistency.  So I did this.... 3/8" by 1/2" stainless collar with allen set screw. You can set it wherever you need to and it stays put. $2 at any decent hardware store.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 21, 2015, 09:13:12 AM »
Did I just get a bad batch? I bought a 6 pack last weekend. There's still 4 left. Tried a bottle twice and couldnt finish a whole 12 ounces either time. I normally really enjoy anything siera nevada. I'm curious if this was a collaboration or something.

The Pub / Happy Green Beer Day!
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:16:32 PM »
Thankfully I have to work. No greenies for me

General Homebrew Discussion / Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:58:25 AM »
I've read so many methods brewers use for gel fining. I'd like everyone who does it frequently with success to post their method. Then I'll draw a consensus and give that a shot. Maybe with a really murky batch and post before and after shots.

The Pub / Electrical question for the smart folks
« on: March 11, 2015, 10:28:01 PM »
If I was running some appliance (lets say 800 watts) off of four 6 volt batteries with ~400 amp hours, through a 1500 watt inverter, for 8 hours.... how many watts of solar would I need to recharge the batteries through a 30 amp charge controller on a normal sunny day?

It cant be as simple as 800 watts used for 8 hrs takes 400 watts charge for 16 hrs?

The Pub / New toy
« on: March 07, 2015, 10:14:59 AM »
Well new to me anyway. Looking forward to adventures. I need to start bottling more now I guess

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