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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:39:13 PM »
Thanks guys. Lets see how well this first one goes and take it from there.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 fermented at lager temps?
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:33:06 PM »
Yes it will most likely be slower that low. I think what I would do is start if off at 55 in the garage, let it go a few days till its through the growth and flavor stage then bring it into the house and let it finish.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Newbie question - krausen
« on: April 23, 2015, 08:26:18 PM »
My current batches, a dunkel and a helles, brewed with Munich 2308, pitched 4/1 and has been at final gravity for a week. They both still have yeast floaties. No off flavors, its not mold or brett or toe jam. Just the way it worked out. Now my temp is set to 30º so I can jell fine them for a week. Keg them up next weekend and brew up some saisons.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP001 fermented at lager temps?
« on: April 23, 2015, 07:53:27 PM »
I bet it would do fine just be careful not to have it go up and down too much. The down part being the trouble. Say for example that its about 75% done and has been around 55 for that time, a drop to 50-52 might cause it to quit. It would also be smart to try to finish up around 65-68 if you can.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Category Question
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:19:45 PM »
Agreed unless you can taste rye. They wont see the recipe until they give you the gold anyway. Then they can go "Doh!"

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:10:48 PM »
Cool. Get well and enjoy. No rush on my end. The homebrew bombers should go first, they were filled off a keg.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Refractometers in Heat?
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:09:21 PM »
It was merely a matter of time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:11:12 PM »
Good news. Thats awesome! I was sort of hoping that the commercial stuff was new to you. Pelican won best small brewery last year at GABF. Good stuff I think.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 23, 2015, 03:32:07 PM »

As for NHC2016, thanks anyways...I guess I really on need to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure.

a reasonable question might be, will we know '16 location, at '15 NHC?
At least they announce it before it happens.

His real name is Pedio so dont get too excited.

Looking forward to taking the June tasting exam.  Hopefully I will know my results before the 2016 winter to spring circuit happens, but I won't sweat it if it takes longer.  By taking a class with a very knowledgable beer judge and hearing feedback from those with whom I have judged this spring, I am comfortable judging with whatever rank I achieve, if any....I have learned that I perceive what I perceive and just put it down in writing for the benefit of the brewer and roll on.  The really advanced judges are best at quickly articulating what they perceive and drawing conclusions from that to suggest corrective action.  I am getting better at the suggested corrective actions and I tried to still do that with the NHC shorthand scoring sheet when possible. 

I would not expect the graders to give up time to do the tasting judge review quickly - they still have a life and are probably tied up in a way that prevents them from going forward to complete the grading any quicker.  I feel your pain on the delay, but everyone involved is a volunteer and I volunteer for a lot of different things in many areas, so I appreciate that a person can be pulled in many directions.

Just my 2 lincoln's and I could be persuaded to think differently, but put yourself in the shoes of the graders and look at what else they may have on their plate and the volunteer in me says cut them some slack...let's hope we can all have a quicker and more responsive scoring system, but realize that the number of graders needs to increase.  If you can someday grade exams, please volunteer to do so.
Fantastic point of view!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Contest Entry
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:11:38 AM »
I have one of those growler filler type tubes that has a double o-ring stainless plug in the tap end and a ten inch or so tube that extends into the bottle.  It isn't the way I would fill bottles for long term storage but it works well enough for comps or sending in a swap....

I did this for the current swap and Toby can vouch for how it goes.

As with many Homebrew issues - YMMV.
I need to grab one. I'm tired of wrangling the cobra just to fill a couple bottles.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 23, 2015, 04:53:32 AM »
Thanks guys. Let's see how this goes. If its a hit, maybe we'll tweak the procedure a bit and try it again in the fall. Summer and winter are busy times and not the best conditions for shipping. For now, the train has barely left the station. Lets see how it goes.
I totally agree. I think what we are doing now is great. My suggestions are not criticisms about this but brainstorming for next time. Also agree that shipping in the summer isn't great. I think mid September at the earliest.
I'm tracking ya. All good.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 22, 2015, 11:03:04 PM »
Matt, box is shipped. Tell Chris hi, the box originally came from him. Tracking number emailed.

Thanks Jim! Will do... gotta catch up with him after their week at the Craft Brewers Conference. Looked like a really good one.
I just tracked it. Good lord, it took 3 days to go 100 miles. But its in SLC now. Says its two days out from your door.
Its in Mesquite, Tx. Delivers tomorrow. 

This is worse than sending your kids to camp. Lol

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Spring 2015 Beer Swap
« on: April 22, 2015, 10:58:27 PM »
Great tip. Try to prevent breakage,  but just in case try to contain leakage. One leaker can cause the whole box to be discarded.

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