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Hop Growing / Re: Recommended Hop growing medium
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:13:05 AM »
You people who grow multiple hop plants are crazy IMO.  Growing is easy....picking, processing, and packaging, not so much....

Thats why mine go in the compost or I give the whole plants away.  Picking hops is for suckers, I grow them because they look cool, provide shade, smell great, etc.

I pick and dry enough for a batch or two of homegrown APA, and ditch the rest. Its just for fun, work is yuk.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:07:57 AM »
My suggestion is to avoid a heater with too much mass unless that mass is very low heat. When I first got dual temp control I tried a small ceramic hot plate. When the thermal probe read the cut off temp it would shut off power to the hot plate, but the temp in the freezer would continue to climb. The freezer would cycle on and run until it was to cutoff, then bang the hot plate is back on, and round and round we go. Temp swinging like 30+º. I switched to the heat pad and no problems.  After countless random checks my temp is always within 2º of what I have dialed in, which is X with a 2º lag but no deadband.

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 09:46:55 AM »
When  my cheapy finally bites it im going to get a set of good ones with thermometer and easier to read scale.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Phenolic
« on: April 10, 2014, 08:41:33 AM »
From what ive seen, I agree. I passed the online exam with knowledge gained from this forum and how to brew, and brew strong podcasts. I purused the study guide but found a few things counterintuitive, so I didn't spend much time on that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:22:03 AM »
I dont recall precisely how many but 3 sessions of about a dozen each.

Equipment and Software / Re: Heating elements for fermentation
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:41:20 AM »
Sunbeam 732-5

About $15 on ebay

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:38:57 AM »
I like that Jeff.  As long as I know it can be done, I'm good.  That looks like the one to get. 

So Jim, when I save the shekels, my old one will migrate to Goldendale.  I like to go to the monastery up there occasionally anyway - so a good excuse.

Sounds good. Its aboout ride time too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:33:53 AM »
You guys must live in generous scoring areas because scores of 40+ appear to be very rare in my area.   Judges around here are reticent to give a score above 35.  A score of 40 pretty much guarantees that a beer medals in BOS.  A 37 is a solid first place, and a 37 is a darn good beer that is almost perfect style-wise.

This is just weird to me.  "Almost perfect" to me would mean 45+.  I mean, if no one ever gives a mid 40 or above score, then it is not a 50 point scale, it's a 40 point scale.

I hear ya. But I think of it this way. 50 would be a top beer in that style, fresh off the tap at the brewery, and their best run of that beer ever. Our 35 version was packaged and shipped and fumbled around, and still is only 15 points below it. Not bad really.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:12:49 PM »
I'm so proud that my random posts go 5 pages and end in an argument.

For what its worth, yeast, I saw about 35 beers judged. One was below 20 until I was talked into rasing my score. One was over 40.

If money is no object I'd still do what I'm doing. Red bottle and a stainless .5 micron wand. Well, right now I have a 2 micron stone on a plastic wand, but when I get rich I'll switch.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:33:13 PM »
On a somewhat related topic, does anybody else feel that it should not be against the rules to have the style number written on the caps?  I leave it on in spite of the rules for two reasons: 1) it verifies that the cellar people don't mix up the entries I send in and 2) in every competition in this state, a label immediately goes onto the cap.

Our caps had an org assigned entry number but the style and letter would be helpful too cuz we didn't always have a pull sheet. Case in point, I was tasting the sweetest milk stout I'd ever had but was told it was a dry stout. Had to wrangle a steward and have them double check.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: April 09, 2014, 06:52:16 PM »
I'll be rubber banding my bubble wrap from now on. Sorry Seattle!

Whadya do? Duct tape the bubble wrap on?

Crap, sorry Amanda. Didn't see you quoted.

No, I built stainless steel containers, welded around each bottle and filled with space shuttle heat tile goo.

Actually I used a dab of scotch tape. Or Scots tape, or Scottish tape depending

You know, it took me an hour to pack them. Why it never crossed my mind how long it would take to unpack 700 of them...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:40:52 PM »
I'll share my response to an email about the little bird.

This is not belly aching, just stating fact. SWMBO and I took vacation, a political feet unto itself, room, parking, and one meal was $550. Add fuel, a few beers, other meals, I'm invested, so to speak. She stewarded 3 sessions I judged 3. That earned me a sneak peak that amounted to "I don't remember seeing your name on the beers that advanced. Sheets mailing next week."

Having first hand experience, seeing what all goes into it... I actually feel pushy getting that much info. I couldn't imagine 150-300 people wanting to know like right now. If it were me I'd want to get the info out asap to stop the constant emails. So I'm relatively certain they are doing their best.

Having said that, WHERE'S MY SCORE SHEETS.

Sorry, I'm still just a kid when it comes to brewing

All Grain Brewing / Re: Phenolic
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:28:30 PM »
I didn't think so but bjcp flashcards hint at it.

Unfortunately, a lot of BJCP study material is old.  For all the good info in some of it, there are also some glaring errors and disproven or rethought "science".

Denny, things are coming into focus for me. I'm more and more convinced that there is a cutting edge in homebrewing. Bjcp is running to keep up. Having said that, I don't know if perfection is a realistic expectation for well intentioned volunteers. I just hope they do some big corrections before they slip from being monumental to has been. I think the people are awesome. The old literature just can't be relied on as empirical evidence

All Grain Brewing / Re: Phenolic
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:19:25 PM »
There are a few I could name but I'm not here to bash my peeps. I have high hopes for the new style guide.

We all have faults. Meet me and you'll know mine. Lol

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