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Now we know where IT comes from. Future xBrmt maybe? Blind triangle test between beer with pesticides and beer without?

Cool beans!

My idea of 120F whirlpool vs dryhop is not that I think they would be a 1:1 trade and identical results. The idea is that a 120F aroma addition, then tell fined crystal clear, may end up with an overall prettier beer that has acceptable aroma, when compared to a dry hopped hazy version. It would be entirely a hedonistic side by side overall comparison.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Homebrew, A True Story
« on: February 25, 2016, 06:47:24 AM »
90% of homebrewing is surviving brew day. The other 10% is surviving drinking the beer. You did both!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer and Efficiency Issues
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:45:49 PM »
Just Tap it:
Have you seen my hydrometer?  Ya, you'd tap that.

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:19:46 AM »
I've tried helping various volunteer groups in the past and I fully understand how frustrating it can be. You do something fairly benign to help and it can seem like all you get for it is sour grapes. Im in the cheap seats on this one because ive not been to HB Con yet. Having said that, I wonder if they polled the idea first. Seems like it would have been pretty easy to send out a random sample poll.

Honestly though, is Hombrew Con something so hideous that we need to get all lathered up over it? I say... ABSOLUTELY!  Being overcome by righteous indignation is what being an AMERICAN homebrewer is all about. First they came for my stirplate and I said nothing. They they took my 90 min boil, and still I said nothing. But I will not go quietly into the night! I will not go to a Homebrew Con without a fight! I will shout "NHC, NHC, NHC!" with all my might! My god man, where will our traditions be if we fail to do the same things we always do?

My name is Klickitat Jim, and I approve this message

Not really, im actually fine calling it whatever.

Beer Recipes / Re: First Lager
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:43:20 AM »
Here's what works for me

1. Good German grains. I prefer Best Malz. In bright light beers use 4-5% Weyermann CaraHell. Single infusion mashing at 152-154 works just fine. I like to go 90 min.

2. Wyeast 2352 if you can find it, 2308 isnt bad either. I prefer to chill my starter wort to pitching temp 50F and pitch to a 1L oxygenated starter morning of brew day. At 12 hrs pitch the whole thing.

3. German varieties. I prefer German magnum at FWH to bitter, and Hallertau/Tettnanger blend at 5min.

4. Cool, like 48-50F until you've reached greater than 50% apparent degree of fermentation, then free rise to 68F. At FG heat your hydrometer sample to about 110-120F to smell for diacetyl.

5. Water... good luck! This varies widely depending on style. Try building RO with CaSO4, MgSO4, NaCl, and CaCl. Go light handed in lightly flavored beers.

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 24, 2016, 06:16:52 AM »

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:19:43 PM »
Sorry folks, but NHC stands for at least a couple of things in our world. National Homebrew Contest and National Homebrewers Conference. We got tired of confusing these things and frankly, we wanted to freshen the convention perception. Therefore, you now have HomebrewCon. Yes, it is geeky, but its our new moniker.
I for one like the new title! Kudos!

By the way I think Kudos is the word used by command staff when proposing a toast with Romulan Ale, which by the way is made with 100% pale quatrotricticale, and never ever step mashed.

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:13:07 PM »
While I think it's a lame name, I feel that it should have a different name to prevent confusion between NHC the conference and NHC the competition.

How about giving the comp a new name?
How about National Competition of Homebrewers?

Beer Recipes / Re: First Lager
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:09:57 PM »
I'm only on my 3rd year at lagers. Afraid that my advice on German lagers is not there yet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer and Efficiency Issues
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:40:18 PM »
My hydrometer has a paper tube scale that slides if you gently tap it one end or the other. I calibrate at the stated temp (mine is 68F) in DI water. If it's off I tap it one way or the other till it's correct. Carefully so as not to break it.

I think if you want hyper accuracy you need the ones that are designed for that range, probably like Steve has. For me the only range that matters is 1.000-1.020. And really only matters that I can determine no change between samples.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:33:56 PM »
My kegs all think the blotches just look like blotches and that a cigar is just a cigar.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop use suggestions
« on: February 23, 2016, 04:29:58 PM »
Free pile of CTZ and Eldorado, no citra. How about Sirachi Ace?

All Grain Brewing / Re: BJCP Guidelines - pH
« on: February 23, 2016, 03:29:14 PM »
Agreed that any ph measure is meaningless to the drinker, but final product ph could be important. Form example, a sour beer classic example that is 3.2ph vs another one right next to it on the list but being 3.5, might help show the difference or allowed variation. Another that jumps to mind is dry stout. There's times it sounds like helpful info, but I can't imagine asking volunteers to test and document and keep track of changes.

Final beer ph is one of those fine points that every brewer is welcome to explore on their own. Secret edge... ?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hydrometer and Efficiency Issues
« on: February 23, 2016, 06:13:16 AM »
My method is to check it in DI occasionally and call it good. Unless you get the 1.080 calibration fluid from a reliable source, how do you know it's really 1.080? Once upon a time I tracked brewhouse efficiency and found mine to be 72%. I build my recipes on 72%, and I usually check OG when I brew and usually its within 2 or 3 pts. I'm pickier on new recipes because I want to know how new stuff is working. The gravity that I pay most attention to every time is FG. I usually don't care so much what the FG is, but that it is stable. On rebrews of old recipes,  I frequently forget to take an OG. But always the FG.

Its just one of the many cool things about homebrewing. If really geeking out on repeating stats is important to you, you can do that. If it's not, that's cool too.

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