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The Pub / Re: The state of American beer
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:33:20 AM »
The question that comes to mind is "Will we continue to see double digit growth in the Craft Beer sector" and for how much longer?

My optomistic opinion is that we should continue to see this trend as long as the beer quality stays within the realm of excellence. However, there seems to be some slipping in this regard so time will tell.

At least another 5-10 years.  :)

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Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:39:01 AM »
I can tell you from my experience so far that raising capital is the single most challenging aspect of the startup. We are still raising the required capital for our startup, and while we've made some very nice strides we are still working toward our final goal. We'll get there in due time. Starting a brewery is extremely challenging in many ways, but a lot of fun and excitement comes with the territory as well. My advice to you is to always keep your head up and try to maintain a positive attitude.  :)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:35:09 AM »
I'm also a JSP fan. I've been using my adjustable JSP set at .039" for about 5 years with about 1500lbs of grain milled through it, and I'm still smiling.  :)

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All Things Food / Re: What's For Dinner?
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:31:52 AM »
Haven't seen much food pron lately. Figured I've salt the mine.

Home made pasta with peanut sauce and baby broccoli. A little home grown basil and chives on top



Nice!  :)

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This was a very exciting election and congrats to the winners. We had a record nmber of candidates this year with a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience from all across the country. Hoping to see those that weren't as fortunate back again next year for another round. Thanks to all the candidates!  :)

I will! only two spots available though. that's gonna be a fun one.

Yeah, but one of them is mine.  It's gonna take about 4 people to fill that void!  ;)
Their age doesn't need to match yours Denny!

 ;D

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:40:48 AM »

It was my least favorite part of the conference.  Doesn't bother me at all that it's gone.  Especially since the beers will still be available in a better format.

It was my MOST favorite part of the conference when the conference was not well attended. Now that the conference is many thousand gassy homebrewers the pro brewer's night just isn't as much fun.

That's kinda what I was getting at.  I'm just not up for standing in line for 1/2 an hour with thousands of other people in order to get a sample of a beer, no matter how good the beer is.
So how do you feel about Club Night? 
Honestly, I prefer club night and have for a while.  There are a few reasons.  First, there is not a long line for just a few booths, everything is pretty even.  It seems less crowded, maybe because many of the brewers are behind the booth serving beer, maybe because of the lines.  Everyone is happy to talk to everyone else about their beers, rather than all of the homebrewers trying to talk to a limited number of pros - even if there are the same number of booths, each pro booth has one or two people to talk to instead of 2-40.  The beer is at least more interesting, if not better on club night.  People seem more involved with the event, maybe because of the club themes.

Don't get me wrong, I've loved pro night over the years, but I feel like it has been getting less fun than it used to be.

I agree, two years ago in Seattle Club Night was the highlight of the conference for me and much more fun than pro-night. Pro-night was fun, just not as fun.

I think the spirit and hard work that all of the clubs bring to club night, along with the tremendous passion/committment that was poured into their booths, costumes and beer is what does it for me. You just can't get that at Pro-Night. Not to say that I don't enjoy pro-night, but that club night is magical!  :)

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Ingredients / Re: Using Lactose in RIS
« on: April 07, 2014, 09:45:56 AM »
I agree.  Oak tannins can be really astringent lending a percievable dry sensation in the mouth. This may be causing your perception o "lack of sweetness". You can try taking a sample of the beer and dosing it with a couple drops of lactose at a time until you are satisfied, then scale up from that point.

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This was a very exciting election and congrats to the winners. We had a record nmber of candidates this year with a wealth of talent, knowledge and experience from all across the country. Hoping to see those that weren't as fortunate back again next year for another round. Thanks to all the candidates!  :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch: Lager on or off yeast?
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:52:11 AM »
You certainly can lager 4 weeks if that's what you want, and you may need to if you can't get the beer to clear. But it is by no means necessary. I've brewed a lot of kolsch over the years and it's no better at 4 weeks than it is at 2. Once the yeast is dropped and the beer is clear it is ready to drink. The fresher the better for this beer.

I agree Keith. Fresher is better as long as it's clear.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:41:34 AM »
I like it!

+1

I'm really looking forward to this format. It should allow for more quality time with the brewers. A better forum to ask questions and the like.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is my beer infected?
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:33:38 AM »
It's surprisingly good! I had it in Seattle at NHC. Balanced flavors.  :)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Kolsch: Lager on or off yeast?
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:31:26 AM »
I usually lager on the yeast for 2-4 weeks, then keg and carbonate.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Miller Fortune
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:29:55 AM »
I had to look it up... ;)

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/105/110568/

I'll try any beer once. I think my perception is definitely biased now.  :)

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Ingredients / Re: Two hops...
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:42:54 AM »
This would be a difficult decision. If I had to choose two I'd probably throw a couple of darts at the list below. It really depends on the style of beer that I want to make at a given moment.

American Ales:
Columbus
Centennial
Citra
Simcoe
Amarillo
Mosaic

Continental Lagers:
Hallertau
Tettnang
Saaz

Brittish Ales:
EKG
Fuggles

Belgian Ales:
Hallertau
Saaz

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Elections
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:34:07 AM »
Well said Crispy!

Lets get the vote out today folks. It's your last chance to make your vote count for this year's election.

Thanks!  :)

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