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General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:35 AM »
The home page has several document links which should answer most questions.

The exam structure document in particular.

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Just for fun

Commercial Beer Reviews / Zombie Killer
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:37:17 AM »
Not really a review, but a great choice to accompany the season finale of TWD. Very nice cherry cyser.

All Things Food / Re: Ninja 1100
« on: March 18, 2012, 12:23:35 PM »
Well, we finally washed it today ;)

Still haven't used it, but it looks like it is going to be a beast!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:03:06 AM »
Don't think there would have been a firkin fest if PTC hadn't passed ;)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:02:56 PM »
Have they actually decided where? Last I heard it was April 28 and Brews Cruise was heading it up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Batch 500
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:48:23 PM »
Dave likes a quick turn around and often drinks them a bit too early. AFAIK he never makes the same batch twice and only 5 or so gallon batches. Sometimes awesome, sometimes not my cup-of-tea, but always interesting.

If you want to see his recipe for number 500 it is here:

All Things Food / Ninja 1100
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:06:20 PM »
Just picked up a Ninja 1100 Kitchen System at Costco for $94. We already have something that will do everything it will, but I figured for less than 100 beans what the heck. Anyone else got one and any experience with this beast?

General Homebrew Discussion / Batch 500
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:40:55 PM »
No, not me.

We have a local homebrewer who only makes extract batches and brewed his 500th batch on February 28, 2012. Someone checked some old notes and found he discussed batch 295 back on October 14, 1998. So 205 batches in 13 years 4 months. Using rough math that comes out to 160 months or a batch every 3 weeks.

That's impressive!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:55:50 PM »
(it's Asheville Pizza and Brewing)

Yep, SN is a done deal and the buzz is New Belgium is surveying property and has signed a contract. Of course if true they can always back out. I heard they plan to announce their new east coast location in April.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Highland Brewing Company
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:53:02 PM »
Asheville will have 12 breweries in Buncombe County soon, in two years Sierra Nevada will be in the neighboring county (about 10 min away).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold Crash Belgian Wit
« on: March 07, 2012, 05:34:07 AM »
I say leave it cloudy.

All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: March 03, 2012, 11:04:44 AM »
I rely on the thermometer on my roaster, gene cafe.

I think crack depends on the process rather than the temperature, but we are roasting in a differernt way. An apples to oranges roasting method.

I see, your roaster is probably measuring the temp of the roaster rather than emerged in the beans. I can certainly see that being much hotter than the bean temp.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Homebrew
« on: February 29, 2012, 07:05:46 AM »
As was said, wrap with bubble wrap. I also put each bottle in a gallon ziplock and put a garbage bag in the box before I start packing. You want it to be as tight as possible. If you don't feel comfortable holding the package over your head and dropping onto concrete, you have not packed it well enough!

All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: February 29, 2012, 05:40:36 AM »
Do you have a calibrated thermometer?

Second crack is around 440-445, not 480, but I do agree the smoke really starts to go around second crack.

All Things Food / Re: Roasted some Coffee Today
« on: February 27, 2012, 07:44:08 PM »
I have not found green beans to go bad, some state to use in a year, I just haven't found it to be necessary. I'm probably roasting 1 - 1.5 lb at a time. One of these days I'll weigh it to make sure. I probably could roast 2X whatever amount I currently roast. What I roast always fills a 1/2 sheet cookie sheet (as seen in the earlier photo).

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