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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I think I have to have this....
« on: August 16, 2017, 07:30:08 AM »
I think I'd save the extra bucks over a standard pH meter and grab this guy from MoreBeer:

https://www.morebeer.com/products/easydens-anton-paar.html

Might need to get a few extra phones with all the blue tooth connected toys there are for brewing, blue tooth connected brewing system, water chemistry kit, pH meter, ABV/gravity readings...Just need one for DO and one for yeast cell counts.

This was a prize for MeadMaker Of The Year this year.  I will not deny my jealousy.

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The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 15, 2017, 06:30:27 AM »
Mrs. R is packing a bottle of Heart of Darkness. This is that special time to drink the good stuff!

woah, changing my plans.
maybe you should try to finish the bottle in the 2 minutes of totality.  ;D
what's $150, right?

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The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:56:35 AM »
My wife decided we should go to eastern Wyoming, high plains, low precipitation. We will meet friends from CO in Cheyenne. Drive up to a ranch that has a field set aside for 300. It is off the interstates, so hopefully the secondary roads will not be a problem. We are going to relax afterwards, and visit. Once traffic has thinned, we can drive back to Cheyenne for the night.

I have friends who will be like a mile above your heads.  Perks of working for an aircraft company.  Good luck my friend!

cheers--
--Michael

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The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 14, 2017, 07:44:04 AM »
arranged a quick flight Friday to judge/drink at Beer&Sweat, travelling through KC so I could visit Amanda and Amy and see the eclipse upon my return.  Gotta make the most of those vacation days. Just driving slightly north of town.  Unless it looks like we're screwed by weather or traffic - this is important to me, but not sit-in-gridlock-for-10-hours important.

Let me just say that if you're within a couple hours driving of totality and have the ability to get off work, and the weather looks good, I'd take the opportunity.  99% and shadows will change a bit. 99.9% and you're still seeing something like 1000x as much light as the full moon.  There are plenty of cool effects in the edge region of totality in that <30 seconds.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Questions for competition
« on: August 08, 2017, 05:59:11 AM »

What would be your idea of "not very hoppy"? At 39 IBU it is in the midrange of the American Stout ranges. Although 39 is not very hoppy

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This is all very dependent on style.. I think they are saying "not very hoppy for the style"

39 BU would be way to low for an American IPA which is somewhere in the 60-100 range if I remember correctly, but 39 BU would also be "very hoppy" for an American Light Lager, which is in the 3-20 range (Coors Light is 2-4 IBU).


just fyi, the guidelines say 40-70.  I will just say that style Hop Creep is real and can be annoying at times.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Questions for competition
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:10:03 AM »
You need to be able to evaluate your own beer well enough to decide where it goes.  In competition the beer isn't what the recipe says it is, but how it tastes and smells to a judge.  When you taste the beer, is the impression that it is fairly hoppy?  Do you notice hop flavor and aroma immediately?  How bitter does it taste? How does the bitterness balance the rest of the beer?  Is it up front?  Aggressive? Sharp?  Does it linger into aftertaste or disappear after you swallow?  Is it mostly hidden by malt or other flavors?  Don't just look at the IBU.  Roast malts may be adding some bitterness here, and depending on your water the impression of bitterness can vary too.

Understand that everything with "American" in the name is (I'm going to say unfortunately) expected by the average judge to be hoppier than it probably truly needs to be.  I would not enter something as American Stout on the low end of the ranges listed below. Note the repeated use of the word "aggressive" or "assertive"...


Overall Impression: ...a more aggressive American hop character and
bitterness.
Aroma: Medium to very low hop aroma, often with a citrusy or resiny character.
Flavor: Low to high hop flavor, generally citrusy or resiny.
Breweries express individuality through varying
the roasted malt profile, malt sweetness and flavor, and the
amount of finishing hops used. Generally has bolder roasted
malt flavors and hopping than other traditional stouts (except
Imperial Stouts).
History: A modern craft beer and homebrew style that applied
an aggressive American hoping regime to a strong traditional
English or Irish stout. The homebrew version was previously
known as West Coast Stout, which is a common naming
scheme for a more highly-hopped beer.
Style Comparison: Like a hoppy, bitter, strongly roasted
Extra or Export Stout. Much more roast and body than a Black
IPA. Bigger, stronger versions belong in the Russian Imperial
Stout style. Stronger and more assertive, particularly in the
dark malt/grain additions and hop character, than American Porter

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Style Questions for competition
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:31:03 AM »
Also added lactose(late boil), cocoa nibs(boil and secondary) (, and coconut(secondary). What would be the best classification?

looks like SHV. (30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer)

Judges will expect fairly significant hop character with American Stout.  if that is a good descriptor, then identify it as "American Stout with lactose, coconut and cocoa nibs" on the specialty info line.  if it's not very hoppy, I'd go more generic on the specialty info.  If no one can taste the lactose, don't identify it.  Such is the competition life...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Summertime beer cocktails
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:03:15 AM »
I generally prefer my beer unadulterated but since I have so much mead I have been making mead versions of cocktails.
I served Mead-hattan, Mead-jito, and a Negroni-mead at HBC, for instance.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 30% pilsner malt, 60 or 90 min boil
« on: July 07, 2017, 06:39:56 AM »
I do 90.  IMO you'll be fine with 60.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trappist Yeasts
« on: June 30, 2017, 05:54:52 AM »
is OP asking about a specific strain, or Trappist beers?  Because it doesn't seem to have sunk in that there is more than a single flavor profile, at least from the repeated references to "it"

FWIW "Brew Like A Monk" might still be my favorite brewing book.  Stan is one of those people where no matter how much I think I know, when he starts talking I shut up and listen.

cheers--
--Michael

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: June 22, 2017, 06:32:57 PM »
Heh, yeah that was us. We're not good with names - prefer to let the beer speak for itself - so just made up some silly stuff on the spot.
Cheers--
Michael

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: June 22, 2017, 05:14:46 PM »
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael
Which club booth was it?  I stopped by all of them for at least a little while.
Schemy was on the Nebraska side of the quad, while I was on the Kansas City side, usually functioning as bar-back keeping things filled. Most of the KC mead and all of the cider being poured were mine, though the lucky few there early got two delicious Amanda meads.
I dare say that anyone who had a Mead-hattan or mead-jito or Negroni Mead that night probably had something of mine.  8)

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: June 22, 2017, 08:52:08 AM »
Well we had a blast at club night.  Not sure if anyone from this thread stopped by, but we were pretty busy most of the night.  Our beers were really well received, and we have 4 of our kegs pop.  We're trying to figure out the logistics for Portland, so that we can serve again next year.

unfortunately despite sharing a "wall" I never stopped by.  Busy busy.

As I doubt KCBM will bring all that stuff to Portland, I could probably help you out next year if your club decides to try to serve again.  I'll be doing an extended road trip and be looking for a spot to pour anyway.
cheers--
--Michael

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The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 20, 2017, 08:10:06 AM »
What was the turnout this year?
Gary G said 2437 on Tuesday. Could have gone up a few with last minute purchases. Still the 5th largest conference, and 1100 more than the last time in Minneapolis.

I expect Portland OR to be well attended.

I guess it wasn't my imagination...it did seem lighter this year than in the past.

I miss the banquet.  Not so much for the food, but the hanging out in line and sharing beers ahead of time and then the passing bottles around yours and neighbor's tables.  Was this a one time thing, or is the banquet dead forever?  If this is the format going forward, I'm going to start booking my flights home on Saturday after the awards ceremony.  Sure would beat getting up at 4am like I did this year. :P

The knockout party was a waste of time in my opinion.  Couldn't understand anything being announced and I was right up by the stage.  I would have preferred a social club setting with all the leftover comp bottles rather than having them poured by staff, but maybe that was a legal thing.  An so much Whalezbrah! left over.

I get why the banquet didn't happen, but let me be just the first to b**** about climbing over a bunch of fellow overweight dudes and their 600 coolers in order to make it to an aisle to pick up a medal.  At least it wasn't full and people didn't have to sit in the middle of rows.

I didn't mind the Knockout Party but I don't know why they kept winners out of it at first.  Eventually most of us just walked in.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Got an unusual offer today in my email
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:36:29 AM »
I would definitely put a sticker on riceral's vehicle for $6K.    ;D

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