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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: June 18, 2017, 03:00:47 AM »
Congrats to Michael W. Well done!
I saw that too. Congrats Michael

Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk

Guess I'm pretty decent.
Glad to talk/drink with so many of you again; see you in Portland. That's near where I grew up so another long road trip and bringing stuff to pour is in the plans.
Cheers--
Michael

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 09, 2017, 11:15:31 AM »


thanks for the clarification, and, we're cool.

cheers--
--Michael

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 09, 2017, 06:59:35 AM »
re.

I also would ask everyone to keep in mind that not every homebrewer is pulling down a mid-six-figure income or has infinite brewing space and electrical capacity or infinite time...my sense is that this little piece of demographic information is sometimes where things go off the rails. I greatly admire those who create amazing beer using inexpensive improvised systems--that takes _real_ skill!

A big plus one from! This is exactly how I feel. I'm not a rich man and cant afford the best of everything. I don't have 4k lying around to drop on a shiny new electric HERMS. But, I built a very nice electric system for a couple hundred bucks. Did I use cheap Chinese PID's? Yes. But they work just fine and I paid $15 for them. I didn't have $160 to spend on a March pump. But my little $15 Chinese one works just fine for what I need it to do. So go ahead and be down on a brewer because he doesn't have an infinite money tree. But I can tell you one thing, by building it yourself and having to source parts on a budget, you know your rig inside and out. If it breaks, you know exactly how to fix it.  And, there's so much more satisfaction in drinkning a great beer that you made with your own equipment.

Threads going off the rails has ZERO to do with equipment.

yeah I didn't understand that one.  Surely someone is not saying that pictures of someone's fancy brew rig makes people without such equipment feel unwelcome? 

And the whole insinuation that the equipment takes the place of skill was uncalled for.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 09:54:08 AM »
The average level of expertise in homebrewing seems to have declined.  I assume this is due to A) the AHA casting a wider net and getting more people who aren't necessarily as "Beer Is Life" as some of us old guard, and B) many many people who are good at this have gone pro.  A) isn't a bad thing, but it does change the makeup of the hobby. Way more people are casual about this now.   B) has lead to even more great availability of commercial beer, which just reinforces the casual nature many homebrewers already have.

Your point A is a little flipped from what seems to be in the marketing and demo data that's being pulled. It's not that the AHA is casting a wider net and getting shallower interest - it's that the general interest pool is shallower. The data all points to plenty of people enjoying the idea of making beer, but fewer, particularly younger, folks wanting to make homebrewing their "lifestyle" ala us older brewers.

But then again, this is the same war fought over a wider and more visible battle ground than before. I can troll back through club newsletters from the 1970's and 80's and see the same *grr argh* "not taking this serious enough" angst including the classic - if you're brewing extract, you're not a real brewer. Thing is, this hobby has always been a majority extract brewers even in today's high gear/information availability age.

I don't know. I have fun with this hobby even if sometimes the personalities are a bit much. I prefer to operate from a guiding principle of kindness, which is not everyone's north star as evidenced by all the hackles being raised around here.

Seriously, let's practice the Wheaton Law (link) and not be proof of John Gabriel's Greater Internet f##kwad Theory (link)

Step back, take a deep breath, blah, blah, blah... ffs

I'm not sure how to take the last part, but I'm not going to spend any more time worrying about it.

A little more clarification on how point A) is "flipped" would probably help too.  We are getting people that weren't interested in homebrewing before, right?  More women, more young people, more non-engineers?  That's good, unless you're refuting that.  But people aren't spending as much on "stuff" at the stores, and not spending as long in the hobby, correct?  Meanwhile a whole lot of people have gone pro. Also good (for them at least). I've never tried to make people less enthusiastic than myself unwelcome in this hobby and in fact as stated have actively done the opposite.  But I still prefer to spend my time with my own peeps - people I can relate to, have things in common with, have known for years.  My brewing family, basically.

...and a great many have disappeared.

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The Pub / Re: What is the Purpose of this Forum?
« on: June 07, 2017, 06:34:43 AM »
lack of civility has been discussed, no need for me to reiterate other than to say I agree.

Lack of technical content - yeah the internet loves to disagree.  The tiring requests for "link??" with anything I say that people disagree with.  Or I often get asked "how would you make that with x shortcut or saving x amount of dollars/time?"  ...I wouldn't.  I'm only an expert at what *I* do; if you want shortcuts go research them yourself.  I'll tell you what I do and you take it from there.  If you don't taste a difference, by all means don't decoct.  I do and I do. 

The average level of expertise in homebrewing seems to have declined.  I assume this is due to A) the AHA casting a wider net and getting more people who aren't necessarily as "Beer Is Life" as some of us old guard, and B) many many people who are good at this have gone pro.  A) isn't a bad thing, but it does change the makeup of the hobby. Way more people are casual about this now.   B) has lead to even more great availability of commercial beer, which just reinforces the casual nature many homebrewers already have.

Along with the avg skill or experience level going down and the lack of technical content comes many many questions from newbies.  And while in general I support the ideal of helping them out, when you see the same questions repeated over and over and you know thousands of web pages already exist that answer them, well...you get tired of it.  I've taught dozens of people to brew at my home.  I've passed along knowledge online sometimes too.  And I'm over it.  I'm largely self-taught, and I yeah I guess I wish others had a little more of that mentality. 
Then there's the questions I can't answer.  I can't look at your pic or read your description of "it just tastes weird" and tell you what went wrong.  Do a full description of your process and send me a bottle and I've got a pretty good chance to help you.

anyway, as a result I don't spend much time here anymore.  Like NHC it's a place to hang out and chat with friends. *shrug*
--Michael


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Other Fermentables / Re: First Mead
« on: May 31, 2017, 06:40:55 AM »
ugh, this reminds me that I made a no-water-added Alpine Strawberry/Tupelo and managed to bury the Tupelo character.  About $100/gallon for alcoholic strawberry jam.   :'(

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Other Fermentables / Re: Ciders with brett
« on: May 23, 2017, 09:15:31 AM »
let me be a little more specific than when I said sulfite needs are highly dependent on pH: 

You need almost 10x as much at pH 4.0 as you do at pH of 3.0.  And at the high end you are quickly becoming undrinkable burning matchstick juice.

I don't have a cider chart handy but google something like "sulfite wine chart" to get numbers.  And know your pH.

If the sanitation problem is happening early on then I suppose an initial sulfite dose could help.  But better to just fix the problem, sulfite after fermentation and keep things clean. 

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