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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1469 problem
« on: May 18, 2016, 11:11:32 AM »
Shoot.  I'd wait a week minimum before taking a reading.  Let the krausen drop before checking, for sure.

No harm in being patient.

bit of a tangent, but with this yeast that wait is probably longer than any other yeast I've used.  Definitely likes sticking around in a thick mat up top.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 18, 2016, 04:46:26 AM »
kinda lame that this year you can't walk in after the banquet to hear the awards.
maybe they'll relax that when they see how many people leave after the food?

as for sitting with people you know, I only do that when I've got a group to be cheering for at the awards.  Otherwise I can sit anywhere just to eat.

Dat salad in Grand Rapids, doe...I may or may not have grabbed a second one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer dumb phase
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:24:39 AM »
I include a few weeks of cold conditioning into the timing of almost every beer I make.
got some Zombie Dust on 4/21, bottled the previous day.  Mediocre.  Now, after a few weeks in the fridge?  Noticeably better.

For me, the more interesting result was the delay in the PET wort taking off.  Was there any difference in BB date on the yeasts?  Given the different behaviour of the worts from pitching, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that there was a noticeable difference in the resultant beer, but it seems unlikely that yeast pitched into wort contained in PET rather than glass would behave so differently initially if that were the only variable at play.

I'd consider each having their own package of yeast to be a second variable, FWIW.


however, are you sure your previous batches were ready?
If this was "basic" homebrewing equipment then I assume you aren't kegging.  And it's only been 7 weeks since the purchase.

I encourage you to get even more fermenters (and some shelf space for your bottles).  Don't be in a hurry to drink that beer if it isn't ready, or too hasty to dump something that isn't ready yet.

good luck--

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:31:24 AM »
If this comment was on a blind competition scoresheet, then that Beer Judge is a lot more suspect than your plastic.

'manda, obv you backed off on the chocolate...  Any late hops?

If I can make the party we'll have to each bring our own for a private comparison to the big batch.

zwiller, the two KCBC beers I've had were fantastic.  I'll let others decide for themselves how "German" they are.  As for myself - as largely a brewer of German styles - I would be happy to say I made them. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 22, 2016, 09:28:11 AM »

I have to be honest somethings gotta change with these BJCP 2015 guidelines if this is going to continually happen.

I may have given impression I'm have a problem with  current category entry numbers. I don't.

No one seemed to be complaining when two years ago pilsner in SD had 5 entries while IPA had 87.
as Dennis said the problem isn't the 2015 guidelines.

I support separate entry limit for mead and cider because entry numbers are tiny and we've got room for more without changing anything.

Add one category for American Wild, move fruit and spice to Fruit Beer, couple other tiny tweaks...and done.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:03:35 PM »
I've mostly come to terms with the crapshoot nature. Judging Denver did a lot for me there. I had one beer I vehemently defended more than I've ever done for an entry. Other minibos judges wanted it kicked first, but clearly neither understood the style. I pushed it to Finals.
Myself, got a nice scoresheet detailing how my Schwarz was "way too roasty" while the other judge said it was "very smooth but lacking any roast"

...whatev, I'll take my 37 and try again next year.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 21, 2016, 05:08:32 AM »
I'd like to see Ninkasi made beer-only next year. Then have separate entry limit for mead and cider.

*edited to be less of a magnanimous prick.  ;D

They need to change the name of the award then. The Hymn to Ninkasi clearly mentions honey. ;)

I figured it goes with our history of silly names. Like the issue of Zymurgy dedicated to Homebrewers' Favorite Beers that gets a much different name.   ::)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 20, 2016, 11:01:31 AM »
The Finals flight for melomel is like a list of NHC Major Award winners. I should probably just drink mine.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 20, 2016, 07:01:00 AM »
I'd like to see Ninkasi made beer-only next year. Then have separate entry limit for mead and cider.

*edited to be less of a magnanimous prick.  ;D

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 19, 2016, 02:15:39 PM »
If I go I'll drive, show up at this event, and have stuff to share. Just won't probably know until the last week or two if I'll actually make the drive.

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 17, 2016, 03:31:06 PM »
Start providing food and we have 300 supposed forum regulars show up, 295 without beer.

Just sayin' - NHC attendees love their food, esp when someone else provides it, and anything with "free beer"...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: April 13, 2016, 05:36:22 AM »
You don't need to show your work.

I require fewer calculations than many but I do demand your numbers be close to right.

As for previous discussion on how fits the style, include this everywhere. When listing ingredients, xx malt/yeast/etc for yy character. xx mash/sparge/ferm temp for yy result. Show independent thought too, rather than regurgitation of the same recipes.

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