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All Grain Brewing / Re: First Roggenbier
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:11:04 AM »
after judging that beer in 2010 or 2011, I tried to match it with that recipe a few times.  Never came close, and yes, extremely sticky.

Good luck though; will be watching to see how yours comes out.


that's awesome.  I'd send them something in support, but of course I have no experience with removing it from my home.   ;D

The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 22, 2013, 05:36:04 AM »
the eight-pointed star right near the middle of the logo is what made me do a double-take.  Get rid of that, and I think it's plenty different.

but that, just, like, my opinion, man.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: timing a lager D-rest
« on: May 17, 2013, 07:27:33 AM »
with "normal" size lagers it is always somewhere in the day 5-7 range for me.  6 being the most common.  I understand not wanting to open it to take a reading, but there is something to be said for understanding your whole process.  I rarely check gravity anymore, because I used to, and now know "when I see this, I raise the temp"

...I suspect it is ready for the d-rest, ignoring whether it even needs one.

good luck--

Beer Recipes / Re: Second try at lagers tomorrow
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:13:43 PM »
wow, 1.004 with a lb of dextrin malt?!  Sounds more like dextrose malt.  ;D

So which one of you jokers got access to my PII data and subscribed my phone to Cat Facts?!?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Goose Island beer
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:25:51 AM »
I often find old Honkers sitting around shelves.  Got fooled by a date not long ago, not noticing the 13 was actually a 12.   :o  When fresh, it is still fantastic.

thanks for keeping us up-to-date Gary.

Illinois looks to be in pretty good shape.  Passed House 118-0, and passed second reading in Senate; just needs to be voted on in Senate.  Hopefully the homebrewing community will receive more good news soon.

Does anybody know what is going on with the Kansas home brew bill?

Per Steve Cook, nothing is going to happen this year, at least in terms of a law...

bummer, but happy for Alabama and Mississippi at least. 
As of July 1, will there be any other states where competitions are illegal?  Hmm.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Article Index
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:50:36 AM »
the Article Index is handy.  Many thanks to the AHA for this, and ezymurgy.

I don't suppose anyone has the 1997 issues gathering dust somewhere on their shelves?

Basically I'm looking for anything on the NHC from that year.  My club, FKA the Derby Brew Club, was Club of the Year.  Looks like 1997 was the last year before it went to 6 issues per year.  Can't find anything on NHC in the article index.  Hoping it got some coverage in the fall issue and someone can tell me who from DBC won medals, and in what categories.

just thought I'd take a stab to see if anyone's got that year.  No biggie.


I like the whole "chance to beat Mississippi" angle.   Could be a major selling point.  ;D

"Holtzclaw says Alabama has an opportunity to beat Mississippi since the Mississippi bill has a 90-day wait period to become effective and the Alabama bill would go into effect immediately with the governor's signature. "

Equipment and Software / Re: Monitoring Keg Levels
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:18:38 AM »
This works for me as well.  Although I don't like to move kegs around once they are pouring clear.

Agreed.  Although I feel like I can control my 2.5 and 3g kegs well enough to move gently and stir up very little.  I only have a few 5's and lifting them in and out of the chest freezer aint so much fun.  I don't think I would do so just to figure out a fill level.

Equipment and Software / Re: Monitoring Keg Levels
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:02:20 AM »
"How does everyone keep track of or know the level of beer in ones kegs? Or does anyone even do that?"

When the beer turns absolutely crystal clear and tastes better than it ever has, then its about one or two pints away from blowing.

THIS. so many times...

Personally if I was going to pull a keg out of the fridge to weigh it I'd instead just leave it on the basement floor for several minutes, after which the condensation line will tell me where the level is.


truth be told, I joined a club for access to Club-Only competitions.  "I don't care to belong to a club that would accept people like me as members" is more to my usual feeling.

having said that, I'd be interested in competing in what you propose, and would even push the local club to host one, once, you know, the state of Kansas makes them legal again.   ::)


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: May 01, 2013, 11:22:17 AM »
I went and logged in. I have no scores against my entries. Is anyone else seeing the same, or did my beers not make it to the shipping destination.

my scores show up...

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