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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 31, 2015, 10:29:00 AM »
that's what I do.
I was just wondering if I was doing something unhealthy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: whole campden tablet
« on: May 28, 2015, 02:13:09 PM »
thanks for the replies.

Normally I crush the tablet in the pot prior to adding the water (about 7 gallons) to be heated. As for sparge water (another 1 to 3 gallons) I have been adding another tablet in recent years. I knew that one tablet should be able to handle 20 gallons.

As for adding sodium and potassium to the water, I don't know much regarding chemistry and trying to make sense of water chemistry makes my head spin. I do know that my Columbus, OH water is very soft and been told to add gypsum to make my hoppy beers "pop."

General Homebrew Discussion / whole campden tablet
« on: May 27, 2015, 01:39:08 PM »
I have always read that one should use a partial tablet of campden tablet per five gallons of wort in order to remove chlorine and chloramine. Is there any harm in using a whole tablet for mashing a 5 gallon batch. The tablets are relatively cheap and cutting them such a pain

Beer Travel / Re: Belgium, Ireland - Where do I drink?
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:45:33 PM »
might want to try the national irish homebrewers:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing class at College
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:48:26 AM »
wasn't there a podcast by basicbrewing several years back where Jim Spencer interviewed a college professor from a college in Kentucky(?). Might be worth some leads.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safbrew Abbaye Ale
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:26:46 PM »
I recently used this yeast with a recipe that won me a gold for a Belgian golden strong. Decided to try this instead of White Lab 500 since I normally use dry yeast except when I doing Belgians.

Anyway fermented at 64 degrees. Was hoping for a pear taste. Didn't get it. It leaned towards pepper but even that was not pronounced. Fermented dry; about 10% abv. All in all, not impressed. More than likely going back to white labs for this style.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judges are needed in China!
« on: September 03, 2014, 02:41:55 PM »
I asked the wife and she said not this year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:46:36 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion. Did the same and it worked. Good luck in the competition.

General Homebrew Discussion / printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
I am attempting to print the labels and they are coming out small: 2"x2.5". Is this to be expected? The printer is hp officejet pro 8600. I had used it for another contest and the labels were the size I was accustomed to seeing. any suggestions

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:22:42 PM »
I am interested in this conversation as a friend is married to someone who is allergic to hops. If she even kisses him after he has had a couple of beers, she develops a rash.

As a result I have been looking for him recipes that requires  no hops. Gruit seems so expensive. I will have to look at radical brewing for some ideas.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Beer and Wine survey
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:51:44 AM »
I attempted to but at the 37% point where I was asked how many batches did I brew all grain, the survey would  not register the answer and advance.

Beer Travel / Re: Microbreweries in Ireland?
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:48:50 PM »

Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:56:05 PM »
Having stewarded competitions over the years, I'm always amazed at how much the judges of a beer are in basic agreement. Basically a good beer is a good beer and a bad one is a bad one.

Equipment and Software / Re: cool brewing fermenter insulator
« on: October 25, 2012, 01:40:40 PM »
Thanks for the input. Hadn't thought about the trash can. Part of my question was in regards to the thermal mass of water as opposed to air. had tried a small refrigerator had fouled up.

But a trash can with ice leaders and an insulated cover may very well work.

Equipment and Software / cool brewing fermenter insulator
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:14:42 AM »
Saw this "cool brewing fermenter insulator" advertised in BYO's september issue. Was wondering if anyone has tried it and is it worthwhile?

I have been using the basement's sink filled with water as an insulator, using frozen 2-liter bottles for making ales. Generally it has been good. But with the cbfi it would free up the sink.

With birthday and Christmas coming up soon, thought I would suggest this to the wife who will be hounding me for ideas for gifts. Any input would be much appreciated.

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