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General Homebrew Discussion / NHC San Diego- Can't decide.......
« on: May 05, 2015, 07:54:08 AM »
Hey guys,
Can't believe I am even writing this but I am having a hard time convincing myself to go to the NHC in San Diego. I have never been to a NHC and I only live 3.5 hours from San Diego so it would seem like a slam dunk. Between the cost of the conference, hotel room, meals, and time away from the family.... The biggest draw for me is the presentations....but the AHA puts those online. I am sure the beers are great.....but I will spending several hundred dollars to drink homebrew? So past attendees....PLEASE convince me to go!! What am I missing here?

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General Homebrew Discussion / AHA Membership tax deductible?
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:01:22 PM »
Had my dreaded tax appt. this morning.  My CPA always ask about non profit donations and memberships.  It wasn't until the ride home that it dawned on me that a. the AHA is a non profit and b. I am a member.  So I think it would be a legitimate tax deduction for next year right?  It then got me thinking about the upcoming NHC in San Diego.  If I donate beer (Club Night) to a non profit (AHA) for their meeting (NHC) and I get nothing in return( still have to pay my own way in) wouldn't that also be a tax deduction for brewing supplies?  I am sure someone here is a CPA.....

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Ingredients / Hallertauer Mittelfrüh = Spicy?
« on: March 15, 2015, 02:38:57 PM »
So I made a Kellerbier using Hallertauer Mittelfrüh. The recipe came from a Zymurgy article a few issues back, basically it is a hoppy, amber german style lager.  Maybe I have never experienced that much Hallertauer Mittelfrüh late hopping but the spicy note is off the chart....I would say it is almost a " chile pepper" type of spicy. Not hot obviously but spicy if that makes any sense.  Has anyone ever encountered that before? I will try to dig up the recipe..

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The Pub / Beer Excise tax legislation
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:27:11 PM »
I noticed that the BA has put forth legislation to reduce beer excise taxes. I also noticed that "Big Beer" also has a competing excise tax reduction bill.   http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/news/the-beer-act-vs-the-small-brew-act-whats-the-difference/     Here is what I don't get....it appears that the BA tax plan cuts excise taxes in half for small breweries (under 60k bbl) but under the "Big Beer" legislation it completely eliminates excise taxes for breweries for under 15k bbl!! It has the same tax rate for breweries as the BA plan for breweries  15K-60k.  Doesn't the BA have this backwards?  Shouldn't they be putting forth legislation that eliminates excise taxes on the breweries under 60k bbl production?  I am thinking of my small local breweries.  Under the BA plan their federal excise taxes are cut in half but under the Big Beer plan they are eliminated.  What am I missing here?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:02:17 PM »
Since we are getting into the season for homebrewing competitions I have noticed a problem and potential solution.  Am I the only one frustrated with the amount of time it takes to receive scoresheets?  I guess it is fairly common to wait up to a month before getting your scoresheets?  Now I know the comps are run by a dedicated group of volunteers and I am not trying to place blame on anyone.  My solution would be very, very simple.  When you send in your beers include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for every beer entered that way as soon as the judges are done judging your beer the steward/organizer can stuff your scoresheets in the SASE and put them in the outgoing mailbox! Of course this assumes that the beer is not moving on to the second round/BOS.  But imagine...you might actually get your scoresheets within a week's time, if not sooner!  Then when you sit down with the scoresheets and taste your beer you have a better chance of tasting the same beer the judges did. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / BSI Yeast Sample
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:22:25 AM »
I live down the street from a pro brewer who recently was given some free yeast samples from BSI.  He gave me one of his 1L sample packages.  Pretty stoked since it is a German lager strain that no one else(Wyeast/ White Labs) offers!  Does anyone know what the cell count might be in something like this?  Was going to brew 10gal of Dunkel and of course didn't want to underpitch.  My pro brewer buddy didn't think I would need a starter but he also had no idea what the cell count might be for the 1L sample?  I know White Labs vials contain approx 100 b cells per 35ml but I don't think I really want to extrapolate those numbers here. 

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Just found out that Gov Brown signed AB-1425  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1425&search_keywords=
It gives non profits the right to pour/sell homebrewed beer at charity events.  This is going to be huge for CA homebrewers who want to go "pro". Great way to gain exposure, support your favorite charity, and even get a legitimate tax deduction.  :)

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Ingredients / Belgian Pale Ale Malt vs. Maris Otter??
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:48:40 PM »
Just curious on what you guys think are the differences(if any)?  I found this article where the late Dr. George Fix made it seem like they were somewhat interchangeable.http://morebeer.com/brewingtechniques/library/backissues/issue1.1/fix.html  I can buy sacks of MO at my LHBS but they sell Belgian Pale Ale malt only by the pound (at almost double the price). Your thoughts?

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Going Pro / Brew on Premises regulations/laws
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:16:53 PM »
I know it isn't exactly "pro brewing" but I have been striking out finding out the laws/regulations/licensing pertaining to Brew on Premises operations. I did find a little bit on the TTB site...http://www.ttb.gov/beer/faqs.shtml#b1.  It didn't mention any sort of licensing though, maybe it is exempt on a federal level?? I know in CA they are legal....there a handful currently operating. But again I can't find any sort of regulation or licensing information pertaining to them.  Does anybody have any insight??

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General Homebrew Discussion / Why aren't NHC scores published?
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:14:25 PM »
quick question.....Why aren't NHC scores published?  Maybe it is the competitor in me but I would like to know what a beer scored not just that it got 1st place.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast and Pressure
« on: June 11, 2012, 01:54:00 PM »
I was reading an article about Saisons in Zymurgy a while back. Drew talked about how yeast don't like pressure and to NOT put an airlock in but rather just cover the opening with some sanitized foil. Now I do this for starters with the theory that there will be better exchange of gases. Here is where I am baffled....how much back pressure could putting in an airlock create?  It can't possibly be more than .5 psi. Could it make a difference?

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Kegging and Bottling / Do I need to add more yeast?
« on: April 19, 2012, 11:15:15 AM »
So I am getting around to bottling a SMaSH barleywine (MO/EKG) that has been bulk aging in a keg for 3 months. My plan was to add the sugar to the keg, swirl to mix under CO2, and immediately bottle via a picnic tap/racking cane. It finished at right around 9% ABV. I just don't know if the yeast(WL 007) are up to carbing it after sitting around for 3 months. I was thinking about adding some WL 001 to the keg to help carbonation. Any thoughts on if I should add more yeast and what amount?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Homebrewing CSA?
« on: August 28, 2011, 12:02:43 PM »
I was wondering what you guys thought about this?  http://www.chow.com/food-news/86982/it-was-only-a-matter-of-time-san-franciscos-first-beer-csa/

Essentially it is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that instead of passing fruits and veggies passes out homebrewed beers.  What are the legalities of this? It sounds like they take donations but technically it is free. It sounds like a wonderful way to expose people to homebrewing and craft beer in general. If I was involved with something like this it would allow me to become a better brewer since I would be able to brew more often.....I can only drink so much ;)

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