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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 28, 2013, 03:30:50 PM »
I really like the Augustiner strain.  BSI sells it and I got a sample from a brewpub a while back and keep it on a slant.
The WLP-860 is also rumored on the internet to be the Augustiner strain.

I speculated about it on another forum when it was first announced.

I've compared the BSI strain and WLP860 side by side and they gave different results for me.  Of course they could have been the same source strain, just like how 001, 1056, and safale-05 all give slightly different results

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Beer Recipes / Re: How about an Oatmeal Stout recipe?
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:09:23 PM »
An interesting tidbit that I stumbled upon was the addition of brewers licorice to an Oatmeal Stout. Anyone else ever try this addition to a beer recipe?

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/OatmealStout

I've used dried licorice root in an oatmeal stout before, but never had tried the brewers stick.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:07:31 PM »
I really like the Augustiner strain.  BSI sells it and I got a sample from a brewpub a while back and keep it on a slant.


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Equipment and Software / Re: My new favorite toy
« on: December 25, 2013, 03:06:19 PM »
Looks awesome, if I had one at home I'd hate to use it with the $3.10 per use

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 22, 2013, 09:13:19 PM »
I think lottery systems for the competition and NHC tix are reasonable solutions to a difficult situation.

A few more details  (and questions) from the zymurgy article:
- Judges and stewards in the 2013 NHC competition have a guaranteed "opportunity to submit entries" in 2014. (Does this mean an opportunity to submit  6 entries?)

From the rumors I heard the volunteers get 2 guaranteed entries and the rest is lottery.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:03:36 PM »
Haven't gotten my issue yet

I haven't received my copy yet either, but you can view them online.  The android app gives a notification when a new issue is available

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:54:11 PM »
Limit for the competition is 6 entries.

Info leak?


It's written in the zymurgy article

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:55:05 AM »
So I was just recently looking at the latest issue of Zymurgy online and noticed that there was a small write up about NHC in Grand Rapids. It indicated a pre-registration over time but there is a chance of not being selected to attend.  Can anyone explain how this will work?  Also, when would one know if one is selected to attend through this lottery system?  I have never seen a conference utilize a lottery registration system.

Cheers!

Perhaps you're confused with the conference and the competition.  Hope so.  A lottery for the conference would alienate a lot of homebrewers.

I just checked Gary's article and it indeed says the conference will be lottery to attend and those who don't get in can be on the waiting list just like in the past.  There are also 20% more spots available.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Software
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:21:25 PM »
What can somebody tell me about using BeerSmith across multiple computers? Basically, I am looking for one collection available at home, work and mobile. Automatically synced would be a plus, but one button sync is ok.

I keep beersmith in a drop box folder so it is available on each of my devices. Of course you shouldn't open multiple copies at once

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I know I saw a used copy at Powell Books in Portland when I was there a couple months ago.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: how to darken my Saison
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:22:46 AM »
Sinamar is best if you're not looking to change the flavor profile. Carafa dehusked, midnight wheat, chocolate wheat or even black malt would be fine at a really small amount to adjust the color but would not be as invisible in the flavor as sinamar.

Sinamar is made from carafa special.  So sinamar, carafa specials, or midnight wheat would all be good for adding color without much flavor. 


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 15, 2013, 10:16:57 AM »
The rumor I heard was if you volunteered last year you get two slots and the rest is up for lottery.  This is only what I heard and may not have a basis in reality. 

It will sure be interesting to see how many people actually submit into the lottery, nobody has a clue how many people/entries there could be.

Edit: I'm always amazed at the number of people I hear each year that enter NHC as their 1st (and sometimes only) competition.  You can often get as good or better feedback from a smaller competition for a lot less money

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I was going to volunteer but due to the holidays I never had a chance to get the info submitted before the deadline.  I'll try next time

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Going Pro / Re: Clean kegs
« on: December 11, 2013, 02:28:13 PM »
  Many bars pay to have their lines cleaned for them, many fewer do it in house, and the equipment for that is much cheaper than a keg washing rig.

And many dont bother cleaning their lines at all

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Bale Breaker Brewing- Top Cropper IPA
« on: December 06, 2013, 04:25:16 PM »
I also prefer Field 41 pale ale but I enjoy all of their offerings.  I took a couple of Sixer's out to NHC in Philly and shared them with some people (Stan Hieronymous included)


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