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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 04:08:59 PM »
Nope, $10. The exam will not be the same twice so it probably would not be worth the time to take it since prospective entrants can take a free 20 question sample exam off the new exam site.

Ahh, I hadn't actually checked out the new exam site just the PDF.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 03:42:34 PM »
Is there any way for people that already passed the old exam to have a chance to take the online exam for free?  I wouldn't mind taking it so I can tell people in my club how it is.

Equipment and Software / Re: OK I really screwed up...
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:57:57 PM »
Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure

All Things Food / Re: Big Green Egg
« on: March 13, 2012, 04:52:11 AM »
I saw the medium BGE at costco today for $580 -is that a good deal?  I probably can't justify the cost, but there is a little bit of temptation :)  What have others paid for theirs?

I was at costco tonight and was also surprised to see a BGE there, then I noticed it was a medium.  From people I've talked to most of the accessories (or at least the common ones) are designed for larges.  For a bit more than that you can get a Big Steel Keg (or whatever they call them now), I've got one and love it.  It comes by default with a number of things you have to pay extra for on an egg.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:13:03 PM »
I haven't checked all weekend and now see this morning every region is closed!!  Amazing!

12 regions next year  ;)

If more regions are added I imagine the cost per entry will have to go up, which would probably also help keep the numbers down.   If prices get much higher I'll likely reduce the number of entries I submit

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 03, 2012, 05:56:12 PM »
Probably right.  The allotted time to pay is 24hrs...right?

Yeah, after 24 hours they're automatically deleted.

I'm not sure if they expire exactly at 24 hours when they were entered or if there is a batch purge that runs at midnight or something.  We shall see

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2012 Entry Link
« on: March 03, 2012, 05:03:42 PM »
Portland's closed at 751's rigged I say.  :P

Actually its open again now with 747 entries.  Guess someone didn't pay.

That was me actually, I deleted 3 entries I decided against sending.  Then paid for the rest.  I suspect a lot of people registered entries they might send in and will end up deleting them when they pay.

Equipment and Software / Re: Brewhemoth Brag
« on: February 24, 2012, 06:21:59 PM »
I finally got a functional CIP system put together for the Brewhemoth.  My initial attempt failed due to a pump that wouldn't push the water fast enough to turn the large 2" spray ball.  I got a testimonial about a 1.2hp trash pump and so I bought a 1.5hp trash pump for $80.  I put together a PVC pipe run that brought water from the pump to the ball about 6" down in the fermentor.  The pump sits in a reservoir under the fermentor that collects water from the dump and racking valves.

Which pump did you end up getting?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« on: February 06, 2012, 11:35:58 PM »
BYO November 2011.  Article by Kevin Verratti

Didn't see the article online.  The important pieces look like:
Planet Eclipse inline high pressure regulator
Planet Eclipse OPS (on/off purge system)

Then there are various adapters and generic pieces.  

Edit: In searching to find info on those parts I found the article posted on instructables:

Edit2: Further looking I found prices, looks like you'll probably spend about half as much doing this vs the williams regulator but that is a much nicer looking package

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Mini-regulator - DIY?
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:20:09 PM »
I know I'd seen an article in BYO or Zymurgy where someone built one for cheap. Maybe in the last couple of months.  When I have a few minutes I'll see if I can locate the article

All Things Food / Re: Chicken stock
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:42:11 PM »
When I cook chickens (usually smoked) I'll throw the carcass in the freezer till I have a few of them to make it worthwhile and do a big batch of stock and pressure can it.

Also keep a bag in the freezer for all those ends of carrots, onions, celery, etc. that you trim off when using them in other things.  Pull out all your frozen stock material from the freezer and go nuts

Ingredients / Re: Weyermann Abbey Malt
« on: January 15, 2012, 12:09:03 AM »
A bit of info here...

someone says that the abbey malt is Weyermann's version of Dingemann aromatic.

I always thought that Weyermann's melanoidin was the same/similar to Dingemann's aromatic.

Ingredients / Re: Help identifying these Hop Union Hops
« on: January 09, 2012, 04:22:15 PM »
IS there even a "Hallertauer Northern Brewer"? 

pretty certain their is.  I have seen it a few times before, but yes, just email or call HU.

Yep there is, I've used them before.  Though I can't remember the last time I saw them available

Ingredients / Re: Help identifying these Hop Union Hops
« on: January 08, 2012, 09:34:17 PM »
How about "Hallertauer Northern Brewer"? 

All Things Food / Re: shelf stable eggs
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:45:50 AM »
Here are some shelf stable eggs:

Probably wouldn't be very tasty to eat in existing form though

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