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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:44:58 AM »
I think it's cool that someone can enter 1 beer in the first round and potentially win Ninkasi as well as Homebrewer of the Year.  Maybe that should be the new goal, winning more with less

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I think BA could make a good argument for spent grains being very low risk. There is minimal processing (it's just grain mixed with hot water then drained), it's entirely food grade for human consumption already, and nothing is being added to the spent grain to enhance its value as an animal food.

Trub, yeast, and hops are often added to spent grain for disposal.  So I wouldn't say nothing is being added.  Finings and anything else that gets added could come along with it.

It's mostly self regulating though, I know one place that used to dump hops/trub with their grain and the farmer requested they stop because the cows would just eat around those clumps. 

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I wonder if these rules are coming up because of the tainted dog food, treats, or whatever that was a few months back.

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Ingredients / Re: El Dorado Hops
« on: February 04, 2014, 07:36:11 PM »
I made a single hop el Dorado fresh hop a couple years back, it was a good beer but the hop really seems like a supporting hop and not a primary.

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I've seen the neighborhood cats horking down my spent grain after dumping it on the compost-pile. They are still around. Mostly.

Please be careful if you mash hop. I have read that hops are as bad for cats as they are for dogs. If it is anything like chocolate, could be worse.

Hmm, I might have to pull some old hops out of the freezer for my cat

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I'm not sure how many small breweries are selling their spent grain.  Everyone I know off gives it away for free (or gets occasional trades) or have to pay someone to take it. 


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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: February 04, 2014, 03:42:57 PM »
Glycol... So just get some antifreeze at autozone or walmart.

I would'nt do that. If you have a leak, it could kill you.

Don't over look the obvious. I had a plastic conical that fit in a used upright freezer I got for a few bucks at a used appliance store.

Agreed, if anything buy rv antifreeze that is used for the water systems.  It is made of propylene glycol vs ethylene glycol

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:43:25 AM »
Mtnrockhopper just beat me to posting last years rules.  I wanted to note that some of the final rules were inspired by suggestions on this forum, proof that the AHA pays attention here

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:33:37 AM »
If it does happen it will be over the Brewing Network winning the Homebrew Club of the Year.

Is this the homebrew equivalent to Godwin's Rule?

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:28:51 AM »
Should we kill time with speculation? My bet is everyone who registered will get to enter up to 6 beers. With the 40-60 entry folks limited, it will open it up a bit. Will make Ninkasi more competitive too I would think.

Entry limit was 15 last year and there weren't too many people that got more than 5-6 entries into the 2nd round.

I think its great there will be real data on how many people/entries are requested, should help for future planning.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Interesting Judging Phenomenon
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:38:23 AM »
One time I entered a Munich helles as itself and a blonde ale, the helles took BOS and the blonde took honorable mention in BOS.  The judges I talked to swore they tasted different.  I bottled them at the exact same time, same keg, etc.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:49:45 AM »
Pasties for entree!

I assume you mean the hand held savory pie rather than the... well 'clothing' item?

I'm originally from Michigan, so I wasn't aware of the nipple variety till I was older

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:46:26 AM »
Pasties for entree!

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:24:21 PM »
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


It does look considerably expensive and it also looks like a spam post

Damn I didn't notice that. However it isn't unrelated. Others have pushed brewing related products before no?

I'm not really sure what the rules are here but joining a forum and your only post is to sell a product is uncool.  Especially when you don't make it obvious that it is your company selling it

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Equipment and Software / Re: How to Motorize a Grain Mill
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:38:31 PM »
Here is the best setup I have found.  It does not use spinning flywheels or v belts, which have taken too many fingers over the years.  It has powerful torque, it is quiet, and chews through grain in seconds. Unlike drill motors, it turns the mill at a slow constant speed - 180 rpm. And best of all, it is not expensive!


It does look considerably expensive and it also looks like a spam post

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