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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam pattern in pint
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:40:53 PM »
I had an Extra Stout and it did seem to do the same thing. I don't think the "clumps" were as solid as they are sometimes with homebrew, but the head did fall into smaller clumps.

I should have taken a picture, but I was in the midst of grilling burgers and keeping the kids away from the grill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Sugar & Final Gravity reduction
« on: April 26, 2014, 05:39:48 PM »
If you SUBSTITUTE malt for sugar, then final gravity will decrease.  This is because you've gone from something 65-75% fermentable to 100% fermentable.

I think you mean substitute sugar for malt.

Other than that, I agree with you.  I will typically use sugar instead of more malt in a big beer to help it finish drier.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 25, 2014, 08:26:30 PM »
I made my last pumpkin ale about 10 years ago. Everybody loved it - I had a pint and gave the rest away. All of a sudden I hit the saturation point with spices. +1 to SN Celebration as a great holiday ale .  I usually brew something big like a Quad or Wee Heavy as my holiday ale.

I still have a 5 liter mini-keg of the last x-mas ale I made, which was several years ago.  People liked it, but I've got too much stuff I'd rather drink to ever get around to it.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 25, 2014, 06:15:30 PM »
Well all 4 of my entries made it to the mini-BOS round.  The IIPA didn't medal though (35).  The other scores I got were 40.5 (1st-sweet mead), 38.5 (3rd-Tripel), and 35 (1st-xmas ale)

Nice.  I've given up making x-mas ales.  I just don't enjoy the spices enough to have 5 gallons around.

My saison got my highest score, but no MBOS.  I'll have one or two tonight, though, since I don't have to save them.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:37:14 PM »
Well, at least one of my ciders made it to mini-BOS so I don't feel like a complete failure ;D

I'm with you there.  My bitter made a mini-BOS. 

I'll be interested to read the score sheets.  My lowest score was for my imperial stout which scored a 43 recently.  I guess that's the vagaries of judging.

3 out for 4 mid-30s and up.  So I'm pleased, I guess.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Was it something I did?
« on: April 25, 2014, 02:32:10 PM »
The title of this thread sounds like we are breaking up.

We are.  But it's nothing you did. Really.  I hope we can remain friends.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam pattern in pint
« on: April 24, 2014, 09:54:40 PM »
That's a good point. It doesn't happen when I clear the lines first before pouring a full pint, which results in less foam and no island patches of foam. I just wonder what would be causing it because I never see it when I get a heady pour at a bar or from a bottle.

I'm pretty sure I've gotten this with Guinness Extra Stout.  I'm willing to take one for the team and test it this evening.  Not sure I have any in the fridge though.

As far as reading the future, when I read the lacing I usually see... another beer in my future.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:19:39 PM »
Pardon my ignorance, but do scores get posted to the brewingcompetition site?

I'm new at this competition thing.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop sediment
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:44:53 PM »
I see brewers with decades of brewing under their belt that dont know what ferm control or a yeast starter is, why would they know what coldcrashing or post secondary fining is?  Is not the point of a competition to submit your beer and get it critiqued by a more advanced brewer?

Sure.  But pulpy like OJ to me is something obviously off.  I've never had a pulpy commercial beer and am unaware of a style that should be pulpy.

I'm no strict adherent to style, but I would think if you're submitting to a competition your sending in something you think is good and meets the style, rather than just sending in random samples to get a critique.

Apparently people do that.  I find it surprising.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:07:11 PM » sounds interesting and qualifies for the price-point.

Kirkland bourbon, IME, is a bit harsh without some melted ice/water.  It's 100 proof but it's more than just the proof.  I'd describe it a bit like MDixon described Bakers.

It is not bad, and it is definitely affordable.  It's just not a smooth as some others.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop sediment
« on: April 24, 2014, 02:04:01 PM »
I can tell you I hate judging a beer in a competition where it's 'pulpy' like orange juice lol.

This happens?  Do people not sample before they submit?

Ingredients / Re: Watering down beer
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:56:56 PM »
How about this.  Boil the water, adding a couple of tbs sugar.  Transfer HOT into a corny and cool under CO2, then push under pressure into the fermentor and wait for the yeasties to do their thing. 
Why do we not worry about oxidation when bottling for bottle conditioning?

I would be very concerned about what happens to the corny when the HOT water cools in a sealed environment.  My guess is the corny would crush inwards.  So I wouldn't suggest this.

As far as bottle conditioning, when the yeast eats the priming sugar they are also scavenging oxygen.  At least that's my understanding.  Of course, you still want to minimize the O2 in the beer when you bottle and O2 caps are cheap enough for insurance.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam pattern in pint
« on: April 23, 2014, 07:12:54 PM »
IME, if you keep searching for an off flavor you'll find something.  Whether it is there or not.

I would not worry about the foamy floaty stuff. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Foam pattern in pint
« on: April 23, 2014, 04:26:20 PM »
I get that sometimes, too.  Going by memory, I believe it's typically when I have a beer with a large initial head and wind up with these floating islands when it settles.  I've assumed it's whatever proteins were in the head when it formed initially that coagulate into clumps and then get ingested.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What size CO2 tank is appropriate?
« on: April 23, 2014, 02:23:37 PM »
One benefit of swapping, at least in my experience, is longer times between needing to pay for hydro tests. The airgas I swap at is sure to give me a tank with the same or earlier date.

You swap at every fill?  I only swap when I need a retest.  Otherwise, they fill the tanks I bring in.

They were out of steel 20s last year or so when I went in and I got the bonus of swapping to an aluminum tank.  Which is nice with the larger tanks.

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