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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 28, 2016, 07:44:28 AM »
My British Brown Ale scored 40 points and made mini-BOS! I am stoked!

Nice.  40 is a great score.  I topped out at 35.5 this year.  My top two scores were the same top two beers as last year, but no luck on advancing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast stopped at 1.025?
« on: April 27, 2016, 01:59:59 PM »
You could pitch some 3711 and see if that helps it finish.  But it might already be in the blend.

Definitely warm it up and rouse the yeast.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ommegang Seven Kingdoms
« on: April 25, 2016, 02:31:53 PM »
I have three or four, maybe five, different releases in the cellar.

To be chilled and enjoyed while watching.

I think I have the 3-eyed Raven, Take the Black, Seven Kingdoms, and Valar Morghoulis.  Maybe something else, too.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ommegang Seven Kingdoms
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:32:34 AM »
Deferred the premier and the beer until (hopefully) tonight.

Went to see a band instead and boy am I whooped today.  So the premiere may be delayed until tomorrow.

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The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:20:10 AM »
I think the Denon I got has 6-7 HDMI ins.

Yours is newer than mine.  Mine has 1.

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The Pub / Re: Home sound system
« on: April 25, 2016, 10:29:54 AM »
I've been doing a lot of research in that area as well, but what I'm looking for will be home theater capable, but music-centric. For a receiver, I've settled on Marantz. If I were you, I wouldn't rule them out. Or Denon or Onkyo. What I've learned is that, with 1500-3000 budget, you'll find yourself limited. I started with a 1500 euro budget, but I've already decided I need to spend 3k to get close to what I want with receiver and speakers. If you're only going 2-speaker stereo, that should help.

I've been all over for reviews, but I go mostly to these guys:
http://www.whathifi.com/
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That was my approach as well.  Ended up with a Denon.

I've got Denon right now.  I hate the remote.  It has two frickin' sides and more buttons then Carter has peanuts.  But it sounds just fine.

I need more HDMI hook ups, so I'll be moving to a Marantz probably.  My oldest extant receiver is a Harmon Kardon.  Love it.  I'll also be looking into what they have these days.

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Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:27:46 PM »
I'm no engineer, but I wrench on a lot of stuff.

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Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 22, 2016, 02:27:35 PM »
Hinges were the problem. I did a shoddy job moving the door apparently and the bottom hinge was loose. I was able to snug it up considerably which made the fridge and freezer doors hit each other. With some other adjustments, it appears to be much better. Thanks for the help. I prematurely inquired without really taking a look at what I was dealing with.

I have to realign and tighten hinges on one fridge every now and then.

Next time, hit the screws with loctite.  Use the blue.  Red is tough to break if you have to.

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Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:06:05 AM »
The simple solution is usually the right one.  We over complicate many things.

But the BFH is always good to have handy.  When things are too complicated it can help simplify them.  Either fixed or irretrievably broken, but resolved either way.

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Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:38:50 PM »
It could also just be a leveling problem.

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Equipment and Software / Re: fridge door gasket not sealing
« on: April 21, 2016, 02:58:36 PM »
Did you inspect the hinges?  There's usually two or there screws that hold the hinge to the main body of the fridge. It's probably bent, loose, or otherwise FUBAR.

Get a BFH and bend it back to where you need it to be.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: leaky keg when disconnect is attached
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:54:12 AM »
The ball lock size will generally work fine. They are just a hair smaller in diameter.

Also be sure to put keg lube on your rings. It helps them last longer.

Using keg lube is one thing I do regularly which is probably why I haven't had to replace any o rings yet.
I have keg lube, but a lot of times I'm lazy and just hit my posts with a couple sprays of StarSan before connecting. I'm not sure if it works, but I haven't had an o-ring failure in a couple of years.

I don't know if a spritz of star san does anything for the rings, but it makes connecting so much easier.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:32:51 PM »
Probably I'll have a decent replacement package ready to go by late May. If you are cool with that. Challenge beer, IPA, APA, my NHC 2nd round Stout,  maybe a sour beer.

I can wait.  Not huge on sours, but if you ship it I will drink it and report back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: April 20, 2016, 03:58:15 PM »
Well, Carquest (my UPS shipper) called. UPS admitted they lost Joe's package. Now they are beginning the battle to get me reimbursement. Not holding my breath. Meanwhile, sorry Joe. But your swap package will be way late. Unless I simply bow out and Hickory ships to Joe.

I'm bummed.  I was excited.

I'm still working on packaging mine. In the sense that I need to get to it.

Working long hours the next week or so.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 4 Englishman walk into a bar....
« on: April 20, 2016, 03:16:18 PM »
I haven't tried notty+Windsor but the combination sounds very interesting. According to Danstar, Nottingham was originally isolated from a multi strain English yeast, so using it that way is true to style. On its own it's no good for yeast-forward English bitter - it's dry, tart and very neutral, almost like a lager yeast. Fine for crisp golden ales and hop-forward beers though.

I stopped using it because of the tartness.  I find it very off-putting.

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