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Beer Recipes / Re: Russian Imperial Stout
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:41:42 AM »
I brewed Saints Go Marching In RIS from Zymurgy. It was/is great and it's pretty simple. Loads of roasted barley, flaked barley, and base malt I think (maybe). I used 2 packs of rehydrated S-04 per 5/gallons so there was plenty of yeast without needing to fuss with an enormous starter (I made 10 gallons). It was nearly an entire bag of Marris Otter. Out of 20 kegs we brought to club night last year, it's the only one that kicked.

Equipment and Software / Re: Measuring vial?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:27:47 AM »
A pipette pump and some 2mL pipettes makes this stuff super easy. You stick the pipette on the bottom and draw liquid in using the wheel which moves a plunger. The plunger stays put on its own.

Equipment and Software / Re: Infrared temp. guns
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:21:11 AM »
My probe thermometer has an IR scanner. It does read temperatures through a carboy fairly well (compared to the stick on strips on some of mine). It is convenient for when I can't read the sticker, but mostly I consider it a novelty. It's useless for reading temperatures most other places (mash, kettle, etc) and I wouldn't buy a stand alone version. IR thermometers work best with a dull, black surface. Shiny/non-black surfaces reflect don't work as well.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:10:22 AM »
Seems as though the 20% more additional slots alone would help alleviate the problem and should be evaluated before imposing a lottery.
I'm sure nobody wants a lottery, including the AHA, but due to demand, AHA had to pick the best from a bunch of less than perfect options. The 20% more slots will help, but Philly was almost double the size of Seattle. So it's impossible to estimate if 20% more is enough. Given the problems with registration last year, status quo is not the right way forward.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Home-brew Club Manhiem/Lancaster, PA?
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:35:55 AM »
I don't live there, but I've been to Manheim. I imagine if you wanted to start one that the Swashbuckler's pub at the Ren Faire would be welcoming. They're always looking for ways to get people through their doors on non-weekend/off-season days and they already host a beer festival and homebrew competition in May. Having a public meeting location helps draw in new people who might feel funny about showing up at somebody's house.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Keg volume indicator
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:30:10 AM »
Low tech - put a post it near each tap and tick off when you pull a beer. Not totally accurate, but you'll know when you're close. Might not work with friends though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:39:36 AM »
If the sugar solution is hot it will mix more uniformly. I'll pour just off the boil and add it after a couple quarts have drained into the bucket. The natural swirl of the beer mixes it very well. So well I never even stir.
That's exactly how I used to do it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Old Brewing Texts
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:36:32 AM »
I got "Yeast" by Thomas Huxley, "A Treatise on the Brewing of Beer" by E. Hughes, and "The Practical Distiller" by Samuel McHarry on my Kindle. Amazon had the electronic versions for free. Worth every penny.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Disappointing carbonation
« on: January 06, 2014, 10:57:32 AM »

Any suggestions for mixing the priming sugar at bottling time in the bottling bucket without excessive exposure to air?  Shake the bucket like I shake the fermenter after pitching the yeast?  Oxidation is a concern.

Add the dissolved sugar into the bottling bucket first, then rack beer on top.  It dissolves pretty uniformly this way.
I would have warned against that, but it probably depends exactly how you do it. I stir slowly for 30 seconds and it's pretty consistent.

The Pub / Re: Starbucks trademark
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:16:25 AM »
I remember seeing "hold my beer" t-shirts and the jokes from when I was a kid, well before big sky existed.
Don't confuse trademarks with patents/copyright. Patents/copyrights are for original ideas. Trademarks just reserve a word or phrase for your use as branding - it doesn't need to be original. For example, I could trademark Delaware Brewing Company, Triangle Brewpub, or Idiot Taproom even though I didn't invent Delaware, triangles, or idiots.

Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:03:41 AM »
Thomas Barnes in New York is a National judge and grader. He put together these materials - the first two especially concentrate on how to write a scoresheet. I wish I had found it before taking the exam as he nailed a couple of my common problems. I also passed by studying on my own.

Of course, getting into an exam when you live in a rural area is also tough.

Equipment and Software / Re: oxyclean
« on: January 06, 2014, 07:47:20 AM »
I purchased some TSP, but I had to go online for the MSDS to see the ingredients. No mention of Sodium Metasilicate. It does contain TSP dodecahydrate and sodium sesquicarbonate (sodium carbonate.)will this work with the oxyclean or do I need to find the stuff with the Sodium Metasilicate?
Maybe a little confusing if you don't know the history, but TSP stands for trisodium phosphate. Phosphates are one of our biggest water pollution problems and so most detergents have reformulated without it. Phosphate-free replacements like red devil use TSP in their name so consumers recognize it as a replacement, but don't actually contain TSP. Basically, TSP became generic for "detergent". I imagine it would work mixed with oxyclean, but I don't know that for sure.

Equipment and Software / Re: Upgrading
« on: January 06, 2014, 07:37:50 AM »
Build a similar hook pipe out of pvc for the end of your water supply hose and you can hook it on the side of the kettle. Then you won't have to hold the hose when filling.

Although, this is a good way to get distracted and overflow your kettle too.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crash Cool Question
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:46:26 AM »
Is the beer still cooling or at stable temp?

- Sent by my R2 unit

Events / Re: NHC Lottery Entry?
« on: January 02, 2014, 10:10:56 AM »
I thought I read that lottery winners get to register over a week. So is it a week to register for the lottery too?

yes the whole idea is to reduce load on the servers for initial registration. so there will be a week or so where you can register your interest to attend (enter the lottery). At least that's my understanding. I think the contest is also tied up in that. Or perhaps that's a separate lottery but also has the same format.
Separate, but similar style I think. In Zymurgy competition registration was listed at the end of Jan/early Feb. I think conference registration was end of Feb.

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