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The Pub / Re: Sign my petition: Remove the 12% ABV cap on beer in Ohio
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:39:25 PM »
Here is the status on my petition:

1. One of Ohio's representatives will be re-introducing a bill to raise our state's cap from 12% ABV to 21% ABV.
http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/ohio-lawmaker-plans-to-seek-higher-abv-1.366994?comments=n

2. I've receive correspondence from a state Senator who is talking with the "Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control" on my behalf to into this issue.

3. Here is a blog about the issue and up-to-date status of the bill. http://ohiobeerlaw.wordpress.com/

It's good news and a win for craft beer lovers in an out of Ohio.

-- Chris
Nice!!

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Equipment and Software / Re: chilling a 30-gal batch
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:42:15 PM »
I used to run 45 gallon batches through my Chillzilla and March pump w/no problems. I would just run over to fermentor and pitch the next AM if the water wasn't cold enough.


Looks like those kegs are attached. I kept wondering what they were for!?

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The Pub / Re: The Drunk Poem
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:39:36 PM »
Rule #1: If you find yourself desiring sheep - you're drunk.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whirlpool "Strength"
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:33:06 PM »
The fact that the cone forms during the rest afterwards tells me that pumping strength is not much of an issue. The trub is settling out when the wort is moving slowly. In fact, I'd guess too much flow will keep particles suspended. I stir with a large spoon for a couple minutes and let it rest for ~15. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:18:06 AM »
From the NHC 2014 thread
 
Grand Rapids beat out several cities for the event, including Austin, Texas, which was knocked out by strict liquor-control laws that prevented further consideration.

Looks like the Texans have some work to do.

So a definate maybe.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:12:00 AM »
Has the AHA addressed the legality of all the clubs that'll be bringing homebrew into the state?

Legal rules is something mentioned on the page regarding "so you want ::insert your city:: to host a convention" though I can't remember where that page is.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping Beer
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:36:14 AM »
Since it isn't clear that you can transport homebrew in certain, perhaps many states (ahem Illinois), I'm not sure why Fed Ex or UPS would want to knowingly transport homebrew.  Let's focus on making transportation of homebrew legal first.
Good point.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:28:58 AM »
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
+1  The great thing is these recipes have all won gold at the National Homebrew Competition.  There are also pointers on key thing needed to get the style right. And it includes extract recipes with all-grain conversions.
All? Those were all award winners, but 80 golds in the NHC???
Well I thought they were. Maybe I'm remembering wrong. They are not all Jamil's recipes and we're talking categories not BOS. Maybe they just medaled, but silver is not winning. It's first loser :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:13:33 AM »
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
+1  The great thing is these recipes have all won gold at the National Homebrew Competition.  There are also pointers on key thing needed to get the style right. And it includes extract recipes with all-grain conversions.

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Equipment and Software / Re: chilling a 30-gal batch
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:24:27 PM »
I was just at a nanobrewery (2 50gal kettles) and they used two therminators (actually, one was a therminator on steroids) and they used one as a prechiller. But thermodynamically, I'm pretty sure it would be better to run the wort through both. Chill with tap water in the first and pump ice water through the second.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Salmanazar
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:45:14 PM »
Maybe a crown cap for a crown?
I think the cage on my Ommegang jeroboam is standard. The rim is big, but they might just open it up and have fewer twists in the tie. I'd try that first.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:28:46 PM »
I mostly use Northern Brewer for online ordering, though I shop around for equipment. My wife was in Minneapolis last year for a work meeting and walked to NB from her hotel just to say she'd been there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Yeast nutrient
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:21:02 PM »
"Yeast energizer" is probably DAP or diammonium phosphate, which is pretty much meth for yeast. It's great for getting yeast to finish a big beer, but it's not really what you want for yeast starter unless it also contains nutrients and/or yeast hulls. You're trying to build yeast health, not just get them to work faster/harder. Yeast hulls is just dead yeast which the yeast will scavenge for micronutrients. DAP really isn't helping in a low gravity starter wort which the yeast can easily ferment anyway.

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Equipment and Software / Re: What 10 gal fermenter?
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:14:38 PM »
By the way - any thoughts how you'll handle such a large fermenter?  10 gallons of liquid will weight ~80 lbs plus the container. That is significantly harder or impossible to carry, lift for racking, etc.
Fill it where you want to ferment it and get a 5 lb CO2 tank, and some transfer hose with QDs to rack for service.
Oh I know how I'd handle it. I have a 60 gallon fermenter that I use occasionally. I just wondered if the OP had considered that.

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The Pub / Re: GABF co-babysitting?
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:13:03 PM »
Is there anyone I can hire to babysit *me* at GABF?
I'll do it - I charge airfare, hotel, and tickets to the GABF. :)
Who brings/pays for the handcuffs?  ;D
Woah!

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