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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:05:29 AM »

Alternatively, implement a minimum score needed to advance to the final round. - But honestly, that's probably a small part of the problem. I think past winners should automatically get to enter as many beers as they want the next year. This will ensure high quality entries from the best brewers. All other slots should be assigned by lottery to keep the open feel.
Isn't a 30 the minimum right now?
I think so - I really meant raise it. Maybe to 35? I don't know, it's arbitrary - I don't like arbitrary. I'd rather ensure that great brewers get to enter and let the beer speak for itself.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:48:05 AM »
My suggestion is only the top two entries from each region move to the big show. (I'd actually suggest it be only one, but the natives might go crazy.) The problem as I see it is from each region you get one good to great entry, a lesser and a lesser. So one worth making the trip and two which really should have stayed back on the bench. I judged two flights of 11 and had 3 in one flight worthy of advancing to a mini-BOS and only 2 in the other worthy of advancing to a mini-BOS.

Alternatively, implement a minimum score needed to advance to the final round. - But honestly, that's probably a small part of the problem. I think past winners should automatically get to enter as many beers as they want the next year. This will ensure high quality entries from the best brewers. All other slots should be assigned by lottery to keep the open feel.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 15 minute saison
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:07:07 PM »
Sounds great!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: possible contamination?
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:06:36 PM »
It is much easier to thoroughly clean/sanitize equipment on a homebrew scale than on a pro scale. Metal and glass parts especially should be no problem. Tubing and such might be more difficult. Putting any parts you can in 180F water for 20 minutes will help too, though your process sounds pretty foolproof already.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Blichmann products at NHC
« on: July 03, 2013, 02:19:27 PM »
The rims rocket is a hop rocket with an electric coil inside for use as a rims heater. The had an electric kettle too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Erlenmeyer Flask Size?
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:59:21 PM »
Since you want to promote oxygen exchange, I don't think it can really be too big.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Blichmann products at NHC
« on: July 03, 2013, 11:15:20 AM »
Yeah, i wanted to see the price on the rims rocket

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Yeast and Fermentation / US-05 at low temp
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:34:36 AM »
I remember reading here that US-05 is surprisingly cold tolerate - like down to 50F or so. I've been wondering since if it would make a good yeast for hybrid styles like cream ale. Has anyone tried it?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Growing up a Lacto starter
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:30:03 AM »
If you through 1lb of grain in 5 gal of 100F wort, it will be very sour in 24 hrs. A starter is really not needed.

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The Pub / Re: Pronunciation of "Saison"
« on: July 02, 2013, 05:51:53 PM »

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All Grain Brewing / Re: malting your own
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:23:32 PM »
There was a presentation on home malting at NHC. Hopefully the video will be posted soon if you weren't there.

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I have a side pickup dip tube attached to a long flexible stainless mesh tube that goes around the edge of the pot - and I whirlpool to get most trub in the center.

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My wife is uber sick - started yesterday. Luckily I have a cast iron immune system.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP630
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:36:00 AM »
My friends method is to sour the whole wort. Inoculate with 1 lb of new grain. Hold 24 hours at 100 in a cooler. Then quickly boil, cool, and pitch yeast. You must keep oxygen out while souring.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP630
« on: July 02, 2013, 05:59:32 AM »
You could set the fermentor in a bucket of water with an aquarium heater. That should at least get it to 90. WYeast says a week at 90 will work for their lacto.

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