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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blue Moon does Flanders Red?
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:23:53 PM »
Funny, the shop I bought it at had it listed as strawberry in their checkout system. You're not the only one.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Blue Moon does Flanders Red?
« on: June 16, 2013, 07:10:59 AM »
Don't buy it expecting it to be a Flanders red. It is not and the bottle doesn't say so either. It says "blended with Flanders red". It is a decent wheat beer with a tart Flanders note.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Re: How much pressure?
« on: June 15, 2013, 07:59:52 AM »
Are you testing with air or water?

Being in construction, I personally know that air tests are death traps. They fail without warning and throw shrapnel everywhere.

If I knew you were doing a pressure test "to impress people" I would stay out of the room. Sadly, most people wouldn't know what was going on and be blissfully unaware that they were in serious danger.

Do not do this.

My first thought too. The owner of West Country Cider in Mass was killed a few years ago by an pressurized vessel that failed.


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Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: June 14, 2013, 09:19:47 AM »
The convention center parking facility is offering discounted (50% Off) parking for the conference. A coupon is available for download now on the conference website:
www.ahaconference.org/hotel-travel/travel-info/
You just made my day!

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The Pub / Re: Good news! Beer bellies are a myth!
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:07:56 AM »
Skinny homebrewers scare me.


Skinny doctors bother me.  Wish my doc was like my dentist ('bout five feet tall by five feet around) then he wouldn't be able lecture me about my weight.
Get a new doctor.
Hi 1-800-DOCTORS, can you recommend a doctor with worse habits than my own?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: SG question
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:04:50 AM »
If you look at this chart for BJCP styles, the absolute highest FG is 1.050 and all but Strong Scotch Ale fall below 1.030, so it is definately an OG. Very few styles even start that high, and color might help too, but only so much. Can't tell what yeast was used from a picture.
 
 

By the way, the graphic is from http://homebrewmanual.com/resources/

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Beer Recipes / Re: Re: Cream Ale
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:42:06 PM »
This one by Skotrat is excellent.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=6089.15

+1. I made Skorats and it was great!

I've made it twice, though the second time I cut down the bittering hops a little.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Category for Coconut Porter
« on: June 13, 2013, 07:09:25 AM »

The best beer of the category was kicked before it was opened.  They judged it anyway, but had already declared it ineligible for a medal based solely on the base style being "historical" and thus should be in 23.  My argument was and is that it is silly to kick out a gose because of this and not kick out coconut beers which should be in 21A.  There are gruits listed among the commercial examples in 20A anyway; pretty sure they are just as "historical"

I don't think we should have kicked out anything.
And the guidelines for 20 state that the base style does NOT have to be a classic style. I'd think blackberry gose should be fine in 20.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Category for Coconut Porter
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:39:31 PM »
Read the styles.  I think coconut is specifically mentioned in the vegetable category definition. Might be wrong though. Yes, coconut is a vegetable. So are cucumbers, and pumpkin, and barley.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 12, 2013, 02:18:02 PM »
I was only able to register for the Friday-Saturday slot, so I suppose I'll miss the Thursday get-together (and Pro-Night  :'().  Hope to bump into the forum crowd at some point.  I'll likely be in a black utilikilt much of the time.

I'm pretty sure the Fri/Sat ticket also includes Pro Night, just not the Thursday seminars.


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Equipment and Software / Re: Fridges vs Custom Made Coolers
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:03:48 AM »
My two thoughts - I'd think a cheap, used fridge would cost as much as the materials and AC.  I'm not sure if window AC units can be set to refridgerator temperatures. It might work well for fermentation temp control in the 60's, but not kegerator temps in the 40's.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Hot Side Aeration
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:40:39 AM »
That is a strong vortex, much stronger than most HSA debaters are thinking about.  But then the wort was chilled quickly too. I think the only true answer will be to taste it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: SMASH extract
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:47:25 PM »
You may not be able to try every possible base malt that way, but you can do some with research. Either way, single hop beers will be interesting.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold age?
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:37:18 PM »
Mort beat me too it.  Cold crashing is common for pro-breweries and homebrewers with temperature control. It helps clarify the beer. But I wouldn't do it after one week - not in a homebrew setting anyway.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Topping Off
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:01:13 PM »
As long as fermentation is still fairly active. I wouldn't add fresh wort to yeast that have slowed down or, especially, if they've floculated.

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