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The Pub / Re: OnTap Liquid Beer Enchancer - WTF?
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:51:06 PM »
Next time I'm in Chepachet, I will bring you a beer for your trouble.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter at new house
« on: June 17, 2013, 06:42:13 PM »
I use a white RV hose connected to my brew stand, which has one of these filters on it with a carbon cartridge.
You can also remove chlorine by adding a campden tablet to your water and letting it sit a while.

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:17:22 PM »
This might help. Definately looks like a nutrient deficiency.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: using half of a white labs vial
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:28:48 PM »
You could make a 1L starter and add it. Let it ferment and stick that in the fridge when done. That would keep it healthy.  Might be fine as is, not sure about that.

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.

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.

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.

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:
You just made my day!

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?

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

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

+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.

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.

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.

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.

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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