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If you want towers and don't mind some extra work, you could build the towers into your bar. Then place the keezer nearby and connect it to the tower with beer lines run through flexible, insulated tubing. You'll need to rig a fan to keep cold air flowing through that tubing. Then you have the best of both options.

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:37:11 AM »

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:16:07 AM »
I've never judged or even attended a competition, but do you think things like haze affect the later elements of judging?  Will a judge be influenced into thinking there is something wrong because there is a haze issue?
Maybe - but most advanced judges I know encourage judges not to do that. And again, it depends on style. Haze in ales is fairly common. Haze in lagers not so much. 
For ales, maybe its more the opposite - some haze leaves me with no expectations for flavor. Could be good, could be bad - it just doesn't tell me anything. But a crystal clear pale ale leaves me thinking the brewer did something really well. Still if the beer doesn't hold up to that expectation I'm not giving out bonus points.
Now if it pours out like chunky soup, that may be hard to ignore. :)

However, if your beer makes it to Best of Show, haze could be what prevents it from winning. There it's competing against many other awesome beers and it's often small aspects of character that separate the winners.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:07:20 AM »
Most common new contestant mistake I see is entering a beer with a specialty ingredient (fruit, spice, coffee, etc) in a standard style. Any non-standard add-on means the beer must go in one of the specialty categories - Fruit Beer, Spice/Herb/Vegetable, Belgian Specialty, Wood-Aged/Smoked, or if it doesn't fit one of those - Specialty.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:02:22 AM »
Depends on style. Haze in most lagers is not good. Haze in an IPA will probably be forgiven, even expected to an extent. Haze in witbier is mandatory.  BUT!! Appearance is only worth 3 points out of 50 and includes color, clarity, and head quality (color, texture, volume). If I were the judge and haze was the only appearance problem, I'd deduct 1 point at most. In ales, I tend to forgive light haze pretty quickly if other aspects are right on.
Short story - if your 38 beer is brought down to a 37 by haze, that probably doesn't hurt its chances of winning much.

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 10, 2015, 05:50:13 AM »
The one time I've gotten bed bug bites was at a Hilton. :/
Umm...Can we get this guy his own personal chair for the seminars?  ;)

But seriously - Yelp's score is low with ~400 reviews but every other review site gives the place about 3.75/5 including TripAdvisor with 2500 reviews. A quick scan through theirs and everybody complains about the outdated rooms, but nobody mentioned bed bugs. Not even the 1 star reviews.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Long Draught line balancing, Please help!
« on: March 09, 2015, 07:00:25 PM »
You actually mean a drop as in the faucet is below the kegs?

Edit: Yes you do

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:46:46 PM »
The one time I've gotten bed bug bites was at a Hilton. :/

The Pub / Good(ish) legal news for a change
« on: March 09, 2015, 01:00:01 PM »
I say -ish since both breweries spent mucho $$ for their wins.
Flying Dog wins court case against MI over Raging b**** ban.****-freedom-speech/
Local brewery wins trademark lawsuit against their name.
Although Shorebilly changed their name to Backshore a while ago (because of the lawsuit) and I don't know if they will change it back now.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:24:54 AM »
I hope the Welcome Reception is better than last year...but that may have had something to do with Michigan laws.  The beer was poured by convention staff that knew nothing about the beer and a lot of the brewers and brewery staff were absent.
I heard that was because of MI law. Yeah, it seemed sterile.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-Boil / Re-pitch?
« on: March 09, 2015, 06:19:32 AM »
OK, thanks for all or your comments.
Finally this morning, we have active fermentation so, I guess I just needed some patience.
Thanks again.
Good to hear. I should have mentioned that although it could have been contaminated with other organisms, I don't think any possible contamination would halt fermentation. Bleach is about the only thing that would do that. That's why I was never worried.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-Boil / Re-pitch?
« on: March 08, 2015, 05:19:41 PM »
I would just let it go. You've got a good chance it will be fine, but reboiling it will definitely ruin it.

How much yeast did you pitch?

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Safale US-05 in Sour - stuck
« on: March 05, 2015, 02:42:49 PM »
It's also possible that in the months it soured something else got in and fermented it. Again, gravity would tell you where it is.

Ingredients / Re: Vitamin C in commercial beer
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:25:32 AM »
I hear some of the new mobile canning operations have had oxidation problems and they don't have the equipment to check oxygen in the packages beer either. It's flying blind so an antioxidant would be good insurance.

The Pub / Re: Beer Themed Baby Bottles?
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:28:32 PM »
That's a little weird. But I did buy friends some pacifiers custom printed with their homebrew logo for a shower gift.

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