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General Homebrew Discussion / When to drink my AHA Beer
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:37:40 AM »
Holding on to the Double Black IPA from Stone, as its the only beer UPS didn't "lose" on the way back from San Diego.  Mainly because I carried it myself.  I was wondering how long I should hold off...

waiting for the 'drink it fresh' folks to chime in.  :)


HR 2028, to legalize homebrewing. The bill included the exemption from tax and the 200/100 gallon limits, but didn't include the allowance for use at organized events.

Maybe the national level is where we should focus our efforts for organized, outside the home, events legislation versus a state by state campaign.

Rod Murray

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bottle conditioned ales
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:31:09 PM »
nothing like drinking 48 different versions of the same beer...  I bottled, and then I grew up. :P

kegging may be faster, but bottling keeps me true to the process.
  True to what process?  And, by the way, I carbonate and "keg condition" my beers for 2+ weeks before I touch them.  So I am not sure what you imply gaining from bottling...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ProMash -> BeerSmith 2
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:26:13 PM »
Since I have never supported promash, I will ask the question...

What is a recipe report?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash PH using 5.2 stabilizer
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:54:23 PM »
5.2 is a buffer.  It's not made to make you wort got to a pH of 5.2... Common misconception.  If you are having difficulty attaining a proper pH level, then you need to add acids to your mash AND use a buffer, 5.2 is a great one, to make sure you don't over shoot your target.  Too many folks use 5.2 like it is the magic cure all for water.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:47:25 PM »
I agree for the need of experienced judges for this comp.  I was a bit disappointed that when I got my scoresheets that I didn't have a single certified judge.  I know that there are plenty of good experienced judges that aren't certified, but have never been in a comp where not a single judge for one of my beers were certified, so was a surprised that my first time to have this occur was in the NHC.

What region was that (if you don't mind my asking)?
Happened to me at the Nashville region - must have bee why two of my entries went to mini BOS and one slipped through to the 2nd round...  And why the Berliner Weiss that took 2nd BOS the same week got a 21...

go figure.  :D

President of the local homebrew club.  We held an AHA rally at our new brewery recently and I decided that I needed to lead from the front.  Life membership - many of my attending club members went for membership - with a few going for a 3 year option.

Man up indeed!  If you believe in something and act like a leader, others will follow.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermcap S
« on: May 10, 2011, 03:47:24 PM »
I have used it for years without any ill effect.

There is something in there about memory loss, or worse yet... memory loss.

I have used it for years without  memory loss, or worse yet... memory loss.

I have used it for years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fastest Turnaround Time?
« on: May 09, 2011, 11:19:02 AM »
Why not go Belgian?

Do a traditional enkel, big pitch of yeast, ferment at 147 dgrees and crash carb.  Should be drinking by dinner time...

what ever happened to R, DW, HAHB

Then why not go full bore and become a Life Member???

That's what I did!   ;D

just wish it came with something other than a t-shirt...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The NHC for the future
« on: May 09, 2011, 11:08:53 AM »
Why do you think the rank National is called that way?
Then why is the National Homebrew Competition of the American Homebrewers Association including competitors from other countries???  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / The NHC for the future
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:53:43 AM »
I think the days of entering 75-100 entries all over the country to "beat judging inconsistencies and flaws" is nearly over.  How about a new thread on how to take the Comp forward and make it better/fair for the future?

1. two bottles per entry. gets rid of the problem of bottle age waiting for later reevaluation.

2. limit of ten entries per brewer (Primary or Assistant).  stops brewers from flooding the system to 'get through' and allows more brewers to enter... imagine that! Puts the onus on the judges for fair, consistent, and competent judging.

3. Can only enter one region. points 2 and 3 would require the use of a national entry database, which we are close to now.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA First Round
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:45:50 AM »
+1 To Tom, you got your answer and a few kudos to boot.

As brewers, we are passionate about our beer, otherwise, we would be BMC...  Don't be intimidated by the general populace.  They all have opinions and would love to tell you about them.  R,DW,HAHB  ;D

and it was a great first post, btw. :-*

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life membership
« on: May 06, 2011, 06:38:29 AM »
Would it make a difference if Charlie P wore it for a day?  :D

and Signed it... Yep!

General Homebrew Discussion / Life membership
« on: May 04, 2011, 03:35:15 PM »
$600 = 1 t-shirt?

really?  >:(

How about a pin or something unique that we can proudly display?  Not a t-shirt, like the ones you give away free to volunteers at a rally...

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