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Without categorizing beers it would be an absolute nightmare to even order a beer.
Or run a competition.

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Ingredients / Re: Iodophor
« on: June 29, 2014, 07:10:52 PM »
I use Iodophor once a year to kill any bugs that have become resistant to StarSan.  I don't know if that can even happen or if temporarily switching sanitizers is an appropriate safeguard.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:48:17 AM »

Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.
Not I, some increased seasonal allergy symptoms, I guess from all the pollen up there.

I'm amazed I didn't catch something from Ken Schramm's honey-tasting seminar. :-)

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Beer Travel / Re: Untappd
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:21:36 AM »
I'm crt0.

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Order bias manifests in many ways. The first beer usually scores in the middle (judges hesitate to go straight for the extremes, figuring their palates just aren't yet acclimated/calibrated). It's also rare for a judge to assign very low or very high scores to more than 3  entries in a row (such clusters are rare but still possible, and the odds of "another 40 point beer" are just the same as the first). And we haven't even touched on palate fatigue!

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Homebrew Competitions / NHC
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:35:28 PM »
add peat/earth to my Scottish.
Please don't!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Brett into Lager post-lagering?
« on: April 27, 2014, 05:54:35 PM »
I'm about to do something similar to a lager whose mash schedule I screwed up, causing fermentation to stick around 1.020.  It's already carbonated, so I'm going to do a closed transfer to a couple of Corny kegs with bent dip tubes and then pitch Brett B.  I'll post here with results.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Question for chemist types
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:28:39 AM »
What character did the phenols in the Mosaic beer have? When that has happened to me in the past, I've attributed it to wild yeast.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewEasy
« on: April 22, 2014, 05:25:23 AM »

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewEasy
« on: April 22, 2014, 04:36:42 AM »
John Blichmann lives not far from Indianapolis, and my LHBS often has his wares on display. I'll take a look the next time I'm in there (should be later this week), and if they have it, report back with details.

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Equipment and Software / Re: BrewEasy
« on: April 21, 2014, 05:43:50 PM »
I get "page not found".

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Ingredients / Re: Nuts
« on: April 20, 2014, 01:57:03 PM »
Black walnuts have a very robust flavor.

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:33:30 AM »
I'll be in that area Friday visiting Haymarket and maybe a couple of other places before going up to Half Acre and then out to Aurora to judge.

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I had a Hefeweizen with H2S and SO2 notes.  I was sure they would age out eventually, but I wanted to serve the beer next week.  Also, I didn't want to wait long given the style of beer.

Looking for ways to remove the sulfur, I came across this topic and decided to give it a try.  My approach was to dunk a piece of copper pipe into the keg about a dozen times.  It seems to have worked.  The H2S is completely gone.  I think I still detect a little SO2 in the aroma and the finish.

I had a feeling the lack of copper on the hot side of my brewery would bite me someday.  Looks like I need to toss that copper pipe in the boil from now on.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bo Pils yeast strain recommendations?
« on: March 26, 2014, 02:58:32 AM »
With that said, would I use Moteuka instead of Czech Saaz?  Well, if I am going to use an imported hop in a Bohemian-style Pilsener, it would have to be the real thing.  However, seeing that I prefer to use whole cones with a false bottom, I tend to use the U.S. triploids Sterling and Santiam in my Bohemian-style lagers because high-quality whole cone Czech Saaz is difficult to obtain via the home brew trade.  Neither hop is perfect for the job.

I thought Sterling was a diploid.  I tend to think of Mt. Hood, Ultra, Crystal, and, as you mention, Santiam when I think of U.S. triploids with a noble character.

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