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Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:31:31 PM »
I thought the stromboli was mediocre.  The greens inside (broccoli rabe?) were overly bitter and stringy and there was too much of it in there.  The pork was just okay.  I didn't finish mine.

I liked the pickled veggies and the salad.  And I thought the dessert was fantastic and paired well with the hazelnut brown.  I don't really like the Rogue Hazelnut Brown by itself but it paired really well with that dessert.

In comparison, The BNA8 VIP dinner on Wednesday night was absolutely fantastic.  I wanted another bite of every single dish and the pairings were great as well.  Of course it's a lot easier to cook for 100 people than 2200.

Yeah, our booth was nothing impressive from an aesthetic perspective.  We did manage to have 11 beers on tap though and saved on labor by making it self serve  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort stability test
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:36:35 PM »
I imagine just a cup of wort in a Ball jar would be plenty, right?


Equipment and Software / Re: New A419 Johnson
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:25:47 PM »

So, first - does that sound reasonable?


Second and third, etc -what settings do others use for set point, differential and anti-short cycle delay?

Set point is the temperature you want the beer to be held out so will vary depending on what you're doing and your preferences.

I set my differential to 1 and my anti-short cycle delay to 10 minutes.

If anyone still has any of the RGB Pilsner from the conference lying around you might want to get it out of the house:

I drank mine at the conference but a couple of club members had theirs explode on the way home.  The cans are way overcarbed.

The Pub / Re: Fresh Pliny
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:13:51 PM »
Went to Monk's on Thursday morning hoping to try it for the first time but they were out.  Then I heard they put a fresh keg on the next day.  Bummer.

Had some pretty good beers there though and the mussel's were great.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Wort stability test
« on: July 01, 2013, 04:05:03 PM »
I do it periodically to check my sanitation practices pre-ferment.  I usually am able to go seven days with no visible activity and no drop in gravity. 

I'm feeling relatively normal today.  Great time up there but I wish I would have gotten to the forum meet up.  Went to Mcgillin's Olde Ale house with my club instead for dinner.

Hopefully I'll be able to make it to Grand Rapids next year. 

Events / Re: NHC Streaming?
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:22:10 PM »
They start broadcasting on Justin TV at 8:45.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 22, 2013, 03:51:16 PM »
No brewing today.  Going to transfer some beers into new kegs for transportation to NHC.

When I use my kettle with the pickup tube and whole hops I put a little section of bazooka screen on the end of the tube and crimp it down.  Worked perfectly for whole hops.  I cut off the last 3 inches of a spare bazooka I had lying around from a previous project to make it.

Ingredients / Re: Summer order
« on: June 20, 2013, 10:57:16 PM »
I buy munich by the sack as well.  I don't go through it as quickly as my other base malts but I use enough that it's worth buying in bulk.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dads Day Brew?
« on: June 16, 2013, 02:06:11 PM »
Brewing up a wit.  Just getting started actually which is later than my usual start time but I'm taking it easy today.  My wife took the kids out and they've got a full day of stuff planned to keep them busy.

My older son gave me a painted brick.  He said it's a door stop.  I'm trying to figure out where I can incorporate it in the brewing process.  Maybe I'll use it to prop up the mash tun when I'm running off.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Blue Moon does Flanders Red?
« on: June 16, 2013, 01:19:13 PM »

I didn't try it because I didn't want to buy a six pack on the assumption that it won't be very good.  But if I see a single somewhere I'll probably pick it up just for the experience.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Conditioning Unmalted Wheat Berries
« on: June 15, 2013, 01:43:29 AM »
I just ran 5 lbs of soft white wheat berries through my barley crusher.  Had to run them through three times to get the crush I wanted.

First time through it was hard going but I just added a quarter pound at a time to the hopper which seemed to help.  Second time through was easier and the third through was a breeze.  Everything is crushed up nicely with no intact kernels. 

Harder than crushing malted barley but still only took me about 15 minutes.

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