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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: a10t2 - Sean, why don't you like Chico?
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:44:13 AM »
i guess that makes sense., as long as the package is not mislabeled.  Is there a thing as trojan yeast?

I hear using Trojan yeast is a good method to prevent infection.
Trojan yeast is all candida albicans

okay, so I had to google it but ewww

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Ingredients / Re: Today's question...
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:36:55 PM »
you should boil and cool the water you use for steeping your coffee so the amount of o2 in there should be negligable.

I don't think it really matters if you add the coffee now or right before bottling or if you cold condition in the keg or the bottle.

I guess if you add the coffee and let it settle for a while you could have one last chance to taste and adjust before it goes in the bottle so there is a reason to add the coffee first.

added yeast might not be needed but it's cheap insurance, I would use half a packet of dry neutral yeast but I don't know for lagers if you would want to user a lager yeast or an ale yeast (us-05) for that.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: a10t2 - Sean, why don't you like Chico?
« on: February 28, 2013, 12:02:22 AM »
He doesn't like it because it is the closest yeast to being self-aware.  One time when he was using it in a particularly strong barleywine it crawled out of the fermenter and attacked him, tried to drag him back in.  He just managed to reach a spray bottle of purisan and fight it off, otherwise he'd be just another statistic.  He won't touch the stuff ever since.

All of those stories you hear about people "falling into fermenters and dying"?  Chico.  The stuff is vicious.

finally! I am no longer alone. It took me nearly three weeks to dig my way out of that pile of krausen...

It kept whispering to me....

rehydrate

freaky

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:26:43 PM »
This is a pretty simple market demand vs supply issue so the only way to solve the issue is to increase supply (judging sites - qualified judges) or decrease demand (higher entry costs - more work to earn spots).

I personally would like brewers to earn their way to entries by giving back to the AHA community that also helps supply for judging capacity.

Some ideas that come to mind:
1. Volunteer at a NHC Judging site - Earn 1 guaranteed entry
2. Volunteer at another BJCP competition - Earn 1 guaranteed entry
3. Join the AHA - Earn 1 guaranteed entry
4. Place 1, 2, 3 in NHC Round 1 of this year - Earn 1 guaranteed entries next year per beer.
5. Place 1, 2 or 3 in NHC Round 2 of this year - Earn 2 guaranteed entries next year per beer.
6. Other spots could be earned through local competitions that meet AHA guidelines and are pre-approved.

For the items 4 and 5, good brewers could earn the right to more entries next year so that over a few years the best brewers have the best shot at the Ninkasi.  A first year entrant would have to work a few years to get up to that level. 

Adding some compensation to judges and slightly increasing the entry fees to cover would also help encourage judges to participate.

Just my thoughts.

your suggestions above would result in 30k+ 'guaranteed' entries just from item 3 alone, unless you are suggesting that only new joins would get that (kinda sucks for the lifers or long timers in that case) add in 1 and 2 your going to up that number alot I would think.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: wlp001 for Scottish 60/ or 70/
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:37:49 AM »
Just to be clear, the hint of peat/earth/smoke I refered to was entirely from the yeast. I did not add any smoked malt. That was actually my point. people started adding the smoked malt in an attempt to duplicate some peaty/earthy character that was coming from the local water and yeast.

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I brew this last year, and think I will stick close to it for this year.  It came out real good.

5 gallons, OG 1.058

6 lbs. Best pils
6 lbs. Best munich
1 lb. Weyermann CaraRed

Mash at 150°F for 90 min

1.5 oz Hallertauer Tradition pellets, 60 min
1 oz. Saaz, 15 min
0.5 oz. Saaz at knockout

Wyeast 2206 Bavarian lager yeast

I like the look of that, chumley.

me to. It seems like a good compromise between 100% munich and 5 different malts.

Thanks Chumley

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Finishing gravity results
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:35:45 PM »
did you account for temperature changes?

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:29:40 PM »
So, I just paid for my entries, my credit card was charged, but it redirected to a 404 "Page not found" and the site still says that I haven't paid.

alright,

I've got 24 hours to pay, I am going to leave it here for now. got my entries in at least.

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:22:27 PM »
Okay well, that cleared up suddenly and I was able to register all my entries in short order. now to see if I can pay for them.

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:03:24 PM »
at least we can still get to the forum to b***h about it! Bright side ;D

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:31:30 PM »
Thanks for the links Janis I have no idea why I didn't get it. But it's all good now.

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:32:56 AM »
well,

I renewed my membership and I just got the receipt for that in my email but no info email.

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:26:16 AM »
Thanks Janis,

My email must be being slow. I will keep my eye out for it.

hmmm,

still no go for me.

My membership expires at the end of February, keep meaning to renew. Could this be the problem? your not filtering out NEARLY expired folks are you?

No, I think it's personal!   ;D

figures,

I guess I should have gone and visited her last time I was in Boulder.

Janis,

If I bring you flowers a beer (what was I thinking?) next time I'm in town will you forgive me?

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:21:34 AM »
Thanks Janis,

My email must be being slow. I will keep my eye out for it.

hmmm,

still no go for me.

My membership expires at the end of February, keep meaning to renew. Could this be the problem? your not filtering out NEARLY expired folks are you?

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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:20:13 AM »
Thanks Janis,

My email must be being slow. I will keep my eye out for it.

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