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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« Last post by MDixon on Today at 05:16:05 AM »
It simply cannot hurt the flavor unless you keep it in there partially filled for a long time. Seems like a good idea to me when you don't want to carry the full bottle somewhere. It should still be poured in a glass for consumption unless you are mixing with something.
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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Pale Ale yeast
« Last post by erockrph on Today at 05:11:10 AM »
Good choice IMHO. Bry-97 is the dry equivalent, I think.
Agreed, although it does tend to be a slow starter if fermentation speed is an issue. It does floc better than Chico in my experience, however.
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Ingredients / Re: Polyclar Brewbrite
« Last post by erockrph on Today at 05:09:59 AM »
I've been really impressed with diy brewbrite. I've been doing what Hoosierbrew suggested above .5 g per gallon pvpp and 1/2 wf tab for 5.5 gallons. My wort has never been clearer leaving the kettle and my beers have also ended cleared in gereral. Not sure id use on every beer style but I think it gives me positive results for lagers. I've noticed my post boil gravity sample has a smoother flavor, less of a typical pre fermentation harshness. I haven't compared batches with and without but for my lagers I am going to continue using it.

I've noticed similar results myself, although again no side-by-side comparisons on my part either. I'm a stovetop small-batch brewer, and I just pour from my kettle into my fermenter. I've noticed that I have a lot more clear wort on top before I start hitting the fluffy stuff as I pour.
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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« Last post by A-Walker on Today at 04:04:29 AM »
Btw, what do you guys think about carrying whisky in a flask? Does it work, or hurts the flavor? And also, like would you say it's fine for bottom or middle shelf but a shame for top? I have a couple of flasks, one is made of stainless steel, the other one a classier, pewter flask - is there a difference between the two types as far as friendliness for whisky, material wise? This is half personal half professional curiosity... I have this site called Flaskaholic - http://www.flaskaholic.com/ - obviously about hip flasks for men and women, and I want to be able to give practical information, like in this case, whether it's ok to carry different types of liquor and for how long. Thanks!
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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Apa by an Italian Hb
« Last post by Edo_Valva on Today at 04:03:40 AM »
Hi guys!
My name's Edoardo, I'm an Italian homebrwer.
First of all I would apologize for my bad English.
Anyway, I'm writting on the forum for ask your opinion about my first Apa.

Batch volume 15,0 L
Boil volume 10,0 L
OG 1.050       FG (estimated) 1.011
IBU 42,8        BU/GU 0,86
ABV 5,1%

Grist
DME Extra light (1.044)   1,2Kg (60% grist in boil)
DME Extra light (1.044)   0,8Kg (40% grist in boil)

Hops bill
Cascade (aa %5,65)   35g   60'  (18,6 IBU)
Cascade (aa %5,65)   50g   15'  (13,2 IBU)
Cascade (aa %5,65)   50g     5'  (5,3 IBU)
Cascade (aa %5,65)   55g   15' flameout  (5,8 IBU)
Cascade (aa %5,65)   60g   Dry hopping 3 days

Yeast
Sagale Us-05 (11,5g)

So, what do you think?
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Kegging and Bottling / Re: High Gravity Won't Force Carb
« Last post by mainebrewer on Today at 03:14:20 AM »
As I mentioned, I couldn't see the leaks even using a mixture of dish soap and water. All I can say is that when I removed the lids and recoated the gaskets with keg lube the problem went away. 
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Ingredients / Re: 2016 hop crop Yakima Valley Hops.
« Last post by curtdogg on September 18, 2017, 09:14:08 PM »
For anyone who cares.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: home brew competioion
« Last post by Wilbur on September 18, 2017, 09:12:00 PM »
Depending on who/what you are and what your goals are, I would suggest that you *not* plan on making money on a homebrew competition.  Judges pretty much expect breakfast and lunch.  Entrants expect prizes and/or ribbons.  You'll also have expenses for tasting cups, printing for score sheets, flight sheets, cover sheets, bottled water, crackers or bread, publicity, registration software (we pay for hosted brew competition service), etc.  If you get Sponsors to donate prizes, food, etc., then you can actually come out ahead.

I concur on the "making money" part, if your competition is going to be small, the BJCP fee ($30/comp, doesn't include registration, etc.) may eat up a good chunk of your entry money. Google forms worked pretty well for getting entry information, and was free. Sponsorships are surprisingly not hard to get, Craftmeister and the AHA threw some swag my way. Craftmeister I heard about from the excellent Experimental Brewing podcast, when they talked to Jonathan from Craftmeister at NHC. Both the AHA and Craftmeister were exceedingly generous, and very quick to respond. (Thanks Matt and Jonathan!)
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: home brew competioion
« Last post by dmtaylor on September 18, 2017, 08:37:20 PM »
Get thee to a Beer Barons meeting.

http://beerbarons.org/
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: home brew competioion
« Last post by smkranz on September 18, 2017, 07:41:18 PM »
Needing help in setting up a competition of local home brewers in the Waukesha County Wisconsin.

Any suggestions will help me setting up the competition.  Is it legal to charge an admission fee for the general public.  We would have food and entertainment but want to offer local home brewers a platform of competition with trophies and other types of awards.

How much time needed for brewer's to be able to respond.

Thank you I look forward to your input

Perry Woolley
Mukwonago WI

(There is a competition sub-forum here: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=23.0 )

What is your goal...are you a homebrewer, or a club, or a business trying to create an event to generate income?

Our club's competition will be 10 years old this year (two weeks from now), and is held in conjunction with the Maryland Microbrewery Festival, which is organized and hosted by a separate organization and which invites our participation.  The festival charges admission, but the judging is done in a closed building out of the public eye.

It requires a handful of people and good cat-herding skills.  We have an Organizer (me), a Head Judge, a Head Steward, a Registrar, and a Cellar Master.  And that's just for the beer part...we also have a food committee made up of several Spousal Units who prepare a bunch of breakfast dishes for the approximately 30-35 Judges, Stewards, and staff who are needed on judging day.

We charge entrants $8 per entry, and judge about 100 entries on the morning of the festival.  That requires a minimum of 20 judges (two judges per entry, assuming an average of 10 beers per flight/pair of judges), and pretty much takes up a full morning judging session.  Then we do Best of Show in the afternoon.  Our club has experienced homebrewers who are not BJCP Judges but serve as judges and whom we pair with ranked Judges, and we also get several area professional brewers to help with judging.  So at least one BJCP Judge or professional brewer per entry.

If you are planning a legit competition with BJCP judges, so that entrants get proper feedback, and judges get credit for their efforts, go to bjcp.org where you will find documents about how to run a competition.  If/when you register your competition with the BJCP, you will receive spreadsheets of all active BJCP judges, and provisional judges, so you can solicit judges for your competition.

6-8 weeks' notice for registrants is fairly standard.  We *always* experience a very annoying circumstance where people register for the competition, and take up entry slots, but never complete or submit their entries.  So, we account for that by setting the software to accept a few more registrations than we would actually prefer, knowing there will be no-shows.

Depending on who/what you are and what your goals are, I would suggest that you *not* plan on making money on a homebrew competition.  Judges pretty much expect breakfast and lunch.  Entrants expect prizes and/or ribbons.  You'll also have expenses for tasting cups, printing for score sheets, flight sheets, cover sheets, bottled water, crackers or bread, publicity, registration software (we pay for hosted brew competition service), etc.  If you get Sponsors to donate prizes, food, etc., then you can actually come out ahead.

I'm pretty sure that the general public around here would *not* pay to attend a stand-alone homebrew competition, unless they got to drink beer for their entry fee.  Entertainment...hmmm...most judges want to be away from noise and distractions while they're doing their thing.  I've judged at State Fairs which are in public or semi-public settings, and while that can be entertaining for a little while, it's not a great idea, it's distracting and can slow things way down.
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