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Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottling for 2019 AHA competition
« Last post by BrewBama on Today at 06:31:01 PM »
Whatever you decide, when it is time to ship your bottles, ensure you package extra and set aside.  On the judging date open your reserve so you’re experiencing what the judges are experiencing. If it’s flat or oxidized for the judging you’ll know it because you’re having the same beer.


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In every beer lovers curve of beer love, there comes a moment when they discover the world of smoked beers. Drew sits down with Devon Randall of Imperial Western Beer Company to discuss her approach to making both subtle and in your face smoked beers!
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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« Last post by riceral on Today at 05:46:38 PM »
low 70s and sunny here in north Florida.  :)
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Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottling for 2019 AHA competition
« Last post by theDarkSide on Today at 05:29:31 PM »
Disconnect the keg and set aside.  Or bottle it using your methods above.  If done correctly, you should be able to keep it for years.

I doubt brewing one in early February would be ready for first round, which is due a little more than a month later.  If you get through, that may be a good one for second round though.

Bottle a few extra in case of broken bottles, advancing to second round or taste testing batch 1 vs batch 2 if you make it through.

Good luck

I agree on all points.  Disconnecting the keg makes the most sense, but I'm really enjoying that beer right now! 

But do you enjoy getting medals ;)
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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flat Quad
« Last post by denny on Today at 04:52:46 PM »
I'd start by warming it up about 20F and see if that helps.
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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer glass cleaner question
« Last post by case thrower on Today at 04:46:33 PM »
Mrs. Meyer's dish soap.  Use it for all light cleaning.  One of the best things about it is that it rinses off quite well.  As far as the fragrance, once you can't smell it, it's gone!  Towel dry and you're done.
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Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottling for 2019 AHA competition
« Last post by spurviance on Today at 04:39:15 PM »
Disconnect the keg and set aside.  Or bottle it using your methods above.  If done correctly, you should be able to keep it for years.

I doubt brewing one in early February would be ready for first round, which is due a little more than a month later.  If you get through, that may be a good one for second round though.

Bottle a few extra in case of broken bottles, advancing to second round or taste testing batch 1 vs batch 2 if you make it through.

Good luck

I agree on all points.  Disconnecting the keg makes the most sense, but I'm really enjoying that beer right now! 
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Kegging and Bottling / Flat Quad
« Last post by spurviance on Today at 04:33:11 PM »
I bottled a Belgian Quad back in June and the carbonation level is well below desired.  The bottles have been kept at an average of 50F and I feel that the amount of priming sugar I used was adequate.  I did not add any fresh yeast when bottling and suspect that is the cause as this is a 10.5% beer.
I'm considering whether to accept this beer which is tasty, just flatter than desired or to try and pop the caps off the 20 or so 22oz bottles remaining, add some fresh yeast, and recap.
Advice??
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Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottling for 2019 AHA competition
« Last post by theDarkSide on Today at 04:05:58 PM »
Disconnect the keg and set aside.  Or bottle it using your methods above.  If done correctly, you should be able to keep it for years.

I doubt brewing one in early February would be ready for first round, which is due a little more than a month later.  If you get through, that may be a good one for second round though.

Bottle a few extra in case of broken bottles, advancing to second round or taste testing batch 1 vs batch 2 if you make it through.

Good luck
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Homebrew Competitions / bottling for 2019 AHA competition
« Last post by spurviance on Today at 03:59:46 PM »
I have a dopplebock that was brewed last June that has really hit it's stride and plan to enter in the upcoming AHA competition.  I feel that if I don't bottle some soon and set aside for the competition that I will polish off the keg.  I've bottled from a keg a few times and use a rudimentary system with tubing and a stopper.  I purge bottles with CO2 to try and minimize oxidation.  My concern is that if I bottle now it will be 2 months before judging and worry about the effects of oxygen and flat beer.
I'm planning to brew another batch of this recipe in early Feb. and am considering using this batch for competition but feel it may not be as good as it will not have conditioned as long and there's always the potential that it doesn't come out as good.
Requesting thoughts and advice......
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