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The Pub / Re: Fire season
« on: August 23, 2015, 11:14:45 AM »
We've had a few fires burning on the outskirts of LA for the past couple of weeks nad it's killed the air quality in the whole basin. Sitting in my office I can usually see the mountains near my home - about 35 miles from my desk. The past two weeks I've been lucky to see downtown LA about 20 miles away.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Yeast for saison blending
« on: August 21, 2015, 10:06:53 PM »
What's it like, Drew? Curious minds.  :)

From my guide:

WLP 585 Saison 3 (commercially available since people bugged them!)
fruit driven nose, lactic (yogurt), ginger, sweetest perceived finish
A crowd favorite

It's just a wonderfully different Saison yeast that fills in other things not seen from Saison Yeasts and of course, I love ginger, so..

All Grain Brewing / Re: Yeast for saison blending
« on: August 20, 2015, 10:27:30 PM »
If you can get your hands on it right now, WL has their WLP 585 Saison III out. It's easily one of my favorite strains.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: saison sangreal
« on: August 07, 2015, 08:47:12 AM »
Don't worry, everyone blames me for everything.

I agree it's probably the citrus oils, but I've never experienced it before.

Here's the real question - does the beer still drink good?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: saison sangreal
« on: August 01, 2015, 08:01:43 AM »
Hrm, nothing about the recipe should be head killing. When I've made it it always throws a big head.

The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:07:40 PM »
I keep telling people - if you liked the part of Apollo 13 where the engineers had all the parts dumped on the table and had to figure out a solution to the air scrubber problem - this is the book for you.

I read it in two night time sessions. I lurved it.

Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:33:46 AM »
Yeah, there's a definite price sensitivity that's made getting back to the NorthEast really hard. We got lucky with Philly and the pricing thanks to the economic downturn. I'd personally love for us to get to New England since I miss it at times.

Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:24:45 PM »
The only one I didn't like was the Intro to Experimentation one.  And the caveat is I loved the ideas they presented, I hated the WAY they presented it, joking off each other, comedy show, circus side show.  Not what I expected from a seminar, but apparently it is those two guys personalities.

So Denny commented and now here I am, cause of course I am...

It's a tricky line to walk when you do a presentation between too showy/jokey and too dull/dry. I worked for a big entertainment company for a good long while, so I have an inherent bias towards trying to be more entertaining than dry/straight forward. (I think the information tends to stick better even though you can't get as much across.)

Denny, of course, is an old rock and roll roadie and bassist - I don't think he'd know straight if you gave him a yard stick, compass, plumb bob and a laser gyro.

Naturally, the silliness (even our stilted version of silly) isn't for everyone. But hopefully there was enough useful stuff in the midst of it all that it was still worthwhile.

Beer Recipes / Re: AHA John Mallet Recipe
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:44:00 AM »
I emailed John and asked him about the recipe and here's his response:

The porter recipe can be found on page 156 of “A Treatise on the Art of Brewing: Exhibiting the London Practice of Brewing Porter, Brown Stout, Ale, Table Beer, and Various Other Kinds of Malt Liquors” written in 1820 by Friedrich Christian Accum

This work is available for free on Google Books:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 03:04:08 PM »
Maybe the solution for the club/business fiasco is to change the name of the BN Club to the 'no JPs allowed club', since I think that's something that everyone can get behind! 

I'm afraid that would be every club out there! (Kidding, I love you JP)

Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 24, 2015, 10:42:19 AM »
Hotel probably won't be announced until January/Febuary

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 10:18:33 AM »
I think the other one is - do we want to make the CotY award more dynamic, more variable and more interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:17:55 AM »
Gordon said he was in the Twin Cities for work often, and started going to the club meetings.

Oh, I know, but that was still the thing people complained about starting year 1 of St. Paul winning. Nevermind that at least by the end, they didn't need Gordon's points to win.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:15:12 AM »
Yeah, every time we've had multiple winners there's been grumbling starting at year 2.

Face it, repeats are a common occurrence with most of the years of this award - the award was created in 1985 - 1986-1995 it went to the Sonoma Beerocrats, 2001-2006 QUAFF, 2007-2009 St. Paul, 2011-2015 TBN. So out of 30 years of the award 24 times it's gone to a repeating club that's on a long streak.

With the BN, everyone's complaining about their spread and reach. With QUAFF everyone complained that hey, how come they have Jamil who lives nowhere near the club because he's in Sacramento? With St. Paul, that's no fair, they've enlisted Gordon Strong who lives in Ohio!

It's always something.

But I'm still a fan of shaking up the award a little and making it more interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:50:31 PM »
Yes, but it's not based on the beer competition (NHC).

And kinda the point too, unless we can figure out how to make a beer competition reflect the meaning of the Radegast.

ETA - I am honestly annoyed at the notion of the Radegast being a "beauty pageant" award. The clubs who enter are working hard throughout the year and in my mind are doing a hell of a lot more for the hobby than any national beer competition. The Carolina Brewmeisters are kicking serious ass in the name of homebrewing. The Falcons are pretty damn awesome [Course, I may not be entirely fair minded about it.] I can't wait to wade through the reports, now that I'm allowed, to pull together tips and tricks for everyone's clubs.

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