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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cloudy starsan
« on: Today at 08:09:44 AM »
I mix up a gallon with distilled water and use that for my spray bottle but the bucket stuff I use regular tap water and don't worry about the cloudiness.  I've tested a batch 4 weeks later and it was still under 3.0.  For the bucket, I typically on mix up a half batch (2.5 gallons) for sanitizing carboys, kegs, transfer equipment, etc. 

It takes me forever to go through a bottle of star san, brewing 15-20 batches per year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:49:41 AM »
I had to go to the BN forum just now to make sure it's still there.  Sad thing is, I'm still #7 on the list of total numbers of posts.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 07:24:39 AM »
Driving wasn't bad most of the time. The most difficult thing for me was shifting with the left hand and dimming the lights since that was on the left hand on the car we had rented. It was impossible to shift and manipulate the lights. So rain+night+hills+curves+oncoming traffic = difficult driving. Of course you could rent an automatic, but turn in your man card. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 05:27:07 AM »
Agreed...Dingle was great...still don't want to drive those roads though.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Eddie from Massachusetts->New to AHA
« on: September 12, 2017, 06:44:39 AM »
Welcome Eddie from your neighbor to the North!

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 22, 2017, 05:04:57 AM »
Pretty cool I guess. Glad I didn't go out of my way for it although it wasn't quite a full eclipse here. Pretty close.
Full eclipse vs. almost full in this case is night and day. Literally. We drove 2 hours north to catch totality. Very much worth it in my opinion. It was hazy, but, light until about 30 seconds before totality. Then, nearly instantly, it was dark. Street lights, business lights came on at 1:30pm in the afternoon. During totality, you could look up at the sun directly. Very cool view. Then 2 minutes later it went from dark to light in seconds.

Now that I see some of the pictures I can agree.  My brother drove a couple hours to be in the totality, where I was was 99%.  It didn't get dark as much as it just got weird.  Everything had a washed out gray tinge to it, colors were muted.  I did get to see the shadow bands which absolutely blew me away.  I wasn't expecting that and it literally took my breath away. 

I don't know if I would make a special trip for the one in 2024, but being so close to totality this time did pique my interest for sure.  This is the third eclipse that I remember from my lifetime, but the other two I was in places that were only 50-75% partial.

Totality in 2024 will be about 3 hours north of me, so I may try to make it.  Early April may be tough since there will still be considerable snow on the ground up there and the weather this time of the year isn't the best.  It will also be my son's projected last year of college, so who knows if I'll even have gas money to spare to drive up.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Who owns your beer?
« on: June 27, 2017, 09:58:49 AM »
One of the local breweries around me is already tweeting the label. 

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:22:19 AM »
My favorite part was the Rahr Malting tour.  Amazing facility, great beer and the food from Northbound was excellent.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 06:58:55 AM »
Oakland was funny. We were instructed to not walk in a particular direction while there.

The walk to Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore was something like that.  Some guy beating his head on the signs on the train platform, yelling at no one at 8am.  Stuck with hotel coffee after that.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:33:07 AM »
What was the turnout this year?
Gary G said 2437 on Tuesday. Could have gone up a few with last minute purchases. Still the 5th largest conference, and 1100 more than the last time in Minneapolis.

I expect Portland OR to be well attended.

I guess it wasn't my did seem lighter this year than in the past.

I miss the banquet.  Not so much for the food, but the hanging out in line and sharing beers ahead of time and then the passing bottles around yours and neighbor's tables.  Was this a one time thing, or is the banquet dead forever?  If this is the format going forward, I'm going to start booking my flights home on Saturday after the awards ceremony.  Sure would beat getting up at 4am like I did this year. :P

The knockout party was a waste of time in my opinion.  Couldn't understand anything being announced and I was right up by the stage.  I would have preferred a social club setting with all the leftover comp bottles rather than having them poured by staff, but maybe that was a legal thing.  An so much Whalezbrah! left over.

Events / Re: Need Some Tips for Homebrew Con?
« on: June 12, 2017, 06:39:41 AM »
I'm getting packed for this year's conference. Can anyone let the cat out of the bag for where the 2018 conference will be?
I thought everyone knew that😉.

Apparently I'm not an insider.

City starts with a "P" and there's one on each coast...the one in the east is better :P

The Pub / Re: RateBeer minority position by ZX Ventures
« on: June 06, 2017, 05:34:14 AM »
People actually pay attention to Ratebeer and Beer Advocate?  Huh...who knew?

Now if AB buys Untappd, I'll be really disappointed.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 07:01:31 AM »
When we go up to Portland, we don't normally stop at Allagash unless we are also hitting the ones across the street.  Like I said, it's open an hour early, free samples and they usually have bottles of releases no generally available in stores.  They also have a generous AHA discount, 20% and even though they say on the site not including beer, sometimes they will ring it through (sshhh...don't tell anyone :) )

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: June 05, 2017, 05:30:48 AM »
I just did a whole bunch of research in advance of my roadtrip next week.... and yeah, it looks like 3 Dollar Deweys, Gritty's, and Shipyard should be skipped!  I find it very interesting that the only ~10 breweries and dive bars that existed in Portland just ~16 years ago are now pretty much ALL rated at the VERY BOTTOM of the list ('cept for Allagash)!  Survey says I should visit the following, and in approximately this order:

Austin Street
Bissell Bros

And maybe the Great Lost Bear if I want to make a trek uptown.  Most everything else pretty much looks skippable.  Please correct me if I'm wrong!  I might still have to make a short stop at Dewey's, just for the nostalgia.  :)

Thanks for the input, blatz and all, and sorry I wasn't of more pertinent help earlier!  It pays to look these things up.  BeerAdvocate actually is a pretty good resource, not the only one but one of my primaries.  TripAdvisor too.

If you are coming on a Saturday, move Allagash to the top of the list since they open at 11am and Austin and Foundation open at 12.  Also, keep an eye on what Bissell is releasing for cans that day...sometimes they open at 11am for cans and expect a line.  Bissell is now downtown-ish too at Thompsons Point.

The Great Lost Bear isn't too far down Forest Ave from Allagash/Foundation area, and there's a couple good bottles shops near there.  You won't be in the Old Port area if that's what you're looking to avoid.

If you feel adventurous, there are a few great breweries outside of Portland.  Maine Brewing about 45 minutes north and Banded Horn, SoMe, Woodland Farms and Tributary to the south along the coast.  Woodland Farms, Kittery outlets area across from Kittery Trading Post and Tributary (Tod Mott's brewery) are the furthest but definitely worth the trip.

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