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Events / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: August 28, 2015, 12:11:46 PM »
I like the timeline. I'm in!
Anyone who gets you is going to expect Heady :)

I may be interested as well.  I should know better by September 25th.  We do the same thing on the Brewing Network each year (secret santa), and I've had some great homebrew and commercial beers.

Only request is that it is limited to the continental US...shipping overseas is way too expensive.

The Pub / Re: This is just wrong
« on: August 24, 2015, 07:16:28 AM »
Now if it would sing while pouring...that would be great.

Here's one I did from my son's toy he outgrew:

(hope this works...never shared a Google photos video before.  Volume is a little low too).

Equipment and Software / Re: false bottom, bazooka, BIAB?
« on: August 20, 2015, 01:31:50 PM »
I've been using a bazooka screen and love it (i.e. doesn't float like the water supply braids).  I mash at a 1.75 qts/lb and find I need almost the same amount of sparge water.

Just hit about 80% mash efficiency using the Cheap'N'Easy method mash tun on the Octoberfest I just did this past weekend.

In terms of the brew itself, it doesn't matter of the braid floats.  But it could be a PITA.  I winder why mine doesn't float?

I always worried it was going to knock it loose when I was stirring the mash.  Also, I made it too long, which is probably why it floated so easy.  It wasn't until I switched to a bazooka screen that I realized it didn't need to be that long.

Equipment and Software / Re: false bottom, bazooka, BIAB?
« on: August 20, 2015, 11:09:24 AM »
I've been using a bazooka screen and love it (i.e. doesn't float like the water supply braids).  I mash at a 1.75 qts/lb and find I need almost the same amount of sparge water.

Just hit about 80% mash efficiency using the Cheap'N'Easy method mash tun on the Octoberfest I just did this past weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: August 18, 2015, 05:55:51 AM »
HBT is a decent forum and has a lot of useful information.  Like any forum, you just need to filter through the crap. that's a different story ;)

I drop by HBT once in a while to make sure my blood is still flowing.  Raises my blood pressure that much!  Lately, I've been trying to correct misconceptions about batch sparging.

Everyone know that batch sparging is not real brewing :)  (says the guy that's been using the cheap 'n' easy method his whole all grain career).

Events / Re: 10th Annual New England Regional Homebrew Competition
« on: August 05, 2015, 08:55:46 AM »
This is a great competition and very well run.  And your mead entries may get judged by Michael Fairbrother.  Then you know you've earned that medal.

I've taken Cider Maker of the Year the past 2 years in this comp...come and get me!  ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to prep for a competition
« on: August 04, 2015, 12:14:41 PM »
Sometimes a broken bottle means no competition when UPS or FedEx realize your shipping alcohol.

I use the electronics bubblewrap from Home Depot.  Each section is 12" wide and I roll from the corner to corner.  This gives it a good amount of protection for the bottle and excess over the top and bottom to fold down.

Equipment and Software / Re: BJCP 15 App
« on: August 03, 2015, 05:28:16 AM »
So see this post made me realize I haven't downloaded the guidelines for the iPhone, so I just did.  I got an email saying my ID downloaded an iBook.  I'm assuming these guidelines are now classified as an iBook?  The previous 2008 Guidelines just downloaded as an app.

Now drinkers will show a preference for local no matter how crappy it is. I was at a brewery recently and could choke down two out of six, one of the four awful ones was acceptable enough I drank it out of pity. The other three I passed back to the bartender. There is no way that place should stay in business longer than a week, but they will because someone will like it because it is local. Now they may eventually figure out their oxidation issues, but even if they don't bad breweries typically make it a year or two before everyone figures out just being local ain't enough. I suppose the fans could be part of the 25% who cannot taste anything.

Ay least 1/3 of the MANY breweries around here are like this.
Went to a local brewery here in NH and got a flight of samples.  Most were meh and a couple had serious issues (recipe design I believe, not flaws).  I did get a growler to give one a second chance at home, but it still wasn't good.  Have not been back since.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 31, 2015, 05:24:43 AM »
I bought the insurance which basically allows me to walk away should anything happen.
Same here, although I never get it when I rent in the US but it sounded like a good plan.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 29, 2015, 05:05:37 AM »

Never been to Ireland, but from my driving experiences in England, when a little grey haired granny blasts by you in the roundabout, it is time to get with the program!

If it is one with 7 roads coming in and you can't see the one you want, just keep going around until you know your exit. My record was 2.5 times around.

 When the roads get really narrow, get over as far as you can. Let the twigs hit the mirror. Slow down. The locals I'll blast by like nothing happened. They have been doing that since their early diving years. The only angst is when you meet a beer truck on the narrow roads. You always say to yourself, when does the beer truck come through here?

Just watch out for those twigs because right behind them are a lot of stone walls, as my brother-in-law found out...bye bye mirror.  I joked that the rental car place must have a storeroom in the back stocked with hundreds of mirrors.

And on several occasions during the week, I had to remind him to go left in the roundabout, not right.  I think my next trip will have to be to Germany...they drive on the correct side of the road. :)

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:54:08 AM »
If you end up in Dingle, by all means go check out the Dingle Brewing Company -

They make a fantastic lager, and the staff is amazingly friendly (like pretty much everyone else we ran into in Ireland!)

We stayed at the Benner's and Dingle Brewing was less than 1/2 mile away.  Unfortunately, I didn't find out about it until we left.

Classifieds / Re: Brewer wanted
« on: July 28, 2015, 09:04:59 AM »
$12 and maybe benefits is about as good as it gets for an entry-level brewing job, *and* you get to work with Denny?!
Most would pay $12 an hour to brew with Denny
But he counts it like a doctor where an hour is only 50 minutes.

The Pub / Re: NC ALE crackdown
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:25:29 PM »
As the owner of a brewery I am not allowed to put my hands on my own jockey box to serve beer to myself or anyone during festivals. Stupid.

That's how it was in Michigan at NHC...I hated it.  A lot of the brewers weren't even there and you had the banquet staff serving who barely knew it was beer they were serving.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:30:17 PM »
Can you get them recertified for another 5 years?  I used to swap my tanks at Maine Oxy in Hooksett, but now I just bring them to Granite State Gas in Derry and get them filled.  Maybe one of these places will recertify the tanks so you can use them for another 5 years.

I haven't yet experienced the expired tank situation so I'm not sure if they do recertifications or not.

Looks like Airgas in Concord is going to hook me up!

Hey since you're kind of local, are you aware of anywhere local (say within 75 miles) that has reasonable prices on bulk base malts?

I used to get all my base malts directly from Valley Malt, but after coming back from a brewing layoff I'm disappointed to find out they won't sell to me direct anymore. Everywhere seems to by $65 and up per sack when I see people in other parts of the country getting sacks for $35 to $45.

Brew Free or Die does a group buy.  A member of my club joined, paid his dues (which I split with him) and bought a bunch of sacks.  Once the grains arrive, you just need to pick them up at White Birch.  I think the price was something like $35 for 2-row and and 40-something for Maris Otter.  I think they may have another one coming up in September. 

The Concord Homebrew club may do the same thing...I'm not sure. 

Other than that, I'll get my grains from A&G in Portsmouth, but not at any kind of discount. $55 for Canadian 2-row and $65 for pils.

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