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All Things Food / Brown Stew Chicken
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:22:45 AM »
Anyone ever made this? We happened to find a restaurant in our area which was "Island Cuisine" and stopped in. One of the menu items was Brown Stew Chicken and it was delicious. Almost all the recipes on the web have 5 stars so I thought I'd ask here for any insight about the recipe before I just pick one and go for it.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada/ Weihenstephan Oktoberfest
« on: October 20, 2018, 11:18:34 AM »
I just keep buying 12 packs of SN Ofest at $13 each. Having a hard time finding fault with this beer.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: October 19, 2018, 01:08:11 AM »
People seem to love the BM. I haven't had the one you have, but the reviews seem very good.

The RR I could have sworn I had, but have no notes on it. IIRC it has a Wild Turkey vibe and so if you like WT you will like RR.

All Things Food / Re: Puerto Rican Pernil
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:44:53 PM »
It just needs to be done, 145F, but IMO it would be better if you allowed it to cook to those temps. Since my cut was boneless much of if was easy to separate, but I had one section which was done, but it was obvious did not hit the necessary temp to separate with ease.

All Things Food / Puerto Rican Pernil
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:08:46 PM »
No photos, but we happened to see a segment on a restaurant serving Pernil and I decided we needed to give it a whirl. Had been on the lookout for an inexpensive pork shoulder and came across one which was on sale and had been deboned so off to the races. It's a ridiculously simple and delicious recipe:

12 garlic cloves
2 tbs dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbs salt
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs white vinegar

Spin all the above in a small food processor or mash into a paste using a mortar and pestle. Make deep slits with a thin knife in the pork shoulder and work the paste into the slits. Refrigerate for 8 to 48 hours. (I did two days.) Set out at room temp for two hours then into a 300F oven skin side down for two hours. Turn and cook at least two more hours or until done.

We served it as street tacos with guacamole, cilantro, and radishes.

The Pub / All About Beer
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:33:46 AM »

The Pub / Re: Bourbon county reaches max population
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:08:46 PM »
People line up in some areas for BC in any variant. I happened to be in a store in SC shortly after the release last year and just picked up a bottle with no line and no waiting. Then about a month ago I was in NJ in a Total Wine and they had cases and cases of it still sitting there in September.

The Pub / Re: North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 12, 2018, 02:18:31 PM »
The ABC lawyer is more than slightly incompetent IMO. The laws affect both homebrew and wine and they did not consult any home winemakers or amateur wine competitions. I do not believe they would listen to the lawmakers unless they knew them personally.

My gut tells me we will be successful on some fronts as they are no doubt aware we will pursue the legislative rules nuclear option if the items left in are too distasteful. We will then have to find legislators who are willing to tweak the homebrew statute to our favor. I believe if we can keep specific verbiage out of the rules, for instance transport, then we can continue to do business as usual. No court would ever convict my wife or guest of illegally transporting my homebrew based on the statute. If it is in the ABC rules than some ALE douchebag might be able to write me a citation and a fine for breaking the rules. No police officer will enforce anything other than the Statues and they will be oblivious to any rules.

In the end the rules should ONLY be applicable to activities held on the property of retail and commercial permittees. Otherwise the ABC cannot write rules applicable to homebrew activities even though they think they can. The statute is clear, no permit is required.

The Pub / Re: North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:05:36 PM »
If you do not live in NC, it's not a good idea to respond.  I'm past efforts,  legislators felt harassed when the7 were contacted by people who didn't live in the state.  We don't want to make this any harder.

These are not legislators. These are ABC lawyers. There is no need to disclose whether or not you live in NC IMO. Just to be courteous.

I would not put it out on the forum if I did not think it was going to be useful.

The Pub / Re: North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 11, 2018, 01:59:48 PM »
He and Gary are engaged. I think the more noise the ABC Commission hears the better. They barely received any comments prior to scheduling the public hearing and as a result the rules did not include changes which were suggested which met statute law and did not overly restrict homebrewing activities. This time, prior to Nov. 5, we need to make our voices heard loud and clear.

There is one additional hail mary option to push particular rules to the legislature for review, but I would prefer the rules to be as close as possible to acceptable prior to them being enacted so we have only a few items for legislative review.

The Pub / North Carolina ABC Rules for Homebrewing
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:55:58 PM »
Yesterday concerned homebrewers from across North Carolina converged on the ABC Commission meeting to discuss the pending rules implementation. 12 homebrewers spoke including myself with all providing excellent comments to the board and those present. My fear is they listened, but we were not heard. Their chief council has left a village in need of a particular kind of person and he is interpreting statute law in ways which it is not written. As far as I can tell anyone can comment on the rules to him provided they do so by November 5. I would ask if you do review the rules and respond to be respectful in your comments.

Here are the rules as proposed:

You can respond here:
 Walker Reagan
Rulemaking Coordinator
Legal Division
NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

Phone: (919) 779-8367

Here are a list of bullet point compiled by David Byer of Asheville:
 Bullet Points
.2301 Homemade Wine and Malt Beverage Events (Definitions) (p. 3-4 of 11)
Section .2301(7) says a person is only a “guest” (who can drink your homebrew) if they were invited by particular means such as in person or by email (not a general Facebook post). The provision now has “including” so it is no longer as narrow a scope as an earlier version and is instead just giving examples of types of “direct contact.” This is a helpful improvement. However, who a “guest” is should not be limited and defined by the means of invitation.

.2301(7). A “guest” should be defined as a person you know not by the means by which you contact them.

Section .2301(10)(b) requires homebrew clubs to charge a fee.

.2301(10)(b). A homebrew club doesn’t need to charge fees to have a defined membership and prevent the general public from showing up and drinking.

.2302(a) & .2302(c)(3)
Sections .2302(a) and (.2303(c)(3) say that consumption at a homebrew competition is limited to judges.

.2302(a) and .2302(c)(3) limit consumption to judges but should be expanded to include competition staff. It is common for stewards to occasionally try samples of beers so that they can learn from the judges and perhaps work up to become judges themselves in the future. In addition, other competition staff occasionally try samples of beers, for example if a dispute has to be resolved, such as whether a beer was miscategorized.

Section .2302(b)(1) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., taproom, bar, etc.) be behind closed doors.

.2302(b)(1) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location be behind closed doors. Why can’t it just be sectioned off?

Section .2302(b)(4) requires that a competition at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., taproom or restaurant) cannot have the homebrew on site for more than 48 hours before the competition. The ABC is worried that in retail settings there is an increased risk that the stored homebrew will be served to the public (and thus the shorter 48 hours for retail ABC permit locations as opposed to the 30 day period for commercial ABC permit locations (e.g., in the back of a brewery)).

.2302(b)(4) should be extended from 48 hours to 60 days. This will reflect common, safe operating practices of existing homebrew competitions, which is what the legislature was working to support when passing the new law.

Section .2302(c)(1) says that a competition at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the back of a brewery (not the taproom)) can only be in the non-production areas (e.g., storage, shipping areas, or administrative areas). The ABC has said: “The intent here is to attempt to limit or elimination the possibility of homemade product on the commercial premises contaminating the commercial product.”

.2302(c)(1) should not restrict a competition to non-production areas. There is no realistic risk of homebrew at a competition contaminating commercial product. Such a concern is unfounded and seems to reflect a misunderstanding of how competitions and/or breweries are set up and operate.

Section .2302(c)(4) says that homebrew can only be stored for 30 days on site prior to a competition at a commercial ABC permit location.

.2302(c)(4) should extend the storage period from 30 days to 60 days to reflect the common and safe practices demonstrated in this state and across the country.

Section .2304(b) says that you cannot award prizes if you have an internal club competition. The ABC has said: “we are concerned with the issue of compensation being giving in exchange for consumption of homemade product.”

.2304(b) should allow for prizes if restrictions are put in place to prevent compensation in exchange for consumption of homebrew. For example, it could be required that not everyone wins a prize in a club contest. In addition, it could be required that the prize not be purchased directly by those in attendance at that event (instead it could be purchased from general club funds or a donation).

Section .2304(c)(1) says that an organized affair (e.g., homebrew club meeting) at a retail ABC permit location (e.g., a taproom or restaurant) must be separated from areas the general public are in by “vertical boundaries.” The ABC has said options like police tape count as vertical boundaries.

.2304(c)(1) should eliminate “vertical” from “vertical boundaries” to eliminate confusion. The ABC has clarified that boundaries such as police tape count as a vertical boundary, but there has been confusion among homebrewers about this language, and the same could happen for law enforcement. More than one person have interpreted this as walls or doors.

Section .2304(d) says an organized affair (e.g., homebrew club meeting) cannot be held at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the production area of a brewery). (FYI, the ABC has said: “If a brewery also has a retail side, then organized affairs can be held on the retail side, but not the commercial side.”)

.2304(d) says an organized affair cannot be held at a commercial ABC permit location (e.g., the production area of a brewery). Why?

Section .2305 says that you have to be a dues paying member of a state, regional, national, or international homebrew group to attend a homebrew education meeting (I assume things like HomeBrew Con and the Asheville Homebrewers Conference would be homebrew education meetings).

.2305 should not be restricted to state or higher level homebrew groups. Most homebrew groups are local and that should be specifically included. In addition, as noted for section .2301(10)(b), homebrew clubs shouldn’t be required to charge a fee since there are other mechanisms that can address the ABC’s concerns.

Section .2306(c) says only you can deliver your own homebrew to an event. It will be illegal to transport someone else’s homebrew. The ABC feels that the statute that the legislature passed creates this restriction and thus there is nothing they can do about it. I disagree.

.2306(c) should not prohibit others for transporting your homebrew. This will eliminate competition pick ups at drop off sites. The legislature wrote § 18B-306(a) to allow for “an individual [to] .. transport .. malt beverages for the the use at organized affairs, exhibitions, or competitions." The language doesn't restrict who can transport homebrew, but rather the purposes for which homebrew can be transported.

Section .2306(d) says you can only transport up to 80 liters (~21 gallons) at one time.

.2306(d) is burdensome and without basis. Homebrewers transport more than this, for example when bringing kegs to an event or barrel filling project.

Beer Travel / Re: Probably been asked already...
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:11:08 AM »
Asheville, NC and you can thank me later. ;)

The Pub / Re: Fear The Walking Dead
« on: October 01, 2018, 12:19:52 PM »

Of course they killed him off, but the beer saved everyone.  ;D

The Pub / Re: If you served just one beer
« on: September 30, 2018, 12:56:07 AM »
This beer always seems to please a crowd. I came up with it early in my homebrewing journey to approximate Corona and of course it tastes nothing like it, but turned out to be delicious.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Six New Beer Styles of 2018
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:33:22 PM »
I think it’s interesting that there’s a list that contains the only ‘approved’ styles of beer.  ...and now we can enter these ‘new’ beers in competition. I get that there has to be standards by which to group and judge beer, but I imagine over the day or two of brewing there are many, many more beers that creative brewers have regionally developed that do not fit within the style guidelines.  I guess the law follows the crime.

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Any competition can set their own style guidelines even if they are not listed and defined in the BJCP Guidelines. Many competitions do just that. The point being there is no 'approved' style list of beers.

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