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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:48:14 PM »
I think there are plenty of places to hold the conference, but the issue is the behind the scenes work which is handled by the host club(s). For instance the conference could easily be held in Charlotte with side trips to many local breweries and a pre-conference party bus to Asheville, but it would tax the clubs in NC to almost the breaking point. CBM in Charlotte has a large membership, but they put on a beer festival every year in the autumn for charity which sells 5K tickets and in May they host their homebrew competition. I just don't see them having enough gas in the tank to handle all the logistics of the conference immediately following their comp with their festival coming up a few months after the conference.

I don't actually know everything which goes on behind the scenes, but I'm told all the volunteers still pay for the conference despite many never seeing anything other than the room as they deliver beer from the central cooler. I'm not sure how other organizations do it, but it would seem to me if there was a means to not burnout while hosting the conference there would be many more places who could host.

Mike, if you think it's that easy, you should run for GC.

Did you actually read what I wrote? Where exactly did I mention anything being easy about the conference?

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:41:27 AM »
I think there are plenty of places to hold the conference, but the issue is the behind the scenes work which is handled by the host club(s). For instance the conference could easily be held in Charlotte with side trips to many local breweries and a pre-conference party bus to Asheville, but it would tax the clubs in NC to almost the breaking point. CBM in Charlotte has a large membership, but they put on a beer festival every year in the autumn for charity which sells 5K tickets and in May they host their homebrew competition. I just don't see them having enough gas in the tank to handle all the logistics of the conference immediately following their comp with their festival coming up a few months after the conference.

I don't actually know everything which goes on behind the scenes, but I'm told all the volunteers still pay for the conference despite many never seeing anything other than the room as they deliver beer from the central cooler. I'm not sure how other organizations do it, but it would seem to me if there was a means to not burnout while hosting the conference there would be many more places who could host.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: High mash efficiency
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:32:06 AM »
The post boil you measured 1.052? The gravity cannot go down from preboil, only up.

So the sample was higher in gravity than expected. Most refractometers will compensate for temp, but should be used at a particular temp for accuracy. The hydrometer needs to be corrected, but at a hotter temp than calibration points would need to be added.

Must be stratified wort and the gravity taken from an area of with a higher concentration of sugars.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: High mash efficiency
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:57:01 AM »
Something is obviously wrong because the max is 100%. The error was either in volume, gravity, or the use of more grain than you thought.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 21, 2016, 07:43:09 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

"It's not a secret" - someone from AHA, like 6 weeks ago.  I'm sure there's a possibility that sales could be hurt slightly if news of future locations came out too early, so I haven't said anything publicly until their discounted hotel period was over.  *shrug*

Sounds like we are getting into a rotation. Kinda doubt I'll go to MN if that is the location next year since I've already been there with the conference. Same reason I skipped San Diego last year. I see the conference as a means to visit areas pre-conference and to go to the conference. Finding space for the conference is becoming more and more difficult it seems.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:17:00 PM »
This will be my 10th conference and I have yet to have a bad dinner experience.

You're either getting senile, delusional, or in denial. ;)

That dinner in MI or perhaps Philly was awful. It was a horrifically substandard stromboli. We've had some good meals, but that one would cost too much if it were free. IIRC the dessert was the only thing worth mentioning.

There was another year one of my companions had to wait on the vegetarian option until every standard meal was served. I'd classify that as a bad dinner experience too. She waited and waited and most of us waited with her out of courtesy.

Another year the vegetarian was a much better option than the standard and I don't recall it being the year of the stromboli.

Anyway, add all that up and I am also skipping the banquet as are most of the others from our club. Too many years with meh to blah meals and memorable experiences in the wrong direction.

I was a little hard on Denny at the beginning, it could just be his palate is shot.  :o

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The Pub / Re: Guitar talk moved over from main forum....
« on: May 11, 2016, 04:50:03 AM »
I only have one guitar which has any real value to a collector. Like others, mine collect dust and need to be played and by someone better than I am. I keep telling myself one day sooner or later I'm just going to have to do it.

Takamine Cedar Accoustic
First guitar I bought, love the sound, used money my grandmother gave me before she passed away. The bridge lifted and I had it worked on, but I'm not convinced he was the best luthier around even though he came highly recommended.

Yamaha Silent Guitar
I love this thing. 9V battery and earbuds and you are in business. Of course it is not truly silent, but you could get away with it most anywhere. Also it can be plugged in or ran through an amp.

Fender Starburst Mexican Stratocaster
Got this one and an amp for a song from a guy in CA. It was in fantastic shape, just dusty and needing new strings.

Fender Cherry Red Mexican Stratocaster
This one came out of GA by a supposed expert on guitars. It was packaged poorly and got dings on the way to me which really irritated the crap out of me. The pickguard was not even right on the guitar it was for another model. Love the looks of this one.

Fender Starburst American Stratocaster Roland Modeling Guitar (VG-8)
This is the one which has some value. It can model 37 different Stratocaster, Telecaster, humbucking, 12-string and acoustic sounds, plus five alternate tunings, all at the simple flip of a switch or twist of a knob. (I copied that verbiage.) It used batteries for the modeling and burned them up quick. People complained it would not make it through a session. The parts for the battery were nearly impossible to find so I just removed the batteries and put it back in the case. A few years ago I spotted a power supply, but it was only available with a new less expensive Modeling Strat or from overseas. I put it in backorder from a NY store and finally after about 18 months they said it could not be found. I did another internet search and found one and so now I have the option of batteries or the power supply to use the guitar. It is a great guitar and at one time I could have told you how old it was.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:07:53 AM »
I had opened my bottle of Stagg Jr. some time back and found it to be a bit too alcoholic for my tastes neat. My bottle is 132.1 proof. I had hit it over ice a few times and still found it hot. Last night I started with a more subdued Bourbon and then poured Stagg Jr. on the remaining cube, probably a half cube. It was divine. I suspect the initial drink had affected my palate and nasal passages enough to deaden the alcohol and allow the flavors and aromas to shine. When I had drank Stagg Jr. out and about it almost always was later in the evening so after a drink or two. That might explain why I found my bottle overly alcoholic and those in various restaurants no so strong. Anyway, I think from now on I will make it a headliner as opposed to the opening act.

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The BJCP Reception at the Baltimore AHA conference is June 8 from noon to 3:30pm and that same day from 4 to 6pm is Exam Proctor Training. Registration for both is open now on the BJCP website, enter from the home page and be sure to select the correct event you with to attend. Proctor Training is free and only available for BJCP members, while the BJCP Reception is open to members and guest.

The page opened for me on Proctor Training, so if you were only interested in the Reception be sure to change the selection at the top of the registration page.

http://www.bjcp.org/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping beer WTF
« on: May 04, 2016, 04:58:12 AM »
If you do not feel comfortable dropping the box from 6' onto concrete you have not packaged it good enough to survive the FedEx/UPS treatment.

The best thing was already mentioned, just print the label online and dropoff at a pickup point. No questions asked. If you packed well enough, they won't even hear any sloshing and no questions will be asked. When a bottle breaks is when they start to investigate and the box generally hits the trash. I individually zip lock each bottle and then wrap in bubble wrap. To my knowledge I have never had a breakage.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Is star-san on stainless bad?
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:11:51 AM »
Yes, do not store undiluted star san in stainless. Not sure why anyone would, but don't.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 29, 2016, 07:14:12 AM »
When you can find it, Sazerac Rye is fantastic and affordable. In NC it runs $30 which typically means you can find it for less everywhere else.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 29, 2016, 06:48:12 AM »
I tried a Bourbon based 1794 last night and it hit the nail square on the head. 2 parts Bourbon, 1 Campari, 1 Sweet Vermouth. Not sure what it is since it used Bourbon instead of Rye, but it was delicious.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:41:13 AM »
Janis posted it isn't ready yet.

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