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Wood/Casks / Re: Ballantine IPA and oak
« on: October 23, 2010, 04:46:30 AM »
I'd just like to express my thanks for all of the fine information shared in this and the other threads on Ballantine.....I plan to brew a version of the IPA in the near future and they have been highly informative!

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: September 12, 2010, 02:05:18 PM »
The Kennedy School was great....good access to transportation and in walking distance from the Alberta neighborhood. 

Overall, Portland was fantastic; great food, great beer and everyone was friendly.  We wound up chatting with people everywhere we went and folks couldn't have been more helpful and nice.

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:21:32 AM »
Yes..it's open 2-8 PM IIRC....this was my favorite beer moment of the trip:



Greg
Blue Dot
Fred
Adam
Doggie Claws
Fred From The Wood

They also feature a guest tap and various vintages of select HOD beers to enjoy onsite only.  Regular bottles available to go.

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: September 12, 2010, 11:02:32 AM »
We had a fantastic time visiting and hope to come back soon!

Yes, the onsite brews @ McMennamins were pretty meh
The bottle selection at the New Seasons Market was nice (didn't get a chance to pop into Concordia Ale House, across the street)
Deschutes Public House, HUB, Hair of the Dog & Walking Man were all stellar
Big Horse was solid

Horse Brass, Lucky Lab, The Green Dragon, New Old Lompoc, Upright Brewing, Double Mountain, Full Sail, etc were all on the list but will have to wait 'till next time.  Too much to do and too little time to fit it all in!  All in all, I think we managed to fit 32 different beers into the trip.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Barley Crusher in today!
« on: August 28, 2010, 08:08:50 AM »
I've been having some issues with my BC not feeding grain through the rollers...seems that the slave roller was catching.  I could reach up under and give it a nudge then it would start crushing again.

Always been pretty conscious about using a brush to clean it off after every used but, to be honest, I've not lubricated the bushings or anything.  When I took it apart, there was a bunch of gunk that needed to be cleaned out which definitely was causing my problems.  This weekend will be the first run with the cleaned and lubricated BC so I have high hopes of going back to trouble free milling.

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As you do this keep in mind your LHBS, if you have one. You can definitely save money buying at wholesale, but there are a lot of ingredients that don't make sense to wholesale: yeast, many specialty malts, etc. Just consider whether that money is worth the loss of convenience where you now have to drive a long way or mail-order those other ingredients.

I'm not trying to judge you here; I've done this in the past with some other club members when we had no LBHS closer than an hour away. But since a new shop opened close by in the past year, I'm happy to pay his prices for the convenience of being able to pick up ingredients on a whim.

Just some food for thought...

I patronize my LHBS when it is practical (and in many cases pay more than I could obtain the same items cheaper via web).....however when this support comes at a substantial premium, it's much harder to justify.

Group buy:
55# Pils
55# MO
10# Munich
Total - 91 bucks including shipping share

LHBS:
55# MO - 66.95
55# Pils - 67.95
10# Munich - 16.50
Total: $151.40

Savings: 60 bucks

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I guess the need to make this more complicated/legally organized is somewhat lost on me....unless the big picture is to lay the groundwork for a co-op LHBS, why go to this level of expense and trouble for quarterly bulk grain & hop orders?  What are the other products you expect to order from other wholesalers? 

I think the point is that with enough people involved the cost pencils out pretty well for bulk ingredients. My friend's father-in-law is hooked up with a group in the Philly/SJ area that does group buys of grapes once a year. They go to the yards and load them right off the box cars. Seems to work out pretty well. Of course, these are the crazy old Sicilian guys that make 200 gallons at a time, so they're ordering a LOT of grapes.

I'm down with the group buy aspect...I've participated in a few NC Malt pallet purchases and I'm always on the look out for local opportunities to throw in on another. ~27 bucks a sack of CMC two row w/ your share of shipping it a tremendous savings over $50 for a sack of Briess @ the LHBS.  Throw in bags of pilsner or MO and it's seriously awesome.

I'm a bit foggy on the desire to complicate it with a formal co-op approach, business licenses, governmental registration & compliance, etc.   

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I guess the need to make this more complicated/legally organized is somewhat lost on me....unless the big picture is to lay the groundwork for a co-op LHBS, why go to this level of expense and trouble for quarterly bulk grain & hop orders?  What are the other products you expect to order from other wholesalers? 


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The Pub / Re: Favorite mixed drinks
« on: August 16, 2010, 02:04:08 PM »
Normally, I like my liquor neat or on the rocks.  If I'm mixing:
Gin or Vodka tonics
Margaritas  (homemade...no mix)
Bloody Marys

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:58:47 PM »
Thanks for all the tips guys! 

We'll be flying into Portland and using public transport until it's time to head over to Troutdale via rent-a-car.

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Beer Travel / Portland, Oregon - 9/7 thru 9/11
« on: August 16, 2010, 02:17:28 AM »
My wife and I are heading out to Portland and we'll be staying a couple days @ the Kennedy School and Edgefiled in Troutdale.  I'd like to go to the Horse Brass, Laurelwood and HUB while we're there.

Any can't miss beer related destinations that I should put on the list?

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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: August 08, 2010, 06:01:02 AM »
Within 5 min. of opening the aforementioned Forschner chef's knife, I'd taken off the end of my left thumb with virtually no pressure on the knife.  I'd never had a knife that sharp before.

LOL..about a week after I got my set, I wound up plunging one into my arm (reached for something past the drying rack where the knife was sitting blade up, I didn't see it).  While the ER doctor was threading a few stitches, she mentioned I was lucky that the knife was so sharp; it did no damage beyond the actual incision. :D



The gadget/gear lust in me occasionally considers getting some fancy knives but then I use these and they just work so well that it squashes the urge.

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The Pub / Re: The Demise of TechTalk
« on: August 08, 2010, 05:51:05 AM »
One of the reasons I joined the AHA was to support the organization that champions homebrewing and fights to make it legal and accessible to all.  My membership and participation is not just to benefit myself but hopefully to aid the homebrewing community as a whole, members and non-members.

Creating exclusive forum areas for members or taking other actions that legitimately make non-members feel like second class citizens are suggestions that I can not support.


On the subject of TT, I almost though I was transported back in time when that first email arrived ;)




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All Things Food / Re: Kitchen Knives
« on: July 26, 2010, 09:41:15 AM »
What do you have? How about an ideal knife/brand? One that you'd leave to your kids in the will... ;)



Winner of ATK tests and what their chefs use....Forschner/Victorinox Fibrox 8" Chef's knife.  It's only $25 and it ROCKS!  Same thing with their $6 6 inch paring knife!

Me three...great bang for the buck everyday knives

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Equipment and Software / Re: Anyone Need a Fridge Thermostat?
« on: July 25, 2010, 12:02:43 PM »
Thanks for the reply.  I went and ordered one...can't be too difficult to get installed on my fridge.

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