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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Should the AHA Keep TechTalk?
« on: August 19, 2010, 12:02:27 AM »
I've been getting Tech Talk since I rejoined AHA in '08, but frankly don't get a lot from it. The brewing forum provided better info in a more timely fashion.

When Gary sent the e-mail about discontinuing Tech Talk I responded on the list approving the decision, and got a raft of e-mails critical of my parentage and motives. Going over the previously ignored Tech Talk issues I was frankly amazed to read that people were bitter about it, and considering quitting the org, as though Tech Talk was the AHA!

I suppose that AHA could seem remote and aloof to some, merely a magazine and a yearly money grab, but AHA was there for me in the '80s before Tech Talk came along, and they were there for me in March of this year when Gary put the case for Louisiana's HB 1484 which regularized the status of homebrew in Louisiana.

When the smoke cleared we had won the day (Praise the Lord!), and it was Gary and the AHA legal team that did it as much as anyone. So the AHA is not a faceless, nameless money grab to me, and I'm proud to be a part of it (but I wish I could get my old number back!).

Charlie (#15052)

Equipment and Software / Re: Vacuum Sealers
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:20:45 PM »
I like the Sorbent Systems VS280. Had mine for almost a year and no problems. Advantage is it will seal Mylar oxygen barrier bags which the seal-a-meal type won't.


Ingredients / Re: Citra Hop Rhizomes or Plants
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:06:33 PM »
No source of rhizomes, but HopsDirect has leaf $13.50/lb.

I love Citra, particularly when balanced with another hop such as Simcoe. Got 2 lbs of '09 Citra leaf in the freezer right now.

Charlie (not affiliated with HopsDirect)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pacman Yeast
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:00:36 PM »
I used PacMan in eight or ten pales, browns and IPAs last year, and found it to be very well behaved. I never had any off flavors or problems of any type with it. In fact, the reason I moved away from it (and WLP-001) is its low ester character.

Charlie (currently evaluating WY-1272)

General Homebrew Discussion / Cool!
« on: November 04, 2009, 06:21:14 PM »
This is great! Thanks guys!

Charlie (not that charlie :D )

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