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All Things Food / Re: Kombucha & Beer
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:21:27 PM »
As long as the bottle has "gunk" on the bottom, you will be able to start a scoby.  You need to make "Southern" tea - like hurt you teeth sweet. That's what the scoby live off of.  Mort I think you just need more sugar to get your fizz going. Same as beer, bottle it before all sugar is used up and it will continue to percolate. Growing it out the bottle takes a while, once it gets to the full width of your container the batches go way faster. My first time I used too big of a first batch and it was almost a month before there was something noticeable going on.

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:07:58 AM »
Yep, my bad. Proof vs Percent.

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:03:13 PM »
Thanks, I also got into a fight with the distributor rep from Corralejo. The stuff in MX is 38 vs 40 mandatory by our import laws. I took a sip at the event and right away told the rep it was not the same product. 2° makes a heck of a lot of difference in the final product, the American version pretty much sucks.
(Edit: proof vs percent)

The Pub / Re: Tequila
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:10:12 PM »
I thought I knew what I liked until a business trip to Monterrey MX. Fully expensed trip,  we ended up at Sierra Madre for beer,  conversation turned to tequila,  there were disagreements. .. so we ordered many many samplers of tequila.  I think the glasses were 5 or 6 inches tall.  Don Julio, Cazadores, Corralejo, Herradura. Back 2 back 2 back 2back...Cazadores won and that's my go to now.  We played get the gringo drunk, I spoke with one of the guy's brothers on the phone for almost an hour arguing about tequila... I am NOT fluent in Spanish by any stretch, he didnt speak a word of English. He was from Jalisco and had the tequila pride thing going. One of the guys playing the previously mentioned game pushed back from the table, bent over and spewed right there. Covered it with a couple napkins and carried on. One guy said something about my mother and was gonna kill me. His manager was sitting next to me and kept apologizing. Maybe if the guy with the threats wasn't so drunk that he couldnt stand up I wouldn't have found it so amusing. May be the best business trip I ever had.
Moral of the story: Cazadores.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Very Sad Story
« on: June 24, 2014, 04:08:59 AM »
I've read distilling hopped beer screws up your equipment (in that you need to scrub down every bit of it afterwards) and makes a pretty undrinkable drop anyway.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Very Sad Story
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:59:50 AM »
To try for a save, I would put some active wort on top of it, keep it cool, check back in august. Failing that , whip out some lemonade and go 50/50 if you just cant part with it.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:45:29 PM »
Picobrew Zymatic.  Incredible technology.  It doesn't exactly have a gal. limit.  It's limited to 9 lb. of grain.  Although I'm told it has a "high efficiency mode" for high gravity beers.

Thanks Denny - I specifically asked and was told 3 gal. That's a training problem then.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:40:00 PM »
Wouldn't the religious non-pork eater also likely be a religious non-drinker and therefore not at the event to complain about the food?  Just sayin'.
For the money, I suppose there should be alternatives but at what point do you cut off the accommodations? How many choices should there be? There's quite a few allergies out there,  if you create a single meal to avoid everything,  you get pretty close to nothing.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:17:58 PM »
No one mentioned the automated brew system that looked like a microwave. Can't recall the name - but it only did 3 gallon batches.

Equipment and Software / Re: New Equipment at NHC
« on: June 17, 2014, 04:17:51 AM »
Seemed to me there was a whole lot of automation products.  Voice alerts telling you when to do/add something from a tablet. Wireless monitoring products. I would say nothing that the homebrew community didn't already have, just better packaged -  more finished.
Clear Draught was probably the only new idea. Basically a stainless bobber holding a flexible tube. Beer is drawn from the top level of beer instead of from the bottom as with a dip tube.

Events / 50% off NHC !!!
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:50:47 PM »
Circumstances arose, one ticket for sale,  no banquet.

Events / Re: Need one conference ticket
« on: June 09, 2014, 05:45:00 PM »
Hmm,  now I have one to sell...

Beer Travel / Re: Not going, stuck at home
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:10:39 AM »
And if you can stomach the mix, the alcohol reduces the effectiveness of the meds.  So if it's something you really want to fully recover from you gotta take a break from the good stuff.

Classifieds / Re: NHC 2014 ticket for sale with Grand Banquet $275
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:57:06 PM »
Think I'm having electronic difficulties today.  Tried many ways to contact you,  seems something always going wrong on my end.  So, are they still available?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 08, 2014, 08:48:07 AM »
Did it once, mopped it all up into a bucket and dumped it in the garden. Could be coincidence but I had an awesome crop that year.

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