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Ingredients / Re: Unusual Grains
« on: February 22, 2018, 05:07:47 PM »
A good flakey pie crust will use lard as an ingredient. I would worry about head retention if I were to use one like that.

Edit, those use pies from Grand Traverse Pie Co. Decent pies, but the crusts are not like Grandma used to make.

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The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: February 21, 2018, 07:20:50 PM »
I noticed the hotel is available for NHC on the homebrewcon website at the Doubletree.  Is this the only hotel?  How many rooms does the Doubletree have?  $189 plus 15.3% is a little steeper than previous years but booked a room anyways.

Typically the hotel wasn't available until after registration.

I don't know for sure, but I seriously doubt it's the only hotel.  There are typically 3-5 of them.  Are they offering the discount already?

It's on the homebrewcon site, with a book room link and the discount code is listed as AHA.  Rate is $189 per night.  Since it's on the official site, I'm guessing it's legit.  Either way I have a room booked and the cancellation policy is 72 hours priors.

Edit:  Of course this is direct through DoubleTree and not a housing bureau like done in the past., so who knows.  I figure I can wait until after registration to see what the story is and the cancel this one if necessary.

OK, looked it up, and it is good. I’m not sure how many hotels they will have, but that is the main hotel. It is on the Max line, which makes it nice if you don’t want to walk to the Convention Center, or want to go to downtown Portland.

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The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:46:26 PM »
I noticed the hotel is available for NHC on the homebrewcon website at the Doubletree.  Is this the only hotel?  How many rooms does the Doubletree have?  $189 plus 15.3% is a little steeper than previous years but booked a room anyways.

Typically the hotel wasn't available until after registration.
I know that there were people who booked directly with hotels at Grand Rapids. It is a backdoor to get a reservation. The price may not be the conference rate. Did you confirm that it was?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Too much SO4?
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:35:45 PM »
If you are ever in Wngland try and find a pint of Marston’s Pedigree, brewed in a Burton. The aroma is akin to wet drywall. The finish is Lang and dry. That might be above your upper limit.

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:51:19 AM »
Sadly The Commons is no more. Another vote for Breakside.

If you can get around, 60 miles east on I84 is Hood River. Way worth the get away. pFreim in Hood River, Logsdon has a barrel room in HR, Full Sail is cool for a Macro Craft. Across the river in White Salmon is Everybody's and they are excellent!

I could see what I would want to see in Portland in an hour, but could spend 3 days easy in Hood River/White Salmon area.
i agree with your comments on Hood River. the view of Mt. Hood from Everybody’s patio is captivating on a sunny day.

We often don’t get beyond a pizza and beer, or two, at Double Mountain Brewing in Hood River before we have to punch off to other parts of Oregon.
I dig Double Mountain Hop Lava sometimes, and they are a cool bunch, but their Kolsh really turned me off to them
Well, I seldom get a Kölsch in the US. Only slightly more in Germany. So I stuck with th3 Pale Ale or IPA. Pizzas were really good.

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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:20:52 AM »
Sadly The Commons is no more. Another vote for Breakside.

If you can get around, 60 miles east on I84 is Hood River. Way worth the get away. pFreim in Hood River, Logsdon has a barrel room in HR, Full Sail is cool for a Macro Craft. Across the river in White Salmon is Everybody's and they are excellent!

I could see what I would want to see in Portland in an hour, but could spend 3 days easy in Hood River/White Salmon area.
i agree with your comments on Hood River. the view of Mt. Hood from Everybody’s patio is captivating on a sunny day.

We often don’t get beyond a pizza and beer, or two, at Double Mountain Brewing in Hood River before we have to punch off to other parts of Oregon.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why I'm not a big fan of IPA any longer
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:17:07 AM »
You're trying to convince the cask ale diehard to filter? Heresy!  :P
My bad! Cask ale has its own exemption from filtration.  But look how hard the brewers at the turn of the 20th c. worked to develop rapidly clearing yeasts and better finings.  And I can tell you, no matter how much beer is left in cask, as soon as the slightest turbidity appears, good British pub patrons will raise the alarm, and a publican worth his salt will change casks.  Crystal clear bitter is its own special joy.  EDIT  To your point Phil, at the turn of the century, British consumers would not accept running beers unless they were as brilliant as the aged stock beers they were replacing! So yeah, uneducated consumers are part of the problem

I'll say it - Cask ale is overrated, too.  Most are grassy and astringent as hell.  The increasing oxidation and increasing flatness does nothing for me.  Pass.

In the UK I have had beers you speak of. I have also have had cask ales that were sublime, and I would sink many Imperial Pints in a sitting. Dreaming of a Timothy Taylor Landlord at peak condition now.

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Beer Travel / Re: Berlin
« on: February 20, 2018, 01:12:21 AM »
Hey Jeff,

I sent you an email about Berlin. Did you get it?

Ralph, sorry I didn’t reply directly. I also got a reply from Dave Carpenter with what he sent you.

One thing you might want to do in Berlin is explore some of the Museums. The Humbolt Natur Museum is outstanding if you like fossils and minerals. Museum Insel is a gem. The Pergamon Museum is a must see if you like antiquities.

More modern history is the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. The English walking tours are really educational.

Walk through the Brandenburg gate. Go down Unter den Linden and see the high class shops and car dealerships. At the Bebelplatz square at Humbolt University find the glass over the art installation. Reflect on the amount of books that were burned there.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bebelplatz


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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Oregon
« on: February 20, 2018, 12:35:59 AM »
Not a brewery, but the taproom at Bellmont Station had a great selection. You could sample many breweries beer’s and not leave your seat.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Stratification
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:12:00 AM »
Your lungs work when the CO2 comes out of the blood to the gas in the lungs. Don’t confuse some lethal level of CO2 with what is O2 free. A 10% concentration will kill you in about 2 minutes. That is roughly 19% O2, 71% N2 and 10% CO2.

I will srick by my statement that if CO2 would sink out of the atmosphere we would all be dead. Local sources, like Lake Nyos or Richard’s example are exceptions, as the concentration can be higher than the lethal level.

On a side note. I have seen some videos of brewers going into fermentation cellars with a candle (a few from PU). I realized this little candle doesn’t light the way, if it goes out, turn around and get your butt out of there.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Making a Yeast Starter From 2-row
« on: February 16, 2018, 12:48:36 PM »
If you make beer with that water, just scale down to the starter batch size you need. Some yeast nutrients are going to help the yeast grow and build reserves. I have done what you propose, no issues.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:18:21 PM »
like a lot of people I logged in and saw that I had entries before I got the email.
Just sayin' people should be proactive if something is important to them, not sit waiting until deadlines potentially pass while emails are lost in cyberspace or spam folders.

I didn't even think I could do this, but looks like I have two entries for Chicago. Registered on the last day, haven't gotten an email yet though. My question is: I have 72 hours to pay for entries from when I get an email. If I don't get an email, how do I know when I have to pay? Question 2: if I understand the dates and deadlines in the link below, I have until March 30th to declare a style for my entries?

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/dates-deadlines/

Yes, you can edit entries/styles later. I don’t know the answer to your other question.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reconfirm: I HATE White Labs new packaging
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:26:30 AM »
Could a cheap, small pasta roller be put to use squeezing out the yeast? It would then go from a unitasker to multitasker.

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