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Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:15:55 PM »
I appreciate reverseapachemaster's and theDarkSide's comments.  I had time to sleep on it, and without all of the emotion, I do realize the immense amount of good that the staff do for homebrewing.

I am still disappointed that the reply thus far has been lackluster.  It's as if the BA/AHA staff's hands are tied, but they aren't.  It does absolutely reflect poorly on the brand.  The larger issue is that as homebrewing grows in popularity, these issues become more apparent.  At some point (preferrably sooner) these issues will have to be addressed.

All Things Food / Re: Boston Butt Recipe?
« on: July 31, 2013, 03:41:36 PM »
You've already got the meat.

You want to keep maintenance to a minimum.

If your using a dutch oven, I'm assuming it's cast-iron.

My plan for good butt (insert childish snickering here) has always been KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

I would dry rub the whole roast and let sit overnight - if not, it's not the worst thing ever since you're braising it. 
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp black pepper
1 Tbsp celery seed
2 tsp cayenne

Those are all suggestions, and can be tailored to your liking.  It's a pretty basic BBQ rub base that can be added to for whatever you're doing. 

For the cooking:

I would get the dutchie real good and hot - so you can sear the  roast on both top and bottom.
Use whatever oil you have lying around to coat the pan (bacon grease preferrably) and then sear both sides.
Once you have nice crust on both sides, add 1 Tbsp of applejuice and place the covered dutchie in the oven at 250.  I would check it after 2 hours for temp, but it should take a nice looooooooong time to slow roast.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 08:43:22 PM »
Just got done giving them a piece of my mind on the AHA facebook page.  Everybody needs to do that and maybe they will get a clue that something is wrong with this!!

Be careful what you wish for.  The solution will cost $$$$$$$$

Of course it will, as does anything these days!  The real issue here is that most of us buy tickets to other venues or events, and that those transactions can be tracked back to their respectful buyers.  For instance, if I were to go buy season tickets to a football game, then post them on stub hub - the sales team could trace the tickets back to my season pass, and refuse to sell me any next year.  This was obviously a problem last year, and seems to be more of one this year.  There was some technical difficulty that left many members feeling jilted.  Yet, do a search on TicketVenue or Craigslist, and you're sure to see tickets to the members-only session.  Why can't those be traced back to the offending members and future purchases be restricted?

If you said, "well, Jimmy, this here fix will cost an extra $12 per ticket non d-bag assurance fee" I'm sure that many of us would gladly pay it. 

What I believe some in this forum are saying is that their concerns have fallen on deaf ears.  Last year, some of the same outcries were made, and the leadership said they "were looking into other options." This year, the consolation thus far has been, "Well, you can still try to get tickets to the evening sessions during the public sale."  Or, "There's always next year." 

So, Micsager, please let me know whom I should contact - and in what manner - and I will gladly do so.  If the only solution otherwise is to "run for GC," then I fear the system is truly broken.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:48:56 PM »
What's sad is that while the "issue" was ongoing, tickets appeared on Craigslist and Ticketvenue for all sessions at around $300 each!!  I get the feeling that the "issue" allowed scalpers (yes, they had to have been members, but from a cost-benefit standpoint...) to get their tickets. 

TM says they have measures in place to prevent this, but while refreshing my browser to attempt to get afternoon tickets, I saw the same phrase at least a dozen times.  I've seen stronger security on my Yahoo! email, and that's been hacked more times than I care to recall. 

As far as I'm concerned, this was a poorly executed pre-sale.  It was intended to allow us - the card carrying members of the AHA/BA - to get tickets and access that the general public can't.  The intent failed miserably, and the organizers simply offer condolences in the form of "well, there's always next year." 

Well, I won't be renewing my membership next year. 

Events / Re: GABF and Craigslist
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:33:09 PM »
I managed to snag 2 tickets to Saturday EVENING, but, since the afternoon session is out.....

Anyway, if I'm going to sell these 2, I'd rather sell them to another member instead of doing it on CL.

Let me know if you're interested.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite beer you've ever brewed?
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:47:01 PM »
I was just tasting a variation of Denny's Vanilla Bourbon Porter that we have oaked using charred bourbon barrels.  So far, this is my favorite!  It's the first beer I've made that I am decidedly not sharing openly.  Does that make me a bad person? 

I also have a Blueberry Wheat that is my first beer, and still a go-to recipe for fun drinkability. 

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