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Having a hard time getting any good mead in Pennsylvania   - our stupid/archaic state owned wine stores makes obtaining anything like Redstone, Rabbits Foot, Long Island, Moonlight meadery's virtually impossible. 

Moonlight Meadery is looking for a PA distributor, if you know of any... have them contact me at

That would be awesome to get your meads in PA. 

I tasted all of Michael's meads in San Diego and they were phenomenal.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:17:39 AM »
It's a toss up between SA triple bock, tastes too much like soy sauce, and SA cranberry lambic.  The lambic is one of the only beers that I've poured out after 2 sips. 

Homebrew Competitions / Malt Madness 2011
« on: August 03, 2011, 06:32:24 AM »
The Lehigh Valley Homebrewers will be hosting Malt Madness V, their annual AHA/BJCP sanctioned homebrew competition, on September 24, 2011 at the Allentown Brew Works in Allentown, PA.

Entries are $6.00 for the first entry and $5.00 for subsequent entries and will be accepted from August 17th through September 8th. Complete details and drop-off locations are available at  Forms and online entry should be available soon.

If you are interested in volunteering to judge or steward, please visit the following website to register:

Good luck to everyone entering.

Mike Lessa
Competition Organizer

Dave Barber
Judge Coordinator

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: wort chillers
« on: July 28, 2011, 05:41:27 AM »
I run some for cleanup and the rest goes into the washing machine.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir plate vortex
« on: July 26, 2011, 12:19:42 PM »
Not to hijak this thread, but I have a related question.  When I first turn on my stirplate the vortex is 1/2 or so deep, but after 12 hrs there is often a layer of krausen on top. I am assuming that the stir-bar is not spinning fast enough and that allows the krausen to build up. Do others have the same experience?

Stonekeep meadery in Birdsboro makes some decent meads, but don't know if you can get them in state stores.  If  you are close, they usually have an open house every month or two.

When we moved we did it ourselves (only 20 minutes away), but all glass items (bottles, carboys, etc.) I put in the car, everything else went in the truck.  I made sure bottled beer went in the first load, and were put in the fridge for later trips.  :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 7/15
« on: July 14, 2011, 05:48:04 AM »
Brewing a belgian blond that will be served at a beer dinner our club is co-hosting with a local chef.

Ingredients / Re: Malt running low.....
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:56:17 AM »

As far as group purchases, that's a double edged sword. The LHBS is VERY supportive of the Brew Club..... to start a group purchase there would be a bit of a back stab. Quietly getting bulk grain elsewhere and going to them for the specialty grains is OK with me (and them) as I am probably one of the largest consumers in the club.

so why not have him organize it and let him mark it up something reasonable for his efforts?

He has done this in the past.  Oscar, contact Jason and ask when he is going to do another grain buy.

Brewing up a helles to drink in late summer.

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:20:50 AM »
Good stuff, thanks for the conversational ammo guys.

One last question! We want to find a good (ONLINE) video training series so we can be prepared for how to train a puppy. Any recommendations?

This isn't an online video, but I would highly recommend these two books:

The Monks of New Scete are proponents of crate training, and their training works great, just make sure you follow their instructions.

You shouldn't be afraid of puppies, but you should be afraid of 8 puppies, ask me how I know. 

My boy Merlin is my avatar, I'll post a picture of my girls (kestrel and cider) when I get a chance.

The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:12:20 AM »
Sorry to hear that urthirsty, I'll tip a pint in her memory tonight.

No brewing this weekend, just drinking. 

Made a batch of peach melomel last night, so I'll be keeping an eye on that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Dry Hop
« on: May 26, 2011, 05:13:00 AM »
Are you using whole hops or pellets?  Either way I usually just toss them in at the end of the primary when fermentation has nearly stopped.  The whole hops float on top while the pellets sink to the bottom and I transfer after 7 days.  It sounds like you are going to put the hops in the secondary and then transfer to a clean carboy after 5-7 days.  I would recommend against this, the more times you transfer the beer the more likely you will introduce oxygen and increase the chance of infection. 

I would put the hops in the primary at the end of fermenation let sit for 5-7 days then keg or bottle.

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 20, 2011, 05:56:48 AM »

(They're not Canadian Geese, they're Canada Geese).

This was one of my pet peeves when I taught my field ornithology class.  Sadly, most of the students never quite got it.

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