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I think that's a great way of getting the idea across.

The Pub / Re: Census 2010
« on: May 22, 2010, 12:22:08 PM »
How odd.. the census forms arrived here.. I don't know 2-3 months ago, filled it out in 5 minutes and haven't heard anything since. I've seen the census workers walking the neighborhood trying to mop up the stragglers (and a friend of mine is actually doing it in another part of town)

Sounds like you just got caught in a paperwork snafu.

Pellet hops store dramatically better than whole cone hops. The tighter packaging actually reduces oxygen exposure to the majority of hop material. So given the age of the hops that most of us will be able to purchase, pellets are fresher. It's also incredibly difficult to efficiently evacuate or displace oxygen from all of those nooks and crannies in a cone.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing and children bad??
« on: May 22, 2010, 10:45:11 AM »
Yeah, I wouldn't try to lie and hide the brewing. Social service investigators like any cop learn to sniff out a lie in a hurry and typically that just makes them far less tolerant of anything else you might be doing/saying. BAsically, it makes you look like every other lying s***head they have to deal with.

Definitely make sure to have the relevant laws on hand (

Remember, this is a legal hobby and there's nothing wrong with it in moderation. Doesn't mean it won't raise eyebrows, but really, even if you get an inspector who's strictly anti-alcohol I can't help but think that same person is going to frown more heavily on illegal drug use.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recent Headlines
« on: May 20, 2010, 10:54:20 AM »
TechTalk is the current (for now) email digest for AHA members.

Think people emailing questions like what we talk about here and getting responses gathered together by the AHA Staff the next day. At the bottom of the digest is included a collection of Beery Headlines.

Ok, what's up folks?

I'm being forced to take a day off this Friday. (guess I have too many vacation hours stored up. sheesh)

So, if I'm taking a day off, guess I better figure out what's going in the kettles.

Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye IPA
« on: May 14, 2010, 11:27:44 AM »
I thought I recalled that one being fairly dark.

Yeah it's dark, but really more like dark brick red.

And richard, the reason is to minimize the roast contributions of the grain since part of the fascination with the whole "black IPA" thing is the color of a stout/porter but minimal roast.

Beer Recipes / Re: Black Rye IPA
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:42:29 AM »
Not very black though is it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:29:38 AM »
...or your crotch.  (First runnings...down my leg)

You "win" for that one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 NHC
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:04:54 AM »
I heard rumors that the NHC was in Manchester, NH once...I'm sure it has grown 10 fold since then.  I couldn't imagine it here now.

Almost, but not quite ten fold since the conference back then. We now need a hotel that can comfortably accommodate a thousand homebrewers. Typically that requires a relatively adjancent set of overflow hotels. (witness this year and how quickly the main hotel went full or the number of hotels that we spread across last year in Oakland.) Fortunately, hotel selection is the sort of thing that the convention folks can help you with.

I guess I'm saying that the big beers don't always win around here.

Nor do they in many places once they make it to the BOS round. Hopefully the BOS judges who are lined up are experienced enough to step out of that strong beer bias.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
« on: May 14, 2010, 12:17:36 AM »
Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.

Especially if it will pour hot wort/water into your sock/boot

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 NHC
« on: May 13, 2010, 12:38:06 PM »
Oh boy, there's a lot of planning going on. We're trying to keep ahead of the game because it's been demonstrated that when we have a lot of time and a team that's on the stick, the conference is a madhouse, a very smoothly running madhouse.

And there's the rub, the AHA depends upon us to be that team that provides the backbone of the conference. All of those events? Planned by someone local.

For the conference to come to your area, what the organization needs is at least one crazy person to raise their hand, start exploring possibilities, demonstrate local availability of volunteers and work with Gary to find appropriate hotels that won't kill us on cost, are right sized for the attendance and have intriguing possibilities nearby. (By the way, your local tourist board or city convention committee can give you a leg up on this.)

So, if you're wanting to see the conference swing to your area, contact the G-man ( for the planning document and go to it.  In other words, yup, the conference will appear where we have teams that can put together the right package.

Events / Re: NHC Admin Advance
« on: May 12, 2010, 01:30:46 PM »
I'll alert Janis to this thread, but I would assume that an admin advance means they had some sort of clerical error with the entry (like the beer wasn't avaialble for judging for mini-BOS) and therefore was given a pass into the second round.

But that's just my assumption until the JG comes in with the actual answer.

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