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The Pub / Re: Its 4/20
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:57:02 PM »
You buncha slackers.. here it is my birthday and all anyone can talk about is the time and bacon. Sheesh.

Zymurgy / Re: 2010 M/A Geeks column - Malt Conditioning
« on: April 20, 2010, 09:40:46 AM »
Oh, the poor guy

Nothing wrong with people liking Mickey. Makes me happy!

The Pub / Re: Quick Demographics Question
« on: April 20, 2010, 09:39:39 AM »
The number I usually hear for active homebrewers in the US is ~750k

The Pub / Re: Brass
« on: April 19, 2010, 02:08:32 PM »
everytime I shoot Wolf ammo, I swear I spend twice as long cleaning my weapons.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is the NHC for rich people?
« on: April 19, 2010, 12:29:49 AM »
Eh, I never view it (Club Night) or our annual SoCal Homebrewer's Festival in the light of "paying to give something away". I tend to look at it from the pov, I'm paying to enjoy my time and the other brewer's beer and I'm offering my beer to let them do the same. (ETA - I also view these events as life savers. If I tried to drink anywhere near the amount of beer that I brew - I'd be dead in a few months)

On the subject of the regions: an entry cap on entrants is interesting. Whether or not it would be effective would be entirely dependent on the number of large entrants per region you have. I know both Gordon and Jamil have entered in the 50 beer range, but I'm not aware of there being large numbers of folks entering similar numbers.

Other Fermentables / Re: Clarifying mead
« on: April 18, 2010, 08:49:17 PM »

Other Fermentables / Re: Clarifying mead
« on: April 17, 2010, 10:07:07 AM »
The best mead maker I know (who's leading our mead tasting tomorrow) does a one two punch of Bentonite and Sparkoloid.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things you should not do
« on: April 15, 2010, 04:08:08 PM »
The rule of thumb is whenever you pull a smartass grammatical move on the internet - you'll make a grammar mistake. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things you should not do
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:23:24 AM »
No problem.. lots of people use skunking as a catch all term for "beer going off" when it applies to a very specific set of cirumstances.

Events / Re: Northern Brewer NHC events planned!
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:17:04 AM »
Another politician looking for his entitlement.. :)

I want my franking privileges! (I remember being utterly confused by the whole "franking" thing as a kid and then I volunteered in Congress for a little while and was still confused by it. Guess I'm not crafty enough to be a politician)

I thought the GC would be doing all the pouring for the event to show their committment to homebrewing.

Heck, that's what we do during the conference itself! We always get the fun jobs - introduce the speakers, check the badges at the lectures, check the badges at the events, yada yada, yada. Isn't that enough for you blood thirsty savages? :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Things you should not do
« on: April 15, 2010, 11:03:51 AM »
hopefully not enough O2 to skunk the beer.

That wouldn't be skunking you'd be fearing - it would be the beer getting oxidized.

Skunking is a very specific reaction between UV light and isomerized alpha acids that results in the creation of mercapatan, the chemical best recognized as the smelly stuff in skunk spray.

Events / Re: Northern Brewer NHC events planned!
« on: April 15, 2010, 10:49:16 AM »

Are the GC tickets super special VIP tickets that let us skip to the front of the line? :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy bacon Batman!!!!!
« on: April 14, 2010, 04:24:25 PM »
Would think in honor of Idaho it should be a Bacon and Hashbrown Porter.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Engine Set-up
« on: April 14, 2010, 12:46:24 PM »
You can greatly extend the shelf life of a cask beer by use of a "cask breather" aka on-demand valve that lets in atmospheric pressure levels of CO2 instead of air.

What's on the board's for y'all?

For me it's a bunch of keg cleaning. Get them kegs ready to start dropping some beer into!

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