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Events / Re: NHC Garb?
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:33:40 PM »
I think you'll find as with most things homebrewing - it is a relaxed crowd. Given the traditional online jokes I'm just happy no one does the whole "no pants" option.

The most people dress up for is the Banquet unless you're me. :)

Drew do you have a job?   ;)

Yup, but I only sleep 4-5 hours a night.

I can't brew this week! My kettles are being used for water baths!

But.. I do have to add the pinot noir oak to my ~2 year dark wild ale. Thinking maybe of getting some sour cherry juice for a portion of it. Anyone got a good source?

Also, gotta do the checkin for the Mayfaire competition. Haven't checked recently, but last I knew we were heading north of 250.

And then Falcons' Meeting - Spring Beers. - guess I should probably go buy a few.

The Pub / Will it Blend - iPad version
« on: April 06, 2010, 11:05:17 PM »
God I hope it wasn't actually a new functioning item

8 days and 36 gallons. Isn't that cute!! I brewed 42 gallons of IPA on Friday.  :)

Ohh.. check out the big man with his big kettles. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Results
« on: April 05, 2010, 10:26:31 PM »
Looking forward to breaking in all you "newbies" at our 5 hour long GC meeting in Minneapolis!

Froshman GC members have to bring the beer!

Also thanks everyone for voting - there was an absurdly kickass slate of candidates this year!

I'll give you one hint about the brewery - it's in a garage in Pasadena. :)

And there we go.. another 12 gallons down tonight.

So 8 days, 36 gallons and thank the maker. Can't brew until this ferments done because my HLT is now serving as a water bath.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC re-brewing question
« on: April 04, 2010, 07:54:04 AM »
No changing the description - so if you're rebrewing - keep it the same.

Regardless, even if you did get to change the description I would say its poor form to try and advance a drastically different recipe from your first round qualifier.

The Pub / Re: Ginger or Maryanne?
« on: April 04, 2010, 02:23:19 AM »
I'd really just like to combine the two!

I'm thinking I might fire up the kettles tomorrow and brew another beer. 36 gallons in 8 days is a pretty good speed. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smoked Oak Chips in Secondary
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:56:01 PM »
I don't know how successful trying to smoke the wood would be. For all of its porosity, I just don't think it would hold onto any significant portion of smoke particulate other than a surface coating.

You do however tend to get smokey flavors from heavy toasted oak chips/cubes.

But as with all things, the answer is - give it a try - in small quantities would be best. :)

Beer Travel / Re: Lack of Brewpubs in NYC and LA
« on: April 03, 2010, 07:29:43 AM »
Yeah but who wants to see someone pouring fine craft beer out of a 40 for their homies.

Oddly enough the neighbors near Eagle Rock Brewing objected to it because they said it would attract gang members and become a hangout. (a couple of blocks away is the home of the infamous Drew Ave. gang)

I can just see it now.

Beer Travel / Re: Lack of Brewpubs in NYC and LA
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:56:08 AM »
Oh where to begin (says the LA living person)... it's worse than you think.. LA is the only metropolitan area on the whole on western seaboard without a good brewery scene.

Why? Combination of reasons - real estate prices and need to generate a certain minimum $$ per sq. ft, a city that gets about as suspicious as any Southern town about booze and it take a ton of money and connections to push through and a culture that until recently was massively indifferent to the "good" beer thing.

As last year's LA Beer Week demonstrated, there's a passionate crowd of beer people here and we can get a crapton of other beer from all around the country, but we're sorely lacking on hometown players. There's BJ's which started down by the beach. There's a few GB's around town and a couple of small brewpubs eeking by. There's been the elusive Craftsman out here in Pas for years, but they're growing now and suddenly thanks to Sang Yoon proving you could draw a crowd with beer, there's a 1001 imitators trying to glom off the Father's Office model of biz. (The boys at the Verdugo and Brian at Blue Palms have since doubly proven the model and improved on it.)

What about breweries? Well if you look LA close - you'll find the Bruery kicking ass and taking names. There's new breweries in Tustin and the Beach Communities all starting up, Riverside the same and up closer to the city there's a new contract brewer in play, a brewery that's trying to come on line in Glendale and my good friends over at Eagle Rock Brewing are finally off the ground after 20(!) months of renting their facility waiting for all the various approvals to come through.

It is turning and I hope it keeps turning cause, damn it would feel good to remove that stigma.

New York I have to imagine is more of the same.

Brewing right now... Split Citra Saison and Belgian Strong Amber.

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