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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Express Brewing
« on: May 14, 2015, 11:15:43 AM »
Drew, we need to know more about the grain mishap... if nothing more than to mock you. A session beer goes from a OG of 48 points out to 91ish points? :)

Oh, no mocking of me for that one. It was a club brew session and I sent a couple of the guys in to weigh and grind the grain. Little did I know that they had enjoyed some morning chemical enhancements and they lost track of the amount they had weighed out.


The Pub / Re: Brew Dogs
« on: May 13, 2015, 03:57:13 PM »
The joys of the internet. :)
Ask and you shall receive...

General Homebrew Discussion / Express Brewing
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:16:09 AM »
Just a brief primer on getting grain to glass in less than 10 days.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:01:00 AM »
Yup. Laws have changed.

What happened was two years ago a non-profit group (non-beer or wine affliated) up in the Bay Area decided to check with the CA ABC to make sure they were in the clear to auction off homemade beer and wine from members at a charity auction to benefit Firefighters. The ABC said "wha? no, that's an illegal sale of an unsaleable product". So, the group worked with the CA Legislature to change the law and make it allowable for the benefit of a non-profit to auction/offer your beer to members of the organization/event.

Problem is - the law that got passed explicitly forbade organizations mostly made up of homebrewers or for the promotion of homebrewing from taking advantage of the new law. It was, in effect, to prevent someone from setting up a non-profit like "Drew's Cure for His Wallet" and then selling my homebrew via the law as a loophole to avoid all the commercial controls on brewing.

So - that killed the Southern California Homebrewer's Festival because the ABC said "nope, you're a homebrewing organization and this would be a felony." (Seriously, criminal charges were threatened.)They had been looking for a reason to shut down the fest because it rubbed someone the wrong way. It would have shut down the AHA conference as well. The ABC also clarified that to their interpretation of the law - these events would have always been illegal, they just hadn't commented on it before.

New law passed last year - allows homebrew orgs to host festivals and tastings, etc with some restrictions - largely around clear separation and labelling of homebrew from commercial brews.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:27:29 AM »
Thanks for the background info. Have any of those types you mentioned gotten their hands slapped for those actions? Curious due to some local thing that are borderline.

Nary a clue. Just know the CA ABC has a real jaundiced view of homebrewers due to what makes up the majority of their interactions.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:08:22 AM »
Here's my reasoning on all of this:

It sucks if we can't have homebrew in the banquet. Hopefully there are ways zoning and licensing and the rest can be swung to work.

After last year's fight to get homebrew at a "festival" event legalized, the AHA sure as hell can't thumb their nose at the rules laid down by the legislature and hope to ever get anything passed in the state again.

Want to know who's to blame? After all - the ABC really couldn't care less about homebrewers in general. We're not a big enough potential issue to worry about with all the other crap they have to deal with in our state. But you know who they deal with when they do deal with homebrewers? The guys who are pretending to be commercial breweries and pouring at a beer festival or bar. Maybe their local really loves their beer and wants to put it on tap - doesn't matter, it's a no-no. Maybe they're in the midst of a kickstarter campaign to open a brewery and what better way can there be to drum up funds than through a festival tasting? Still really doesn't matter. But those are the two classes of homebrewers that the ABC deals with on a semi-regular basis. Hence the explicit stipulations in the law concerning separating homebrew from commercial beer. Normally for a day long beer festival, not a big deal - the conference is it's own special beast with extra complications.

Still sucks though.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Club Insurance Program
« on: May 07, 2015, 05:33:34 PM »
Luke would be much more accurate about explaining what the coverage than I could be - I'm just a lowly computer guy.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: AHA Club Insurance Program
« on: May 07, 2015, 02:48:16 PM »
It's a new program that they're putting out the feelers for to see if there's enough interest to create the program.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer in Brazil
« on: May 07, 2015, 02:44:48 PM »
With the heavy German influence they had a much larger incidence of lagers.

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 24, 2015, 11:03:22 PM »
No one will give you the stink eye for having a 4 year old. Remember most dedicated homebrewers fall into the "slightly nerdy married white guy between the ages of 25-45" which translates to prime kid years. The usual caveats apply, of course, in terms of where the kids are allowed to be (e.g. the actual conference itself which is 21+)

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 22, 2015, 09:18:30 AM »
(Copyright Drew Beechum 2014 ;) )

Not to be pedantic and stuff, but you're missing a few years from that copyright. I believe I used it during my second campaign (and first successful election) to the GC in 2008. :)

As for rumored locations - I haven't heard any rumors, so I'm not starting them except to say that the plan is still to have the conference bounce around the country into different regions.

The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:29:35 PM »
So addicting. Love Scott Glenn as Sticks!

They almost made him as much of a jerk as he is in the comic.

The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 16, 2015, 11:42:38 PM »
And just because it's awesome - the hallway fight scene

All Grain Brewing / Re: Saison attempt
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:25:58 AM »
I also got bored and decided to write this up:

A Guide to Saison and Saison Yeasts

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing during the drought
« on: April 12, 2015, 08:28:34 AM »
And here in the LA area, a lot of cities have tiger enforcement teams that will drive around and cite those who have leaks and/or running their sprinklers. Etc, etc.

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