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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Nitro
« on: July 24, 2015, 02:56:12 PM »
There was a seminar on beer gas at the NHC that covers pretty much all you need to know. It is available to at this site to AHA members.
I have had it since April and love it for my porters and stouts. Denny's BVIP is wonderful on beer gas. I had to lower the CO2 content of my beers to make it work. Future beers I will use the beer gas to carbonate.


Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:30:01 PM »
NHC 2015 was my first also and I thought it was great. My favorite part was putting faces to the names at the forum gathering. It is funny, as was mentioned, how people aren't quite how you visualize. Running into the Basic Brewing guys was a lot of fun. Great bunch of people that I'm proud to be a part of.

The app was extremely useful in figuring out where to go next. The free wi-fi was nice also.

I think the facility was well set up for our event. I like that lots of water was available as I consume a lot of water every day.

I agree with Jeff G that some of the seminars were pretty basic and not much "meat" to them. The ones I liked were the New hop (Ron Mexico beer), the Czech lager duo, Mitch Steele's IPA, Martin's water presentation (enjoyed meeting you), and of course the "Two D's" road show.

The beer selection was unending. A couple that come to mind are Charles' kelp beer (no, it doesn't taste like sea weed) and Ballast's grapefruit IPA. Being in San Diego a few more days on vacation, I going to plan on going to visiting their brewery and others.

All in all, if you have never been to a NHC, don't even think about it, GO.


Events / Re: NHC Ride Sharing
« on: June 08, 2015, 03:33:49 PM »
Any one else staying at Worldmark at Mission Valley?


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Sanitizing tap
« on: May 26, 2015, 04:32:06 PM »
I use them to keep the fruit flies out of the faucets.

Equipment and Software / Re: Water Filtration
« on: May 21, 2015, 05:18:00 PM »
It depends on where you live in Washington State. Here in South Central Washington, my well water tests 198 total hardness and 204 total alkalinity, so I do a lot of water blending with RO water. I bought a cheap RO system this spring that brought my hardness down to 7 and alkalinity down to 6. Looks like it will pay for itself in the long run.


Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 19, 2015, 03:28:44 PM »
Hey, I'm semi-retired and the busy season is pretty well over....

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:57:26 PM »
I live in the lower valley, just outside Zillah. Jim, give us a PM next time you're headed this way. There's a few biker friendly bars around here....

Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 15, 2015, 07:55:32 PM »
Denny, you going to the hop school this year?


Good information on a process we too often take for granted. As a seed guy of 35 years, I can really  appreciate their materials handling equipment and am flat envious of the pallet stacker.

I'd also like to try a Thirsty Beaver or two.


Equipment and Software / Re: Mini-mash tun
« on: May 13, 2015, 02:21:03 PM »
Jim, you do come up with some gems.....

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:49:43 PM »
Sounds like a plan. I wonder what instrument Steve plays for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra?

Hop Growing / Re: For comparison
« on: May 12, 2015, 03:43:35 PM »
The grower probably "knocked them back" for harvest timing purposes. After consulting with my hop guy, I didn't trim my plants back this spring. I've got some monsters.

Jim- give me a heads up when you're in the area, it would be fun to have a beer with you.


I've been brewing for 20 some years and this will be my first NHC. I'm looking forward to meeting the people and taking in the sessions. I've been to a few of the smaller homebrewing events and always had a good time and picked up some good information. Now that I'm semi-retired I may be taking in a few more.

So, I urge you to just do it.



Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerator Location
« on: April 30, 2015, 02:44:18 PM »
My brewing area and tap room in the shop. It just makes life easier and like HoosierBrew said, "It's a really nice spot for it there." It also gives me a place to go while the wife watches "Dancing with the Stars" and all those other shows of great viewing. If I want to watch TV, I can catch "Hogan's Heroes" or other reruns on the shop TV while enjoy a homebrewed beverage.

Events / Re: NHC- Anyone bringing the fam?
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:15:25 PM »
I fell within the homebrew demography when I started brewing, now I'm nearly 20 years too old. Guess that makes us young for or age. Here's to 60, the new 30!!

See you guys in SD.

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