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On the other hand I did not enjoy Pro Night or Club Night as much as in other NHC's, because of the crowds and the noise.  I guess they have some union laws that prevented the elaborate booths we've seen in the past.
I was guessing it was east coast clubs who've never been to club night and haven't had years to build up an impressive booth
Although I loved our booth, we definitely fall into this category.  Anyone come by the lighthouse?

yeah, it was loud. At the back of the hall, on the way to take a leak, it was like a jet engine, or Lava Falls rapid in the Grand Canyon.
Exactly! Insanely loud white noise. 

Such an amazing event.  Being my first NHC it is definitely in my top 2 of beer events attended. 

I didn't get a chance to meet everyone either, but those I did get a chance too it was a pleasure.  Hopefully I'll meet the rest of you next year.

Ingredients / Re: Hop combinations for IPAs
« on: June 20, 2013, 05:51:28 PM »
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I'm a big fan of Columbus or Chinook for bittering IPA.

I completely agree. 
Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo are my go to hops for IPA's.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water filter at new house
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:21:03 PM »
I have also tasted off-flavors from the use of a garden hose.  I have both white and blue RV hoses.  I think the water tastes better out of the blue one  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Bottling bucket
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:13:04 PM »
I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket from Lowes.
I use a couple Homer buckets for PBW bath, rinsing and sanitizing.  Get what's cheap and use your $ where it will go further like temp control or something.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: What should I offer this guy?
« on: June 10, 2013, 05:07:40 PM »
I agree with Tom.  If he isn't willing to start the negotiations I'd toss a number our that would be a steal/deal for you without insulting the seller to the point they walk away.  He'll most likely counter.  Maybe you can work out a deal involving beer.  50% off growler fills or something.

The Pub / Re: It's a what?
« on: June 09, 2013, 01:18:20 PM »
Denny do you have link?

Funny I just made a red ale where a lobster was sacrificed. Need to keg this weekend so I'll report back on how it tastes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dry Barrel Aged Barleywine
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:19:03 PM »
I dont mean to hijack the OP's question, but have a similar beer. How do you prepare the maltodextrin?  Do you just dump it in, or boil it with water, etc?  And any suggestion on amount?
No worries about hijacking. I think it was a valid question.  Thoughts on DME?

General Homebrew Discussion / Dry Barrel Aged Barleywine
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:01:41 PM »
Our club has a 53 gallon barrel that we have filled and aged in a few times (currently holding a Flanders Red).  Our first beer was an Old Ale that although finished slightly on the dry side after some age is very pleasant.  The second beer we made and aged was an American BW.  This beer was made using the same basic recipe (OG 1.096 to 1.118) fermented separately using US-05 then racked to age in the barrel.
Once we racked to the barrel the gravity was 1.026 and tasted great.  After a day in the barrel it started to ferment again!  When we racked it to age our Flanders the beer tasted good with a nice woody flavor but has a gravity of 1.011 and is dry on the aftertaste almost astringent.  Its not that I can't enjoy a glass from time to time but did I mention I have 15 gal of this?
My question is, besides blending are their any other methods available to help back sweeten?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: i'm brewing a beer for a movie
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:23:11 PM »
Very cool. Lets us know how the party was.

Ingredients / Re: Amount of water and IBU's
« on: June 04, 2013, 03:35:57 PM »
This is one of the reasons extract brewers tend to add a majority of the extract with 5 or so minutes left in the boil to get a better hop utilization.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Spartangburg kegs - plastic gas in tube
« on: June 02, 2013, 11:41:56 PM »
I haven't found anyone who makes those parts anymore. Unfortunately the standard dip tube won't fit either. The nylon gas in tapers down where the SS ones dont. The ones i had were in really bad shape IIRC one was cracked
I ended up drilling out the gas in hole and sanded the inside of the keg to get any little shards. The new SS gas in tube fit perfectly. Good luck.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lagering Time
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:21:31 PM »
That's seems about right to me. I was thinking 6-8wks for a beer of that strength assuming FG of 1.012-1.016.
If your antsy you could always take a bottle out of push a sample and see what your preference is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:05:12 PM »
I'll be there as well with my club (see signature line). We're pouring at club might as well. Did I mention first timer.

No brewing for me this weekend.
Our club will be kegging BW from our club oak barrel and racking the Flanders Red we made on BBD in.  Other than that I'm waiting for my New England Amber and Lobster Killer Red (yes, a lobster was sacrificed during this brew) to ferment out so I can keg and bring to NHC.

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