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Other Fermentables / Re: First Hard Apple Cider - Any Tips?
« on: May 26, 2016, 05:30:20 AM »
So I'm too lazy to look back through 1 page of posts, but Drew Beechum has a nice book on making hard cider http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Hard-Cider-Book-making/dp/1440566186/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Also, if you are an AHA member you have access to the past NHC seminars.  Gary Awdey did an excellent talk in Grand Rapids on Post-Fermentation Cider Adjustments.  Go to the 2014 seminars at this link https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/how-to-brew/resources/conference-seminars/

I've used both as a resource and have done well in competitions with ciders.  Not to mention having really great tasting cider available to me whenever I'm in the mood (i.e. all the time).

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About 3/4 the way through right now...good stuff.  Even though we all know Denny is not a fan of the NEIPA style (yet :) ), it's nice to hear him keep an open mind.  My biggest gripe about people looking down on them are the ones who say the brewers are putting out a flawed product and not caring about quality.  While this may be true in some cases, for the breweries I frequent in New England, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Also, you guys missed a couple "bleeps" when talking to John Hall.  No big deal for me, but you seemed to be trying to bleep out all the other stuff...except dickhole...lol

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 and BNA11???
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:30:04 AM »
BNA11 is now available on the Conference Week Events (ConWeek Events?) link and lists transportation and 6:00 start time. Any info about the buses running continuously or just out and back once?

I think in the past they've always had them running back and forth.  It looks like it's only about 3 miles to the venue, so it would definitely be doable to run do it that way.  Probably a cheap Uber ride to if not.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:20:36 AM »
Is it always the same weekend? My predicament is having to choose vacation for the next year in october.
It has always been in June (unless you go way back) but not the same weekend.
http://www.homebrewcon.org/conference/past-conferences/

We can keep our eye out for the 2017 information that will be published at the conference. Keep you eye out on the 8th or 9th. Someone will post it on the forum.


Philly was great...due to a scheduling conflict it was held later in the month.  The I tacked on a few extra vacation days and it took me all the way through July 4th.  I think the teachers appreciated it being later too. 

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:33:39 AM »
Nice write-up.  As far as your being underwhelmed by Heady Topper (I honestly can't recall what I thought when I had it, so probably underwhelmed) I have to say I had the same experience with Pliny.  I just don't think any beer can live up to the hype that some of these beers get.  Soon, I'll find out if Dark Lord can live up to it.  A buddy and I split a 6 bottle vertical series at an auction. My guess: it will be good beer, but not worth the money or the hype.  But it will certainly be enjoyable to check it out.

As far as the haze, if that's what people like and they'll buy it, I say cheers to them.  I don't like fruit beers, but those seem to sell pretty well, too.

Heady when it first came out was fantastic.  The good old days when you could drive to the brewery and pick up a case on a Sunday afternoon. 

It has changed over the years, or maybe it's me, but I don't find it as good as I once did.  And now you have to follow the delivery truck around and wait in line at the store most of the time (at least until the new brewery opens).

The Bissell Brothers beers are all great and look like OJ.  They are moving into their new brewery and increasing capacity so they're doing something right.

Pioneer Brewing is getting a lot of flack for their Trailblazer DIPA.  I haven't had it but the pictures being shown look like every one came from the last pull on the keg.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:25:54 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:40:31 PM »
There was an issue in Grand Rapids when people saw what was served, they started to take the vegetarian dish even though they didn't order it.  Someone at our table had to wait until they ran back to the hotel kitchen and brought her food.

I know you sign up for the banquet months in advance, but it would sure be nice to know what their serving before you have to commit.

In the 4 years I've been, Philly was the only one I felt was substandard.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 17, 2016, 05:22:04 AM »
and there's always one absolute a-hole at your table.
But I wasn't sitting at your table :)

I didn't make the conference last year, but the past couple I thought the food at the banquet was pretty good.  Seattle was excellent (Salmon) and I don't like a lot of fish.  I haven't heard what's on the menu for this year but I'll be at the banquet.  I also have 4 entries in the finals and I'm friends with one of the co-chairs so I wouldn't miss it.

As for waiting in line, we had a blast in Grand Rapids.  People were passing beer around in the line and the time flew by.

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Ingredients / Re: Water Question
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:26:19 AM »
Can you get a water report from your city?  If not, you can send a sample out to Ward Labs (the W-6 option) and get a detailed water report emailed to you.

I have community well water in NH and send out to Ward Labs every year, then use Bru'N'Water to adjust my minerals and PH.  I find my water is well suited for most ales, but for some lighter lagers, I tend to used distilled water and build up.

https://producers.wardlab.com/default.aspx


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Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Boston and Burlington
« on: May 13, 2016, 12:36:52 PM »
I'm not sure Notch is open yet, but may be by the time you come in.  Not too far up the road is Newburyport.  Newburyport brewing is ok, but right near there is Riverwalk Brewing.  A small place for samples and fills and some really good beer.

Closer to Logan is Night Shift Brewing and Idle Hands in Malden may be opening soon.

If you're in the area over the weekend, make a trip north into NH and hit Smuttynose (great brewhouse), Throwback, Earth Eagle, Stoneface and just over the bridge in Kittery, ME - Tributary.  I can keep going north if you want me too :)



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Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Boston and Burlington
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:12:44 AM »
Boston - Night Shift (Everett actually) and Trillium (no tasters but bottles and growlers).  Row 34 restaurant next door will probably have Trillium on tap.

Burlington - VT Pub and Brewery, Burlington Beer Company, Fiddlehead (Shelburne) 14th Star (St. Albans).  Stop in Waterbury (Exit 10 off I-89) and hit Prohibition Pig for lunch/dinner.  They usually have Hill Farmstead and Alchemist on tap (and maybe Focal Banger too).

Here's a map I keep for Northern VT (haven't updated it in a couple months though).  Hill Farmstead is the one all by itself out in Greensboro, then Lost Nation and Rock Art in Morrisville west of that.  Prohibition Pig In Waterbury Center.  All the rest are in the Greater Burlington area, except Fiddlehead (south) and 14th Star (north).


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Beer Travel / Re: Anaheim CA - Disneyland Area
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:28:16 PM »
You'll just have to make a trip back...especially now since Noble just won a bunch of awards at the World Beer Cup.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 and BNA11???
« on: April 29, 2016, 06:43:57 AM »
I'm not in until Friday so I'll miss it by a lot ;)

I didn't go to NHC last year but had fun at BNA9 in Grand Rapids in the baseball park.  This one should be a great time and it seems they are limiting the number of tickets.  They probably don't want a repeat of the Philly one.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 28, 2016, 06:51:09 AM »
It may have already been mentioned, but when/how can we sign up to judge the finals in Baltimore.

There's a link on this page to sign up to judge.

http://brewingcompetition.com/final/

It does take you to a screen to enter your information, but that's as far as I went.


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I still have my original bottling bucket from the beginning over 10 years ago.  I have since re-purposed my original fermenters for equipment storage and a star san bucket.

I do have a bucket still for meads (too hard and too dangerous to degas a mead in a Better Bottle ).  And as long as there are no scratches on it, I will continue to use it.

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