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Beer Travel / Re: Portland, Maine
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:12:50 PM »
Near Allagash (across the street) is Foundation and around the back of that building is Austin Street Brewing.  There's another one in planning (Battery something I think, but not sure if it's open yet).

On the way downtown via Forest Ave is The Great Lost Bear (good beer annd great food - Almighty Cheesus mmm) and the Bier Cellar just down the street from there (decent beer store).

Now for the goodies.  Shipyard is in the Old Port section and honestly, could be missed.  A little hard to find is Novre Res...excellent bar with tons of Belgian choices.  $3 Dewey's is ok, but I'd skip if time is limited.  Also in Old Port is Liquid Riot, a brewery and distillery.  They do half shots there, which is nice.  Other options are Rising Tide, Oxbow Blending and Bottling Room.

Down at Thompson's Point (near the train station) you'll find Bissell Brothers (one of the best in the area) and Bunker Brewing.

Foul Mouth is across the bridge, but it's the only one out there so it really depends on time.

Here's a photo to give you an idea of the layout of Portland:


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If you're still in the market for a grainfather, Northern Brewer has a code they just released today, "BEER" that can be used on the GF.  Brings the cost down to $832 ($712 if you want the previous version that doesn't have the BT controller). 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Blichmann Pump
« on: May 15, 2017, 05:41:59 AM »
I like that I can upgrade my current pump.  Will definitely check this out at NHC in June.

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The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:18:03 AM »

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The Pub / Re: HELL YEAH!!!
« on: May 12, 2017, 10:08:42 AM »
Can't wait to see the haters' heads explode over this one:


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Matt,

I sent a message to the Portland Mashing Maineiacs Facebook page, in case they don't have anyone on this forum. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:56:38 AM »
Just received another email that they are still working on the site.

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The Pub / Re: Lagunitas to be wholly owned by Heineken
« on: May 05, 2017, 11:30:34 AM »

 ;D ;D ;D

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The Pub / Re: Wicked Weed purchased by AB
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:12:26 AM »
I think in protest, everyone should send their WW beer to be disposed of.  Send me a message for my, um I mean, the disposal address. :)

We haven't had any acquisition news in a while, but this is a big one!

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The Pub / Re: Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 27, 2017, 12:03:12 PM »
I have shoes older than Harry Potter.  Probably a few t-shirts, too.

At least you didn't say Underwear (and please don't if you do :) )

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Does recirculation lower mash efficiency ...
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:09:01 AM »
I think the directions for the Blichmann Brew Easy say to stir the top 1/3 of the mash 15 minutes in (and maybe every 15 minutes...not sure about that one) so maybe this would help.

I use a grainfather so there's a top plate that disperses the recirculation evenly onto the grain bed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew May 6
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:06:26 AM »
Our club is setting up at Woodland Farms Brewery in Kittery, ME.  This brewery just opened a few months ago, and set up right in the middle of the Kittery Outlets...Genius!

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/big-brew-events/?site_id=4108

Not sure any of us are brewing the offical recipes but we plan on participating in the official toast.

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Beer Travel / Re: Nashua, NH
« on: April 24, 2017, 08:00:40 AM »
Oh.  Well in Nashua, this would be a good place to start: http://www.thebeerstorenh.com/

Mass is just over the border and they may have some other offerings we can't get in our state (stupid liquor laws and the ton of paperwork the state makes you go through).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:34:17 AM »
Anybody get their scoresheets back from San Diego yet?  My best bitter advanced and I'm really curious to know the actual score.

I'm still waiting on mine from St. Louis and that was almost 4 weeks ago.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:29:08 AM »
Being my first year in the national comp, curious why they wouldn't wait to post all the results until all judging centers are done?

It seems unfair to someone in the Denver, Chicago locations. By the time they find out if they are moving on they have no time for a re-brew unlike the early judging centers where results have been available for for almost a month.

This gets asked every year.  It's not a matter of fairness or not.  There are some styles that should be rebrewed (IPA, Am Wheat, etc), and those that are impossible (Barleywine, Gueze, etc).

The best thing you can do is plan as though you will advance everything you entered, and rebrew the categories that need rebrewing regardless of whether you advance or not.  Best case, you are ready to go for 2nd round.  Worst case, you have some extra beer to share with your friends for when the weather turns nice.  Throw a BBQ for your friends and kick back and enjoy the June weather when they should be at their peak.



Not to mention this is how they did it a couple years ago and there were a lot more people complaining then.  I like the current system better.

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