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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: Today at 05:05:37 AM »

Never been to Ireland, but from my driving experiences in England, when a little grey haired granny blasts by you in the roundabout, it is time to get with the program!

If it is one with 7 roads coming in and you can't see the one you want, just keep going around until you know your exit. My record was 2.5 times around.

 When the roads get really narrow, get over as far as you can. Let the twigs hit the mirror. Slow down. The locals I'll blast by like nothing happened. They have been doing that since their early diving years. The only angst is when you meet a beer truck on the narrow roads. You always say to yourself, when does the beer truck come through here?


Just watch out for those twigs because right behind them are a lot of stone walls, as my brother-in-law found out...bye bye mirror.  I joked that the rental car place must have a storeroom in the back stocked with hundreds of mirrors.

And on several occasions during the week, I had to remind him to go left in the roundabout, not right.  I think my next trip will have to be to Germany...they drive on the correct side of the road. :)

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:54:08 AM »
If you end up in Dingle, by all means go check out the Dingle Brewing Company - http://dinglebrewingcompany.com/

They make a fantastic lager, and the staff is amazingly friendly (like pretty much everyone else we ran into in Ireland!)


We stayed at the Benner's and Dingle Brewing was less than 1/2 mile away.  Unfortunately, I didn't find out about it until we left.

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Classifieds / Re: Brewer wanted
« on: July 28, 2015, 09:04:59 AM »
$12 and maybe benefits is about as good as it gets for an entry-level brewing job, *and* you get to work with Denny?!
Most would pay $12 an hour to brew with Denny
But he counts it like a doctor where an hour is only 50 minutes.

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The Pub / Re: NC ALE crackdown
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:25:29 PM »
As the owner of a brewery I am not allowed to put my hands on my own jockey box to serve beer to myself or anyone during festivals. Stupid.

That's how it was in Michigan at NHC...I hated it.  A lot of the brewers weren't even there and you had the banquet staff serving who barely knew it was beer they were serving.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 01:30:17 PM »
Can you get them recertified for another 5 years?  I used to swap my tanks at Maine Oxy in Hooksett, but now I just bring them to Granite State Gas in Derry and get them filled.  Maybe one of these places will recertify the tanks so you can use them for another 5 years.

I haven't yet experienced the expired tank situation so I'm not sure if they do recertifications or not.

Looks like Airgas in Concord is going to hook me up!

Hey since you're kind of local, are you aware of anywhere local (say within 75 miles) that has reasonable prices on bulk base malts?

I used to get all my base malts directly from Valley Malt, but after coming back from a brewing layoff I'm disappointed to find out they won't sell to me direct anymore. Everywhere seems to by $65 and up per sack when I see people in other parts of the country getting sacks for $35 to $45.


Brew Free or Die does a group buy.  A member of my club joined, paid his dues (which I split with him) and bought a bunch of sacks.  Once the grains arrive, you just need to pick them up at White Birch.  I think the price was something like $35 for 2-row and and 40-something for Maris Otter.  I think they may have another one coming up in September. 

The Concord Homebrew club may do the same thing...I'm not sure. 

Other than that, I'll get my grains from A&G in Portsmouth, but not at any kind of discount. $55 for Canadian 2-row and $65 for pils.

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Events / Re: Calling All Homebrewers to Homebrew Festival
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:56:10 PM »
Unfortunately the Redhook NH Beerfest is that same day and most of my homebrew club members will be attending that.

Good luck with the festival!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Arrrggghhh Both CO2 Tanks Out-of-Date
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:49:20 PM »
Can you get them recertified for another 5 years?  I used to swap my tanks at Maine Oxy in Hooksett, but now I just bring them to Granite State Gas in Derry and get them filled.  Maybe one of these places will recertify the tanks so you can use them for another 5 years.

I haven't yet experienced the expired tank situation so I'm not sure if they do recertifications or not.

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: July 21, 2015, 11:54:48 AM »
Does the original Portland even have enough convention hotel rooms for 5,000 people?

Good point.  There are hotels but scattered around and most likely expensive in June.  Maybe Boston will have to be the New England destination...but that ain't cheap either.  But at least there are tons of hotels near either the Seaport World Trade Center or the Hynes Convention Center.  But again, $$$$$

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: July 21, 2015, 08:38:58 AM »
The crowd begins chanting "Portland, Portland..."
Can only hope someday this will be the chant for Portland, ME.  Breweries all over Maine, NH, MA, even VT is doable.  I just don't know if we have the homebrew club organization to get it done.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water for an Oktoberfest?
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:45:22 AM »
I believe I read on some forum post where AJ DeLange mentioned using RO or distilled water and just adding some Calcium Chloride.  This is pretty much what I'm doing now...my calcium is about 40ppm and my chloride is around 70ppm.

I've also seen numerous sources that say keep your sulfates low if using a noble hop variety.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA TV
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:26:20 AM »
Cool! She said in 2016 they will be using the new guidelines but not all of the styles. Let the worrying begin! Who's beer will be left out? How many entries will we get? Ooooh the stress of it all. ;-)

Hopefully the clone category will get left out.  Not a big fan of that as a BJCP style guideline.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA TV
« on: July 16, 2015, 05:23:18 AM »
No helmet when riding the skateboard Janis?  What kind of message is the AHA sending our kids today? ;)

Nice job on the video...looking forward to the next episode.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lacto. Frustrations
« on: July 15, 2015, 08:30:38 AM »
Hey Bill I live about 10 minutes from your location. Just noticed your "opening soon" signs a couple of months ago.

Now I know why you stopped doing the NH Beer Scene blog.  Go luck on the opening!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:39:44 AM »
Is it a reminder to not go to work for a brewery that doesn't have insurance?

Is that a possibility?  I don't and never will own a business so I just don't know.
Depends on the type of insurance.  Most breweries are going to be required to have liability insurance for their premise and liquor licensing, but that usually covers the general public visiting the brewery.  I don't think current law requires them to have health insurance for employees until they reach a certain number of employees (or technically costs them 'fees' if they don't provide insurance).
I figure it would at least be worker's comp insurance since she was injured on the job. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 10:16:01 AM »
Is it a reminder to not go to work for a brewery that doesn't have insurance?

Is that a possibility?  I don't and never will own a business so I just don't know.

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