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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: bjcp scoring question
« on: September 29, 2016, 05:36:24 AM »
But that implies that a winner of a competition does not necessarily have the highest score, right?

That's right...welcome to the world of mini-BOS. 

The Pub / Re: Happy National Drink Beer Day
« on: September 28, 2016, 01:08:33 PM »
Must be Wednesday (or Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday).

"But never at dusk" - obscure Steve Martin reference

Equipment and Software / Re: Grainfather FV
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:56:29 AM »
I don't have the FV but for about the same price (at least in the US), I'd go with a SS Brewbucket which has a 7 gallon capacity as opposed to the 6.6 gallon capacity of the FV.

Their FV looks like a coffee urn.

I just use Better Bottles for my fermentation and attach a blowoff tube when there is little head space.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long is your brew day?
« on: September 26, 2016, 09:01:12 AM »
About 5-6 hours for 5 gallon batch.  Most of my recipes lately have involved a hop stand of 15-30 minutes, plus I have a Grainfather so the heating of the mash water and ramping up to boil takes a while longer.  I have a timer I'm going to put on the GF so my water can start heating up before I get up or get home from work to try and save some time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Decline of Homebrewing
« on: September 23, 2016, 10:08:24 AM »
I could brew more often, but I don't because I'm wasting time doing WORTHLESS other things on those things and on forums just like this one that I certainly don't need to do but my subconscious tells me that it feels good and some part of me enjoys the numbness I guess. 

Remember the good ol' days when the internet was only good for porn...and there's only so much of that you can look at, right? 




It was tongue in cheek. I even used s wonky face. ;)

It was funny that the whole thread was defending Michael using the argument that there would be no confusion, only to have a recent post where one of his defenders mentions how confusing it is.

My post was also tongue in cheek, and mostly pointed out that I confused the Hidden Moon name with being a cidery, not that I was confused about the brewery in CA.


Hidden Moon is going to be doing beer I thought?

You're right.  They're doing ciders under the Moonlight Meadery name.  It's gets so confusing.

I talked to Michael this past weekend and he definitely is relieved.  Now he can focus on making more mead and getting Hidden Moon, his cidery, going!

Thanks for sharing.  I think I'm going to add a column to mine to display "brew date", calculating back from the due date the number of weeks a particular style is at it's peak.

The Pub / Re: Travel Fail, Boston
« on: September 13, 2016, 10:59:57 AM »
Not a brewery but if you love beer you want to hang out at the Sunset Grille in Allston (take the green line).

We go there after Extreme Beerfest every that place!

The Pub / Re: Travel Fail, Boston
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:36:02 AM »
Check out Harpoon, Trillium and Night Shift (in Everett).  Harpoon has a nice bierhall, Trillium doesn't do tastings but you can pick up some bottles and you won't be disappointed.

Beer Travel / Re: NEIPAs in the NW
« on: September 13, 2016, 05:55:57 AM »
Sip is excellent as is Bissell Brothers (in the other Portland...Maine).  And of course anything from Trillium is a homerun!

I can't remark on Treehouse since it's over 2 hours away from me, you have to wait in line with 150+ people (although I hear they are pretty good at handling that) and they limit it to 4-6 cans per style, with usually 1 or 2 releases a day.   Too far and too much time for so little beer.
They just broke ground yesterday on a new facility in Charlton, ma that will be much bigger and an easier drive for you.

That's great news...I've been wondering when they were going to get started with that.

Congratulations for landing the bfd domain name!

I think they registered it a long time ago in the days of dial-up :)

This is a very well run competition with some quality judges, both homebrewers and pros (anyone want their mead judged by Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery?).

Unfortunately, this year I have nothing to enter, so the cider categories are wide open.

Good luck to all that enter!

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