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Commercial Beer Reviews / Earth Eagle Brewings
« on: July 01, 2016, 06:24:03 AM »
Gotta give a shout out to one of my local favorites who just had a nice write up in the Boston Globe:

If you are in the Portsmouth, NH area (which basically means if you are in New England...yes everything is that close), definitely make a plan to stop by.

I can also give you recommendations for several other places around as well.  Tod Mott's place, Tributary Brewing is right across the bridge in Kittery, ME.  Tod is famous for Kate the Great Imperial Stout (now called Mott the Lesser) and the creator of Harpoon IPA back in the day.


Homebrew Competitions / COTY Rules
« on: February 10, 2016, 07:14:16 AM »
So this one slipped by me this year (not hard to do mind you). 

Homebrew Club Award Points

Based on input from the AHA Governing Committee’s Competition Subcommittee, the method for awarding the NHC Homebrew Club Award is changing. Starting with the 2016 competition, only the points from medals earned in the Final Round will be tallied to determine the winning club. Tiebreaker rules for this award have also been added. Please read Part IV Judging & Awards for the details.

Under these rules, the Austin Zealots would have won last year, with the usual suspects Quaff, St. Paul, etc. in the mix.  What was nice is the Whales and the Lincoln Lagers were really close too.  Maybe this will be the solution for a while until it's the same club winning year after year.

It will be nice to not hear booing at the Banquet for a while too.


Homebrew Competitions / Trying to Enter Doppelbock in NHC
« on: February 10, 2016, 06:37:54 AM »
I'm trying to enter a Doppelbock in the software for my NHC entries, but it is asking for addition information (2015 Cat 5C - 2008 Category 9A).  It is asking for special ingredients or whether it's based on a classic style.  Yeah...Doppelbock.

I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.  The Marzen I entered didn't have this requirement and I'm guessing that would be a classic style too.

Is this a glitch, or should I just enter "Doppelbock" in the software?

Also, like other competitions that use this software, can the entries be edited after they are paid for?

Thanks and good luck to you all.

P.S. Doppelbock is spelled "Dopplebock" in the big deal

The Pub / NH Primary
« on: February 09, 2016, 11:14:39 AM »
Not making any kind of political statements here except it is crazy in NH today.  I'm going to vote later then go home and have myself a "good job" beer :)

We expect a huge turn out in my town, since we just had a big to do with the local gov't cutting police, fire, and services causing the citizens to sue the town council (upheld by the state courts) and held a special election to restore funding to vital services.  Everyone is still in get-involved mode, which is great.

When your primary comes around, get out and vote.  But only if you want to...that too is your right.

Beer Travel / Beer Trip in February
« on: January 11, 2016, 01:07:31 PM »
In February, my family and I are taking a trip to San Diego (well Carlsbad actually) and I had a question about some of the breweries out in Vista.  We arrive late on Sat. and since Sunday isn't planned yet, the family may go to Legoland (staying across the street), so I thought it would be a great time to visit the breweries out in Vista about 6 miles away.

Trying to lay out my day.  I may Uber out there and see if I could walk from brewery to brewery, since they don't seem more than a mile or two apart.  May also help clear my head between breweries.  I just don't know if that area is conducive to walking, i.e. sidewalks.  Anyone know the area well?

I'm also trying to figure out which breweries would be the best to hit since I'm not sure I'd be able to get to them all.  I know I definitely want to go to Belching Beaver, but what about the following:

  Iron Fist
  Barrel Harbor
  Booze Brothers
  Latitude 33

Any help would be appreciated.  This will be my first-ever trip to CA...very excited!


Equipment and Software / Anvil Kettle Dimensions
« on: November 19, 2015, 09:35:47 AM »
Does anyone know if the Anvil Brewing kettle dimensions are the same as the Blichmann G2.  None of the online vendors seem to have anything except the 1.2 ratio of height to width.

I sent a request to Anvil to see if they could provide a datasheet.

If they are the same as the G2, it would help make the Breweasy a little less expensive.


Events / 19th Annual New England Homebrewer’s Jamboree
« on: September 09, 2015, 05:21:39 AM »
For all you New England based homebrewers (and beyond)
19th Annual New England Homebrewer’s Jamboree
September 11th and 12th 2015
Tamworth Camping Area

Come Join Us for the Night or the Weekend!
All Proceeds go to Benefit the NH Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Each and every fall, Homebrewers from throughout New England converge upon the doorstep of New Hampshire’s White Mountains for a weekend filled with food, friends, fun, music and of course ...great homebrewed beverages.

This event, always held the weekend after Labor Day, features some of New England's finest homebrew clubs , great local music, an onsite homebrew competition, brewing demon-strations, kids activities and plenty of great food. Festivities get going Friday with a Brewers Dinner and live entertainment and lead to Saturdays main attractions.

Last year over 20 clubs from all over New England shared their homebrew wisdom and knowledge as well the fruits of their labor! An onsite homebrewed beer, wine and cider competition is held with last years competition drawing over 342 entries. Best part is, anyone 21 or over can sign up to judge! Food vendors are onsite to keep those bellies full and GoLocal music provides an afternoon of fantastic entertainment.

The Pub / Google Photos Test
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:05:48 AM »
Testing posting a picture from the new Google Photos service.  So much easier to use than Photobucket

The Pub / Flow Hive
« on: April 10, 2015, 07:47:57 AM »
Of course there are several mead makers here and maybe a few beekeepers as well, but does anyone have an opinion on this Indiegogo campaign for the Flow Hive?

I'm all for easy stuff...especially collecting honey, but I see a lot of conflicting opinions regarding the effects on the bees.  I would love something like this to collect honey for mead and general use and to help pollinate my garden and the wife's flowers during the spring/summer.

What do you think?

The Pub / Denny and Drew on The Session Tonight (11/10/14)
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:35:49 AM »
Coming soon (tonight) to a computer near you, Denny and Drew will be on The Brewing Network Session talking about some book they did  ;D

You can watch the show live on or listen to the archive when it's released (usually within a couple days) at

The show starts at 6pm PST (that's 9pm EST for the right coast!).  You can also join the live chatroom (on the BN web page, not the one on Livestream), where we will mostly make fun of Denny and Drew all night long :P

Drew/Denny - either one of you going to be in studio or just calling in?

The Pub / Pay to Play - Pretty Things Rant!
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:33:59 AM »
I generally don't post things from this particular site, but they consolidated all the tweets from Pretty Things Beer's rant about breweries paying for tap handle space or bars asking for money to list their taps.  Somehow it doesn't surprise me this happens in Massachusetts, but I wonder if it is a common practice elsewhere.

Pimp My System / Build Your Own Temp Controller
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:46:37 AM »

The instructions on this say to wire black to 1, 5 & 6 but the diagram says 1,5 & 7.  You may want to fix that.

Perfect timing on this since I just bought one of these temp controllers a couple weeks ago.  Thanks!

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