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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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Beer Travel / Re: Nashua, NH
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:25:29 AM »
Oh...and there's a Budweiser plant in Merrimack as well :P

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Beer Travel / Re: Nashua, NH
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:24:50 AM »
Not much around Nashua.  Right downtown is Millyard Brewery and Martha's Excahnge and in Merrimack is Able Ebenezer's.  I haven't been to Millyard yet, Martha's is more of a restaurant and I wasn't overly impressed with Able.

If they doesn't mind driving 20 minutes east to my area, there are several breweries in a fairly small area.

Derry:
  Kelsen's
  Rockingham Brewing

Londonderry:
  603 Brewery
  From the Barrel
  Moonlight Meadery and Hidden Moon Brewery

Manchester:
  Great North Brewery
  Pipe Dream Brewery

The Derry and Londonderry locations are all within a couple miles of each other.  The Manchester ones are just a few miles away.  Check their pages for hours since some don't open during the week until Thursday.

If they are in the area for a few days and want to take a little drive, there are tons of great places out in the Portsmouth area (about an hour and ten minutes away from Nashua).  Stoneface, Earth Eagle, Throwback, Smuttynose, Great Rhythm, Tributary (just over the bridge in Kittery - Tod Mott's brewery.  Tod was one of the brewers than developed the Harpoon IPA recipe).


 

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The Pub / Re: BA Pubs
« on: April 17, 2017, 12:19:20 PM »
I don't know how any of this works and being barely able to write myself, I doubt I will, but I wonder if John gets more money per copy sold through the BA than Amazon.

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Events / Re: Sharing Beer at National Homebrew Conference
« on: April 17, 2017, 07:13:59 AM »
In previous years, I would bring beer to share in line waiting for the banquet.  Since there's no banquet this year and the distance is greater for me to travel, I may not bring anything.  Trying to keep my luggage to carry on weight and not have to check anything.

That said...if you're pouring, I'll have a taste :)

Edit:  Of course, there is the forum meetup if you want to share as well.

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The Pub / Re: Congratulations...You're Old
« on: April 10, 2017, 07:22:02 AM »
Wish it was closer.  We used to play Harry Potter Scene It all the time when my son was younger.  Also read all the books, twice (once on my own, the 2nd time reading to my son).  He has since read them again by himself.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 07, 2017, 11:56:24 AM »
Just wondering... Are results only posted on Mondays?


Not necessarily.  NY, Tampa and Seattle were posted last Friday.  St. Louis was posted on Monday.  With only 2 regions judging last weekend and hopefully they got their stuff in quick, you may see results tomorrow.

Philly and San Diego results posted!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:48:53 AM »
Just wondering... Are results only posted on Mondays?


Not necessarily.  NY, Tampa and Seattle were posted last Friday.  St. Louis was posted on Monday.  With only 2 regions judging last weekend and hopefully they got their stuff in quick, you may see results tomorrow.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 03, 2017, 01:33:50 PM »
St. Louis results are up.  Got a 3rd in Munich Helles and a 2nd for Cider with Herbs/Spices.  One at the beginning...one at the end.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:05:51 AM »
Come on St.Louis results...I know you're out there.  Today's the day...I hope.

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Beer Travel / Re: Thank God for Epcot!
« on: April 03, 2017, 06:34:10 AM »
The last time I was there, it was extremely hot and I got a beer at the Trinken Cart in Germany, after waiting in a line about 10 deep.  It was an Oktoberfest and my interaction with the employee was very minimal in regards to time spent (although very friendly).  I wandered off, drinking my beer and came back about 30 minutes later and when I was about to order, he said, "Another Oktoberfest?"  I was totally blown away that he could remember my order with the number of people flowing through there.

Had a few Bass in England and found the stage around back where they were playing classic British rock tunes.  Wife and son had to come find me before I did too much damage to my liver.

And of course at our favorite restaurant, Le Cellier, I had the Unibroue sampler.

Yes...Thank God for Epcot!

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