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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:59:50 AM »
Ok...it's official.  I suck at brewing!  ;D

Philly was just posted online, and even though my scroresheets didn't have anything listed on them for placing, I was hoping it was a mistake (happened 2 years ago).

Looks like udubdawg can take the cider categories this year, but remember Mike...it will be a hollow victory  ;)

Just kidding of course.  Good luck in the finals!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:37:49 PM »
I imagine when all results are posted, Janis feels like an Accountant on April 16th. ;)

I do like that they are releasing regions when done instead of waiting until everyone is done.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:36:22 PM »
I'm pretty excited. This is my first year to submit anything to the NHC. I submitted one entry, a double IPA, to Nashville and took a 3rd! It appears I couldn't have picked a more competitive field to start.

I haven't gotten my scoresheets, yet but I assume that I advance to the 2nd Round. Is that a safe assumption?

Now to re-brew!

If you are on the official list on the website, then yes you are in.  I never rely on the scoresheets.

Congrats to all!!!

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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:34:15 AM »
That is funny, but Denny...is it ready yet?  :P

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 16, 2014, 08:06:10 AM »
Rectangular, blue coleman cooler (72qt), with bazooka screen.  I generally get around 70-78% batch sparging.  I have a barley crusher that I changed the gap to .30.

I think the next brew I do, I'll try double-milling the grain.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:30:37 PM »
yeah not sure I was a couple rows over and I could still see it over the other booths.
It was 100 feet in the air, people were running and screaming...the national guard was called in...mass hysteria!!!

 ;D

Actually funny and sad at the same time  :) :(

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Homebrew Day? legal?
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:38:59 AM »
The brewing part is no problem.  I was referring more to the sampling and giving out beer.  There's a lot of archaic laws up here in the Northeast, but it is getting better.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Homebrew Day? legal?
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:57:42 AM »
We don't here in NH but we brew in the parking lot of a homebrew store and nano-brewery, so there's all kinds of issues with that.  I think it's better to be on the safe side rather than get your host into any legal troubles.

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Beer Travel / Re: Manchester NH to portland ME
« on: April 11, 2014, 05:50:52 AM »
Manchester/Hooksett:
  White Birch Brewing (Rt 3 - Hooksett)
  Milly's Tavern/Stark Brewing (N. Commerical St. - Manchester)
  Bert's Better Beers - Beer Store ( Rt 3 - Hooksett near Exit 9 off of I93)

Portsmouth:
  Earth Eagle Brewings - Gruits and Empyrial Ales ( 165 High St. adjacent to A&G Homebrew)
  Portsmouth Brewery
  Stoneface Brewing - Newington (Rt 4 just before going over the bridge)
  WHYM (stands for Water, Hops, Yeast and Malt...clever huh?)
  Throwback Brewery
  Red Hook ( I know but an impressive facility)
  *Avoid Thirsty Moose in Portsmouth.  Over 125 taps but they know nothing about the beer or how to handle it.

On the way to Portland:
  Banded Horn - Biddeford
  Funky Bow - Biddeford (hard to find)

Portland:
  Great Lost Bear - Forest Ave.  There's a couple beer stores on Forest as well (RSVP and Bier Cellar)
  Novre Res - in the Old Port.  Opens at 3 I think.

Of course there's a lot more.  Definitely go try Earth Eagle though.  They are doing some really unique stuff.

Edit:  just re-read you post about the 3 year old.  I wrote these suggestions for your beer needs :) .  Fat Belly's in Portsmouth has a pretty good selection, burgers, wings, etc and a decent tap list).


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Ingredients / Re: New White Labs Packaging Announcement
« on: April 10, 2014, 12:48:58 PM »
Great idea.

You watch, they will probably change the packaging when I've collected 4999 vials and need just one more to have Chris White come brew with me.  But since most of the shops around here don't carry White Labs, I should reach that benchmark by the year 2099   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:42:56 PM »
A little bird told me I didn't go through to round two. Seattle sheets to be mailed next week.

Here, birdie birdie...

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:22:18 AM »
Yeah I ate a ton of those pretzels in Philly lol.
And rice krispie treats...nothing like jacking up on sugar before the evening.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:52:18 AM »

Will first round entries per category per site be posted?

they were last year and I suspect will be again. 

...man, 90 IPAs.  that's a lot of disappointed brewers of great beer. 
I would be the first to admit I focused on categories with less insane competition levels.  2x Dark lager, 2x Cider.

I just looked at the judge assignment which have the entry counts per category. These were the low count.
Cat 1: 11 entries
Cat 2: 5 entries
Cat 3: 8 entries
Cat 4: 10 entries
Cat 7: 12 entries
Cat 27: 5 entries
Car 28: 6 entries
Cat 24: 5 entries

I'm curious how the other regions have their entries broken down by category. I've been wondering with the 4 beers per entrant if this has changed the type beers people are entering.

Damn...I like those odds in the cider categories...should have shipped them there.  Hopefully they got through in Philly.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:18:13 AM »
So how do you feel about Club Night?

Club Night I love for two reasons...1, the wackiness.  2, it's homebrew, not commercial beer.
Yeah, but still gassy (and I would argue even gassier) homebrewers.  ;D

Last year I spent more time at the BN booth than walking around.

I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.
I had a mead last year I can still taste.  It tasted like play doh...and I used to like play doh as a kid  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:11:42 AM »
Rumor has it that Philly mailed out their scoresheets yesterday.

Seattle, in the past, always had a quick turnaround so I'd bet they are in the mail or soon will be.

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