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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: Today at 12:32:14 PM »
 
So how long do I boil the yeast?

That's a good question. I haven't been able to find the answer yet. I will keep looking.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=How+long+should+I+boil+yeast%3F

 ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: Today at 10:41:21 AM »
My biggest pet peeve is "this has been asked before...search the forum before asking the same question again"  While it is good advice, sometimes the search functions don't provide the results you are looking for.

And it truly hate the "LMGTFY" posts...You go to all the effort to type the search into this website, then post the link on a forum to basically call people lazy.

Bottom line:  Rule #1 of the Brewer's Code - Don't be a dick!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: Today at 10:35:15 AM »
...and we are all humans.
That's assuming a lot :)

I know of 2 different boards that I don't frequent anymore for the same reasons stated above.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: Today at 07:04:47 AM »
In this package each bottle is wrapped in bubble wrap and then the box is over stuffed with extra bubble wrap. It should sustain a drop of fifty feet this time.
I love the electronics bubble wrap (pink stuff) you can get at Home Depot.  It tears off in 12" strips which is perfect for wrapping a bottle.  Then they all get put into a plastic bag and put into a bubble wrap lined box, with more bubble wrap, newspaper, etc. (no Styrofoam peanuts).  I actually have to hold down the lid as I'm taping it.  Nothing inside moves.

Good luck with this shipment and in the first round!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: Today at 06:03:45 AM »
Mine went out yesterday and is due to arrive in Philly by the end of day tomorrow.  I've only had one breakage in shipping beer to comps, and an email was sent to me a week after it arrived at it's destination, i.e. someone knocked it off the counter or something.

I'd be careful with the UPS insurance.  If you have to file a claim, they will probably deny it since shipping alcohol privately is against their policy.  I'm sure they know what's going on when a ton of boxes get sent to a homebrew shop or brewery, but it would be their out on the claim.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:47:14 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:03:39 PM »
What do you do when it becomes self-aware?

Just what do you think you're doing, Denny? (in a creepy Drew voice)

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The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:04:11 AM »
Star Wars?  Never heard of it.  ;)

I dressed up as Luke Skywalker at a Halloween party in college once.  Got pretty wasted too but thankfully no so wasted that I tried doing backflips off the roof and anything stupid like that.  I do think I cross over to the dark side a little bit and tried to force choke a couple people though.  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
Wish I would have thought of this 30 some years ago.

Every year I buy a complete MLB card set for my son.  I bought one the year he was born and every year since.  They are all unwrapped.  He doesn't quite get the value now, but maybe in 30 years he will be able to buy a house or boat when he sells them.

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:38:10 PM »
Ok...silly question #2.  What is the steam output on this thing?  Is it pretty much self-contained?

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:12:07 PM »
Denny, is this the 110 or 220v model?  How long for your mash to get up to temp?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Automated Brewing Systems
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:00:31 PM »
There's a kickstarter going on right now for The Grainfather.  They are based out of New Zealand and looking to break into the US market.  Some just posted the link on our Homebrew Club page the other day.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/884310658/the-grainfather-all-in-one-all-grain-brewing-syste

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Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:15:10 PM »
Definitely looking forward to your honest review.  I am interested in the advantages and disadvantages of this system.

With the winter we are having this year, I definitely need a system for brewing inside.  I haven't brewed since the end of November.

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The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: February 19, 2015, 06:18:49 AM »
I think it's a matter of where you go.  The Bevie is always going to sell out and have a line, but places like Hunger Mountain Coop may have it around for a while. 

My brother works for the state and lives about 25 miles from the brewery...you'd think he could threaten them with an audit or something to score me a case or two directly from the source, but NOOOOO!

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The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:11:44 PM »
I voted for Jonathan and Chip.  I'm keeping my third vote a secret.


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