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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:16:00 PM »
You do have to carb it yourself, though.

Maybe they should include a small amount of pop rocks that you can pour in after you add your water...instant carbonation!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:43:39 PM »
Who else look at the link really quick and thought it said "pabst"?

I'm going camping in a couple weeks and bringing kegs.  It's actually for the NE Homebrew Jamboree and there is no hiking involved.

Who wants to be the first to shoot this concentrate as is, no water added?  ;D

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Beer Travel / Re: Boston
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:37:42 AM »
And just down the street from Cambridge is Meadhall.  Huge amount of taps and meads.

Harpoon recently opened their beer hall ( I haven't been yet ) and the tours run pretty frequent. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:38:11 AM »
To the OP - don't take this wrong, but one thing to remember, however, is that newbies can be huge time suckers, so make sure when you are busy that you have enough staff to ring up the guy who wants a quick in and out on a brew day! 

This is a good point.  There's a small shop (actually my first LHBS) that is usually run by 1 guy.  Unfortunately, he runs the cash registers, fills extract orders, and loves to talk (and tell you how things are and how they should be done). 

Luckily my current LHBS knows me well enough to get my own grains, and I don't need to take up their time since I usually know what I'm looking for.   

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Uses a Blow-Off Tube and When?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:20:43 AM »
I use one for every batch, including the lagers that don't even get close to pushing junk through the hose.  I use better bottles so my blow off tube is a 1/2" vinyl tube over the larger port on the orange carboy caps.  The other end just goes into a plastic gallon water jug that I cut the top off of.

I also just leave them on the entire time I'm fermenting.

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Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:44:48 AM »
Sounds disappointing but good to know the award dinner should probably be skipped in the future.

Last year's dinner in Seattle was fantastic (they served salmon, and I am not a fish eater).

+1
I wish I could remember more of the details, but I was, uh, drinking.  It was great though.
various root vegetable mash, a mushroom bisque, and a sort of coffee/chocolate/donut trifle?

Ha...I never delete anything from my iPhone:

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The Pub / Re: Dogfish Head sitcom
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:48:44 AM »
Now if Sam and his family are a secret team of super heros fighting the evil organization InBev and their army of henchmen, the mulletts, I may watch an episode or two.  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:40:47 AM »
My LHBS is 45 minutes away, even though I have 3 others that are within 20 mniutes of me.  They are great people and the shop is next door (they share the same storeroom) to their nanobrewery.  They also host our homebrew club meetings.  They have most of what I need and also hold classes in homebrewing to attract new people to the hobby.

Sometimes, however, I need some special ingredients or I find I forgot something, I will hit the other local stores or order online.



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Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: August 12, 2013, 08:01:06 AM »
Sounds disappointing but good to know the award dinner should probably be skipped in the future.

Last year's dinner in Seattle was fantastic (they served salmon, and I am not a fish eater). 

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55 gallons so far this year, with another 30 scheduled before the end of the year.

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The Pub / Re: Dogfish Head sitcom
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:27:47 AM »
but I'm sure my wife would suggest they pick Horatio Sanz.

Nice thing about that is there's options if Horatio isn't available.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Smack or dont smack?
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:01:23 AM »
Smacking the yeast is a way to proof it, to make sure the yeast is viable.  If you have time, smack it, let it swell, and pitch in your starter ( whether you should do a starter depends on your starting gravity and age of the yeast, but I would just to be safe). 

Half the time I forget to smack them 3 hours in advance when I do my starter so I just add it in.  They may get 1/2 hour while I'm boiling and cooling the starter.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Efficiency Problem
« on: August 08, 2013, 01:26:09 PM »
great so no little loss on heat and hitting target OG, sounds good. Are folks typically covering their mash tun coolers to insulate heat? Does everyone typically pre-heat mash tun cooler with boiling water prior to adding strike water and mashing in?

I cover my mash tun if it's colder and I'm outside.  I use a thick wool blanket to help keep it from falling too  much.  Otherwise I just let it be and only lose a degree or two over a 60 minute mash.

I do preheat my mash tun with boiling water, but then my recipe is configured that way.  If I don't preheat, I will undershoot my mash temp unless I heat my water a bit more and then it's a guessing game.  Preheating makes it easier for me to hit my temp within a few tenths of a degree.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Popping My Homebrewing Cherry
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:02:31 AM »
Great feedback...thanks. Quick question: I'm fermenting in a plastic carboy- what's the best way to take a gravity reading without making a mess/disrupting the process? Thanks!

I use a turkey baster.  Make sure it's sanitized before you plop it down in your beer.  Try not to stir the beer up either, so as not to oxidize.

Same here.  Those little pipettes are a pain to get in to get a sample.  And with the turkey baster, you have a little left over to sample the beer (I use a refractometer for my gravity readings so I don't need a lot)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's up with this?
« on: August 06, 2013, 06:46:44 AM »
The same 20% off offer came from midwestsupplies not long ago. Those 2 online shops now have the same parent company.

Who would that be...AB Inbev? ;D

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