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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 29, 2013, 08:05:32 PM »
Mufasa from BJ's doesn't consider extract brewers to be brewer's, but he's not an a$$hole about it.  I think there's even an all extract brewery in Cali or Oregon IIRC.

Several of the people in my homebrew club are extract brewers, either due to time, space, or money and they make some great beer.

All this said, I would encourage anyone to make the jump to all grain if you can. 

As for these guys, I wouldn't worry about them too  much...they are probably Beer Advocate forum members.  :P

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The Pub / Craft Beer Crowdfunding
« on: August 28, 2013, 02:24:12 PM »
Any aspiring brewers out there looking for funding for their brewery?

http://www.vermontcynic.com/life/uvm-alum-builds-craft-beer-site-1.2831782#.Uh4GX3-EXSJ

(I'm a little biased...I also attended UVM...but back when there was only crappy beer  :-[)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: DR for pils while I'm away
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:32:09 PM »
Set to 50F and do your D-rest when you get home.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: More Beer in Pittsbugh
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:24:53 PM »
They opened at the beginning of July.  I placed an order with them (for a total of $59.11...just over the free shipping requirement) and got my order in 2 days. 

In the past, I ordered from the California shop and it usually took a few days just to get the order out of the warehouse.  I ordered during the week and was going away for the weekend, but I figured it would take a few days so I'd be safe.  Wouldn't you know it, the order was delivered on Saturday, and had yeast and hops in it.  Luckily I tracked it and had my neighbor bring it in from the 90F heat.

In the past, I was always reluctant to buy from More Beer because of the time it took to get an order, but they definitely impressed me this time. Let's hope they can continue this trend!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:20:52 PM »
I was in a LHBS recently, mostly because I was in that area and need a couple minor items.  I was told by the owner that he doesn't carry lactic acid anymore since 5.2 came out and everyone is using that now.  ::)

A helper in the shop also told me the Bevflex 200 3/16" tubing is for gas, not for liquid.  So all this time I've been using the wrong tubing on my 6 tap kegerator.   ::) ::)

And finally I remember years ago him telling me the O2 absorbing bottle caps was a huge marketing ploy...so why does he sell them?   ::) ::) ::)

Moral of the story...know your facts because your customers are not as dumb as one would think.

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Going Pro / Re: One year and Counting
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:17:08 PM »
Congrats...now start distributing to NH!!  ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Be afraid, be very afraid
« on: August 14, 2013, 08:16:00 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, 07:43:39 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, 03:37:42 PM »
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, 06:38:11 PM »
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, 05:20:43 PM »
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, 05:44:48 PM »
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, 04:48:44 PM »
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, 03:40:47 PM »
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, 03:01:06 PM »
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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