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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Popping My Homebrewing Cherry
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:02:31 PM »
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)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's up with this?
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:46:44 PM »
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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's up with this?
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:27:16 PM »
Maybe they took 20% off the weight too  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Popping My Homebrewing Cherry
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:19:46 PM »
Dark closets are good.  The ferment will raise the temperature but you should be fine.

Good for you starting this hobby with a newborn.  Several of the veteran homebrewers disappear for years after there is a child in the house.

For sanitation, I personally think star san is the best.  Colorless and odorless, unlike iodophor (basically iodine).  Check out some local homebrew clubs too.  There are a great source of information and it's nice to get out of the house at least once a month.  Usually, there are varying levels of homebrewing skills, so don't be shy about be a beginner.

Read up on homebrewing, ask questions here or other forums, and most importantly, BREW.  The best way to learn is brew often, learn your system, learn from mistakes and maybe develop your own techniques.

Welcome to the obsession!

Equipment and Software / Re: equipment for sale due to passing of owner
« on: August 05, 2013, 12:42:47 PM »
Sorry for your loss.

The forums are a good place to start.  You could also inquire at a local homebrew club.  Here is a link for the AHA Homebrew clubs, so you can see what's near by.

Craigslist is also a popular place to list since many homebrewers are always watching it for equipment to go on sale.

The Pub / Beer Labels in Motion
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:37:23 PM »
I saw this on this morning...pretty cool stuff

A couple examples

Here's the article from

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: GABF ticket?
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:00:30 PM »
If it did, they'd be selling for opver $1000 on Stubhub  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA day!
« on: August 02, 2013, 12:43:11 PM »
I wonder if there is a National "No Day" Day?  That one day a year there is no designated day.

I don't mind the "days".  It would be better if it included a day off (either the day of or the day after )

Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another keezer question
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:20:32 PM »
My inner collar is the exact dimensions of the freezer opening and the outer collar hangs down around 3 sides.  Advantages for me are it helps secure the collar to the freezer and give me a place to screw in a drip tray if I want.

Also, it allows you to choose a nicer piece of wood as a facing, instead of using really expensive wood for the inside, where no one sees it anyways.

This isn't mine but it demonstrates what the outer collar does on my kegerator

Just make sure your collar is big enough so you have the clearance if you want to put kegs on the compressor hump.  Otherwise you'll have to build one all over again (ask me how I know  ::) )

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Happy National IPA day!
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:29:30 PM »
I have a DIPA still fermenting and nothing IPA related in the kegerator, so I had the wife pick me up a six pack of Torpedo yesterday.

The Pub / Re: GABF - Ticketmaster hosed again
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:28:01 PM »
Now I'm already getting stressed out about registering for NHC...RDWHANB (relax, don't worry...have a nervous breakdown).  :P

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:36:09 PM »
But, I do understand what you're saying.  But I know how hard the staff at the AHA works.  And I'm starting to get that same knowledge with the BA folks.  In fact I think they share some staff members. 

And I appreciate their work, even if it's not perfect.

I don't believe that anyone who has been around the AHA for a while (i.e. not just the people who signed up to get in on the presale) thinks for a moment that these people do not work their asses off for this great hobby.

That said, with the issues with NHC registration, 1st round competition entries, and now GABF (2 years in a row from what I'm hearing), there definitely needs to be some action taken to address these situations.  It is only going to get worse as more and more people get into homebrewing (rumor has it there will be 4000 people at NHC next year ) and craft beer.  Whether or not these events are the fault of the BA/AHA, it reflects badly on the brand and makes it more difficult to sell.  GABF was not a concern for me since I never plan on going, but if something similar happened for NHC, I would be rather upset.

I realize the growth of the AHA is astronomical, and I'm sure everything is being done that can be.  Maybe once this recent debacle settles down, Gary can issue a statement to the membership detailing what steps are being taken to prevent or at least, minimize these issues.

For now, I am glad to continue my AHA membership and plan to renew when it is up, mostly due to the items listed above.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:25:17 PM »
Really? Why do they care? What if you couldn't attend a game, you are just supposed to eat the tickets?
They actually allow me to post on their site and season ticket waiting list members can purchase them.  They do also allow for private sales, but if that person gets drunk and starts a fight, I could lose my tickets.  Through the team site I'm off the hook.

I think their problem with stubhub is the markup people get and they don't get a piece.

Let's see, GABF = $65, Seahawks Season Season tickets = $4,000

$4000?  Let's hope that's for more than 2 tickets.  If not, I'm going to stop complaining when the Patriots send me my bill every year.

Events / Re: Homebrew Competition at Holyoke Canoe Club Sept 5th 2013
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:23:29 PM »
Sounds like fun, but I'm going to be at the Jamoboree in NH that weekend.

Since each entrant has to bring 5 gallons, is the judging done by the attending public, giving tickets to the best beer?

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:11:00 PM »
Stubhub has the Saturday afternoon session listed ranging from $195 to $800.  Is it really worth it?  Doesn't the AHA/BA have control over tickets for their events?  I know if I post my football season tickets on one of these sites, the team can pull my tickets and ban me from having season tickets again.

I have no idea how they will fix this...and it's just going to get worse.  Definitely a problem I wouldn't want to have.

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