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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final round Competition Labels
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
From the brewing competition site (www.brewingcompetition.com/final), I would think the entire lable:

Registration Bottle Labels

Print your bottle labels by going to http://www.brewingcompetition.com/final and logging in using the same user name and password you established at your NHC regional competition website. From your My Info and Entries page, click the "View/Print Bottle Labels" link for each of your entries and print the labels. Cut out these labels and tape one to each of three bottles with clear packaging tape. Place the label horizontally on the bottle near the top of the barrel (not the neck) of the bottle. Be sure to match the Category Number and Subcategory Letter on the labels to the proper entry. All other identifying marks must be removed. Any writing on the bottle cap must be blacked-out with indelible ink. Your bottles must contain 10-14 ounces in volume and meet the bottle requirements in the 2013 NHC Rules & Regulations.


Also, my labels don't have a bar code, just a big empty box in the middle.

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The Pub / Re: Is Staples your office supply store?
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:58:24 AM »
Well said
It might have something to do with the company history too. Didn't a Mormon start it, or rebuild it?
Mitt Romney invested in it when he was on the board at Bain Capital, but I don't know if the orginal owners were Mormon. 

Drinking is evil...but the liver is more evil and deserves to be punished.  Embrace the Dark Side  ;D

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I haven't been in since he had the brewery open.  They are nice people and a friendly dog greets you when you enter the store.  I am also about 20 minutes away and he has saved me a couple times when I've decided last minute to brew something and needed ingredients.

The place is a little hard to find if you don't know the area.  And after hitting the store and brewery, it's a short drive to The Grill Next Door in Haverhill for lunch/dinner.


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The Pub / Re: Frivolous Magic Hat Lawsuit
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:17:26 AM »
Case in point, that McDonald's coffee lawsuit that nearly everyone thought was frivolous, even though the lady suffered 3rd degree burns, spent 8 days in the hospital, and required skin grafts.
Wasn't there another lawsuit against McDonalds by some kid who ate there everyday and then sued them because he got fat?  Or was that I recurring dream I have  ;D

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Events / Re: North, East, & West Pre-Confrence Tours?
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:14:58 AM »
And now the South tour is DFH brewery and the DFH brew pub, instead of Iron Hill Brewery.

That would too bad if the others were cancelled.

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The Pub / Re: Good day
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:37:07 AM »
Smoked 4 racks of ribs on Sunday for a combination son's birthday party/reconnect with the neighborhood party.  Use apple and cherry for smoke...I'll have to try the pecan next time.

Brewed a doppelbock yesterday because it finally stopped raining and the wind wasn't blowing 30 mph like it had been for the past 7 days.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Plastic carboy
« on: May 28, 2013, 07:50:39 AM »
Another Better Bottle fan here.  Extended soak tends to clean everything out for me.  I also have a keg/carboy washer that I built for those really stubborn stains.  I have mostly 6 gallon BB but do have a couple 5 gallon ones (from my silly secondary days), which did come in handy for mead and cider aging.

I always use a blowoff tube so the headspace issue doesn't affect me much.

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The Pub / Re: bridge collapse
« on: May 24, 2013, 06:04:55 AM »
A couple of years ago bridge on I-35 collapsed in Minneapolis. It was at the evening trafic. Bridge was loaded. It was unbelievable that something like that would happen.

Yeah, that was the one that caused every state and the federal government to look at all their bridges.  It was amazing how many red-listed bridges they were.  There are 2 large bridges that connect NH to ME that were at the top of the list.  One is going to be completed this year, the other is set to be replaced next year ( a tanker tried to take it out a couple months ago, but only damaged it...now there's a big fight about who's going to pay for the repairs ).

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Equipment and Software / Re: Those little red cans of Oxygen
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:29:31 AM »
I just drop mine in the Star San bucket, then into the carboy.  As soon as I'm done, I put it back in the star san and swish it around and maybe rinse with regular water.

Just avoid touching the stone with your hands.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Those little red cans of Oxygen
« on: May 22, 2013, 08:40:08 AM »
Yeah, it's totally sweet and easy to use, even if it's not ultimately necessary.

Neither is a $5000 brew sculpture but people do that.  I love this wand...I can put the stone exactly where I want it, instead of trying to fish a tube around.

Since I've been using pure O2, my fermentations have been rock solid.  Honestly though, I can't really remember what they were like before I was using them...I drink a lot, you see.  ;)

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Kegging and Bottling / SS Bottles
« on: May 22, 2013, 06:35:35 AM »
I know the stainless steel growlers are the big thing right now, but I think this may be pushing it a bit:


$50 a six pack plus shipping...just make sure you don't recycle them.

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The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 22, 2013, 05:31:39 AM »
I just drank a Magic Hat #9 upside down last night and it tastes like an IPA....weird.  ;D

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The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 21, 2013, 01:49:26 PM »
Something similar happened with Georgetown Brewing about 3 years ago:
http://seattlebeernews.com/2010/06/trademark-dispute-moves-georgetown-to-rename-9lb-porter-to-georgetown-porter/

Even though there is a 9 in the name, I thought it was a lousy thing for a company like Magic Hat to do.  I always enjoyed the #9 but haven't bought a single beer from them since this incident.

This one with West Sixth is BS.

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Events / Re: AHA Rally at Back East Brewing Company- May 19th
« on: May 21, 2013, 10:16:40 AM »
I hate missing these when they are so close.  The wife is from Southington and we got married in Wethersfield so you are familiar with the area and have friends and family still around there.  It just wasn't going to happen this past weekend...too busy.

I'll definitely get down to check out the brewery sometime though (with a stop at Willimantic Brewing on the way home of course  ;) ).

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