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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.

Events / Re: GABF and Craigslist
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:29:19 PM »
Given that AHA membership numbers are sequential, you only need to know 1 valid number, then keep adding 1 and go again. So it would not be surprising if scalpers took that approach.  Even if that didnt work, 1 years membership spread over 14 tickets is no brainer.

The only way a members pre-sale works, is if the ticket is tied to the membership number and the card needs to be presented at the door. But how you make that work for 5,000+ tickets per session I have no idea.
Maybe the membership number and another piece of information (zip code, etc) to verify.  But with the issues they are having just getting the membership numbers to ready correctly, I don't know if that's feasible.

I'd be interested to see what kind of membership bump they got from announcing the presale for AHA members.  Maybe those dues could go to infrastructure improvements.

Events / Re: Password for GABF Pre-sale
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:25:15 PM »
Man, the AHA/BA is definitely having a tough year.  With NHC and 1st round issues, now it looks like there's issue with GABF tickets and a bunch of brewers pissed off they got shut out from attending...and some big names too. 

Glad I don't attend GABF....sounds like too much of a hassle.

Have fun to all thos who got tickets.

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:44:41 PM »
  Beer could actually taste great.

And be less filling?  ;D

The Pub / Re: Good old days
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:29:27 PM »
I went to school in VT and was grandfathered into the new age limit (I turned 18 just before the passed the law to raise the age to 21).  We drank whatever the cheapest thing was.  That meant hitting up frat parties that had kegs, Stroh's 30 packs, something we called Hiney Wine which was a Bartels and James wine cooler that sold at the local department store, and $.10 Genesee drafts on Tuesday nights.

Honestly, we didn't care what was left or how much we drank...just that we were still alive in the morning.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cold crash or not?
« on: July 23, 2013, 03:04:45 PM »
Don't even bother with the secondary.  Cold crash it in the primary if you want, then transfer to you bottling bucket.  As Blatz said, just try not to disturb the trub too much.  I'll usually move the carboy/bucket to my table a few hours before I keg/bottle, to allow for that last bit of settling after moving.

Let's just hope Grand Rapids doesn't have some silly law saying you can't serve beer before 11am.  ;)

Zymurgy / Re: Shipping Woes...need a good alternative
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:40:36 PM »
Never had a problem shipping with UPS.  I setup an account, print the lable at home, and drop in the UPS area at work.  Sometimes it's pretty obvious what's in the package, especially when the address has a c/o "XXXXX Homebrew Competition".

Kegging and Bottling / Re: clarification methods
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:30:51 PM »
I use whirlfloc in the boil and then gelatin in the keg.  I recently picked up some Super Kleer for a couple ciders I'm doing.  If it works well, I may try it in my beers (mostly the lagers).

The Pub / Re: Beer drinking king dies in competition tragedy
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:27:47 PM »
This is why they put that warning at the beginning of "Beerfest"

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pressure question
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:18:36 PM »
The pressure reads 20.

(20 of how much per what I don't know)
I don't have a way to set the pressure, only a way to read it as far as I can tell.

Is 20psi your serving pressure?  That's pretty high.  At 45F and 20psi, you'll end up with 2.94 volumes of CO2.  Unless your lines are really long, it's going to come out foamy.  You regulator should have a knob or screw on the front to adjust the pressure.

Most likely the on significant difference would be the questions asked at the end.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: This is Why Tanks Must be Tested.
« on: July 19, 2013, 01:45:49 PM »
Even though the 20 lb tank I have is brand new, I'm still always going to wonder... ???

But 17 years without test...I wouldn't be surprised if this gas company gets their license suspended, especially if they find more tanks out there.

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