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The Pub / Re: You know you're a homebrewer if............
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:12:13 PM »
When you see this headline:

"NH sale features EKG of Armstrong's moon heartbeat"

and the first thing that comes to mind is East Kent Goldings.

The Pub / Re: Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:17:33 PM »
I wouldn't call it rallying, but there are some who comment they will never drink a Sam Adams again because they went to cans. 

I'm can't wait for the days where canning is cost effective for homebrewers  ;D

I use this (probably not enough time to worry about making one before you brew):

The bag is the paint strainer bags from Home Depot.

The Pub / Sam Adams Cans
« on: May 03, 2013, 05:18:30 PM »
As we all most likely know, Sam Adams is not available in cans, that's right cans!  Sam Adams posted this on Facebook (I apologize to those who don't use it) and some of the comments are out there.  How do we educate these people or is it a lost cause?

Granted we are a little more versed on the craft beer scene, but people equating them to Budweiser because it's in a can is ridiculous. ::)  I wonder how many of these people drink Heady Topper (not available in bottles, but in cans )

Homebrew Clubs / Re: No East End Long Island Homebrew Clubs?
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:19:34 PM »
Wow...Worcester to Long Island.  How long before your accent reverts?  ;D

Good luck on finding/starting a club.  I'm a member of a club in Portsmouth, NH that was small when I started but is gaining every month.  There are homebrewers where you just may need to coax them out with some beer.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:53:39 PM »
I think Amanda should expect her region to fill up quickly next year if they decide to do it again. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:54:58 PM »
New York scoresheets . . . Anyone?  :'(
Not yet.  Rumor on another forum says envelopes were being stuffed this past weekend so I expect they were put in the mail yesterday.

The Pub / Re: Best TV theme song
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:53:57 AM »
You're all wrong!! Here's the winner!!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 02:30:21 PM »
    • If we know some regions are a bit slow, why are we still sending our beers to them? Somewhat local and well organized are my requirements for any competition. If I wasn't allowed to enter my beers in KC, I would have picked either Tulsa or St. Paul because I know they can run a great competition.
    Amanda, last year my region was Philly and I had my scores back in a few days.  Obviously they are a little busy this year so NYC picked it up.  The year prior was Saratoga Springs, and you can look back at old forum posts on that one.  ::)

    I hope Philly decides to do it again next year.  Otherwise you may see my entries heading your way.

    Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
    « on: April 29, 2013, 01:17:44 PM »
    There's a rather long thread on Homebrewtalk regarding the first round results and inconsistencies in each region (which have sent to a member of the GC so they could be aware for next year ).  Some are valid, like the scoresheets for some regions being sent out the next business day while other regions judge the same day haven't sent them out yet (not going to say who but it rhymes with Blue Snork Ditty  ;D ). 

    Others are ridiculous, like saying "how hard is it to enter info into a database and put them online".  Very few of us (me not included) knows how much work Janis puts into getting the results posted.  Some are just comical, like the poster who said the reason region 11 had so many issues is that people in NYC are just busier than everyone else.

    Everyone likes to throw the "perceived advantage" thing around but having 3-4 extra weeks to rebrew one or more of your entries is definitely an advantage.  I have no problem waiting for the May 4th deadline, but feel that some will have a 4 week jump on others just doesn't seem fair.

    I'm not sure how to fix it and don't envy those who are assigned the task.

    General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewstrong
    « on: April 29, 2013, 01:01:37 PM »
    as if Jamil is Homebrew Jesus.

    Jamil isn't Jesus...he's the Pope.

    That really bothers me too. It isn't like it's a call-in show. If you have the questions ahead of time, how can you not research the answers? I don't listen to all the shows, but it seems like there's at least one factual error per episode.

    A lot of the questions do come from the live chat.  On several occassions, I have heard Jamil and John Palmer (oh yeah...he's on this show too) say they don't know the answer rather than give false information.

    As I've said before on Homebrewtalk, Beer Advocate, etc...If you don't like the show or how it's run, don't listen and let others form their own opinions.  I haven't listened to BBR for years (unless there is something specific I'm researching ) because I find it very dry and watch golf on TV, while lying on the couch but it would reccommend to anyone looking for brewing information so they can check it out themselves.

    I guess I won't be seeing a bunch of you at BN8 then  ;)

    Oh okay - I was out of St. Paul.

    I live on the border of Maine in Milton.  You?
    I'm in Derry.  I am a member of the Seacoast Homebrew Club in Portsmouth.  We meet at A&G Homebrew on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  We are going to be doing a Big Brew event on May 4th in the A&G parking lot, starting around 10am.  You should stop by.

    The more I look around, the more I realize that maybe I shouldn't have posted this so quickly.  I don't want the venue to get into trouble sending out the results too early.  This was my first competition (well since 1995) and was excited to get my results :-)

    Regarding the other topic, I would definitely steward one of these events but they need to be a lot closer to my home (Northern New England)!

    I haven't heard back from Janis but to be honest, I know that she's quite busy so I wasn't expecting one.

    Thanks everyone for their posts.

    I wouldn't worry about getting the site in trouble.  I think a majority of them have sent out their scoresheets (except NY  >:( ) and believe they were instructed to do so.

    As far as local comps, I know there's one coming up in Lowell on June 1st (Merrimack Valley Homebrew Comp) and there's always the New England Regional Homebrew Comp in October.  Last year it was in Nashua.

    What part of NH are you in?

    General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewstrong
    « on: April 24, 2013, 03:05:13 PM »
    I am not a judge or ever judged (hope to change that someday soon) so I wouldn't ever call these guys morons.  Jamil, on several occassions, has opined about some of the judges abilities to fill out scoresheets or their lack of skill in filling out these sheets.  He's even listed examples from nationally ranked judges.

    Another area that he's complained about, and Gordon Strong has agreed with, is telling people how they brewed something just by tasting the beer.  His thoughts are how a judge can know a person's specific brewing process by detecting a flaw, when that flaw could be the result of several factors regardless of their process.

    One of the reasons I haven't become a BJCP judge yet is I'm not confident in my ability to judge a beer according to style.  I'm trying to increase my knowledge before doing so.  I know there's a seriuos shortage of judges but is it better to have that than a flood of judges who don't know what they're doing.

    The Pub / Re: Another reason to be a homebrewer
    « on: April 22, 2013, 12:40:14 PM »
    I am glad they took him alive.  Now they can beat some answers out of him.  It's was really strange seeing the scenes from the bombing site, since I worked down in that area for 6 years and walked up and down those streets several times.

    Massachusetts is having a moment of silence at 2:50pm EDT today, and all the church bells in Boston are going to ring in memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the blast.  Gov. Hassan has asked everyone in NH to do the same at 2:50pm.

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