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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Favorite brewing podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:17:07 AM »
I think there is probably no doubt where my loyalties lie ( see signature ).

When I started listening to brewing podcasts, Basic Brewing Radio was one of the first I found.  It is very informative, but too dry for my tastes.  Now call me a low-brow, knuck-dragging heathen if you wish, but to each their own. 

I think getting a list of podcasts should be your first step, weed out all the opinions from others, and give them a listen.  Then make your own decisions.  If the BN or BBR aren't your thing, at least you gave them a fair shake.

All Grain Brewing / Re: batch sparge question
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:43:53 AM »
I follow the Denny Cheap'n'Easy method and add sparge water at 185-190F, stir, vorlauf, and sparge.  I believe the fly sparging people use 170 degree water since it is constant, and will keep the grain bed at 170 once it reaches there.  But you are correct that your water needs to be hotter than 170 to raise a 148-155 F grain bed to 170. 

Let us know how the extended rest on sparge goes.  Some have said it doesn't seem to matter, but 'm curious since I can never seem to get above 70% myself.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Legalization Bill in Alabama
« on: February 17, 2012, 06:14:05 AM »
Let's hope there are some new reps in place this year, or you get a sponsor that will defend the bill a little more aggressively.

If anything, we'll get more audio gems from Alvin Holmes.

Good luck!

The Pub / Re: Ha ha... so true...
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:45:18 AM »
Had to fix that last picture:  ;D

The Pub / Re: proper use of bottle rockets
« on: February 16, 2012, 06:34:07 AM »
That darn near wrecked 'em  :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forum Withdrawal coping suggestions?
« on: February 15, 2012, 11:10:06 AM »
Isn't there a chat room that is posted here from time to time?  I wonder if an integrated chat room will be in the new software release, rather than going to a separate site?

Either way, I'll be driving home from work at that time.  And I rarely post on the forum from home...I get enough computer time at work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Surpasses 30,000 Members
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:31:41 PM »
So which Charlie is member #1 and which is #2?  ;D

Congrats to the AHA...I expect 1.2 million by 2015  ;)

Events / NHC Guide and Tips for a Newbie
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:25:11 AM »
I'm not talking about what speakers to see or what events to attend.  I am more concerned on the veteran's tips on surviving 3, possibly 4 or more days of drinking.

I know the old saying, "It's a marathon, not a sprint".  And believe me, my intention is not to get full out wasted...I can do that a lot cheaper at home  ;D  I fly in on Tuesday, hitting BN7 on Wednesday, then the conference events Thurs-Sat and fly home on Sunday.  I doubt I will ever leave the hotel/conference unless there is something close by.

What I would like to see are people's tips like drinking in moderation ( yeah right! ), drinking water between each beer, or what is you best cure for a hangover ( I think I heard a big, greasy breakfast does wonders for that), etc.  Any other tips would be appreciated.

Thanks and see you ( and Bigfoot ) in Seattle!!

49F and Sunny tomorrow with the day off...should I brew?  Oh yeah.

I'm brewing a Maibock and repitching yeast from a Munich Helles I kegged last Saturday.

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 07, 2012, 12:26:15 PM »
That 1991 Manchester, NH always cracks me up.  But back then I was working Night Audit in VT and drinking Michelob Light.  I work in Manchester now ( and drink better beer ) and live just south of here.  The Verizon Wireless is about the only place big enough now but not much for hotels around, and none attached.

Maybe Boston one day but it won't be cheap I can tell you.  Too bad too, since the Hynes Convention Center has 3 major hotels connected to it ( Sheraton, Marriott, & Westin ) so you never need to go outside.

« on: February 07, 2012, 06:59:45 AM »

Glad you edited that.  Although with football season over,
it may be time to bury this thread until Tebow gets arrested for drunk driving.
Yeah...emotions were getting the better of me.

I wonder if wide receiver Tiquan Underwood would have dropped that ball.   
I wonder if he is related to this guy:

Events / Re: NHC sold out - any other way?
« on: February 07, 2012, 06:33:53 AM »
I'm curious if we will see the Philly conference sell out as fast.  It's always been my impression ( maybe not so ) that the biggest concentration of AHA members are in the West Coast/Mountain regions.  So it would figure those conferences would see out quicker.  I just don't know if we would get the same West Coast contingent if they have to fly all the way across the country.  That has been a factor for the last few years for me being on the East coast but I made sure to make it work this year.

Regardless, I will be on the PC 15 minutes before the conference goes online next year ( booked my hotel room 10 minutes before published time this year ), as will many others I'm sure so make sure those servers upgrades are in place.  ;)

« on: February 07, 2012, 06:19:18 AM »
But he is a cheater.  Not a "cheater".

No worries though, just like he "interpreted" the rule about not shooting video of the other teams signals to mean you are allowed to video the other teams signals, I'm sure he will be interpreting yesterday's loss as a win.

Wow...I stand corrected.  Thanks Tom, I've seen the light.  ;)  Belichick may be a cheetah though...I've seen orange dust on his fingers from time to time.

And there is no doubt in my mind that Sunday's game was definately a loss.

« on: February 06, 2012, 02:42:53 PM »
I like this one:

I think maybe Brady has changed his idol from Joe Montana to Jim Kelly.

No haters here.  Just people who have listened to it all season having a bit of fun at your expense.   :D

No problem...bring it on.  The thing about being a New England sports fan is we are usually the first to bash our teams when the don't perform...but we do love them regardless.

Besides...I've been taking it all season from Tom, haven't I? 

"Anyone get the score of last night' game?" 
"Belichick's a cheater"
"That's not what I asked"
"Belichick's a cheater"  ;D

« on: February 06, 2012, 02:20:13 PM »
No way DS.  You're not getting off that easy.  We've put up with months of your Hoodie/Brady lovefest.  You have to suck it up and take it all through the off season.  If I were in the Superbowl I would give anything to have my first play from scrimmage be intentional grounding from my own endzone!  Bet they didn't get that one from taping the Giants' practices.

Maybe we can post some Wus Welker Superbowl XLVI highlights for you.
You mean like this:

Trust me...I'm going to feel this one for a long time.  There's no doubt they didn't get it done.  However, the team wouldn't be where they were without Welker,Gronkowski, The Law Firm, Hernandez, Brady, Belichick, et al.   Even Ocho-Stinko had his moments.  But I'm not blaming an individual for this loss.  But they lost and are insignificant...what will all the haters do now?  :P

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