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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:26:52 PM »
You could do just about any style, but for something like a Barleywine or RIS, you may just need to do less than 5 gallons.  I have a RIS 5 gallon recipe that's 26 lbs of grain...that wouldn't fit, but a 3-3.5 gallon batch probably would.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:56:03 AM »
There's also a similar system that is about 40% the cost of the grainfather but lacks the pump and chiller (I think the controls lack some features as well).

I've seen a grainfather used a few times. It seems durable and convenient. Like any other BIAB-type system you definitely have to not fear oxygen exposure to the wort.

If I were new a homebrewer without an existing all grain setup who brewed within standard beer styles I'd certainly consider it if money was not an issue.

I've never had an issue with oxygen exposure using the GF.  I've even started boiling with the lid on (enough steam comes out the hole on top) and it helps the boil a lot.  And I've had no DMS issues with the beers I've done that way, including an Octoberfest and a Munich Helles.

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The Pub / Re: Rebel Brewer Closing Retail and Warehouse
« on: March 08, 2017, 11:49:02 AM »
Is it too early to blame AB InBev for their purchase of Northern Brewer through their disruptive practice investment group?
I'm sure I'm not the only homebrewer who has stopped using NB and Midwest since the AB acquisition. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't be surprised if their business was down as much as everyone else (or even more so).

For me, having Morebeer open a warehouse on the East Coast made it tough to order from anyone else. That was a savvy business move on their part, and I'm sure that set them apart from the other major online retailers for many homebrewers.

That Morebeer warehouse is great!.. If I order something right now (Wed afternoon), I'd most likely have in on Friday!

I'm not against ordering from Northern Brewer if they have something that very few have or a good deal.  I got my Grainfather from them (but before the AB InBev sale) and was even allowed to use a 20% off coupon (a one time mistake they made).

I find myself ordering a lot of bulk stuff these days (have 2 sacks of grain coming from a bulk buy this week) but try to hit the LHBS for smaller items or yeast during the summer months.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: How many here would buy a Grainfather???
« on: March 08, 2017, 08:40:45 AM »
I like mine.  Very convenient for the New England winters and only requires a 15A outlet.  The boil isn't the best I've seen, but I've improved that by using a reflectix wrap (they also sell Graincoats for them that would probably be better).  The recirculating mash is nice and the chiller it comes with is great.  One pass drops the wort from 212 to about 75-80, depending on the groundwater temp.

It's a little limiting for bigger grain bills, but you just need to adjust your batch size to accomodate.   I think I've gotten 18lbs in mine and that just about the limit.

Clean up is easy as you cycle cleaner through the pump, chiller, recirc arm and then cycle clean water (just make sure to blow out any water in the chiller when done).

I also find I need a hop spider with mine so it doesn't clog up the filter in the bottom of the kettle.

I have a timer I set so I can get my strike water heating before I walk up or on the way home from work.  I have the original controller, but I think the new one has this feature already, as well as bluetooth connectivity.

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Beer Travel / Re: Boston South Bay
« on: March 08, 2017, 08:10:24 AM »
I've never heard of Bone Up.  Night Shift puts out some really incredible beers, but it doesn't look like they have a kitchen (food trucks).  Cambridge is IMO a more interesting touristy walk than Everett, if you're in to that sort of thing.  Either way should be a good time, enjoy!!

Yeah...Everett's not really a walking area.  Bone Up just opened about 2-3 months ago. A husband and wife homebrewer team, but they've already started expanding.  Personally I would choose Night Shift over Cambridge (and definitely Lord Hobo-I'm one of those "can't Stand Boom Sauce" people), but if you only have the one night, CBC would probably be best.  Meadhall is also close to CBC, and they usually have some great beers on tap.

Everett can be a pain to get to, especially at rush hour.

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The Pub / Re: Rebel Brewer Closing Retail and Warehouse
« on: March 08, 2017, 07:20:45 AM »
Is it too early to blame AB InBev for their purchase of Northern Brewer through their disruptive practice investment group?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: March 07, 2017, 12:36:17 PM »
Conference Registration - Done.
Airline booked - Done.
Hotel Booked - Done.
NHC Entries sent and received - Done.

Now comes the worse part....waiting!

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:26:46 PM »
Many years ago, when I was in college, my friends and roommates were sitting around the living room smoking bong hits (it was 1980) on a weekday afternoon after classes.  By then, our sophomore year in college, everyone had acquired a nickname for some reason or other but me.  That became a topic of discussion, that I needed a nickname.  As I am a rather large human being, and the TV was on with Tennessee Tuxedo reruns, you can guess the rest.

could have been worse...you could have been Phineas J. Whoopee...or would that have been better :)


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Beer Travel / Re: Boston South Bay
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:18:54 AM »
Are you only in for 1 night?  I've never been, but a lot of people talk about Bukoski's Tavern on Dalton Street (up near the Sheraton).

http://bukowskitavern.net/

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:08:18 AM »
I was thinking about forum names and thought I would start this thread.  It's a pretty common one on other forums.

Mine is obviously boring (just my first initial and last name).
There are lots of way more interesting ones here in this forum.
Tell us what significance yours has and how you came to pick it



But what about BDawg?

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:05:42 AM »
Mine was setup years ago (first used on the Brewing Network back in 2008), which depicts my love of stouts and the original trilogy of Star Wars. 

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Beer Travel / Re: Boston South Bay
« on: March 06, 2017, 10:00:18 AM »
The Trillium taproom is south of Boston in Canton, but you can buy cans at the Fort Point brewery.  Row34 is right next door and probably will have some Trillium on tap.

Harpoon is worth a visit...nice big beer hall.

Sunset Grille is great...we go there every year after Extreme Beerfest.  There's also a Boston Beerworks by the Garden on Canal Street.  Like Pete said, beer is ok but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Take an Uber up to Everett and check out Night Shift Brewing...one of the best in the area.  Right down the street (about 75 yards) is a new brewery called Bone Up Brewing that shows promise.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HBC
« on: March 06, 2017, 06:51:33 AM »
I'll be there on Tuesday.  Last year I couldn't make it until Friday so I'm coming in early this year. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 16, 2017, 09:36:33 AM »
So since I haven't received an email telling me I'm in the competition yet, I guess I didn't make the cut. However, I haven't received any email telling me that I DID NOT get into the competition either. Anyone else in this boat?

Try going to https://www.brewingcompetition.com and logging in with your email address and AHA number.  May not work, but worth a shot in case your email never made it.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: February 16, 2017, 06:00:50 AM »
My  buddy just got an email advising that he did not get in.  Apparently they hit capacity this year.  Really bummed for him.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk

That's surprising since I got the 5 I asked for, but maybe the regions they selected were full. 

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