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Beer Recipes / Re: "Juicy" IPA
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:18:26 AM »
While I haven't tried any of these new "NE IPA" beers, up 95 to Canton and hit won't be disappointed.

I'm about ready to call BS on the whole "the beer is cloudy becasue it's so hoppy" thing.  I have had PNW IPAs that had every bit as much hop aroma and flavor and were crystal clear.

Such a "you kids get off my lawn" response.  Whatever happened to "it's just beer" or "RDWHA-NEIPA"? :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out...
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:33:53 AM »
I have a grainfather so it's so easy to raise the temp for a mashout.  I hold the mashout temp for about 10 minutes, longer if my sparge water isn't up to temp yet.

On my next beer, I plan to do a cool water sparge after seeing the Brulosophy xBeeriment last week, so I'll most definitely do a mashout to lock in the mash profile.

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:28:56 AM »
It's on the schedule already like Guido said: Friday, June 10   12:45 pm – 1:45 pm   AHA Forum Meet & Greet

I'm flying in on Friday morning so I plan to attend.  For 2 days, I could easily get by with a carry on bag, but I'm bringing a suitcase so I can bring some beer down.  Hell, I'm flying Southwest and get 2 free bags so maybe I'll bring 2 :)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 14, 2016, 05:36:41 AM »
so judging in philly happened this past weekend (april 8-10).  when can we expect results to be posted?  how many days has it taken other locations to complete the process?

STL results were posted on the following Friday morning, along with Seattle and NYC.  Indy also posted the following Friday morning I think. 

Perfect timing on this experiment.  I have a Grainfather and will be brewing during Big Brew Day in May away from home.  My biggest concern (besides having access to electricity) was how to heat the sparge water.  It kind of defeats the purpose of having an electric brew system if you need to haul a burner to heat sparge water.

The nice thing about the grainfather is I can raise the temp quickly to do a mash out, and the sparge on my recipes is almost always 3 gallons.  I also start turn on the boil switch when sparging so the wort is heating up as I'm sparging, so when I'm done, I'm close to boil.

I think I'm going to try this out at BBD to see how it works out for my system.

Events / Re: NHC 2016 First Timer Questions
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:57:05 AM »
Look over the seminars and find the ones that you have a strong interest in.  Those are the not miss ones.

In Grand Rapids, I went to the post-fermentation cider seminar and it was excellent.  But I have a huge interest in cider and where someone who is casual might find the information useful, it was one of the best seminars I've been to.

I don't think Michael Fairbrother is doing a stand alone seminar this year (just part of the mead panel), but those are always great because he serves some great meads.

Have fun at your first conference.  After, you'll be counting the days until the next one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:32:14 AM »
Does anyone know what even bigger and more consequential significant date in beer history is approaching?

September 28 - National Drink Beer Day.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:16:28 AM »
This should be a National, paid holiday!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 06:28:28 AM »
Maybe homebrew shop sales are down as people are brewing more and buying bulk supplies.  As much as I want to support LHBS, I would be brewing less with the differences in cost.

I also wonder is the homebrew shop sales are including the sales online or are they just brick and mortar sales?

I brewed an extract batch back in December, but it was a hard root beer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 06, 2016, 05:47:56 AM »
I admit to using "pillowy" to describe the HEAD in a beer I judged a couple weeks ago during NHC.

Foam or feather?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 05, 2016, 05:49:09 AM »
I'm with Denny. Juicy is in the vein of catty or cat pee as a positive descriptor for me. Seriously, people?

And yet is accurately describes Simcoe to a T (or pee as the case may be).  It is way more descriptive than juicy, I must admit.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:32:54 AM »
Snow today.  Not a lot (1-3 inches possible) but when it was 70 on Friday and the couple inches we got yesterday morning melted by the end of the day, it's time to kill this winter.  Even though it was a mild winter, it needs to end now!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:46:02 AM »
I don't know… I get an elitist stink when people start telling other people how they can and can't describe their beer. Calling it peeve suggests that you think it is wrong. Juicy seems pretty straight forward. I would use it not as a specific flavor descriptor but maybe a shorter way of saying the beer has both a bright and fruity presentation.

I think you're right about this.  I don't know why people can't just drink what they like and not constantly look down on new styles.  I myself do not like bourbon barrel aged beers but know they are very popular with some and support that.  I bought a 4 pack of KBS once and gave 3 of them away to some very happy people after I struggled through one. 

Now "crushable" is a word I hate when describing a beer.  And when Rachael Ray says "Delish"...I want to punch her through my TV screen  >:(

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 01, 2016, 05:27:44 AM »
Rumor has it they are sorting the STL scoresheets this weekend so I expect I'll get mine next week.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 01, 2016, 05:21:17 AM »
I assume with last week being Easter, they didn't schedule any comps since it may be hard to get judges due to family events.  8 regions left to judge over the next 3 weekends.

Also, can I say the AHA is kicking butt getting these results out.  The first weekend the results were posted that following Friday.  I expected the 2nd weekend to take longer since it was 3 regions instead of one, but those were posted the following Friday as well.  Nice work AHA!

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