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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: February 12, 2018, 12:25:06 PM »
I got my notification on the 6th but I registered with the first day.

I also registered in the first day (first hour actually) and others who registered a day later already got notified.  But they were in a different region so I'm hoping it's just a matter of time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:13:17 PM »
I know some friends of mine in Philly have received their notifications for entries.  Are the regions staggered for notifications?  Just curious.

I guess if I don't hear anything by next Thursday, I'll have my answer :)

Equipment and Software / Re: Picobrew Z
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:06:08 PM »
I was thinking more along the lines of a Dell Server :)

I wish there was at least some indication on pricing.  I got the discount code anyways but somehow think it's going to be a bit out of range price-wise.

Edit:  Thanks for the pricing info.  Do you know if they will release additional details before the launch day.  I wouldn't mind looking over the specs before deciding to drop $1300-$1700 on a system I have to make sure works with what I have.  Since the discount is only good on day one, doesn't leave much time to decide.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NEIPA Hop Schedule
« on: December 27, 2017, 07:28:28 PM »
This is a Bissell Brothers Swish clone that I've brewed several times and people seem to love:

Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
12 lbs                Golden Promise (Simpsons) (2.0 SRM)      Grain         1        75.0 %       
1 lbs 8.0 oz          Pale Ale Malt 2-Row (Briess) (3.5 SRM)   Grain         2        9.4 %         
1 lbs 8.0 oz          Wheat, Flaked (1.6 SRM)                  Grain         3        9.4 %         
1 lbs                 Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM)          Sugar         4        6.3 %         
0.14 oz               Apollo [18.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min         Hop           5        9.8 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.40 %] - Boil 10.0 m Hop           6        9.8 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe (2009) [11.60 %] - Boil 10.0 min  Hop           7        9.1 IBUs     
3.00 oz               Citra [12.70 %] - Steep/Whirlpool  30.0  Hop           8        42.9 IBUs     
3.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.40 %] - Steep/Whirl Hop           9        41.9 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe (2009) [11.60 %] - Steep/Whirlpoo Hop           10       13.1 IBUs     
1.0 pkg               Safale American  (DCL/Fermentis #US-05)  Yeast         11       -             
1.00 oz               Apollo [18.50 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days      Hop           12       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Citra [12.70 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days       Hop           13       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.40 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Hop           14       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe (2009) [11.60 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Da Hop           15       0.0 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Citra [12.70 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Days       Hop           16       0.0 IBUs     
2.00 oz               Mosaic (HBC 369) [12.40 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Hop           17       0.0 IBUs     
1.00 oz               Simcoe (2009) [11.60 %] - Dry Hop 3.0 Da Hop           18       0.0 IBUs     

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: cloudy starsan
« on: December 13, 2017, 03:09:44 PM »
I mix up a gallon with distilled water and use that for my spray bottle but the bucket stuff I use regular tap water and don't worry about the cloudiness.  I've tested a batch 4 weeks later and it was still under 3.0.  For the bucket, I typically on mix up a half batch (2.5 gallons) for sanitizing carboys, kegs, transfer equipment, etc. 

It takes me forever to go through a bottle of star san, brewing 15-20 batches per year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's Official
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:49:41 PM »
I had to go to the BN forum just now to make sure it's still there.  Sad thing is, I'm still #7 on the list of total numbers of posts.

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 02:24:39 PM »
Driving wasn't bad most of the time. The most difficult thing for me was shifting with the left hand and dimming the lights since that was on the left hand on the car we had rented. It was impossible to shift and manipulate the lights. So rain+night+hills+curves+oncoming traffic = difficult driving. Of course you could rent an automatic, but turn in your man card. ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: October 02, 2017, 12:27:07 PM »
Agreed...Dingle was great...still don't want to drive those roads though.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Eddie from Massachusetts->New to AHA
« on: September 12, 2017, 01:44:39 PM »
Welcome Eddie from your neighbor to the North!

The Pub / Re: The approaching darkness
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:04:57 PM »
Pretty cool I guess. Glad I didn't go out of my way for it although it wasn't quite a full eclipse here. Pretty close.
Full eclipse vs. almost full in this case is night and day. Literally. We drove 2 hours north to catch totality. Very much worth it in my opinion. It was hazy, but, light until about 30 seconds before totality. Then, nearly instantly, it was dark. Street lights, business lights came on at 1:30pm in the afternoon. During totality, you could look up at the sun directly. Very cool view. Then 2 minutes later it went from dark to light in seconds.

Now that I see some of the pictures I can agree.  My brother drove a couple hours to be in the totality, where I was was 99%.  It didn't get dark as much as it just got weird.  Everything had a washed out gray tinge to it, colors were muted.  I did get to see the shadow bands which absolutely blew me away.  I wasn't expecting that and it literally took my breath away. 

I don't know if I would make a special trip for the one in 2024, but being so close to totality this time did pique my interest for sure.  This is the third eclipse that I remember from my lifetime, but the other two I was in places that were only 50-75% partial.

Totality in 2024 will be about 3 hours north of me, so I may try to make it.  Early April may be tough since there will still be considerable snow on the ground up there and the weather this time of the year isn't the best.  It will also be my son's projected last year of college, so who knows if I'll even have gas money to spare to drive up.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Who owns your beer?
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:58:49 PM »
One of the local breweries around me is already tweeting the label. 

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 05:22:19 PM »
My favorite part was the Rahr Malting tour.  Amazing facility, great beer and the food from Northbound was excellent.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 21, 2017, 01:58:55 PM »
Oakland was funny. We were instructed to not walk in a particular direction while there.

The walk to Dunkin Donuts in Baltimore was something like that.  Some guy beating his head on the signs on the train platform, yelling at no one at 8am.  Stuck with hotel coffee after that.

The Pub / Re: HomeBrew Con 2018
« on: June 20, 2017, 02:33:07 PM »
What was the turnout this year?
Gary G said 2437 on Tuesday. Could have gone up a few with last minute purchases. Still the 5th largest conference, and 1100 more than the last time in Minneapolis.

I expect Portland OR to be well attended.

I guess it wasn't my did seem lighter this year than in the past.

I miss the banquet.  Not so much for the food, but the hanging out in line and sharing beers ahead of time and then the passing bottles around yours and neighbor's tables.  Was this a one time thing, or is the banquet dead forever?  If this is the format going forward, I'm going to start booking my flights home on Saturday after the awards ceremony.  Sure would beat getting up at 4am like I did this year. :P

The knockout party was a waste of time in my opinion.  Couldn't understand anything being announced and I was right up by the stage.  I would have preferred a social club setting with all the leftover comp bottles rather than having them poured by staff, but maybe that was a legal thing.  An so much Whalezbrah! left over.

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