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Like "Jamil..what's your sign?"  :D

Any interesting ones you want to post?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I is a STAR!
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:39:47 PM »
Now you've done it...Auggie's going to come looking for his kegs! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swirling The Contents of Your Carboy
« on: January 13, 2011, 06:45:01 AM »
I do this when I dry hop ( I dry hop right in the primary fermentor ).  Haven't noticed any bad side effects.

The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 12, 2011, 11:30:40 AM »
At least Manchester would be more capable than my grandparent's town of Jackson NH!

Come on Drew...we could have it at Storyland. :)

The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 12, 2011, 11:09:14 AM »
While we will be on the east coast soon, it won't be next year.  As has been pointed out, the main thing about a location is to have a local organization step up and put it on.  The AHA doesn't decide on a location, then look for people to do it.  We wait until someone brings us a proposal.  If you want the NHC closer to you, get a group together and submit a proposal.

Great...sounds like another West Coast trip...Seattle? Portland? 

I hear you about the local club support, but I doubt 1200 homebrewers are going to come to Manchester, NH.  Not even sure we have to hotel capacity to handle something like this.  Boston would be the closest big city but good luck getting any favorable rates at hotels or convention space in June.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 12, 2011, 07:47:38 AM »
Here's our weather today:

There's supposed to be a river behind that clock tower.

The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 12, 2011, 05:40:39 AM »
I've heard Philly rumors for next year, but again they are just rumors ( or wishful thinking on my part - I could take a train there ).

The Pub / Re: Okay, 3D sucks
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:57:23 PM »
know what doesn't suck?! Pink Floyd in 3D!

You only thought it was in 3D  ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Just ordered a stir plate
« on: January 11, 2011, 09:42:23 AM »
A couple hints.

Remember to add the stir bar when boiling your starter and remember to use your magnet on the stir bar before dumping into your wort.

The Pub / Re: Science Project for my 5 year old
« on: January 11, 2011, 06:06:33 AM »
Make CO2.  Grab a soda bottle and put in some vinegar ( 1/2 - 1/4 cup ).  Fill a balloon with baking soda and attach balloon to the top of the soda bottle without spilling the baking soda in.  Then lift the balloon and dump it in and watch the balloon inflate.

Tie it off and fill another with air and compare the 2, showing that CO2 is heavier than air.

My son and I just did this experiment and he still has the balloons.  Every once in a while I catch him trying to figure out how much higher the CO2 balloon needs to be so when dropped, they hit the floor at the same time.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shipping yeast in these cold winter months
« on: January 10, 2011, 02:39:04 PM »
Sorry to hijack the thread, but I have a question related to this - I've bought some yeast here in the US, that I'll take back to the UK. Should I use an icepack that's been frozen or just that's been in the refrigerator?

The frozen ice pack will keep it colder, longer.  Since the ice pack will start defrosting as soon as you take it out of the freezer, it's unlikely it's going to freeze your yeast.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Shipping yeast in these cold winter months
« on: January 10, 2011, 06:26:42 AM »
One of the yeast guys ( Wyeast I think ) was on the Brewing Network and said even if it freezes, you only lose about 10% viability.  But I would recommend a starter regardless.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: January 10, 2011, 06:23:33 AM »
High of 35 today.

100% chance of snow tonight and tomorrow.

1988 all over again...let's hope not.

No power for 6 days last time. :'(

So you didn't buy a generator after the storm in 1998?  First thing I did the summer after the 2008 Ice Storm in New England.  We were without power for 6 days as well.  Used it in Feb 2010 when the wind storms came through and knocked out power for 2 days.  Best investment I've ever made.

Expecting snow on Wednesday but the weather guys won't commit because they've been way off all season.  This past Saturday we were supposed to get 6 inches of snow but I could have used a broom to clean my driveway.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Ethics
« on: December 30, 2010, 02:10:28 PM »
can we get a group hug too? why don't we get drunk and ....
...pass out?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Watcha get for Christmas?
« on: December 30, 2010, 01:26:03 PM »

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