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« on: January 21, 2013, 11:55:21 AM »
There is absolutely nothing about the 12th Man that is cheating, unless you consider it cheating that we love our team more than you guys.

That is one thing about being a season ticket holder for the Patriots that bothers me somewhat.  Our crowd noise isn't anything great.  We have our moments and can get loud but never sustain it. 

But never believe that we fans don't love our sports teams more than you.

Now when the pump fan noise through the PA system, that's should be considered cheating.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Looking for a Good Online Supply Store
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:03:54 AM »
My list is:

  Brewmasters Warehouse
  Northern Brewer
  Austin Homebrew
  Farmhouse Brewing Supply
  Midwest Supply

For hops, I buy bulk at:
  Hops Direct
  Yakima Valley (haven't bought there yet but they look promising)

I like Brewmasters Warehouse when I'm buying specifically for a recipe and can buy down to the ounce. 

Also, I don't know anything about them, but Homebrew Mart is in San Diego, isn't it?  I think this was started by the people at Ballast Point.  Again, I've never used them but they could be worth a look. 

Events / Re: NHC 2013
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:27:30 AM »
I don't remember a ticket last year, first time. The proper pass on the lanyard was the ticket.
I don't remember the ticket either.  If they had to take the time to collect tickets, the meal would have been half over by the time I got in there.  I joined the line when it was all the way back to the hospitality suite.

« on: January 21, 2013, 06:20:45 AM »
Narvin...don't even bother.  I think Tom's going to have "Belichick's a Cheater" engraved on his tombstone.  ::)

The Ravens definitely outplayed the Pats once Talib went out.  Also, maybe next year Gronkowski will be healthy for the big game for once.  Enjoy watching the Superbowl.

Usually around this time I say, "Well the truck leaving Fenway heading to Ft. Myers (Red Sox spring training) is only a couple weeks away", but I think this year that is going to just be more disappointment.

Events / NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:58:47 PM »
I was going to take the train but it is cheaper and shorter to fly from the airport 15 minutes from my house.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:19:35 AM »
People pay for beer glasses?
Oh I pay for beer glasses.  Everytime I bring one home, the wife gets on me about another glass.   ;D

I love the glass from NHC2012...I hope Philly has something similar.

I voted for $5 for the shaker glass style.  Anything above that, I rather save the money for the beer and use the glasses I have.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:45:40 AM »
The hotel info is up on the conference website.  It's the Philadelphia Marriott downtown.

That's an interesting move to release the hotel info before we can book at the discounted rate. Either I get a room now for a higher rate or wait and risk that there will be no more rooms left.

They also haven't decided on the speakers yet, so I don't even know if I will be going.


The AAA rate is $332 per night :o  ...I'd wait.

I assume since they said the conference was going to accommodate 2500, they'd have more than 100 rooms for the block...although it will sell out quick, I'm sure.

The Pub / Re: Pint Glass Pricing Poll
« on: January 18, 2013, 07:05:35 AM »
I voted, then I got a double vulgar had gesture in response.


It's like a Dad teaching his son hand gestures for when you a driving.  ;D

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 18, 2013, 06:45:50 AM »
The room plus tax is $1.20 cheaper than last year. ;D

Questions about the forum? / Re: Notifications
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:08:37 AM »
I wasn't getting them over the weekend as well.

I think someone at the AHA kicked one of the servers when Denver lost  ;D

Ingredients / Re: Coconut Extract
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:06:18 AM »
I would do the keg.  Start with a measured sample and add drops until you are satisified, then extrapolate that to the full batch and add to the keg.

edit:  yeah...what Denny said ( sneaking in under the wire :) )

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No lager activity
« on: January 15, 2013, 08:50:56 AM »
Only problem is that it is going to be severely underpitched.

I don't see how. At four months old, the smack packs were probably 80-90% viable. 3 * 80 billion / (19 L * 10°P) = 1.3 million/mL-°P.
I'm not sure I can agree with the 80-90% viability after 4 months since they leave the plant at 95%, even though Wyeast guarantees it for 6 months.  And not knowing how it was handled getting to the store and into their fridge, as well as the package not swelling too much.  I think Mr. Malty putting it at 10% is a little extreme however. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: No lager activity
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:35:31 AM »
I agree with Dave on waiting.  Even with a starter, it takes a couple days for krausen on mine to show.  Only problem is that it is going to be severely underpitched.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What were your gateway beers?
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:30:36 AM »
[...]Hiney Wine[...]

you can find it in the finer stores, right between the buns!

I used to hear those hiney wine commercials driving to school in the morning.

We used to pre-game with Bud pounders that we could get at the Mobil station right down the street from the dorm.  A guy in our suite had a Mobil credit card his father gave him for gas, but this particular station didn't differentiate what was being purchased.  You know it's bad when you drink the "good stuff" beforehand  ;D

« on: January 14, 2013, 09:37:01 AM »
Also was enjoying rooting for the little man from the PNW.  Too bad his defense failed in the final :30.

I really didn't care who won that game but what a great finish!  I imagine the Packers were just a little happy it ended the way it did.

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