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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:27:29 PM »
You might regret it if you book an early flight for Sunday. ;)

Which is the nice thing about this year...I can catch my flight at 2:30pm and still be home by 5pm.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:01:20 PM »
And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!
Last year was 1800+.  This year might closer to 2500 :)

The more the merrier ( or hairier or scarier  ;D )

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book!!!
« on: February 01, 2013, 06:38:23 PM »
Sorry to rain water on your parade, but I've seen this book's release dates as last April, September, Christmas, and now April 2013.  Not to mention John and Colin post frequently on their Facebook pages that they are working on the water book (the most recent one was last week I think).

These guys seem like they are really trying to nail to info down rather than crank out a book, which I absolutely appreciate.

I hope it's out for NHC so I can get my copy signed...but if not, I can wait.

Besides, I still have the other books I haven't finished.  I get sleepy when I read so it takes me longer  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Conference pointers
« on: February 01, 2013, 06:32:42 PM »
Last year was my first year and I definately recommend the full package.  The seminars have some great info and most serve beer, some of which is related to the content of the talk.

And the banquet is not to be missed.  I was a lone traveler last year, and met some great people at my table from all over the country.  The meal and beer pairing was also excellent.  And it is a great time hanging out with 1500-1800 homebrewers!

Events / Re: Conference website
« on: February 01, 2013, 01:15:10 PM »
The site says 1pm MST for the conference. 9am EST for the hotel.

The hotel EST time and the conference MST...someone is going to get this mixed up, I'm sure.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewin' in the rain
« on: January 31, 2013, 07:32:29 PM »
I'll take rain or snow over wind any day.  I have a pop up shelter I can put up to block rain.  No matter what I do to block wind, it always tried to blow the flame out.

This could be a great year.  Hopefully the end of illegal homebrewing in the US.  Just a note, the Alabama legislative session starts Feb. 5th...the same day as the NHC registration.  Coincidence or karma?  ;)

Homebrew Clubs / Re: MA North Shore CLubs
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:11:57 PM »
Check out this directory:

I don't know how far north you are and how far you are willing to drive, but the Seacoast Homebrewers meet at A&G Homebrew in Portsmouth, NH the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

We have our next meeting on February 13th.

Beer Travel / Re: top ten brewing cities
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:10:50 PM »
Wow...quite a slap to the face of Magic Hat.  I'm not a big fan of their beer, but crappy?

And what, no NH?  We have a Redhook, Smuttynose, Portsmouth Brewery, not to mention a whole slew of nano's open or opening ( White Birch, Earth Eagle Brewing, Throwback, Blue Lobster, Moonlight Meadery - I know, not beer )...and of course...Budweiser ;D

And I particularly like the Seattle list, having tried several at NHC last year - Elysian, Snosqualmie Falls, and Black Raven being my favorites.

Events / Re: NHC 2013 Hotel?
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:56:19 PM »
I'm sure these details will be coming soon, but can anyone tell me if the conference is at the host hotel or the Convention Center?

I was walking the streets of this area ( on Google Earth ) and it seems like the convention center is connected to several hotels via skybridges, etc.

Just curious, but if you can't say, I have no problem waiting for the official announcement.


« on: January 30, 2013, 01:32:45 PM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: Batch Sparging pH
« on: January 30, 2013, 01:14:38 PM »
I'm a batch sparger and never have adjusted my sparge water.  I do add the additions for the sparge water to the boil kettle.

Equipment and Software / Better Bottle Mold
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:57:58 PM »
I was catching up on some cleaning the other day and came across a Better Bottle with some mold.  I usually fill my carboys after rinsing them with warm-hot oxyclean solution and let them soak overnight or two, etc.  Apparently I forgot about this one and didn't rinse it as well as I should, because in the neck of the bottle was a nice disc of mold the width of the neck.  And did it smell bad.  :-[

I dumped the solution (and the mold) , rinsed several times and then stuck it on my carboy cleaner with hot oxyclean for about 40 minutes.  After rinsing with fresh water 2-3 times, it doesn't smell anymore and looks clean.

Do you think I can assume it is clean and no mold spores are living in it after all that?  Since it's a better bottle, I really can't hit it with flame or extremely hot water to sterilize it.


Events / Re: NHC competition site change.
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:34:14 PM »
This is not a smart remark, but I wonder if we will look back someday and say, "That was the day the CHA ( Canandian Homebrew Association ) was founded".

Unfortunately, the AHA has to address certain issues and someone is going to get the short end.  I'm sure one of these days we'll see the rule outlawing "virtual" homebrew clubs for COTY awards. 

We could always annex Canada  ;)

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