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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA member survey
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:38:47 AM »

Wood/Casks / Re: reccomendation for barrel
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:46:11 PM »
I'd go with the 1 time used bourbon barrel.


Homebrew Clubs / Learn to Homebrew Event Pictures - Seacoast Homebrew Club
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:09:28 AM »
Here are some pictures from the Learn to Homebrew Day event at A&G Homebrew Supply ( ) in Portsmouth, NH.  The Seacoast Homebrew Club had 7 separate brew sessions going, for a total of 35 gallons.  We had first time brewers and first all grain brewers.  We all did a porter, which we are going to add to a Jim Beam barrel. 

It was a little chiily when we started, but the sun came out later.  Just proves that homebrew makes everything better  ;D

My car, packed and ready to go.  First time I've taken my brew on the road.

Ingredients / Re: Storing HOP Pellets
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:38:55 AM »
I vacuum seal mine and store in the freezer.   If you're going to use them soon, the fridge would be ok too, just try to get them as airtight as you can.

Equipment and Software / Re: Went Shopping - there's pictures...
« on: November 02, 2012, 06:23:51 AM »
And this is why you are "Brewer of the Week".  Nice score.  I do wonder what they will do to your electric bill though.  Maybe you can score some solar panels somewhere  ;D

Survived the wrath of Sandy and still on track to brew a Hoppy Imperial Red Ale on Saturday.

Glad to hear it Ron.  Some of those pictures from NYC & NJ are just incredible (and not in a good way).

The Seacoast Homebrew Club is holding a "Learn to Homebrew Day" event at A&G Homebrew Supply in Portsmouth, NH.

Here's our event info: (tried to link directly but it won't let me)
  Event Name or Location: A&G Homebrew Supply.
  Contact Name: Gretchen McDonald.
  Street: 165 High St..
  City, State: Portsmouth , NH.
  Country: United States .
  Website: .
  Event Description: A&G Homebrew will host all-grain and extract brewing demonstrations from 11am-3pm
  in their parking lot with members of the Seacoast Homebrew Club. The public is encouraged to stop by
  and chat with the homebrewers! Inside, there will be refreshments, prizes, raffles and more! .

We are all brewing a porter to age in a barrel one of the members got from Allagash.  This will be my first attempt at taking my homebrew system on the road.  I just know I'll forget something.

I may also try a pale ale on Sunday using the Falconers Flight I have sitting in my freezer.

The Pub / Re: Sandy
« on: October 31, 2012, 08:26:23 AM »

Cable/Phone/Internet is still out though.  No big is over, the Pats have a bye week, and the NHL is locked out...what is there to watch anyways...the NBA ::)?
No love for the Celtics?  :D

I'll root for them, but I am not a basketball fan.

The Pub / Re: Sandy
« on: October 31, 2012, 05:43:03 AM »
It was windy up in NH but not a ton of rain that I could tell.  Lost power for about 26 hours, but we tend to lose power if a gnat farts in Montana.

Glad to see people weathering the storm.  Next summer's project...standby generator for the house.  I'm sick of hauling the portable generator out into the storms, and filling the thing every 12 hours. 

Cable/Phone/Internet is still out though.  No big is over, the Pats have a bye week, and the NHL is locked out...what is there to watch anyways...the NBA ::)?

The Pub / Re: BASEBALL!
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:11:07 AM »
Damn!!!! I was routing for the's been a quite a while since Detroit was set on fire.  :o

The Pub / Sandy
« on: October 26, 2012, 10:40:30 AM »
Looks like Sam Calagione is in for a ride.

The National Weather Service is predicting the path of Sandy to go pretty much right over the brewery.  Of course these things change, but the Delmarva pennisula looks to get hit pretty hard.

Stay safe Ron and all our East Coast folks.  Hopefully it's not a repeat of what happened in New England last year, especially Vermont with Irene.

The Pub / East vs West
« on: October 26, 2012, 06:37:52 AM »
I heard this on WEEI sports radio in Boston this morning and almost drove off the road laughing...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I'm an idiot
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:19:46 AM »
It seems like Apricot would work well in a hefe.  Find some Apricot extract and add to the blonde at packaging if you still want to go that route.

Equipment and Software / Re: temperature contolling during fermentation
« on: October 18, 2012, 01:28:44 PM »
I have a 5 cu ft that fits my 6 gallon better bottle with airlock fine.  In hindsight, I wish I had gone bigger so I could do multiple batches at a time with similar fermentation temps.

I may still go bigger and make the 5 cu ft one a lagering fridge someday in the future.

Seriously think about what you want to do or may want to do in the future and get there right away.

Other Fermentables / Re: My First Cider
« on: October 18, 2012, 05:51:10 AM »
I'd say it's just young.  I give my ciders a couple months in primary, maybe 3-6 months in secondary and then a good bottle aging.

Whoops...I guess I jumped the gun a bit.  I thought it wasn't good to leave it in primary for an extended time due to yeast autolysis.  My gravity was right around 1.000 when I transferred to secondary.  I moved it last night to get it off the lees but will leave it in this one for a few months, then possibly keg it.

I assume you back sweeten it right at packaging time.

Thanks.  This makes me feel better because it really tasted awful last night.

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