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The Pub / Re: Winter 2012
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:52:49 AM »
Well, if our recent weather patterns in the Mid-Atlantic Region(Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter last week) are an indication of what's to come....we're going to have rough winter.  :-\

Well last year in the Northeast we had Hurricane Irene and about 1.5 ft of snow on October 29th and it was the winter that never happened.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Using Irish Moss
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:40:03 AM »
Good to know though they take longer than 5 minutes to dissolve.

Wow, you must have some tough Whirfloc!  When I add 1/2 tab it dissolves almost instantly.
I add mine at 10 minutes and I crush it with the back of a spoon before adding it.  And yes, it does fizz when you add it.  I always imagine I'm making some potion and this is the ingredient that goes "poof" and makes the skull and crossbones appear above the kettle like in the Bugs Bunny cartoons.  ;D

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The Pub / Re: Winter 2012
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:21:19 AM »
I just cleaned out my pellet stove top to bottom yesterday...BRING IT!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 12, 2012, 06:16:59 AM »
I'm surprised General Motors hasn't nailed you to the wall yet.  GMAC(General Motors Acceptance Corporation) is(was?) the financing and insurance arm of GM.
Was. Now reorganized as Ally Financial (or something lake that).

But still doing business under GMAC Mortgage?  Now I'm totally confused on who to send my mortgage payment to?  GMAC or GMAC?  ;D

I also find it strange that they feel they must defend their trademark from a brewery 2000 miles away but have no problem with a beer establishment 60 miles away from their shop.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:35:22 PM »
Here's the Facebook support page, added about 3 hours ago.

http://www.facebook.com/KeepStrangeBrewingStrange?ref=stream

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: These guys need to clean up their act
« on: November 09, 2012, 12:31:20 PM »
The Strange Brew Tavern mentioned in the letter back to the lawyer is in the city I work in and I have never confused the two.

I have heard of Strange Brew homebrew supply since it is somewhat local to me, and wanted to check them out someday, but not going to happen as long as this stuff goes on.  I understand wanting to protect your trademark, but this company must think homebrewers and craft beer drinkers are a bunch of knuckle dragging neanderthals if they think we can't tell the difference.

First rule of the Brewer's Code, dude..."Don't be a dick!"

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

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

Example:  http://odellbrewing.com/beer/bourbon-barrel-stout/

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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 ( http://www.aghomebrewsupply.com ) 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.




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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.

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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

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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).

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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: www.aghomebrewsupply.com .
  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.

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


Cable/Phone/Internet is still out though.  No big deal...baseball 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.

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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 deal...baseball is over, the Pats have a bye week, and the NHL is locked out...what is there to watch anyways...the NBA ::)?

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