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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Report - Alkalinity
« on: August 05, 2011, 10:20:11 AM »
My local water report was the same, so I sent it off to Ward Labs for analysis.  They were really quick.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Massachusetts craft brew alert!!!
« on: August 05, 2011, 09:01:37 AM »
What brewer has EVER been held to that standard?

Only Anheuser Busch, which own their own malting facilities I believe.  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Massachusetts craft brew alert!!!
« on: August 05, 2011, 07:34:04 AM »
Looks like Sen. Scott Brown is on the brewer's side.  Political preferences aside, it good to have some high profile coverage of this.  Maybe they will continue with the rule change but put it on hold until something along the lines of legislation for nanobreweries can be debated.

Steve, since it seems like you've done research for your future brewery, was the rule always there but not enforced?  Or is this a new rule, clearly detailed on the license application going forward for new and renewals?  Either way it seems sort of abrupt in their handling.  

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:34:02 AM »
I do disease research, my PhD is in biochemistry.

Now you've done it...don't be surprise if a bunch of guys come up to you at NHC next year and show you body parts and ask if it's infected.   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Massachusetts craft brew alert!!!
« on: August 04, 2011, 05:41:15 AM »
Does Massachusetts even have enough farm land dedicated to hops and grain to support even one brewery?

Sounds like MA needs a nanobrewery law like NH, so anyone making under 2000 barrels a year can self-distrubute and operate tasting rooms, etc.  I doubt the distributor faction on Beacon Hill would allow such a thing to happen however.

Possible solution...move the breweries to NH and give the ABCC the middle finger.

The Pub / Re: Done. Passed.
« on: August 03, 2011, 01:18:45 PM »

no idea what Deus is... ???

I've dropped one but never opened one..  ;D

Congrats!!!  What did you defend?

Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 03, 2011, 01:17:01 PM »
Going to Niagara Falls, you'll be passing by Southern Tier and will be in the general vicinity of Smuttynose/Portsmouth Brewing, both of which I'm very fond.

Portsmouth is almost 600 miles away from Lakewood (ST).  But if you make the trip out this way, it's not too far from Ebenzers in Lovell or Allagash in Portland, as well as Maine Brewing.  And you can hit White Birch in Hooksett on your way to the coast.

Beer Travel / Re: Coast to Coast Road Trip
« on: August 03, 2011, 05:17:19 AM »
Ebenezers in Maine is supposed to be nice, too, but check the hours before you drive all the way out into no man's land to find it (like I did).

They are having their annual Belgian Festival August 19-28.  But this is a little off course from your final destination of Rehoboth, DE.

Beer Travel / Re: Best Bets in Cambridge, MA?
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:42:03 AM »
I can't give first hand experience, but I hear a lot of good things about these two from other forums.

OK, dumb question...

What is TSP??

Trisodium Phosphate ( or teaspoon or Thrift Savings Plan :) )

Equipment and Software / Re: Rubbermaid vs. Igloo Cooler
« on: July 22, 2011, 07:44:03 AM »
I do have a 72qt coleman, but I figured with my batch sizes I'd wouldn't have the grains to be deep enough.

I have this cooler ( the blue one of course  ;D ) and it works great for my 5 gallon recipes.  I routinely do 12-15 lb grain bills and there's plenty of room left over.  I did a mild once and was thinking I didn't put in enough grain because the bed was so shallow, but it turned out fine.

The best thing about this cooler is it's big enough to do a huge beer.  I'm going to do a RIS soon that has 25 lbs. of base and specialty grain.  I can't wait to see that in the mash tun!

Equipment and Software / PVC Board Collar
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:53:15 AM »
I built a collar for my kegerator last year and not having a clue how to build something, I realized it is about 2 inches too short to allow a keg on the hump. 

Instead of building a whole new collar, I was thinking of raising the existing one up with some 2" edging boards and then putting this PVC board facing on it.  I saw the PVC board stuff at Lowes.  I like the fact that it seems like it is resistant already to moisture ( i.e. no additional staining ), and I can get 1" x 10" boards, that will cover the patch job and hang down below the side of the freezer to screw in a drip tray or what not.

Has anyone used this stuff and it there anything that I'm missing?


Beer Recipes / Re: Oktoberfest alternatives?
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:02:14 AM »
This one seems very popular on HBT, and someone has built the recipe for it already on Brewmaster Warehouse Recipe Builder site.

Ingredients / Re: Show us your Hops 2011!
« on: July 15, 2011, 08:26:00 AM »


I have a couple cones on the centennial but things that I assume will be cones on the cascade.  Is that correct?

I have 4 strings, all right next to each other.  One cascade grew to the top, probably 12-14 ft.  The others didn't make it to the top this year.  They are second year hops so I was expecting them to go all the way up.  Maybe next year.  They all look healthy so I'm not too worried.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mashing Ratios
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:34:31 AM »
First of all, I kinda work backwards (like much in my life!)

It's not working backwards, it's called Reverse Engineering.  Kind of like it's not being cheap, it's being pragmatic.  ;D

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