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Zymurgy / Re: 2012 Zymurgy ideas
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:39:10 PM »
This was probably already covered ( I'm a few months behind on my reading ) but I would like to see an article on HERMS/RIMS systems and brewing with these systems.

Also, maybe a in depth article on the process of preparing a bid for hosting the NHC, followed by what needs to be done during the actual conference.

Water is a great idea.  I'm eagerly awaiting the water book by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski.

The Pub / Re: FIRE! FIRE!
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:32:50 PM »
Will that stuff get into your ground water and screw up your brewing?  ;D

Let's hope they get it contained...looks cool but I can imagine it must be really scary.  Especially if you feel the wind shift.

Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Logo
« on: August 16, 2011, 09:31:54 AM »
The old logo on a sh irt would get the question - "What is Ah - Ha?".

A really bad pop band from the '80s?

But a classic song video...even the Family Guy did a spinoff of it.  :D

This is from the Lallemand/Danstar site ( the 50% number is thrown around in the homebrewing world, and probably accurate ):

Why is rehydrating the dry yeast before pitching important?

Dry beer yeast needs to be reconstituted in a gentle way. During rehydration the cell membrane undergoes changes which can be lethal to yeast. In order to reconstitute the yeast as gently as possible (and minimize/avoid any damage) yeast producers developed specific rehydration procedures. Although most dry beer yeast will work if pitched directly into wort, it is recommended to follow the rehydration instructions to insure the optimum performance of the yeast.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:14:26 AM »
Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Red. I'm not into sours really but can usually stomach them, but this one is just gross.

Thank you...I was trying to remember this one but I guess I blocked it out.

The Pub / Re: "Never Again" beers
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:43:15 AM »
Not sure I have any never again beers.  Well, not because it made me sick, but because it's gross: Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat.

lol - I swore this off back when I thought Corona was good beer.

Well it's definately not for everyone but when served on draft, the cherry is a little more subdued. 

Patience young patawan...wait it out.

Funny joke ..."Is that a Pith Helmet?  No, merely condensation" ( you missed a letter in your subject...couldn't resist :)

The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:55:28 AM »
It really does seem like the secret to the universe is letting go of your anger, 

It's statements like this that really piss me off  >:(   ;)

I would have made a terrible Jedi ( but one hell of a sith )

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 11:06:35 AM »
What?  No yeast cells?   ;)
What do you mean no yeast?  There's a cell between the barley and the glass, shown to scale. ;) ;D I see it.  :P

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New AHA Logo
« on: August 15, 2011, 09:32:08 AM »
What?  No yeast cells?   ;)

Nice look...the new sticker will look good next year when I renew my membership.

Beer Recipes / Re: Green Flash West Coast IPA
« on: August 15, 2011, 08:03:07 AM »
You can also download and listen to the Can You Brew It? episode on The Brewing Network.  Nathan Smith brewed this one for the show and gave some good tips on cloning it.

Beer Travel / Re: Portland, ME ; North Conway, NH and Burlington, VT.
« on: August 15, 2011, 07:41:22 AM »

  Gritty's Pub
  Novare Res
  Great Lost Bear ( Maine Brewing Supply right next door )
  Allagash Brewery
  Maine Brewing ( limited tour schedule - call first )
  Ebenezer's Pub ( Lovell, ME - not too far on the trip from Portland to N. Conway )

North Conway:

  Moat Mountain

Burlington VT:

  VT Pub and Brewery
  American Flatbread
  Magic Hat Brewery ( don't care much for their beer but they have a nice brewery )

On the way from N. Conway to Burlington, you can find these places

  Hill Farmstead, Greensboro, VT ( make sure you have a map...GPS has a hard time finding it )
  Rock Art Brewery, Morrisville, VT
  The Alchemist, Waterbury, VT

On your way to Portland, if you happen to be going through Portsmouth:

  Portsmouth Brewery
  Smuttynose Brewery
  Redhook Brewery

And finally, if you are going through the Manchester, NH area:

  White Birch Brewing - Hooksett - his new brewery should be opening this week.

The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 15, 2011, 07:19:18 AM »
Did everyone hear?  PERRY HAS ENTERED THE RACE!!!

They don't do much you know.


The Pub / Re: Endlessly Amusing
« on: August 12, 2011, 01:11:22 PM »
I'd say the mods here gives us a lot of slack ( or rope to hang ourselves with ) with some topics.  Some other forums have a serious iron hand...

The Pub / Re: Crazy Eyes
« on: August 12, 2011, 05:44:58 AM »
I though the thread was going to be about this guy:

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