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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frozen beer
« on: June 30, 2011, 01:33:21 PM »
Eisbock! ( or EisPA or EisIPA, or whatever style it is )

The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: June 30, 2011, 10:04:43 AM »
Thanks for the updates Frank.  I didn't read back in this thread but did he get to watch the Bruins win the Stanley Cup or see the parade from the hospital window?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 29, 2011, 09:02:12 AM »
BTW...we had a great Homebrew Club meeting on Monday night.  ;D

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 08:21:19 AM »
Gordon - do you add the spices in the boil?  Or do you add them after fermentation?  I've done both, and can't seem to decide which I prefer.  I think I prefer the boil, just out of sheer laziness.  But I go back and forth.

I do both.  I put some in the boil then make an extract ( vodka and spices ) and dose at kegging.

Beer Recipes / Re: Pumpkin beer
« on: June 29, 2011, 07:00:37 AM »
During one of the Brewing Network Can You Brew It shows, a listener sent in a clone attemp of Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.  I've never tried it but they made it sound really good.  He double baked the pumpkin.  I'm going to go back and listen again but maybe some of the PNW forum members can comment on this beer.

Here's the link to the show.  It is after the Mirror Pond and Fish Alt rebrew segments.

Equipment and Software / Re: what mill would you recommend?
« on: June 29, 2011, 06:31:43 AM »
I love my Barley Crusher.  I use a drill to run it and it works great, and adjusting the gap is very easy.

I've never used a Monster Mill so I can't comment on that one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BIB Question
« on: June 28, 2011, 05:48:44 AM »
I just listened to Brad Smith's podcast on this topic yesterday and Pat Hollingdale from said he is seeing an average of 78% efficiency.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: West Coast is the Best Coast for Beer
« on: June 27, 2011, 07:02:16 AM »
Oh no....looks like it's going to be one of the East Coast vs West Coast rapper things.

I love the comments on the article of people from the East coast using Redhook as their example of being better than the West Coast  :D

I'm definately East coast but think the West Coast has much more to offer.  But don't forget the best beer in America a couple years ago ( Kate The Great from The Portsmouth Brewery ) is so east coast you can see the ocean from the brewery.  Also, NH is listed #1 in the country for per capita beer sales...too bad most of it is ButtWiper.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Conference Talk - Power Points
« on: June 23, 2011, 01:06:38 PM »
Are you saying people actually used that word at a professional conference? Doesn't sound like anything I ever attended.

National Homebrew Conference. American Homebrewers Association.

f##kin' A Bubba    :o

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 23, 2011, 07:58:15 AM »
Did the BN enter any of the club-only competitions in the past year?  If so, how did they chose which member had the best example to submit?

I could be wrong but I do not believe the BN has entered club only comps in the past.  I'm sure there are tons of clubs that do not enter club-only comps as well.

In the past, we have done BN comps where we sign up to do a specific beer recipe.  Then tasting groups from around the country are formed, and the beer is judged, either by meeting up with the other members of your group or through Skype.  The best entries from those regional events are then sent to Pacheco for Justin and the crew to judge.  Seems like this would be a great way to get an entry if the BN club decided to enter club-only events.

There are post on the internet of someone ( in Oregon I think ) that took a 15 cu ft chest freezer and made a fermentation/kegerator out of it with foam insulation.  I'll see if I can find the link and update my post.

Edit:  Found it

I guess they used a 10.5 cu ft, but I think 15 would be better.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 22, 2011, 05:23:19 AM »
I have nothing to add except that I think it'd be funny if all of the Northern Brewer forum-ites started listing their club as "NB Navy".

And here's the Club President.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:50:31 AM »
[I belong to their club.  I was the club president.  I go to several meetings a year.  I judge in their competitions.  I proctor exams held there.  I'm active on their email list.  I hang out with them at the conference.  I bring kegs to serve in their booth at club night.  I wear the club shirt at club night.  I go to outside social events with them.  I'll match my interactions with this group with anyone who lives within a couple miles of any other club.  Most importantly, I'm a member of the club because I choose to be.  And I continue to be a member even though I'm done entering the NHC.  Same as I was before I entered the NHC.

And for those keeping count, they would have won Club of the Year even if I didn't enter at all.  Check the numbers from Cincinnati for the best example.  Something like 8 different club members medalled in the 2nd round, many of them golds.  They won it with people with St. Paul zip codes. Don't take that achievement away from them.

I never intended to take anything away from them.  I was just making a point about how you don't need to be in the same region to belong to a club.  I apologize if it was taken that way.  Pretty impressive resume though.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:46:40 AM »
How about those Yankees.  ;)

Now you're just being silly.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:37:10 AM »
Now the BN is like the New England Patriots.  After they won their Superbowls, everyone said they cheated and started gunning for them.
Everyone knows the Pats cheated. ;D

I can't hear you over the sound of the Superbowl rings clicking together  :P

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