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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA First Round
« on: May 04, 2011, 05:35:09 AM »
I think that's a safe bet.

I guess it doesn't matter since the score sheets are received earlier than the NHC posting anyways.  I'm sure it has to do something with having the database complete before releasing it to the site.

The only advantage I can see is the people who know they are advancing can rebrew their entries if they know they are going to the second round.  But the only way to alleviate that would be to not release any scoresheets until everyone is done, which I doubt would fly ( nor would I want that to happen ).  

But let's not forget that the NE region WAS one of those early judging sites.

Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: May 02, 2011, 08:42:19 AM »
I've used both and like beersmith better.  I particularly like the feature where you can enter grains by % and scale down to a homebrew size recipe.  Very handy when you get a recipe from a commercial brewer who gives you percentages.  Promash may do this as well but I haven't bothered to look.

The Pub / Re: Bin Laden's dead
« on: May 02, 2011, 05:45:46 AM »
Job well done by the Seal make us all proud!! 

I have two brothers who were in the Navy...too bad this is what they looked like:


Ingredients / Do hops like warm soil?
« on: April 30, 2011, 10:30:55 AM »
I have 2nd year hops up and I was going to put 1mm plastic around them ( the stuff I use in my pumpkin garden to prevent weeds and limit evaporation in the hot summer time.  I'd probably put a soaker hose under the plastic for watering, and the actual hop crowns would not be covered, maybe leaving 2" clearance around.

This plastic keeps the soil nice and warm, which pumpkins love, but do the hops do well in this environment?
I swore this year I will not spend all my free time weeding the gardens.


Zymurgy / Re: May/June Issue, already?!
« on: April 30, 2011, 10:24:10 AM »
Zymurgy typically mails around the 17th of the month prior to the date on the magazine cover, so the July/August issue will mail around June 17th.

Who's the lucky one that has to stay behind for NHC and get Zymurgy mail out?  >:(

The Pub / Re: NY Bar Exam Success!
« on: April 29, 2011, 05:45:49 AM »
I thought about taking the bar exam once, then I found out it was about the law...not exactly what I thought  :D

Congratulations!!  Maybe take the AL bar exam, and sue those $%^$% for not passing the homebrew legislation!

The Pub / Re: Storms in the southeast
« on: April 28, 2011, 01:14:36 PM »
His account showed him active at 7am this morning, so hopefully that's a good sign.


You don't want hair of the dog ale?

Personally, I thought the "dryer lint ale" mentioned earlier has real possibilities :)

As long as it's a dark load for stouts and porters, and maybe whites for pilsners.  ;D

Events / Re: NHC BJCP Event Wed Night
« on: April 28, 2011, 06:37:40 AM »
Gordon said on the Sunday Session it was moved to a lunch so he could go to the Brewing Network Anniversary party at White Labs on Wednesday night.

While he jokingly said it was all about him a very significant number of people, including my wife and I, want to do both and I think this is a fairly obvious change.

Sorry...I forgot the grin  ;D  I've never met him personally but I'm pretty sure Gordon's not one of those "Do you know who I am?" people.  :D

Events / Re: NHC BJCP Event Wed Night
« on: April 28, 2011, 05:34:49 AM »
Gordon said on the Sunday Session it was moved to a lunch so he could go to the Brewing Network Anniversary party at White Labs on Wednesday night.  ;D

I was always paranoid about leaving the cover on to the point that I was putting foil over the space where my wort chiller was getting in the way of the lid because I didn't want any opening at all.

But recently I also read about no cover chilling ( maybe the same place as the OP ) and have done the last 2 batches without covering and they came out fine.  They definately cooled down a lot faster too.   I'd probably reconsider if it was a windy day and stuff was flying through the air.

Oh, and the wife knows not to run the dryer when I'm brewing...the vent is right above where I brew.

The Pub / Re: These boots are made for Walken!
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:59:52 PM »
Nice boots, but they need more cowbell  :D

My advice is to know why you are adding each salt and what each does.  Then you will likely be able to answer your own question for your own brewing circumstance.

I know there are other resources out there, but I believe Colin Kaminski is working on a book for the AHA called, you guessed it, "Water".

Maybe by the time I'm done deciphering Gordon's book, I'll be ready for this next step.

I don't understand this sentiment.  What difference does it make how long it takes them to finish, as long as the beers are properly judged and they finish before the deadline?  If they take three weekends to finish and finish on the last weekend, vs. judge all of them the last weekend, how does that impact entrants? :-\

That's just the point...from everything we are reading, from various sources, they all seem to be in agreement that the NE region isn't being properly judged, i.e. mini-BOS entries being left open overnight, not having any method to recapping entries they couldn't get to, etc.  

Of course I'm not there and all these rumors may be exaggerated.

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