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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:34:36 AM »
Thanks Jeff.  That may even be driving distance for me!

T-365 days and counting!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Knock-out, not flame-out
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:58:21 AM »
Electric Brewers rarely say flameout anymore!

Short-out maybe?

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:10:59 AM »
From what I understand, the location will more than likely be on the East Coast.

That is not what I've heard.

This is disinformation strategy ;).  Fred Bon Jour did the same thing to me when we shared a ride back to the airport in Seattle when I mentioned something about Grand Rapids.

Please post when you register at NHC for those unfortunate few who can't go and so I can start the countdown to NHC. 

Beer Recipes / Re: session IPA tricks
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:00:26 AM »
I've added some white wheat malt for body, but then I find myself doing this for my normal strength APA's and IPA's as well.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:31:58 AM »
To me LA, NYC, or Chicago would be a nightmare

I wonder in places like NYC, LA and Chicago if you end up in the outskirts of town like the Seattle conference (held in Bellevue).

I would personally love to see Portland, ME but it may be difficult with coordinating something like that with the clubs in New England.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:27:22 AM »
I've heard Baltimore for '16 or '17 ( although '17 seems to be the consensus from sources).  I did see one post on twitter that indicated a place that ended in "ville" and started with a name of the first part of a 90's TV show starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Switching to O2
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:38:38 PM »
About a minute on mine too, just the way Joe Sr. describes it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: This is my first post!
« on: June 04, 2015, 05:49:34 AM »
Welcome! I'm so far upstate I'm in Massachusetts.:-) I think you'll like it here, there's a lot of good people, good advice, and laughs.

I'm even further upstate than him in NH.  Welcome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's Attending BNA10?
« on: June 03, 2015, 05:24:53 AM »
I really liked last year's at the stadium - the biggest problem is when there's not enough space and too much bodies. (like Philly to my mind).
I wasn't there, but heard that the biggest problem was not having instant replays of the Palmer face plant on the jumbotron

I was standing right along the first base line when it looks painful.  There was a moment where we thought he wasn't going to get up.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's Attending BNA10?
« on: June 02, 2015, 11:53:59 AM »
I've been to the last 3.  Definitely better when outside (Seattle and GR).  The one in Philly was hot and crowded until later in the night. 

Whenever possible, I try to make the event (missing NHC this year) but I've been a supporter of the BN since 2008, when I restarted my homebrew hobby ( had to stop for a while...court order issued against me for making crappy beer). 

Seeing as this one is teamed up with White Labs and the BN's 10th, I assume it's going to be a winner.

The Pub / Re: Google Photos Test
« on: June 02, 2015, 11:08:08 AM »
Unfortunately no.  But all my smartphone picture go directly to Google Photos now automatically.  Photobucket has something similar but it would never work for me.

The Pub / Google Photos Test
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:05:48 AM »
Testing posting a picture from the new Google Photos service.  So much easier to use than Photobucket

Some days I don't want to clean and almost talk myself into "I'll just clean it tomorrow" but thankfully I've never done that.  Always clean after and then rinse the spider webs out before brewing.

We've got a hatch of 13- year locusts here that's messing with my brewing schedule.  I brew outside, and I'm afraid  I could end up with quite a few in my brew pot -especially with stirring during the boiling phase.  Not sure what that would do for the flavor not to mention the extra protein.

I'm going to postpone brewing for another week or two although that means I may run out of my home-brewed supply before the next batch is brewed, fermented and aged.

Does anyone else have some good stories about unusual or unexpected challenges?

Not unusual but winter weather always screws me up.  That and my wife always wants to run the dryer (vent is right over where I brew outside) when I'm starting my cooling :)

You story reminds me of this movie when I was a kid:

The Pub / Re: Am I just an old far-fogey?
« on: May 27, 2015, 05:36:46 AM »
Meh, I have no puppet master. We all control our own destiny. Make our own choices. And, lets be really careful not to let this delve into a political discussion. I really appreciate it!

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