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Beer Travel / Re: Anaheim CA - Disneyland Area
« on: April 21, 2016, 05:18:03 AM »
It's not a very enjoyable 3 miles. Just hotels, freeways, and light industrial.

Yeah...Google street map it.  It definitely not a pleasant walk, especially if you are coming back at night.

Now Vista, CA, just east of Carlsbad...that was a nice walk.  About 1-2 between brewery stops...just enough to sober up before hitting the next one.  ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Anaheim CA - Disneyland Area
« on: April 20, 2016, 12:42:27 PM »
We were there in February and stayed at the Candy Cane Inn, which is right down the street from the main entrance.  I wasn't until we were leaving that there was a store right next door that had a big sign saying "Craft Beer".  Unfortunately, I never made it in there so I can't tell you anything about it.  It wasn't a huge place though.

An Noble is pretty close (didn't make it there either)  >:(

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 20, 2016, 08:55:12 AM »
Looks like all the regions have been posted.

81 in the Specialty Category in Nashville...WOW!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 20, 2016, 08:41:03 AM »
I agree.  The entry counts are so low that there should be a separate limit, and the Ninkasi should be beer only.
Maybe have a separate Ninkasi for mead and cider.

As long as they don't change it for this year.  ;)

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:32:24 AM »
Since it's a forum meet and greet, everyone should have to be able to list at least 5 forum names before getting in :)

Beer Recipes / Re: "Juicy" IPA
« on: April 19, 2016, 11:27:30 AM »
Funny that this showed up on the AHA page today.

I suspect collusion. :)

Beer Recipes / Re: "Juicy" IPA
« on: April 19, 2016, 08:47:22 AM »
To me and my palate, the combo of over-the-top hop aroma with thinner body and lower IBUs, makes the beers overly crushable.

So, how do you crush a beer?  I've crushed the can before but it's extremely hard to compress liquid.

I never use crushable in describing a beer...huge pet peeve for me

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 19, 2016, 06:38:02 AM »

 since I have no idea what the SoperTour is.

Me neither but it looks like a guy on Homebrewtalk that does bus tours at NHC.  I use to work with a Director of Security who's last name was Soper, but I doubt it's him.

Beer Recipes / Re: "Juicy" IPA
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:18:26 AM »
While I haven't tried any of these new "NE IPA" beers, up 95 to Canton and hit won't be disappointed.

I'm about ready to call BS on the whole "the beer is cloudy becasue it's so hoppy" thing.  I have had PNW IPAs that had every bit as much hop aroma and flavor and were crystal clear.

Such a "you kids get off my lawn" response.  Whatever happened to "it's just beer" or "RDWHA-NEIPA"? :)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash Out...
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:33:53 AM »
I have a grainfather so it's so easy to raise the temp for a mashout.  I hold the mashout temp for about 10 minutes, longer if my sparge water isn't up to temp yet.

On my next beer, I plan to do a cool water sparge after seeing the Brulosophy xBeeriment last week, so I'll most definitely do a mashout to lock in the mash profile.

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: April 18, 2016, 05:28:56 AM »
It's on the schedule already like Guido said: Friday, June 10   12:45 pm – 1:45 pm   AHA Forum Meet & Greet

I'm flying in on Friday morning so I plan to attend.  For 2 days, I could easily get by with a carry on bag, but I'm bringing a suitcase so I can bring some beer down.  Hell, I'm flying Southwest and get 2 free bags so maybe I'll bring 2 :)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 14, 2016, 05:36:41 AM »
so judging in philly happened this past weekend (april 8-10).  when can we expect results to be posted?  how many days has it taken other locations to complete the process?

STL results were posted on the following Friday morning, along with Seattle and NYC.  Indy also posted the following Friday morning I think. 

Perfect timing on this experiment.  I have a Grainfather and will be brewing during Big Brew Day in May away from home.  My biggest concern (besides having access to electricity) was how to heat the sparge water.  It kind of defeats the purpose of having an electric brew system if you need to haul a burner to heat sparge water.

The nice thing about the grainfather is I can raise the temp quickly to do a mash out, and the sparge on my recipes is almost always 3 gallons.  I also start turn on the boil switch when sparging so the wort is heating up as I'm sparging, so when I'm done, I'm close to boil.

I think I'm going to try this out at BBD to see how it works out for my system.

Events / Re: NHC 2016 First Timer Questions
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:57:05 AM »
Look over the seminars and find the ones that you have a strong interest in.  Those are the not miss ones.

In Grand Rapids, I went to the post-fermentation cider seminar and it was excellent.  But I have a huge interest in cider and where someone who is casual might find the information useful, it was one of the best seminars I've been to.

I don't think Michael Fairbrother is doing a stand alone seminar this year (just part of the mead panel), but those are always great because he serves some great meads.

Have fun at your first conference.  After, you'll be counting the days until the next one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:32:14 AM »
Does anyone know what even bigger and more consequential significant date in beer history is approaching?

September 28 - National Drink Beer Day.

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