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Ingredients / Re: 2-Row Bulk (Ordering and Storing)
« on: February 09, 2015, 11:42:37 AM »
I'm picking up an order this Friday that a local homebrew club did.  They get enough interest that they can order pallets of grain, making the price and shipping a lot less.  Otherwise I'll buy a sack of grain from the local homebrew shop.  Ordering online and shipping is usually too much $.

I store my grain in a 50 lb Vittle Vault.

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With some of the screwy laws for craft beer in Florida, who wouldn't want to take a big pay day and get out.

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The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:39:26 PM »
I actually find it better when the news stations all freak out and say there is a huge storm coming because most people will stay home, leaving little to no traffic on the roads. 

Stop in Londonderry/Derry on your way through and check out some of the breweries we have if you have time.  Kelsen's, From the Barrel, 603 brewery and Moonlight Meadery.  Also, drive safe this weekend...looks like we have another foot coming from Saturday night thru Monday night...yippee!

I agree completely!!  The coverage of the first storm was appropriate, then the second one was more or less ignored because (a) of the super bowl and (b) i think the media got exhausted by the first storm.

I have a gift certificate for a granite state growler tour that i'm holding until the spring... very excited!!

My homebrew club just did a private tour with them last weekend in Maine.  We hit Bissell Brothers, Austin St. Foundation in Portland (all 3 in the same complex across from Allagash), Run of the Mill in Saco for lunch, Banded Horn in Biddeford, Hidden Cove in Wells, and SoMe in York.  It was a great day.


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The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:03:18 PM »
I'm trying to figure out if your anger at this driver is directed at me, and you're being presumptuous about my driving skills/habits, or if I'm misinterpreting the tone of this comment, particularly if "these people" means me, who you've quoted... I live in Waltham, drive into Boston every day unless I'm on my bike.  This was not "obvious" from my comment or profile.  I'll be headed to NH this weekend just like almost every other weekend.  My family is in Franconia.  I just like to ski, which requires snow, which there is plenty of, which I'm happy about. 

That said, I friggin hate it when people ride my ass too, regardless of the road conditions.  I agree, serves the tailgater right and I'm glad your wife is ok.  Yes, the commute has sucked lately, but I'll take it every day of the week if I get to ride fresh snow on the weekends.
No..not directed at you.  I'm just pissed at those people who can't drive safely in the conditions.  I have lived in NE my entire life (except for the 2 years of insanity when I was in NY) and never had a at-fault weather related accident.  It's more of the inconvenience of having to go to work during a storm.  I'm not one of those "you live in NH...get used to it or move" people and I'm glad there's snow for the skiers and riders (I don't ski and I grew up in VT a few miles from a ski area - go figure).

I actually find it better when the news stations all freak out and say there is a huge storm coming because most people will stay home, leaving little to no traffic on the roads. 

Stop in Londonderry/Derry on your way through and check out some of the breweries we have if you have time.  Kelsen's, From the Barrel, 603 brewery and Moonlight Meadery.  Also, drive safe this weekend...looks like we have another foot coming from Saturday night thru Monday night...yippee!

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The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:32:35 AM »
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.
hang on to your shovels NE...another round incoming.

bring it on... SKI THE EAST

Thanks, guys! I'm glad you're getting a kick out of it. :P

Obviously none of these people have ever driven in MA during a snow storm or even light snow.  Hell, probably not even a sunny day in Summer.  NH isn't much better.

I'm always amazed by people who have lived in New England their whole lives and still don't know how to drive.  My wife got bumped yesterday because some idiot was following too close (the roads were pretty bad).  All the damage was done to his driver's side door and none to my wife's Kia (he hit the bumper).  Serves him right.

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Other Fermentables / Re: How much yeast do I need for my cider recipe?
« on: February 05, 2015, 12:37:51 PM »
Typically use one pack of yeast (Nottingham mostly) for my ciders.  I had a couple packs once that were close to expiration so I threw them both in.  I haven't had any issues getting my ciders down close to 1.000 or less.

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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:37:25 AM »
The football on the trophy looks a little deflated.

The football on the trophy looks a little deflated.
It's the temperature and humidity. Science.

Sorry I missed what you said.  The Hall of Fame was calling so loud I could make your stuff out.  ;D

11 out of 12 balls were under by 2 psi Mortensen? Idiot! How about 1 ball (the one that was taken back to the Indy sideline and stored away by their equipment manager) and the other 10 in question were a couple ticks under.

The media has tried to make something out of nothing and the NFL is going to look like a bunch of fools when they have to bow down and kiss Kraft's rings ( all 4 of them!).

Suck it Goodell, Aikman, Montana, Collinsworth, Carter...and the list goes on.


   

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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:16:25 PM »
Scenes from Boston today.  Unfortunately I had to work so I couldn't attend but I did see the one in 2002.






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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:18:21 PM »
Yes I totally agree that volunteers would be first to go. I put in my application as soon as I got the e-mail on the 2nd of February. I like doing competitions mostly because of the feedback I get.
I believe 1st round moved to a checklist scoresheet format last year, so you feedback may be limited.  This, by all means, should not keep you from entering however.

Good luck!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:57:53 AM »
I requested 4 this year...all are previous competition winners (some NHC, some other big comps).  I have a couple others, but even it would be a waste of money and judges time if I submitted.

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The Pub / Re: Blizzard
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:54:34 AM »
1 week ago I could see most of my lawn.  7 days later, 2.5 feet of snow everywhere!!  At least I can get use out of the new snowshoes we bought this year.

It's hard to believe that pitchers and catchers report in about 2 weeks.  Of course in previous years, we weren't focused on late January-February football like we were this year.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:48:19 AM »
Just so you know, all the entries I want to submit were brewed the hard way!

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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:06:52 AM »
That last play was so close to working but Butler made a great play that he'll probably never make again.  If you look at some of the overhead shots, it did look like an easy TD.

I understand the Brady MVP.  He went 37 for 50, had 4 TD's, and 328 yards passing, broke Montana's record for Superbowl TD's.  Unfortunately for Edelman, the receivers make the QB's look good.

What a game...it was a couple hours before I could calm down enough to go to sleep.  Bring on the Duck Boats!!!! Time for a parade!!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 09:17:49 AM »
Yes, fixed now and I was able to log back in and correct my registration.

Thanks!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:36:17 AM »
Yeah, that's weird.  It changed my primary to another location and didn't even include that primary location as a secondary.

I would like the opportunity to correct this if possible.

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