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Ingredients / Re: Water Question
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:26:19 AM »
Can you get a water report from your city?  If not, you can send a sample out to Ward Labs (the W-6 option) and get a detailed water report emailed to you.

I have community well water in NH and send out to Ward Labs every year, then use Bru'N'Water to adjust my minerals and PH.  I find my water is well suited for most ales, but for some lighter lagers, I tend to used distilled water and build up.

Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Boston and Burlington
« on: May 13, 2016, 12:36:52 PM »
I'm not sure Notch is open yet, but may be by the time you come in.  Not too far up the road is Newburyport.  Newburyport brewing is ok, but right near there is Riverwalk Brewing.  A small place for samples and fills and some really good beer.

Closer to Logan is Night Shift Brewing and Idle Hands in Malden may be opening soon.

If you're in the area over the weekend, make a trip north into NH and hit Smuttynose (great brewhouse), Throwback, Earth Eagle, Stoneface and just over the bridge in Kittery, ME - Tributary.  I can keep going north if you want me too :)

Beer Travel / Re: Trip to Boston and Burlington
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:12:44 AM »
Boston - Night Shift (Everett actually) and Trillium (no tasters but bottles and growlers).  Row 34 restaurant next door will probably have Trillium on tap.

Burlington - VT Pub and Brewery, Burlington Beer Company, Fiddlehead (Shelburne) 14th Star (St. Albans).  Stop in Waterbury (Exit 10 off I-89) and hit Prohibition Pig for lunch/dinner.  They usually have Hill Farmstead and Alchemist on tap (and maybe Focal Banger too).

Here's a map I keep for Northern VT (haven't updated it in a couple months though).  Hill Farmstead is the one all by itself out in Greensboro, then Lost Nation and Rock Art in Morrisville west of that.  Prohibition Pig In Waterbury Center.  All the rest are in the Greater Burlington area, except Fiddlehead (south) and 14th Star (north).

Beer Travel / Re: Anaheim CA - Disneyland Area
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:28:16 PM »
You'll just have to make a trip back...especially now since Noble just won a bunch of awards at the World Beer Cup.

Events / Re: NHC 2016 and BNA11???
« on: April 29, 2016, 06:43:57 AM »
I'm not in until Friday so I'll miss it by a lot ;)

I didn't go to NHC last year but had fun at BNA9 in Grand Rapids in the baseball park.  This one should be a great time and it seems they are limiting the number of tickets.  They probably don't want a repeat of the Philly one.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 28, 2016, 06:51:09 AM »
It may have already been mentioned, but when/how can we sign up to judge the finals in Baltimore.

There's a link on this page to sign up to judge.

It does take you to a screen to enter your information, but that's as far as I went.

I still have my original bottling bucket from the beginning over 10 years ago.  I have since re-purposed my original fermenters for equipment storage and a star san bucket.

I do have a bucket still for meads (too hard and too dangerous to degas a mead in a Better Bottle ).  And as long as there are no scratches on it, I will continue to use it.

Just noticed at Homebrew Con (gaging on the name) both Michael Fairbrother and Candace Moon will be in attendance and presenting, though not together. Could be an interesting discussion if they were to meet.

Maybe she trying to figure out a way to sue homebrewers for making clone recipes. 

Now if it's this Candace Moon...I'm in.

Beer Travel / Re: D.C. area
« on: April 25, 2016, 06:54:51 AM »
We're going in August and plan to stay in Tyson's Corner.  Quick Silver line train ride into the city and right near a Gordon Biersch and BJ's Brewery (mmm...Pizzookie!).

Events / Re: NHC 2016 and BNA11???
« on: April 22, 2016, 11:00:45 AM »
A couple weeks ago Justin said on the Session they would be doing something, but he didn't have a place yet or any details.  He did say that it would be smaller than previous years though.  People who donate to the BN will get first crack at tickets through a special email, then it will be opened up to everyone else.

Unfortunately it's going to cost Michael a lot of money to defend this.  He is selling Utopias on his website at a discount to raise funds just for the retainer. 

I've been following this pretty closely since they only 4 miles from my house.

I hope Moonlight Meadery defends this trademark without too much financial ruin.


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.  ;)

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