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Events / Re: Stupid 2016 NHC Question?
« on: June 08, 2016, 10:53:53 AM »
I would suspect so, since they usually give you a bag to put all the swag into.  I've seen them at other conferences.

Events / Re: 2017 NHC Date and Location.
« on: June 08, 2016, 08:46:23 AM »

372 days and counting.  (1 more day until Baltimore!) :)

Events / Re: Post-HomebrewCon Disc Golf and Beer Event
« on: June 06, 2016, 10:05:14 AM »
Being an avid disc golfer, I can tell you all that you'd have a great time here.  On top of great beer, a beautiful park, and some disc golf fun, you'll get to network with other homebrewer / disc golfers.  Then maybe you can make it an annual tradition of playing some disc golf at the annual Homebrew Con meetings like I do. 


The one in Grand Rapids was the best I've ever played.  Of course it was the only one I've ever played.  It was a blast though.

Events / Re: AHA NHC app
« on: June 01, 2016, 01:27:38 PM »
Is it still being updated?  For example, the NHC website schedule shows the AHA Forum meetup at 12:45 - 1:45pm, but the app shows it from 11:15am - 12:15pm.

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: May 31, 2016, 08:06:53 AM »
Since it's in the social club area, can we bring our own stuff in or does is it limited to stuff that went through beer services?

I'm want to bring a brown ale from my local brewery that has won several medals for Drew since he's trying to resurrect the style.

DREW'S trying to resurrect the style?  Hell, my Noti Brown Ale (in the recipe wiki) was the first beer I ever won an award for, I brew it often and promote the style heavily.  He's a johnny come lately!  ;)

Well...from a commercial standpoint at least.  I'll bring some for you too Denny.

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: May 31, 2016, 06:00:02 AM »
Since it's in the social club area, can we bring our own stuff in or does is it limited to stuff that went through beer services?

I'm want to bring a brown ale from my local brewery that has won several medals for Drew since he's trying to resurrect the style. 

Other Fermentables / Re: First Hard Apple Cider - Any Tips?
« on: May 26, 2016, 05:30:20 AM »
So I'm too lazy to look back through 1 page of posts, but Drew Beechum has a nice book on making hard cider

Also, if you are an AHA member you have access to the past NHC seminars.  Gary Awdey did an excellent talk in Grand Rapids on Post-Fermentation Cider Adjustments.  Go to the 2014 seminars at this link

I've used both as a resource and have done well in competitions with ciders.  Not to mention having really great tasting cider available to me whenever I'm in the mood (i.e. all the time).

About 3/4 the way through right now...good stuff.  Even though we all know Denny is not a fan of the NEIPA style (yet :) ), it's nice to hear him keep an open mind.  My biggest gripe about people looking down on them are the ones who say the brewers are putting out a flawed product and not caring about quality.  While this may be true in some cases, for the breweries I frequent in New England, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Also, you guys missed a couple "bleeps" when talking to John Hall.  No big deal for me, but you seemed to be trying to bleep out all the other stuff...except

Events / Re: NHC 2016 and BNA11???
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:30:04 AM »
BNA11 is now available on the Conference Week Events (ConWeek Events?) link and lists transportation and 6:00 start time. Any info about the buses running continuously or just out and back once?

I think in the past they've always had them running back and forth.  It looks like it's only about 3 miles to the venue, so it would definitely be doable to run do it that way.  Probably a cheap Uber ride to if not.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 06:20:36 AM »
Is it always the same weekend? My predicament is having to choose vacation for the next year in october.
It has always been in June (unless you go way back) but not the same weekend.

We can keep our eye out for the 2017 information that will be published at the conference. Keep you eye out on the 8th or 9th. Someone will post it on the forum.

Philly was great...due to a scheduling conflict it was held later in the month.  The I tacked on a few extra vacation days and it took me all the way through July 4th.  I think the teachers appreciated it being later too. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: NE IPA reviews
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:33:39 AM »
Nice write-up.  As far as your being underwhelmed by Heady Topper (I honestly can't recall what I thought when I had it, so probably underwhelmed) I have to say I had the same experience with Pliny.  I just don't think any beer can live up to the hype that some of these beers get.  Soon, I'll find out if Dark Lord can live up to it.  A buddy and I split a 6 bottle vertical series at an auction. My guess: it will be good beer, but not worth the money or the hype.  But it will certainly be enjoyable to check it out.

As far as the haze, if that's what people like and they'll buy it, I say cheers to them.  I don't like fruit beers, but those seem to sell pretty well, too.

Heady when it first came out was fantastic.  The good old days when you could drive to the brewery and pick up a case on a Sunday afternoon. 

It has changed over the years, or maybe it's me, but I don't find it as good as I once did.  And now you have to follow the delivery truck around and wait in line at the store most of the time (at least until the new brewery opens).

The Bissell Brothers beers are all great and look like OJ.  They are moving into their new brewery and increasing capacity so they're doing something right.

Pioneer Brewing is getting a lot of flack for their Trailblazer DIPA.  I haven't had it but the pictures being shown look like every one came from the last pull on the keg.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:25:54 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:40:31 PM »
There was an issue in Grand Rapids when people saw what was served, they started to take the vegetarian dish even though they didn't order it.  Someone at our table had to wait until they ran back to the hotel kitchen and brought her food.

I know you sign up for the banquet months in advance, but it would sure be nice to know what their serving before you have to commit.

In the 4 years I've been, Philly was the only one I felt was substandard.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 17, 2016, 05:22:04 AM »
and there's always one absolute a-hole at your table.
But I wasn't sitting at your table :)

I didn't make the conference last year, but the past couple I thought the food at the banquet was pretty good.  Seattle was excellent (Salmon) and I don't like a lot of fish.  I haven't heard what's on the menu for this year but I'll be at the banquet.  I also have 4 entries in the finals and I'm friends with one of the co-chairs so I wouldn't miss it.

As for waiting in line, we had a blast in Grand Rapids.  People were passing beer around in the line and the time flew by.

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.

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