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Bell's founder Larry Bell would not discuss the issue. "This is a federal case and we will let it play out in federal court," he said. "We are not going to play it out in social media or a newspaper."

Of course he won't because he would be crucified! 

From Club Night in Grand Rapids:

Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 06:06:35 AM »
Depends on style. Haze in most lagers is not good. Haze in an IPA will probably be forgiven, even expected to an extent. Haze in witbier is mandatory.  BUT!! Appearance is only worth 3 points out of 50 and includes color, clarity, and head quality (color, texture, volume). If I were the judge and haze was the only appearance problem, I'd deduct 1 point at most. In ales, I tend to forgive light haze pretty quickly if other aspects are right on.
Short story - if your 38 beer is brought down to a 37 by haze, that probably doesn't hurt its chances of winning much.
I've never judged or even attended a competition, but do you think things like haze affect the later elements of judging?  Will a judge be influenced into thinking there is something wrong because there is a haze issue?

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: March 09, 2015, 05:32:20 AM »
I hope the Welcome Reception is better than last year...but that may have had something to do with Michigan laws.  The beer was poured by convention staff that knew nothing about the beer and a lot of the brewers and brewery staff were absent.

Thankfully the BN did their party that night so it was a good night.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:45:17 AM »
did they give you the zymatic or do you have to return it?

It's a long term loaner.
Maybe if everyone who orders one puts "Denny" in the comments, they will let you keep it. :)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:00:35 PM »
Mine were just delivered today.  Now begins the painful process of waiting for over a month before they are judged.  I see Austin is judging next expect to see all the rants about "why can't the results be released as soon as they are available?".

Nothing I have submitted will benefit from rebrewing (just the opposite actually) so I can's just painful. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 12:32:14 PM »
So how long do I boil the yeast?

That's a good question. I haven't been able to find the answer yet. I will keep looking.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:41:21 AM »
My biggest pet peeve is "this has been asked the forum before asking the same question again"  While it is good advice, sometimes the search functions don't provide the results you are looking for.

And it truly hate the "LMGTFY" posts...You go to all the effort to type the search into this website, then post the link on a forum to basically call people lazy.

Bottom line:  Rule #1 of the Brewer's Code - Don't be a dick!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:35:15 AM »
...and we are all humans.
That's assuming a lot :)

I know of 2 different boards that I don't frequent anymore for the same reasons stated above.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:04:47 AM »
In this package each bottle is wrapped in bubble wrap and then the box is over stuffed with extra bubble wrap. It should sustain a drop of fifty feet this time.
I love the electronics bubble wrap (pink stuff) you can get at Home Depot.  It tears off in 12" strips which is perfect for wrapping a bottle.  Then they all get put into a plastic bag and put into a bubble wrap lined box, with more bubble wrap, newspaper, etc. (no Styrofoam peanuts).  I actually have to hold down the lid as I'm taping it.  Nothing inside moves.

Good luck with this shipment and in the first round!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh!
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:03:45 AM »
Mine went out yesterday and is due to arrive in Philly by the end of day tomorrow.  I've only had one breakage in shipping beer to comps, and an email was sent to me a week after it arrived at it's destination, i.e. someone knocked it off the counter or something.

I'd be careful with the UPS insurance.  If you have to file a claim, they will probably deny it since shipping alcohol privately is against their policy.  I'm sure they know what's going on when a ton of boxes get sent to a homebrew shop or brewery, but it would be their out on the claim.

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:47:14 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:

That's Great!

@ Amanda - That is a great idea but this being my first NHC, I don't feel I have enough info to suggest a when.  Anyone?

We had set it up one day between the morning and afternoon sessions last year and found a room to use.  It worked well since we had time for a meet up and still could get lunch before the afternoon sessions started. 

It would be cool to see this continue each year as tradition...maybe something formal can be done and put in the program....with beer of course.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:03:39 PM »
What do you do when it becomes self-aware?

Just what do you think you're doing, Denny? (in a creepy Drew voice)

The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:04:11 AM »
Star Wars?  Never heard of it.  ;)

I dressed up as Luke Skywalker at a Halloween party in college once.  Got pretty wasted too but thankfully no so wasted that I tried doing backflips off the roof and anything stupid like that.  I do think I cross over to the dark side a little bit and tried to force choke a couple people though.  ;D

The Pub / Re: Nerd Alert! Star Wars Action Figures
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:58:28 PM »
Wish I would have thought of this 30 some years ago.

Every year I buy a complete MLB card set for my son.  I bought one the year he was born and every year since.  They are all unwrapped.  He doesn't quite get the value now, but maybe in 30 years he will be able to buy a house or boat when he sells them.

Equipment and Software / Re: The Zymatic has landed!
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:38:10 PM »
Ok...silly question #2.  What is the steam output on this thing?  Is it pretty much self-contained?

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