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Events / Re: A favor to ask of the conference staff
« on: April 26, 2015, 01:44:27 AM »
You should be able to get a compact luggage scale at any big box store.  They have a small strap that wraps the handle of your suitcase and then you pick it up and it reads the weight.  Something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EZG9X4?gclid=CMmLjM3-ksUCFZeDaQodg0oAQA

Checked it out.  Amazing. Didn't realize such a thing existed. Sometimes I'm still living in the '90's.

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Events / A favor to ask of the conference staff
« on: April 25, 2015, 02:21:13 AM »
I imagine a lot of people will be flying to San Diego. It would be a very nice touch if the conference could provide a scale to weigh our luggage at the hotel(s). I'm sure some folk on the conference committee would have access to one. While not 100 percent accurate of course, attendees packing beer in their suitcases could have an idea if they're over or under weight before finding out the hard way at the airport.

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Events / Re: Time to kill after the NHC
« on: April 16, 2015, 02:57:33 AM »
My Sunday flight out of San Diego doesn't leave until nearly 11:00 p.m. Hotel check out time is noon. Anyone have any suggestions? (I might be thirsty after the NHC) I don't want to waste an entire day sitting in the airport.
Sneak into MCRD and be a marine for a day.

I'm sure I'll be lookin' my best for the Marines after the conference.

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Events / Time to kill after the NHC
« on: April 12, 2015, 05:34:18 AM »
My Sunday flight out of San Diego doesn't leave until nearly 11:00 p.m. Hotel check out time is noon. Anyone have any suggestions? (I might be thirsty after the NHC) I don't want to waste an entire day sitting in the airport.

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Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 20, 2015, 02:22:30 AM »
Maybe one of the conference folks can chime in on this one, but it looks like there's a shuttle service from the airport to the Town and Country for only $11--a much better deal than the $40 cab ride in Grand Rapids.

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Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 02:10:56 AM »
Conference and hotel registration went smooth as silk. Nicely done, AHA. (lthough I do have to admit there was nothing like the excitement and adrenaline rush of the conference and hotel scramble for the Philly conference.)

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 06, 2015, 03:14:57 AM »
Episode 5 of the Sour Hour has a wealth of information regarding Jay Goodwin's method of sanitizing and storing barrels. I don't have a timestamp for when he gets into the barrel details, but it's well worth a listen for anyone who works with barrels:

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/sourhour.xml

Will check this out over the weekend. Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:23:09 PM »
And in a worst case scenario, a touch of Brett in a colonial style ale probably wouldn't be the end of the world.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:12:52 PM »
My assumption has always been that once you've got bugs in a barrel they're there for good.

Agreed, but the barrel wasn't used for a sour before, and it was sealed, so I don't think anything too egregious got in there. I was sorta following the advice of the folks from Jolly Pumpkin when I toured their brewery last summer. That's why I was thinking about two soaks in boiling water.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:58:30 PM »
I really didn't want any bourbon character, anyway. Since it's a "colonial" style ale, I was thinking about hitting the barrel with some rum, though.

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Equipment and Software / Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 12:20:03 PM »
My homebrew club brewed +50 gallons of Poor Richard's Ale. For authenticity, we plan to condition it in a barrel. The only barrel we could get was a bourbon barrel that we used a few years ago for a hard cider. In the intervening time, the barrel was filled with water and barrelkleen (spelling?). My plan was to drain the barrel; rinse the daylights out of it; and fill it (maybe twice) with boiling water to kill any bugs. Does this sound like a plan?

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:30:00 PM »
The motel isn't taking reservations until March 13  :(

Actually, it said "no later than," so it could be before the 13th.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:24:08 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:
http://www.ahaconference.org/news/2015-registration-update/

I figured it hadn't sold out since the AHA was pushing pre-registration right until the deadline instead of backing off.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:27:28 PM »
The conference did not sell out last year (2014). This year in San Diego, who knows?

Hopefully, everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to register.

With two days of pre-registration left, does anyone know if it looks like we're headed for a lottery?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 02:47:44 PM »
I use an Igloo cooler water bath with a heavy duty aquarium heater. Works like a charm. Last weekend, when the temps were single digits, I was fermenting at 70F in my unheated garage.

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