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Events / Re: NHC Carpool/Cab Share?
« on: May 21, 2015, 03:12:32 AM »
The Liberty Station location is the one I was looking at.
Great place.  It's also where the experimental stuff is done, so there's usually a pretty good chance of several test or experimental brews being on tap at the garden bar.

Looks like it's going to take all my willpower to sample only a few before I hit the afternoon seminars.

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Events / Re: NHC Carpool/Cab Share?
« on: May 20, 2015, 06:38:49 AM »
I live in the sticks, where there's virtually no public transportation. So the Uber concept is mind blowing. I do need to get around in SD (Stone Bistro). Has everyone had a positive experience with Uber?
There are also other Stone locations around San Diego, on taproom near Petco Park. The Liberty Station one is also a Stone Bistro, and would be closer if time and money are a consideration, as it is near the airport.
http://www.stonelibertystation.com/
The Liberty Station location is the one I was looking at.

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Events / Re: NHC Carpool/Cab Share?
« on: May 20, 2015, 05:24:25 AM »
I live in the sticks, where there's virtually no public transportation. So the Uber concept is mind blowing. I do need to get around in SD (Stone Bistro). Has everyone had a positive experience with Uber?

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 01:08:03 PM »

Problem is - the law that got passed explicitly forbade organizations mostly made up of homebrewers or for the promotion of homebrewing from taking advantage of the new law. It was, in effect, to prevent someone from setting up a non-profit like "Drew's Cure for His Wallet" and then selling my homebrew via the law as a loophole to avoid all the commercial controls on brewing.

The "Drew's Cure for His Wallet" charity isn't any more ludicrous that the Patriot fans's GoFundMe campaign to pay off the team's Deflate-Gate fine.

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 10:47:39 AM »
Just curious, the conference was in San Diego a few years ago (was unable to make that one). Have the CA beer laws changed since then to cause this sticky commercial/homebrew situation? I will be at this year's conference and forum meet-up, BTW. I hope some sort of compromise can be worked out.

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 12, 2015, 11:27:15 AM »
There are 50 states, 50 sets of alcohol laws. The AHA needs to make the rules clear to the Conference attendees so it is understood upfront.

The banquet will have beers on the table from Sam Adams (if sponsoring again this year), so that will be a commercial beer venue.

Even though there are 50 states, I'm willing to bet there are at least 55-60 sets of alcohol laws.

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Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 12, 2015, 11:25:50 AM »
We'll be in the San Diego room.  That means that we will be able to share homebrew but not commercial beer.  Due to CA laws, the AHA needs to maintain a strict separation.
I'm fine with that for the forum meetup, but really confused as to how that's going to work for seminars and the banquet.

I believe the seminars are on lunch break at that time.

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Events / Re: A favor to ask of the conference staff
« on: May 01, 2015, 01:27:55 PM »
Check the gym in your hotel. There is a good chance it has a scale.

Can you tell that I don't visit many hotel gyms?

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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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