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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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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Thomas Hardy Ale
« on: February 02, 2015, 03:29:24 AM »
Unfortunately, the Thomas Hardy Ale after about 2000 wasn't made by the same brewery. It's not the same. I have several bottles of 2004 and recently tried one. Way past it's prime, with notes of soy sauce. I probably need to pour it down the drain, but I can't bring myself to do it.

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Makes perfect sense to me. A slight buzz is relaxing, loosening inhibitions, thus freeing creative thought. It's just another take on Hemingway's famous "write drunk; edit sober" quote.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Category 8 NHC Winner was out of style
« on: August 30, 2014, 03:47:38 AM »
I thought the rule of thumb is that judges (usually) like the beer better if it's brewed at the higher end of the style's range.

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The Pub / Re: Free Sam Adams stein
« on: August 25, 2014, 12:47:16 PM »
Ok, call me paranoid but I was about to do this but didn't feel comfortable giving all my info, especially birthdate to a marketing company.  I'm sure it's legit but I get enough crap calls on my phone and have to block them already.

Besides, .5L?  Go big or go home :)

Think positively.  The marketing company probably already know everything about you.

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