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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 24, 2015, 10:39:33 AM »
Has there been any word about the host hotel in Baltimore? I'm assuming its in the inner harbor.

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Equipment and Software / Re: FWH in BeerSmith
« on: June 20, 2015, 02:37:34 AM »
Love FWH! Most seem to think the IBUs can be approximated by plugging in a 20 minute boil value. Hot side aeration is a brewer's myth, BTW.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 08:34:21 PM »
2 Gold x 6 Points, 1 Silver x 4 Points, 2 Bronze x 2 Points = 20 Final Round Points
Magic Algebra = 65 Total Entries

Now how can that not be the "NHC Champion Club" or whatever we're going to call it? Most final round points, tiebreaker is final round points per entry, and from there you go to the pie-eating contest or whatever it is they do for Ninkasi now.
Texas death cage match.

At this point, it's probably the only fair way to resolve it. The PPV $ could probably finance the next conference.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:13:27 AM »
What's in Tampa other than Cigar City and that chain restaurant bar?  ;)
There are 3 CCB related properties (the brewery, brewpub, and cider and meadery), Tampa Bay Brewing, Coppertail, Dunedin, Rapp, 7venth Sun, Cycle, St. Somewhere, and Green Bench, just off the top of my head.  ;)

On a scale of 1-10, how serious is the humidity in Tampa in June?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:08:13 AM »
It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.

No matter when the NHC is held, someone is going to be inconvenienced.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 16, 2015, 02:41:54 AM »
I love The BN and believe they have contributed an insurmountable amount of information to the homebrewing community. Being my first NHC, I was under the impression the booing when they won (which we all expected) was for fun. I'm not sure what I really think about the fact they continue to win CotY, but I'm compelled to encourage the formation of perhaps a collaborative new (and huge) club that's focused solely on winning this award. It may take some time, but I don't think it's impossible, and my guess is even The BN would view it as a fun thing.

Ultimately, "we" are who makeup the BN Army (I am a member), we are this community. The fact they are now expected to win based purely on their numbers absolutely waters down the award. Hmm.
The Austin Club killed it in the second round, but BN had the most first round points, which put them over.

I didn't boo. They won under the rules that are posted. Could the rules be changed? Yes.

Good points by Steve.

I agree. Yeah, it's not fair that the BN won COTY, but those are the rules. I'm sure the AHA didn't foresee such a situation when they originally drafted the award criteria. It is what it is. That said, the rules need to be changed.

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 03:40:32 PM »
Great conference overall. Just some notes: My room was small and shabby, tho. The flight home was brutal. It took me about 30 hours to get home, but I knew what I was getting into. The NHC App was excellent, BTW. It was nice to have some public transportation, unlike Grand Rapids. Uber rocked. I wish there could have been a tour to Stone Liberty Garden (went there via Uber). The outdoor setting for the Welcome and Reception and Club Night was a good idea. It was crowded, but the noise was tolerable. I fear it will be too humid in Baltimore for an outdoor setting.

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Events / Re: Craft beer and brewing party Thursday night at NHC.
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:45:22 PM »
Yep, will stop by for at least a bit.  Information about it is proving hard to come by - it's not publicized anywhere that I can find.

I will be there. I got the invite in a subscriber email.

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 08:50:22 AM »
From what I understand, the location will more than likely be on the East Coast.

That is not what I've heard.

Well...what have you heard, Denny? Just sayin... You can't leave us hanging like that.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 06, 2015, 02:35:18 AM »
Isn't there a mall across the road with a bunch of restaurants?  Or was that some other NHC?
Yes, the food court in the mall was "adequate".

We are going to check out Old Town.

Where, exactly, is Old Town?
Trolley stop 2 to the west of Fashion Valley.

It appears that the trolley stops by the T&C about every 15 minutes.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 05, 2015, 01:54:20 PM »
Isn't there a mall across the road with a bunch of restaurants?  Or was that some other NHC?
Yes, the food court in the mall was "adequate".

We are going to check out Old Town.

Where, exactly, is Old Town?

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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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