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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:54:45 AM »
we are in Carrie Nation country, so maybe this is just a Kansas thing, but....

*incredulous look*  "Is that LEGAL?!?" is by FAR the most common reaction I get.

My neighbor is convinced that my immersion chiller is part of a still.

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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:46:50 PM »
They didn't have my favorite comment:  Will it get you drunk?

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Events / Other Transportation at Conference?
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:02:58 AM »
I saw that there will be shuttles to take people from the outlying hotels to the De Vos Center, but will there be any shuttles to and from the airport or at least a discount from a taxi company?  As it looks, a round trip cab ride from the airport will be about $60

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Events / Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:17:32 AM »
A club member and I started working the phone and online shortly after we received the email.  I could not find one hotel with online booking, that had Tuesday availability.  My buddy did get one for us at a listed hotel by working the phone, but it's not at the conference rate :(  and it's several miles away :( :( .  Tuesday night is necessary for those of us coming in from far away, for the BJCP exam & reception.

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Gee, Monday availability is what did me in. Otherwise, I could have booked a hotel much closer.  I decided to attend one of the Tuesday events and fly in Monday.  I thought there would be no problem for a room on Monday.  If there's going to be Tuesday events in San Diego, the AHA might want to consider more rooms for Monday.

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Events / Conference Hotels
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:27:31 PM »
I thought I'd luck out to come in Monday, but by the time I could reserve a room, the closest hotel was the Riverfront, 2.6 miles away from the conference.  I suppose it could be worse.  Some of the hotels are over ten miles away.  I know there will be some shuttles running back and forth. A quick Google Map search showed no restaurants anywhere close.

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Events / Re: CYA in Grand Rapids.
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:50:52 AM »
I've registered and made my hotel reservations.

Hotel?  I haven't gotten that email yet.  I'm sure it will be here soon. 
I'm thinking he has the inside track, being on the GC and everything.

Probably a suite with a Jacuzzi.

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Events / Re: CYA in Grand Rapids.
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:05:50 PM »
I'm guessing you didn't register together (i.e. as your guest)?

Still waiting on my email.
Customer service # for altitude tickets is 866-461-6556 if you still haven't herd from them.
I am registered and have not heard. I am not going to panic. Weren't the e-mails to go out over a few days? Edit - it said you will be notified by no later than March 4, which is tomorrow.

I admire you.  Panicking is one of my skills.

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Events / Re: CYA in Grand Rapids.
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:20:46 PM »
I'm guessing you didn't register together (i.e. as your guest)?

Still waiting on my email.
Customer service # for altitude tickets is 866-461-6556 if you still haven't herd from them.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:00:12 PM »
Just got my email from Altitude - Conference is bought and paid for. Now the wait for the hotel email.  :-\

Same here.  I was sweating bullets with the timer running, even though I had 20 minutes.  Need a beer!

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Ingredients / Re: Looking for a way to get the most out of pumpkin
« on: February 28, 2014, 02:49:16 PM »
Hi all. I want to brew a pumpkin ale but I'm looking for a way to get the most out of the process. I've read that just boiling the pumpkin can introduce unconverted starches into the beer which isn't good. I got an idea from Sam Calagione's extreme book where he steeps the pumpkin with some spec grains and 6 row. My idea is to steep or pre-boil just the pumpkin then use the boil water as my strike water for the mash and add the pumpkin to the mash as well. I'm also considering oven roasting the pumpkin a bit before boiling. Anyone have any ideas or tips?

Thanks!

I boil pumpkin all the time.  The beer is crystal clear.  Combined with my spicing regime, I've yet to find anything even close to the quality. There is a catch.  Don't use jack o' lantern pumpkins.  I use neck pumpkins.  Slice them into manageable pieces, top with brown sugar, and roast for about two hours (until soft) at 350F.  Be sure to remove the skin and slice the pumpkin into cubes.  To eliminate the mess, put the pumpkin into a fine mesh bag, as you would with fruit, and boil.  You won't regret it.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:20:54 AM »
With a few days left for conference registration, can the AHA tip its hand yet and say whether a lottery is inevitable or not.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:30:32 PM »
Yeah I was left with some egg on my face after the Philly meal... Kept telling my friends how great it would be... then that overcooked pretzel thing came out...

My wife and I are pretty discerning diners.  We didn't think our "pretzel thingy" was over cooked.  I did, however, have low expectations.  I thought the banquet at my last conference (Minneapolis) was mediocre at best.

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Equipment and Software / Re: single tier vs. two tier brew structure
« on: January 21, 2014, 03:24:57 PM »
I know.  It's one of the great questions facing mankind.  Right now I have a 2-tier.  The HLT is gravity fed.  The pump does double duty as a vorlauf for the mash tun and to pump to wort to the BK.  I'm going to switch to a single tier this year, pooling my Lowes and Home Depot gift cards to buy Super Strut to build it.  I'm short, so it's much easier to have everything at one (low) level.  There were some good brew stand tutorials on YouTube that I'm using as a guide.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:32:00 AM »

Perhaps a pub crawl could be arranged for Thursday evening after the Toast/Reception.  I know the idea was floated for Philly last year.

A pub crawl with hundreds of your closest friends

My closest, bestest, newest friends...

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:24:55 PM »
A few words
The 2014 NHC will be held in the DeVos center in Grand Rapids.  We have the entire center as I currently understand it so we have a lot of space. 

The Lottery.  A lot of thought went into this for the competition and the conference.  I believe you will see all Brewers Association events moving this way.  Why?  First and foremost, most ticket agencies can handle 10,000 requests in an hour, in the first 30 seconds --- No.  There will be no advantage to entering your request in the first hour.  Take your time, but also don't enter your request in the last half hour.  IMHO it is unfair to favor members that can be entering data into 10+ computers and hitting them as often and as quick as you can.    My hope is that we will not have to actually enter the "lottery" phase of buying tickets for the NHC.  Good luck to all.  You can blame me as a member of the Governing committee for this.  After a lot of discussion and input from AHA members this is the direction we decided to take to be fair to all.  As usual we will evaluate how well this worked and evaluate changes (if needed) for future events.

New this year is that all guests MUST be AHA members.  This can be a household membership which is (I believe) currently $22.  My wife wants to come so I have purchased this membership for her.

Last year, despite all the early problems, everyone that had expressed an interest in attending was given the opportunity.  The AHA refused no one to the current largest conference to date, Philly.  Offering more admissions, it is our hope that everyone that applies can attend. 

Pro-Brewers.  The welcome reception you all know about.  We are trying to spread the Pro's out throughout the conference and details are not finalized.

Thursday night on-the-town.  We have our Local Committee Staff working on that to ensure you can enjoy Beer City's hospitality.

Pre-Events:  We have some awesome tours in the process of being scheduled.  Bell's, Founders, plus many others.  Oh, and does anyone out there like sour beers? . . . . . . . .

Sour beers? This place is a two hour drive according to Google. Nice pictures.
http://photos.mlive.com/8002564/gallery/photo_gallery_-_brewing_at_jol/index.html#/0

Did I say only stop. . . . . . . .

Seriously, we are working on some awesome pre-event tours,  Come early and enjoy them. 



Grand Rapids,  Beer City USA 2 years in a row.
You will enjoy this one.

Perhaps a pub crawl could be arranged for Thursday evening after the Toast/Reception.  I know the idea was floated for Philly last year.

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