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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 20, 2014, 02:02:19 AM »
Anyone else get a really sore throat after the conference followed by sickness?  Seems several people I know did... Someone was the Outbreak monkey this weekend.

I was fine.  I did talk to you for several minutes during Club Night.  I was more concerned about the crowds at the airport.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:14:48 PM »

Dislike = The $40 cab ride from the airport to JW Marriott.



I wasn't keen on dropping a Benjamin for cab fares for the week.  I tried my best to suck it up and be a man with no whining.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:20:01 PM »
A few people liked the early morning running tours of GR. I am not a runner, I just heard about it.

Did anyone take the bus tours to breweries? I didn't have time for those. Interested if they were good.

Austin would be fun, but it only has the one commuter train, and I have never used the bus system there. I stay away from 6th street, as I am way too old for those shenanigans.

I took the 131 tour on Tuesday and the Premier tour on Wednesday.  They were enjoyable.  I was worried since food and beer weren't included (we did get some free tastings), but it wasn't too expensive since we only stayed at each place long enough for a few beers.  Good times.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Victory Dirt Wolf IIPA
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:59:18 PM »
Dirt Wolf is one of my favorites.  It's nice to be close to the source.

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Ingredients / Re: question about dry hop time frame.
« on: May 28, 2014, 01:58:34 AM »
At last year's NHC, Mitch Steele from Stone brewing gave a seminar and talked about dry hopping, among other things.  He says Stone dry hops for 7 days.  That's worked well for me.  Other breweries (Russian River?) say only a few (2-3) days are needed. Like Denny says, I've also found that hops in refrigerated kegs can stay there with no problem.

I also concur about Bell's Two Hearted.  It's 100% Centennial.

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To the best of my knowledge, there isn't one--unless the Amway has it's own shuttle service.  See the thread under the "Events" section of the forum.  They recommend partnering up with someone to and from to split the $35 cab fare.

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Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 23, 2014, 09:04:12 PM »
Can't thank everyone enough for all the info! :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Heady Topper
« on: May 23, 2014, 07:32:27 PM »
I seem to recall that BYO had a Heady clone several months ago.

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Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 22, 2014, 03:02:24 PM »
Sorry, I have been to Bruges but do not remember anything, The beer is way too good. ;D

What kind of recommendation are you looking for? Breweries? Bars? restaurants? hotels?

It is an adult Disney Land, you will not have any problems finding something to do even if you have no predetermined plans. No shortage of beer or bars or food.

Watch the movie "In Bruges" with Colin Farrell.  It is a dark movie but it really shows you the scenery.

Here is a good resource for breweries:

http://www.belgium-mapped-out.com/breweries.html

I went with the family so did not get to visit any breweries, but will next time.

Hotel suggestions would be great.  Love the movie "In Bruges," BTW.

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Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 22, 2014, 02:39:14 PM »
"Around Brussels/Brugge in 80 Beers" - I bought the Brussels version before our trip and its perfect for traveling without a tour group.

My personal fav's:

 - Cantillon: spend a whole afternoon in the cafe, drinking bottles you can't buy and eating Gueuze sausage.
 - Delirium Cafe upstairs: FRESH Dupont on tap is an eye-opening experience.

 - Moeder Lambic: Belgian craft beer bar. Ridiculous stuff on draft (4 Cantillon casks when I was there)

 - A La Becasse: clay pitchers of slightly-sweetened lambic from cask

 - A la Mort Subite: we stumbled across this one on a walk. Beautiful building. Mort Subite brands are mostly the faux/sweetened lambic, but their Gueuze is legit.

 - Bia Mara: Fantastic fish n' chips, De La Senne beers

There's also a bottle shop near Grand Place (Beer Temple?) so you can stuff your suitcase if you have room after all the Loons.

There were some lambic breweries on the outskirts of town (3F, Boon), but we didn't venture outside the city. Most Belgian breweries aren't set up for walk-up business: tours are for large groups, scheduled way in advance. Cantillon is an exception, and its in the heart of Brussels.

This is exactly what I was looking for!

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Beer Travel / Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: May 22, 2014, 01:07:48 PM »
My wife and I are planning a trip to Belgium this fall.  We've only gone to one travel agent so far,  and she was clueless.  Anyone have any recommendations for traveling to Brussels and Bruges, or know where we can find some pertinent info?

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Events / Re: Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:01:27 PM »
I think we've hit on the solution - Fred and Crispy should serve as shuttle drivers for all conference attendees arriving at the airport.

For the record, I'd give them a generous tip.  Actually, someone with a decent-sized mini van could make a killing shuttling folks to and from the airport.

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Events / Re: Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 20, 2014, 06:30:24 AM »
I have this posted on another thread as well:

Guess I have nothing to lose.  I'm staying at the Riverfront and arriving on Monday at 11:00 a.m.  I'll be departing for the airport on Sunday, anywhere around 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. will work.  From another thread, Metro Cab looks good (although I'm open to other suggestions).  Message me if you're interested in sharing a cab ride.





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Events / Re: Other Transportation at Conference?
« on: May 20, 2014, 02:30:10 AM »
Guess I have nothing to lose.  I'm staying at the Riverfront and arriving on Monday at 11:00 a.m.  I'll be departing for the airport on Sunday, anywhere around 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. will work.  From another thread, Metro Cab looks good (although I'm open to other suggestions).  Message me if you're interested in sharing a cab ride.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Am I being to anal?
« on: May 18, 2014, 02:59:18 PM »
I think you are probably being a little too anal.  The addition of a little starsan is no problem, and the amount of oxygen that may be pulled in is negligible when compared to the amount introduced when racking to a bottling bucket or keg (assuming they are not purged).

It is honestly something that I have never considered in the past and would not worry too much about it, but that is me.

I agree with all of this.  In addition, by the time you;re ready to crash it, there's no need to use an airlock.  Use a stopper like Dan suggested, or do what I do...rubber band some foil or plastic wrap over the top.

You always have the high-tech solution.

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