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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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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:16:00 PM »
I have looked at a couple of the BNA NHC threads over there.

This one has to be corrected next to last [post.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31664&start=32
The guy who said Disco Demolition was at Tiger Stadium has that all wrong. It was at Comisky Park in Chicago with a local DJ, Steve Dahl, as the master of cerimonies.

I didn't want to say anything about that to be polite.  I think it was between games of a double header with Cleveland.  The fans stormed the field and game two was a forfeit for Cleveland.
I never heard of it, but here is what the wikipedia page says:
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Disco Demolition Night was an ill-fated baseball promotion that took place on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. At the climax of the event, a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field between games of the twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. Many of those in attendance had come to see the explosion rather than the games and rushed onto the field after the detonation. The playing field was damaged both by the explosion and by the rowdy fans to the point where the White Sox were required to forfeit the second game of the doubleheader to the Tigers.

Hey...I was close.  I also seem to remember beer being discounted (to ensure a sellout) so that it was almost free.  It retrospect, it probably wasn't a good idea.  The cheap beer fueled the rowdy fan behavior.  I think this was the brainchild of Bill Veeck.  He was famous for publicity stunts, like signing a midget and sending him to bat in a game.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:15:37 AM »
So is the consensus to attend or forgo?  This is my first NHC and am looking to take advantage of all that is offered, but if the general sentiment is save $50 and do something else then I don't have a problem doing so.

Cheers and looking forward to next month!

I'm going, and think the outdoor venue will solve a lot of the problem.  However, this is the last chance for the BNA.

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:12:36 AM »
I have looked at a couple of the BNA NHC threads over there.

This one has to be corrected next to last [post.

http://thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31664&start=32
The guy who said Disco Demolition was at Tiger Stadium has that all wrong. It was at Comisky Park in Chicago with a local DJ, Steve Dahl, as the master of cerimonies.

I didn't want to say anything about that to be polite.  I think it was between games of a double header with Cleveland.  The fans stormed the field and game two was a forfeit for Cleveland.

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Events / Re: Recommend a taxi service for at the NHC
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:44:56 AM »
It has been 10 years since I used to grab a cap from work to the airport (I used to work in Grand Rapids) and we always used Metro Cab.   They were ontime the couple times I used them.

I can't rate them compared to the others, but I always got where I needed ontime, and they were always waiting for me at the airport when my flight arrived.

Greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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