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Events / Recommend a taxi service for at the NHC
« on: May 11, 2014, 01:10:40 PM »
Can any of the GR locals recommend a taxi service for the NHC.  I'll be needing one to get to and from the airport as well as my first few days until the shuttles are running.  I've looked at several taxi companies online and, of course, the reviews are all over the place.  Thanks in advance.

Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 11, 2014, 12:22:51 PM »
I've been to the BNA in Minneapolis and Philly.  In Minneapolis, it was loud and hot--but tolerable, you could move around somewhat and help yourself to beer.  The beer at Philly was great, but otherwise it was awful.  I wanted to leave after ten minutes.  Impossible to move, had to scream at the top of my lungs to be heard, and it was ungodly hot.  I was embarrassed that I sold my six friends on the idea to come.  As, for the music, I've seen bands like Pantera and Megadeth.  I don't mind loud music.  But when I want to drink beer, I want to drink and enjoy good conversation with friends.   The band was a major distraction.   (The guy singing acoustic was OK, tho.)  The bottom line is that I swore I was done with the BNA's. However, I think Justin may have hit a home run with the Fifth Third Ballpark.  That said, this is the last chance for the BNA.

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:05:49 PM »
I laughed out loud when he talked about "premium light beer."  Is that like Perrier?

Hop Growing / Re: What eats Hops?
« on: April 28, 2014, 02:42:42 AM »
The only animal I've seen eating my hops is Japanese Beetles. For the most part, I think most animals leave hops alone because of the bitterness.

For some reason Japanese Beetles once devoured my East Kent Goldings, but left the Chinook alone.  The plants were side by side.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?


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.

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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