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Equipment and Software / Sanitizing a barrel
« on: March 04, 2015, 07:20:03 PM »
My homebrew club brewed +50 gallons of Poor Richard's Ale. For authenticity, we plan to condition it in a barrel. The only barrel we could get was a bourbon barrel that we used a few years ago for a hard cider. In the intervening time, the barrel was filled with water and barrelkleen (spelling?). My plan was to drain the barrel; rinse the daylights out of it; and fill it (maybe twice) with boiling water to kill any bugs. Does this sound like a plan?

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 09:30:00 PM »
The motel isn't taking reservations until March 13  :(

Actually, it said "no later than," so it could be before the 13th.

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 09:24:08 PM »
Just saw this.  Apparently everybody who already registered is in and ticket purchase links should be going out by tomorrow:

I figured it hadn't sold out since the AHA was pushing pre-registration right until the deadline instead of backing off.

Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:27:28 PM »
The conference did not sell out last year (2014). This year in San Diego, who knows?

Hopefully, everyone who signs up will get an opportunity to register.

With two days of pre-registration left, does anyone know if it looks like we're headed for a lottery?

Equipment and Software / Re: Aquarium Heaters for Temp Control
« on: February 18, 2015, 09:47:44 PM »
I use an Igloo cooler water bath with a heavy duty aquarium heater. Works like a charm. Last weekend, when the temps were single digits, I was fermenting at 70F in my unheated garage.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Thomas Hardy Ale
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:29:24 AM »
Unfortunately, the Thomas Hardy Ale after about 2000 wasn't made by the same brewery. It's not the same. I have several bottles of 2004 and recently tried one. Way past it's prime, with notes of soy sauce. I probably need to pour it down the drain, but I can't bring myself to do it.

Makes perfect sense to me. A slight buzz is relaxing, loosening inhibitions, thus freeing creative thought. It's just another take on Hemingway's famous "write drunk; edit sober" quote.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Category 8 NHC Winner was out of style
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:47:38 AM »
I thought the rule of thumb is that judges (usually) like the beer better if it's brewed at the higher end of the style's range.

The Pub / Re: Free Sam Adams stein
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:47:16 PM »
Ok, call me paranoid but I was about to do this but didn't feel comfortable giving all my info, especially birthdate to a marketing company.  I'm sure it's legit but I get enough crap calls on my phone and have to block them already.

Besides, .5L?  Go big or go home :)

Think positively.  The marketing company probably already know everything about you.

Equipment and Software / Re: Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:27:28 PM »
I've used several electric drills with my MM3... They all worked ok but speed was a bit of an issue (as in they went too fast).  I finally ended up getting a DEWALT DWD210G 10-Amp drill.  It has much lower RPMs and much higher torque than my other drills.  I am able to control the speed and go nice and steady when crushing my grains now.  I get a much much better crush with this drill vs the other ones I was using.

You get over that hand cranking "organic connection" with the grain real quick after you hand mill a barley wine.  I spent the extra money and got a high torque drill, too.  It hardly breaks a sweat, very consistent crush,  It's one of the smartest purchases I've made.  (If you're married, tell your wife you need the drill for projects around the house.)

Going Pro / Re: Do you suppose I'd get sued...
« on: June 23, 2014, 08:31:40 PM »
if I opened a brewery and called it Fullers of Davis?

How about is I specialized in British style ales?

What if my flagship beers were 'Davis Pride' and Fullers ESB? (is that last one just pushing it too far?)

I theoretically have every right to the name Fullers as it IS my last name.

Not that I'm actually considering it but it's thought that has wandered across my mind from time to time.

Since they're both beers, you'd probably be SOL.  At one of this year's NHC seminars, a lawyer said, for example, there's no problem with Delta faucets and Delta airlines because they're a different product, so no confusion.  Even though it's your name, it doesn't matter--same is if someone else bought the .com domain rights to your name.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:08:35 AM »
Wouldn't the religious non-pork eater also likely be a religious non-drinker and therefore not at the event to complain about the food?  Just sayin'.
For the money, I suppose there should be alternatives but at what point do you cut off the accommodations? How many choices should there be? There's quite a few allergies out there,  if you create a single meal to avoid everything,  you get pretty close to nothing.

With all the dietary restrictions and individual tastes, it's an impossible task to accommodate everyone at such a big banquet.  People are going to have to accept that.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 20, 2014, 09:02:19 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.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 18, 2014, 03:14:48 AM »

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.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:20:01 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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