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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 05, 2015, 02:43:36 PM »
Isn't there a mall across the road with a bunch of restaurants?  Or was that some other NHC?
Yes, the food court in the mall was "adequate".

We are going to check out Old Town.

Where, exactly, is Old Town?

Looks like it is just west of the conference.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green Beers
« on: June 05, 2015, 09:54:21 AM »
The aging of traditional Brit IPAs was not to gain some benefit, it was the nature of transportation by ship.

True to some degree...but the fact is that in those days, many ales and most porters were intentionally and routinely long aged to benefit flavor, even for domestic use.

I'm curious enough about this to ask for your source.

Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 05, 2015, 04:43:42 AM »
I don't have an answer for you, but I am also curious.

The Pub / Re: AHA Forum App?
« on: June 04, 2015, 01:02:19 PM »
No issues here either.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flow Control Faucets
« on: June 04, 2015, 06:14:36 AM »
2 of my 5 taps are the Perlick 650SS flow control faucets. I regret having purchased them because they do not work well for the purposes that I purchased them for. I like to carbonate some beers (saison, berliner weisse) up to 3.5-4.0 volumes, and wanted to find a tap that would let me pour those beer without creating very much foam. Unfortunately, they do not work very well. The only way to get the aforementioned beers to pour without creating 90% foam is to almost fully restrict the line to a trickle. While I can [mostly] deal with the patience of a 3 minute pour, the beer I end up with is not any more carbonated than if I filled a pitcher full of 90% foam/10% beer and let the foam dissipate. It seems that there is too much turbulence in the system or something, and I'm basically letting the foam dissipate as it trickles to the bottom the glass. These faucets do not come close to performing like the Rototap flow control faucets that good beer bars use. Even though the Rototap faucets are considerably more expensive, I will switch to those at some point so that I can properly pour highly carbonated beers.

This sounds like a line balancing issue rather than a tap related issue. We pour at 15psi for normal beers and 25 psi for the Belgians and do not have issues with the 650SS. Can you pour a lower carbonated beer out of these taps perfectly? Or is it also foaming then too?

I've probably posted in at least one of the threads that Amanda linked, but I worked at a brewery that put them in initially and ended up switching to the regular Perlicks. It just took too much fiddling around to get the side gaskets properly sealed every time we broke down the faucets for cleaning. The losses weren't really significant because they just dripped, but the time and sheer fact that it looked so unprofessional were deal-breakers. This was a little over a year ago, so it's possible the design has been improved.

That may be from the old 575s. The new version (with the print "P", not the scrolled "P" on the front) is quite nice and we haven't had

The Pub / Re: Google Photos Test
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:34:50 PM »
Love Google photos. I mainly use that to upload here. It's pretty awesome to snap a picture with your phone, it automatically xfers to your Drive, then you can upload/print it at your leisure.

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 03, 2015, 01:32:42 PM »
Oh yeah - I have both of those. Picked up Tasting Beer when I was studying for the BJCP exam and got American Sour Beers last year. I do have to agree, American Sour Beers is one of the best books in the BP library. Although I am a little biased - the only beers I can seem to advance to NHC Finals are my funky beers!  ;)

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: June 02, 2015, 05:01:52 AM »
even more info....the meetup in on the schedule online and in the new AHA NHC app.  There will be signage.  It's OK to bring in our own food.  They didn't budget for any food for us this year, but if the meetup is big, they'll try to have food for us next year.

Excellent. Thank you Denny! (and AHA!)

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:01:20 PM »
Michael Pollan book, Omnivore's Dilemma.

You'll love it, I promise.

In that vein, have you read Ambitious Brew by Maureen Ogle? Not a brewing book per se but really entertaining and thought-provoking.
I'm very much enjoying the beginning Kindle preview I got for buying it.

I have read some of Maureen's writings, and enjoyed them, but have not read Ambitious Brew yet. That is right up my alley. Very good suggestion.

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 04:02:39 PM »
Haha Jeff. I'll have to add it to my wish list for Alaska plane ride reading then!

I picked up Modern Homebrew Recipes and a Michael Pollan book, Omnivore's Dilemma.

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:20:30 PM »
Most reviews indicated it was not for a homebrewer, but for a craft brewer. Many reviews also noted errors in equations. Which, as an engineer, would drive me batty. I mean, when you read a book with equations in it you're supposed to read the equations first and then the text (if the text at all), right?

If you guys are telling me it's worthwhile, I may just complete the elements series finally.

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 08:41:02 AM »
Did you get the Modern Homebrew Recipes from the pre-sale or from Amazon? I have had poor luck with the pre-sale shipping window in the past and didn't want to have it delivered after NHC.
I always wind up ordering from Amazon specifically because of shipping.  The AHA member pricing deal gets cancelled out by their shipping cost (and turnaround time), so Amazon still winds up being cheaper (and faster with Prime).  I ordered mine Thursday night, and received it Sunday.
Well crap. I'll just order that from Amazon. I just talked with them on Thursday about the shipping time and concluded that I would just buy it at NHC. Now I see that 6/3 would be my delivery date.

Don't stop the suggestions from coming though! I might "need" another book.

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 08:27:34 AM »
If you do not already own a copy, "Brewing" by Lewis and Young is the best book that I have ever read on the subject.  I am convinced that Micheal Lewis could teach organic chemistry as it applies to brewing to a rock.

Interesting. I'll have to take a look at that, Mark. Thanks!

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 08:13:16 AM »
Kind of funny (to me anyway) that you rule out the two books that I would have suggested to you.  I just got both of them in the mail from Amazon, and started reading Modern Homebrew Recipes this weekend.

Did you get the Modern Homebrew Recipes from the pre-sale or from Amazon? I have had poor luck with the pre-sale shipping window in the past and didn't want to have it delivered after NHC.

Do you have Buhner's "Sacred and healing Herbal Beers"? I say that because its a better read than most brewing books. I think you might like "The Flavor Bible" but I suppose its more of a reference book than a time killer.

I read the Sacred and Healing beers preview on Amazon and it seemed a bit "out-there" for my tastes. I like history and techincal books, but that one seemed a bit strange in the first few pages. Did it get better?

I have The Flavor Bible already. Good pick!  ;)

Thank you guys - you're getting the wheels turning.  8) I started looking at At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, but then it started talking about "superfoods"... and I can't take people very seriously when they use that word. Dang.

The Pub / Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:00:59 AM »
What's a good NHC plane book? I plan on buying Modern Homebrew Recipes while I am at NHC, so that my plane ride back is covered.

I already have just about every book from Brewers Publications outside of Malt, but I do not intend to buy that. I was looking at Liquid Intelligence, but it looks a bit too outside of a home-cocktail drinker's realm. Was also looking at Salumi, but I haven't made it through the projects that I want to do from Charcuterie yet... so that seems a bit silly to buy now.

Any suggestions?

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