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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: East Coast Yeast
« on: June 23, 2011, 08:22:11 PM »
The manufacturer is pretty much just one guy selling through his LHBS.  He's been giving out sour blends to people on for a while, but I think the demand got to be so large that he realized he had a market  :)

I may have to go out of my way to stop by Princeton homebrew the next time I drive up 95.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 21, 2011, 09:06:14 PM »
I have nothing to add except that I think it'd be funny if all of the Northern Brewer forum-ites started listing their club as "NB Navy".

AHA Coast Guard, anyone?

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Virtual Homebrew Clubs And Competition
« on: June 21, 2011, 10:26:07 AM »
The one thing that is a little weird is that first and final round medals are weighted the same.  Wouldn't this skew the results toward any of the big clubs, not just the BN?  Seems like it rewards quantity, not quality.

There are 10 regions... final round medals should be worth 10x as much, no?

CO2 should be harmless.  I'm pretty sure it's going to force the carboy cap off of the carboy before the carboy will break.  I might have to test that with one of my bad carboys.

Sounds like you need to videotape (do people still use that word?) your own episode of mythbusters.

Or, if it doesn't go as well, Jackass...

Events / Re: NHC Winners
« on: June 20, 2011, 11:42:36 AM »
Paul, who won the Ninkasi, also won the Pro-Am competition on Pro Brewer night.  Nice guy, I talked to him since he was the guide for our AleSmith/Pizza Port bus tour.  He's also a Maryland ex-pat living in SD.

Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 19, 2011, 03:38:52 PM »
I also forgot.  Think I went to lunch instead.  I was a little tipsy after the beer heavy morning sessions.  I also bought the AHA conference shirt twice within two hours on Friday because I forgot that I bought it the first time!

Events / Re: NHC San Diego Update
« on: June 17, 2011, 01:23:27 AM »
It is a great time.  Everyone has worked hard to make it all run smoothly.

The pre-con events were well done, too.  The alesmith tour was awesome, they gave us a glass and a bomber of IPA on top of a great tour by the owner Peter, and they set aside a bottle of bourbon barrel speedway stout for each of us to purchase.  It was release day... they had hundreds of people lining up for it in the morning.  :)

Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 16, 2011, 08:18:08 AM »
365 days and counting... :D

I am planning to attend my 1st NHC in Seattle, as long as something doesn't come up to screw up my plans like every other year ( surgeries, death, job, etc ).

As you might expect, there's going to be the usual grumbling about another West Coast NHC, but it's all up to the local clubs getting together and putting a bid in.  With that said, I think there will be a big push for Philly in 2013.

The conference program this year is already advertising Philly in 2013.  Hope that it's not just a tease...

Events / Re: I am declaring right now!
« on: June 16, 2011, 12:15:49 AM »
Good decision!

I'm experiencing both my first conference and my first trip to San Diego. Let me say that it's been amazing so far, and the conference hasn't even started.  The hospitality shown to us by Ale Smith, Pizza Port, and other local places has been great.  And the organizers have been awesome... thanks for all their hard work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Recipe Development
« on: June 13, 2011, 10:39:19 AM »
Like everyone, I start with a base recipe of the style and go from there.  I prefer to start with something I've tasted, though, so I often start with information about a commercial beer.  This could come from Brew Like A Monk (for Belgian beers), a Can You Brew It episode, or even just the OG and list of hop varities from a brewery's website.  Many substitutions and tweaked later, I'm usually pretty happy with the result.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Came up short!!!!!!
« on: June 13, 2011, 08:08:51 AM »
What's the diameter of your pot, and how's the humidity where you live?

I'd look at these two factors... 20% is not necessarily high with a wide pot.

It's also not very useful to look at evaporation as a percentage, in my opinion.  For a given pot shape/size, you'll boil off the same volume in quarts whether the pot is holding 5 or 10 gallons, assuming the boil vigor is the same.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Canned Microbrews
« on: June 11, 2011, 08:09:05 AM »
Still not sold on the cans. I had a Butternuts mixer 12 pack and couldn't drink 10 out of the 12 beers because they were horrible.

In this case, it's definitely not the cans' fault...

I also use a stainless cane.

I use a carboy cap to start a siphon... easy and no need to sanitize another piece of equipment.

The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 04:05:34 PM »
So, my avatar is the National Bohemian guy, Mr. Boh.  The brewery in SE Baltimore has long since been converted to offices and luxury condos, but his giant neon face sits atop the building in a nod to the past (one that I see often from my roof deck).  Pabst now owns the brand along with Colt 45 and other National brands and produces the beer God knows where.  It could come out of the same vat as PBR, Old Style, and others as far as I can tell.

 I really have few or no occasions where I drink macro swill, but I'll drink one if I'm eating crabs on a hot summer day.  Pabst recently introduced Natty Boh on draft... even if they are all marketing, Pabst is smart with the brands.

Maybe now that the new management couldn't care less, they'll sell of the rights to some of their smaller brands and some enterprising Baltimore brewer will try to recreate the old recipe.

The Pub / Re: Pabst
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:50:32 AM »
I am shocked that a couple of rich kids who spend their time with playboy bunnies and on trashy MTV reality shows are not good at managing a company that their daddy gave them.

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