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Events / Re: Food and Beer recommendations @ HomebrewCon
« on: June 06, 2016, 09:51:18 AM »
Where to begin... The Brewer's Art is a beautiful restaurant with upscale, seasonal food in an 1800s mansion.   Not your typical brewpub and absolutely worth getting a reservation.

Alewife is close to the convention center and has a big draft list and pretty good food, too.

You can take the light rail up from the convention center to the Woodberry stop to visit Union Craft Brewing and Waverly Brewing.  They have food trucks many Fridays and Saturdays, and Blue Pit BBQ and Birotecca are nearby for good casual food. Or, make a reservation at Woodberry Kitchen if you're ready to spend a lot at one of the best restaurants in the city.  It's only a short walk over to Hampden after the breweries and there are a ton of other good restaurants there.  I especially like the Food Market, Grano, and Corner Charcuterie (BYOB with an amazing liquor store next to it).

For some unique lunch spots around the city, try:
- Faidley's Crabcakes at Lexington Market
- Di Pasquale's Italian Deli, Highlandtown
- Taqueria Sinaloa in Fells Point (fresh made corn tortillas on a giant antique machine)
- Gypsy Queen Food Truck (https://facebook.com/GypsyQueenCafe/, downtown Thurs and Fri for lunch)

Captain James Crab Deck in Canton (also a water taxi stop) has good steamed crabs.  There are other spots that are good but you'll pay more.  You'll be able to get a good crab cake at lots of places, but I really like Mama's on the Half Shell, also in Canton, for all kinds of seafood.

If you go to little Italy, I like Ammici's for casual, or La Scala for a nicer dinner.  Joe Benny's is a great little place that does foccacia.

The Helmand in Mt Vernon is a nice Afghan restaurant, which isn't too far north of downtown.  Sammy's Trattoria is another great Italian place up that way.  There's also good Sushi, Thai, and Indian food on Charles St.  And, see the (original) Washington monument.  Best to check Yelp once you decide what you're in the mood for.

In Federal Hill, which is south of the convention center a bit, Abbey Burger Bistro is the place to go if you want to build your own burger and drink good beer, and like exotic meats (kangaroo and ostrich have been the special of the month in the past).  Metropolitan is a European style cafe with good food and beer (and a firkin every Thursday).  Reggie's is good for brunch, and the Blue Moon Cafe (called Blue Moon Too, their second location, other is in Fells) is a big breakfast spot.

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The Pub / Re: Top Three: Underrated 60s/70s Rock and Blues
« on: June 03, 2016, 08:33:34 PM »
Captain Beefheart.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: rolling boil?
« on: June 03, 2016, 03:34:24 AM »
With the same boil intensity, you will always get a higher boil off % on a homebrew system vs pro because the surface to volume ratio on a small kettle is so much higher.  So boil off isn't a good measure here.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: rolling boil?
« on: June 02, 2016, 02:14:11 PM »
Yes, well, but it's also what Kunze says. Should I take Kunze with a grain of salt as well?

I'd say that it's important to remember that not everything that applies at a commercial scale applies at the homebrew level.  For example, people worry a lot about fermenter geometry, but when your dealing with 5-10 gallons the pressure at the bottom is negligible, regardless of shape.

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:59:17 AM »
It is close by Lexington Market, also worth a visit, although it is not in the best of neighborhoods.  It is the oldest operating market in the US I think.

Is the Lexington Market like the Reading Terminal Market in Philly? My wife and I loved that place.

it's much less touristy than Reading Terminal, which is good and bad.  If you head up that way I'd suggest you check out Faidley's crab cakes.

http://www.faidleyscrabcakes.com/

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 02, 2016, 08:50:18 AM »
I'd skip the Poe house unless you have lots of free time on your hands... his grave is closer to downtown.

The Poe House doesn't seem that big. Does it take a long time to tour? I think it's only open on the weekends.

It's just not very conveniently located.  I wouldn't walk there, personally.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Old Tankard Ale
« on: June 02, 2016, 06:26:45 AM »
Maybe Pabst should actually brew beer...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottle harvesting Saison Dupont yeast
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:50:50 AM »
http://www.refractometer.pl/hand-held-refractometer

Besides not being all that accurate, I bet you're going to throw the mechanism off if you change the temperature of the prism by running it under water.  The bimetallic strip is designed to compensate the reading for ambient temperature, so if the prism (and, therefore, your sample) is at a different temp it won't work.  This could also be why a very hot sample is not accurate, since it probably ends up above room temperature even after hitting the prism.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottle harvesting Saison Dupont yeast
« on: June 01, 2016, 08:48:59 AM »
How does ATC work on a refractometer? Is there an actual mechanism or does it just rely on thermal mass of the prism being so much greater than the small sample?

The drops of wort should equalize in temp with the device pretty quickly.  But, the refractive index of a solution varies based on the temperature.

The models with ATC are supposed to have something that compensate for this, some piece of metal that expands or contracts based on temperature of the unit, so a sucrose solution in water measured at any (reasonable) temperature is corrected to a room temperature reading.  However, I don't think that really works very well.

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Events / Re: Sightseeing at the Conference
« on: June 01, 2016, 07:44:36 AM »
Definitely head over to Fell's Point, both for the historic aspects and Max's Taphouse.  You can take the water taxi to Fell's and Fort McHenry.  You get an all day pass, and it's a very scenic ride.  Depending on when you get in, some tall ships might still be around early in the week in the Inner Harbor.



Mt. Vernon has a lot of nice restaurants (and the first major monument to George Washington), as well as the Brewer's Art brewpub.  I'd skip the Poe house unless you have lots of free time on your hands... his grave is closer to downtown.  The American Visionary Art Museum is also a cool place.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottle harvesting Saison Dupont yeast
« on: May 31, 2016, 12:43:39 PM »
I tried measuring orange juice on my refractometer after rinsing the prism under cold and hot water. Cold prism ---> 10.3 Brix; hot prism ----> 9 Brix. I never normally rinse with hot, but the swing away from 10 (average for OJ) is large enough to make me think that's part of the problem.


That's a good point.  If you leave the refractometer at room temperature for a bit, does it return to the same value?

Yes, or if dipped in a container of water at room temp it reverts quickly.

So it sounds like the culprit for cheapo refractometer inconsistency is ATC.  If you keep the unit at room temperature, that shouldn't be an issue, since the mass of the prism is much greater than a few drops of wort would be able to change.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Bottle harvesting Saison Dupont yeast
« on: May 31, 2016, 11:05:55 AM »
I tried measuring orange juice on my refractometer after rinsing the prism under cold and hot water. Cold prism ---> 10.3 Brix; hot prism ----> 9 Brix. I never normally rinse with hot, but the swing away from 10 (average for OJ) is large enough to make me think that's part of the problem.


That's a good point.  If you leave the refractometer at room temperature for a bit, does it return to the same value?

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The Pub / Re: Wolverines!
« on: May 31, 2016, 07:48:12 AM »

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Going Pro / Re: Starting wage for Cellar position?
« on: May 31, 2016, 07:47:26 AM »
Does the brewer even make $15 an hour?

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