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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:07:14 AM »
SWMBO has bought me the beer of the month thing twice over the years.  First time, 5-6 years ago, DHL was the shipper and would not leave without someone 21 there to receive.  Then, just last year it was FedEx, and I'd come home from work, and the beer would be waiting for me.........

BTW, I've never had a "good beer" from one of these clubs.  All east coast lagers.  WE need a BOM club that focuses on northwest IPA's.  LOL. 

Lot's of inconsitancies.  Roll the dice, take your chances. 

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:43:55 AM »
I think he means "Bruce Springsteen". ;)

Or more likely it's SWMBO.... ;D
Funny! Very amusing!

Yes, it was SWMBO.  Sorry guys, I'll be more clear next time. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: UPS returned my box of NHC beer
« on: June 07, 2012, 01:07:23 PM »
They said it was after UPS picked it up. It had some UPS stickers on it that send return to Postal Annex because of unauthorized shipment of alcohol. I kind of wonder if the people at the store opened it, though. The woman there kind of gave me a hard time.
there is certainly some weird things here.  I've shipped beer from my local UPS Store, told them it was beer, and they had no problem whatsoever. 


Going Pro / Re: OK, we're doing it
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:00:30 AM »
Well, we got an email from out state LCB.  Looks like they want a lot information.  Much of it is all ready for them as it's the same as the TTB, but a few new things. 

Good thing I'm a pencil pusher for my day job........ 

If all goes well, we should have kegs out by Labor day.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegerators--any suggestions?
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:44:32 AM »
My wife and mother in law bought me a Haier at Sam's for my birthday.  It's not what I would have gotten and I was looking to build one but I think the boss was worried how it would look in the house.
I have since updated to a tri tap tower and it holds 3 corny's and a Co2 tank.
So far, I'm pleased. It's quiet as hell and with 2 kegs inside, works well.
Of course, it's more fun to build and brag.  Maybe in the future.

That's what I've had for years.  My boss just baught me a dual tower.  The thing works great. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:58:24 PM »
I'm just thinking out loud...  If you are only controlling one freezer, the second freezer will only come on when power is provided to the first.  So, if it warms faster for any reason, but only comes on for as long as the first freezer is running, it may not cool down enough.  Or maybe vise-verse is the case with it cooling faster than the first would.  Thus it may not be as controllable as the first.  It is worth a try.

I thought the same thing and that may very well happen. But I dont think it'd be a huge deal for just beer storage purposes. Unless he plans on fermenting in the second freezer...wouldnt recommend that.

I have a third chest freezer for fermenting.  And that one has dual controller with a heater.  That changed really helped my beer along. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Accidently mowed over hops...
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:44:43 AM »
Our lawnmower bit the dust last week, so my girlfriend had a company (actually, a friend that owns a lawnmowing company) mow the lawn for us.

I just put hops into the ground this year. They were getting pretty long, but I haven't built a trellis (they were sprawling into the lawn).

He mowed over them.

What do I do now? I know I wasn't going to get a good crop this year anyway, but can I still be hopeful that the roots will continue growing??

My guess is you'll be fine.  I would clean up the bines that got cut.  That is, cut them off cleanly.  I'll bet within two weeks, youget some more sprouts. 

Some books on such about growing hops do say that when the first sprouts of the year get about a foot long, cut them to ground level, and wait for the next set of bines, and choose 2-4 of the best, and cut the rest to the ground.  And that's what I have been doing for a few years now, and I get more hops than I can use.  My homebrew club gets the rest.   

To dry them every fall, I take the screen off of my sliding door, put it between to sawhorses, lay out the hops, and put a fan blowing underneath.  I do this in my heated garage.  It takes about a full day to get them dry enough to vacumm seal and freeze.

General Homebrew Discussion / one controller, two freezers
« on: June 05, 2012, 07:38:44 AM »
I've been running out of room in my chest freezer for long term storage.  I have a single stage controller on it.  I got another freezer off of craigslist last weekend to expand, and thinking I will just hook both up to the same controller, set at 45 degrees.  Of course the temp probe will only be in one, but the freezers are the exact same. 

Any problems I'm not thinking of?  It seems it should work fine. 

Anyone working in the industry with an MBA? I can get the program paid for by my work, but I'm wondering what the most useful concentration area would be if I wanted to own/run/work at a brewery/brewpub/something someday.

The program that I'm looking at has concentrations in the following. I've added my impressions after reading the course descriptions for the electives in the areas:
FINANCE - Mostly financial planning, looks tailored for people who want to be a CFA
MANAGEMENT - looks like operations and HR
MARKETING - logistics, supply-chain management and the usual "marketing" stuff
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS - IT systems? I'm not really sure.

I wasn't a business major, so I have about a year of "foundation" courses before I need to decide on a concentration, so no big hurry.

I would think marketing.  With all the new craft, micro, nano breweries out there, a good marketing exec would be invaluable.

Equipment and Software / BeerSmith Cloud
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:55:18 AM »
Hi folks -

I use Beersmith to keep track of all my brews, and really enjoy it.  Brad has the new version out with the cloud service, and it all works nicely.  Anyway, if you look up my username you can see all my recipes.  Anyone else want to share their BeerSmith Cloud name so we can see your recipes as well?

Now, I'm hoping Brad gets work on Iphone App, with inventory access.......

Or I guess he can rest until NHC is over.  LOL.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Shorter boil time
« on: June 02, 2012, 09:29:38 PM »
I'm gonna be trying a lower alcohol APA and adding all the hops at 30/10/0 instead of at 60.  Trying for more hop flavour while keeping bitterness in balance.  So, my question is  - Do I need to boil for 60 mins?  I'm going light Munich with a bit of crystal only. 
Any downside to doing only a 30 min boil?  If I don't need to boil as long, I may try it as a no-sparge and mash at 1.5L/lb and then add the remainder as boiling water before I sparge to get me closer to an actual mash out.

While I have no real clue, I'd say go for it.  And let us know how it turns out.  It WILL be beer. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 50lb of PBW
« on: May 31, 2012, 10:52:58 AM »
I checked and my "guy" sells 50lb PBW for $162.  The 5lb is only $18 though so his markup for the smaller quantities isn't bad (11%), not sure I'll spring for the big one.

5lbs for $18 is a good deal as well.  Around these parts, I usually see the 1 lb jar for $10. 

General Homebrew Discussion / 50lb of PBW
« on: May 30, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
My LHBS was able to order me a 50lb bucket of PBW for $165.  It's a new store, so he's not getting great deals from the suppliers yet.  Last time I bought that size bucket was quite some time. (think years) But, I only paid $120 at a different LHBS. 

Anyway, even at $165, I figure it's a great deal.  The problem with having that much is you tend to over use. 

If you store can get it, and your wallet can handle it, I sure recommend going this route to save some cash. 

(sorry if this is the wrong list, I don't see one for "cleaning supplies")

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: posters
« on: May 30, 2012, 07:31:15 AM »
eBay is where I got most of my pub room posters.
+1 on ebay.  Also, just yesterday I picked up some cool old metal advertising signs off of craigslist.  I search my local craigslist weekly for "beer."  All kinds of wierd stuff pops up. 

Going Pro / Re: TTB "field Review"
« on: May 29, 2012, 12:48:45 PM »
We got reviewed/inspected about two months after we opened. It was a fairly painless process.

Anything more?  What kind of things did it seem they were concerned about?  From where I am in the process today, it seems all about protecting the taxes.

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