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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:16:09 AM »
Congrats! Noticed your club is BN Army. We need a club that is AHA Forum.

Hey, I'd join that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Woo hoo!
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:31:43 PM »
That's great Jim, congrats!

Now when I share my Helles with you I'm going to have an excellent comparison!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:38:16 PM »

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Equipment and Software / Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:30:47 PM »
I remember seeing a slick 6 or 8 faucet jockey box at NHC, but I cannot recall the company.  Can someone help with my recall problem?

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Ingredients / Re: Water!
« on: June 20, 2015, 05:47:14 PM »
Martin, so you want to come out to KC and present on water for my club in September? I feel like you're more qualified than me...

Or Yakima.  Any time.

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Equipment and Software / Re: FWH in BeerSmith
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:37:42 AM »
My take on FWH is that while you seem to get about 10% more measurable IBUs, it doesn't taste like it.  Since I tend to drink my beer rather than just measure it, I count FWH as what it tastes like to me, which is a 20 min. addition.

+1  Right to the heart of it Denny!

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Equipment and Software / Re: SSBT Insulated Stainless Mash Tun
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:35:25 AM »
I just can't get my head around using a cooler for full contact with what I am going to drink.  I know, it is perhaps an OCD type thing but I would imagine plastic chemicals leaching into my beer, and could never enjoy it.

Steve, I know you...you're an intelligent guy.  Trust science.  Do some research for yourself.

Its not about science Denny.  Like I said its an OCD thing.  Call it imagination or emotional.  But no, I just couldn't.

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Equipment and Software / Re: SSBT Insulated Stainless Mash Tun
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:26:07 AM »
I just can't get my head around using a cooler for full contact with what I am going to drink.  I know, it is perhaps an OCD type thing but I would imagine plastic chemicals leaching into my beer, and could never enjoy it.

As a consequence of that and the need to insulate because in the winter my Blichmann MT does NOT hold temperature. I bought one of these: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/958078058/chapman-homebrew-equipment-mash-tuns-fermenters-ke/description  in a 15 gallon size.

The problem I saw with the SSBT and the other (More Beer?) Stainless insulate MT are that they are too small.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 20, 2015, 09:10:09 AM »
"Organic" yeast sounds like a gimmick.

Yeah I wondered about that too.  Clearly it is important to a growing segment of the market.  Specifically I wondered how the managed culturing yeast in a way that it could be described as organic.  I wouldn't be surprised if most or all yeast could be labeled 'organic.'

Regardless, I too am interested.  The thing I see regardless of packaging (smack pack, can, vial...) is that they all are attempts to meet the needs of the producer.  No one seems to make packaging that meets the desires of the homebrewer.

As an example of what I am talking about: if they would put a spout on the package it would be more sanitary (no package entirely open to the air) and effective (how many times have you cussed while trying to pour a smack pack into the top of an Erlenmeyer flask?)

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Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 17, 2015, 11:42:20 PM »
Talked to a guy whose been, and his response was that tge Viking river cruises are ambient age ~80.

Yike.  Nothing like partying in a geriatric ward.  I hope to be 80 some day, but right now we are on totally different wave-lengths.  This little tidbit of info may end up scratching it from my bucket list.

We were in Europe 5 or 6 years ago.  I definitely want to go back.  We rented a car with a GPS and had no trouble at all getting around.  That was in Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and Germany.

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Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:52:08 PM »
The real advantage to the river cruise though is that one unpacks once.  Your motel (and restaurant if you don't want to eat ashore) goes with you.  I am very attracted to doing a cruise on the Danube.  Lots of wonderful places to see and things to do.  No it is probably not the best *beer* tour venue but still very attractive to me.  It is on my bucket list.

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:16:32 AM »
I'll chime in on my impressions of NHC too.

1. My biggest impression was how well organized it was.  That takes a lot of thinking and work.
2. San Diego was a great place for it.
3. As mentioned above, having essentially the whole place was great.
4. The best part of the motel was all the flowers, plants, etc.,
5. The worst part of the motel was maintenance.  My wife and I seriously discussed moving to another motel.  The bed was total crap.
6. I too thought the seminars were too basic.  Some I learned nothing, most I learned one to two factoids
7. This was my first NHC.  Everything was very clear as to what was going on except for the final night Social Club.  That sounded awful to me.  I almost didn't go.  If I had known that they would be serving the competition beers I would have taken it easier at dinner (which by the ways was surprisingly excellent).  I ended up quite plowed because the beers served at the Social Club were freakin awesome!  Seriously the best beer of the week.

In sum, if future NHCs are in driving distance I'll definitely go, but maybe not otherwise.  It was very nice meeting forum members though.

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Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:48:38 AM »
Mark - it was very nice meeting you. And thanks for passing along your yeast knowledge. Seriously - write a book someday. I will buy it!
  Plus, how does one top "Yeast?"

Well that is easy.  Write one that is a fraction of the size.  Just focus on quick how's and whys. 

The Yeast book is intimidating and has way too much peripheral info for the guy who just wants to make good beer.  I'll bet a book like that would outsell Yeast. 

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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:01:51 PM »
IMHO old town is definitely worth a visit.

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Events / Re: NHC Ride Sharing
« on: June 04, 2015, 02:58:01 PM »
My wife and I get in 11:30 AM Monday, and are renting a car.

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