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I wasn't planning on it. We are making a road trip through CO, Ut, NM, and AZ later in October. You going to be open?
Just a guess, but four corners?

A fun fact, the survey was off, before GPS. The monument is in the wrong place.

Dropped Pin
near Four Corners Monument, 4 Corners Rd, Teec Nos Pos, NM 86514
http://goo.gl/maps/wM1e1

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Well I have been there...

This is more of a larger loop, meeting friends in a couple of places.

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I wasn't planning on it. We are making a road trip through CO, Ut, NM, and AZ later in October. You going to be open?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opening home brew store
« on: July 29, 2015, 07:05:11 PM »
Country Malt Group, hopunion.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Opening home brew store
« on: July 29, 2015, 04:44:48 PM »
The AHA has an undustry subcommittee. Contact Steve Parr, at the bottom of the page.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/business-tools/industry-support/

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 29, 2015, 01:59:22 PM »

Never been to Ireland, but from my driving experiences in England, when a little grey haired granny blasts by you in the roundabout, it is time to get with the program!

If it is one with 7 roads coming in and you can't see the one you want, just keep going around until you know your exit. My record was 2.5 times around.

 When the roads get really narrow, get over as far as you can. Let the twigs hit the mirror. Slow down. The locals I'll blast by like nothing happened. They have been doing that since their early diving years. The only angst is when you meet a beer truck on the narrow roads. You always say to yourself, when does the beer truck come through here?


Just watch out for those twigs because right behind them are a lot of stone walls, as my brother-in-law found out...bye bye mirror.  I joked that the rental car place must have a storeroom in the back stocked with hundreds of mirrors.

And on several occasions during the week, I had to remind him to go left in the roundabout, not right.  I think my next trip will have to be to Germany...they drive on the correct side of the road. :)
Stone walls or hedgerows that have become dirt embankments.

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Beer Travel / Re: Ireland
« on: July 29, 2015, 01:27:55 AM »
We were there two years ago. It was a tremendous trip. In no particular order (well, actually the order in which they're coming to mind), our highlights included:
The Irish Craft Beer Festival - not all that big, but then not massively overcrowded. One fun thing was meeting the Irish homebrewers. My wife is on the AHA Governing Committee, and at the time I was the president of our local club. Somehow the two of us talking to them got twisted into a message to their other members that "the President of the AHA is here!" It was a hilarious misunderstanding, and one guy asked for my autograph thinking I was Charlie Papazian.
My favorite beer was Metalman's Irish Pale Ale. We got to meet their brewmaster. I don't remember her name, but my wife was stoked that it was a woman.
We loved Galway. Galway Brewery has a beer named Hooker, named after the local fishing boat that has an upturned prow that looks like a fishing hook. My wife spent a lot of time trying to buy one of their T shirts that said "Call for a Hooker".
We took a ferry out to the Aran Islands. They were very, very cool!
Visit a fairy ring, preferably with a local guide who can give you some history.
The tour at Guinness is middling. The visit to the bar is great. The tour at Jameson's was a waste. The tour at Smithwick's was great, but that location is now closed.
Non-beer: Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel (sp?), and the bus tour of Dublin were all great.

You will have a great time! The Irish people were very receptive to Americans, and it was the easiest European country we have visited in terms of understanding how to do stuff and get around. Apart from being on the wrong side of the road. Roundabouts in the wrong direction are scary!

Never been to Ireland, but from my driving experiences in England, when a little grey haired granny blasts by you in the roundabout, it is time to get with the program!

If it is one with 7 roads coming in and you can't see the one you want, just keep going around until you know your exit. My record was 2.5 times around.

 When the roads get really narrow, get over as far as you can. Let the twigs hit the mirror. Slow down. The locals I'll blast by like nothing happened. They have been doing that since their early diving years. The only angst is when you meet a beer truck on the narrow roads. You always say to yourself, when does the beer truck come through here?

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If you don't count cells you don't know how much you have.

You will make beer with what that looks like. Probably good beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Question about batch sparge timing
« on: July 28, 2015, 09:04:40 PM »
I batch sparge for all the reasons stated above.  As to setting the grain bed, I use a little rice hulls and a fairly fine crush, then I run off slowly while vorlaufing.  Probably just under 50% flow rate.  Then when it looks reasonably clear I start collecting pretty close to wide open.  Then I put a double strainer on top of my boil kettle and pour the wort through it to catch any husks that might have gotten through.  I check my late runnings and they are always above 1.15 or so, so I assume the best as to astringency and pH....YMMV, of course.
1.015 is what I think you meant.

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Classifieds / Re: Brewer wanted
« on: July 28, 2015, 05:07:45 PM »
My entry level job out of college in 1986 paid more than that.
Those were 1986 dollars!

My starting salary in 1974 was less than that. I felt I was rich. Again, 1974 dollars.

The problem with brewing salaries is that there are many more wanting the job than the demand.

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This might help. It is from acetyl CoA and ethanol, so is in all beers. Threshold level is high.

https://beersensoryscience.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/esters/

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile Importance
« on: July 28, 2015, 12:14:59 PM »
Brunwater is what I use, and really helps dial the water chemistry in. Before Brunwater I did a lot of reading, and had to remember/relearn some Chemistry I had when Nixon was President. Often the quality of my beers went backwards as I was adding too much in the way of flavor ions or alkalinity. It turns out that less is more when dealing with brewing salt additions.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager - No Krausen, or airlock activity
« on: July 28, 2015, 12:08:05 PM »
The way I do a Diacetyl rest is to warm the beer before the end of active fermentation (one or two degrees Plato to go, or 4 to 8 gravity points). The residual diacetyl will form at higher temps, and the active yeast will re absorb it fairly quickly.

If you are an AHA member you can look up the seminar by Kara Taylor at this years NHC, lots of good information there.

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The Pub / Re: "The Martian"
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:59:54 AM »
One thing I should have said - I hope they don't screw the movie up too bed. Mark Watney had a sense of humor that may be lost as in the movie trailer it looks like he has a wife and kid.

Towards the end of the book as the number of pages were low, I was saying what goes south now?  There was  plenty of room left for more disaster, drama, and technical improvising.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Profile Importance
« on: July 28, 2015, 11:52:22 AM »
New brewers should concentrate on cleaning and sanitation, mastering yeast management, fermentation control on the way to make good beer. Water chemistry adjustments then can be applied to make excellent beer.

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