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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Nice shirt Major!

Events / 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:31:45 AM »
It is Sunday morning, this one is history. My observations.

Host City - they went all out, the NHC was embraced by the local breweries.
DeVos Center - excellent venue with ample space. The friendly helpful staff were all great.
Local Committee - they rocked it.
Speakers - excellent talks. Too bad you can't go to all of those.
Forum meetup - always fun to meet face to face. Do it again next year.

Edit - the welcome session had poor acoustics, so it was nearly impossible to understand what was said. Overhead signs that identified the beers being poured would be an improvement. MI law states that brewers or distributors can't pour beer at an event like this, so that is why very few MI brewers were around. Still some room for improvement.

Everyone I talked to were all positive about the city. AHA and BA Staff were all smiles.

I put the odds of the NHC coming back to Grand Rapids someday as high.

See you in San Diego next year!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership benefits ???
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:16:38 AM »

I am not a member yet of AHA but am considering it at the present time. I was particularly interested in the downloadable archives from past convention presentations but the system would not let me access just the listing of what is available for download.

Can someone please tell me if All or just some of the presentations are available.

Thanks in advance

I'm just curious how many of you have an AHA membership. Do you use the benefits that come with the membership? I do not currently, but will most likely get one soon. Its good to support the AHA community and its efforts!

The slide shows and audio recordings will be available. The way you can listen to the talk and hear what was not on the slide, and get Q&A.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this week?
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:58:41 AM »
The NHC!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:48:33 PM »
after seeing some pictures, I'm torn on attending this. 

mead exam in 11 hours; time to start studyin'
well, maybe after another trip to Founders.  The AHA collaboration beer is great...

looks like the meetup is the same place as all the cider seminars.  And after the seminars, there should be some great ciders in the Social Club.  I *heart* Cider Friday.  8)
We had the AHA beer, an Oaked Rye IPA, that was a recipe that was brewed by our friend Jeff Carlson with Founders. A little heavy on the oah for me, but good. It is one of the commemorative bottles. The other was a Barleywine from Bells that Jeff says he helped brew the next day.

Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:43:25 PM »
That is an honor indeed.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA: Beer style or marketing term?
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:04:03 AM »
I don't mind all the sub categories of IPA because it helps me understand what to expect.

However, these beer styles have as much in common with IPA as golden retrievers have in common with wheaten terriers.  American IPA is an adaptation of English IPA that uses domestic ingredients.  It is not so far away from the original style as to be unrecognizable.  Most people who have been away from the craft brewing scene for a while would think hoppy porter, not black IPA upon seeing and drinking a black IPA for the first time.

But we don't get to decide what an IPA is, the market does. IPA has changed over time into something different from its "original style." A brewery can slap the term IPA onto anything they want - the one constant that I can see is that an IPA is always hoppy. Although I would like to hear of an example that wasn't.

Go to the UK and have a Greene King IPA, just a Bitter in my book, and not very bitter or hoppy as far as Bitters go.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:20:08 AM »
I signed up for my first time in the second round. I'm just Certified, and will see if I get pulled for judging.

I remember my last sheets from the second round had a Certified, a National, and a Master on the panel.

Completions would not work well without stewards. One can learn about the process,  and also get to meet and talk to some darned good judges.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:49:26 PM »
I am the old-ish guy with glasses, a mustache, grey hair and a few extra pounds. You can't miss me!

Ingredients / Re: Conditioning: Pellet v. Whole
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:36:51 PM »
Well the last IPA I did was double dry hopped, last dose was in the keg. The beer tasted green at first, but it also looked a little green until the hop particles settled out. Once it dropped it got some rave reviews from friends.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 10 Barrel American Radler SWILL
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:07:46 AM »
Radlers definitely tend to be sweeter rather than sour. By most generally accepted definitions a radler is half lager/half lemonade. Cascade Brewing in Portland on SE Belmont makes some of the best sour beers available. If you like sours you owe it to yourself to hit up their barrel house. They always have between 8-10 sours on tap.
Where I lived in Germany (Hesse) citronade was what we call lemonade. Lemonade wad a citrusy carbonated soft drink along the lines of 7-Up or Sprite. The Radler I tried tasted like Helles and Sprite.

The France paragraph is equivalent.

Old Horst calls it lemonade at first but if you read down he says lemon soda, and says you can make your own by mixing beer and lemon soda.

A British born woman down the street once talked about how she was confused when she had "cider" here for the first time. She was expecting an alcoholic drink, not fresh pressed apple juice.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who coined the term flameout?
« on: June 04, 2014, 05:32:51 AM »
Flameout was coined by a pilot in the early days of gas turbine propulsion. Could not resist.

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:14:27 PM »
I love these trips.  My wife works as a consultant / trainer during the day, while I go check out breweries.  Motel, car, and the food is paid for.  I just have to pay for my flight - which half the time it's on frequent flier miles.

Four days in in the Phoenix area, then 3 days in the Denver area.

I really liked Prost in Denver whin I visited Sept. 2012. Really good German bier!

Beer Travel / Re: Phoenix / Glendale / Peoria, AZ?
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:09:23 PM »
If you're interested in a taproom, Papago is great, with a nice bottle selection as well.

Yeah, I liked that place when I would have work trips to the valley.

Ingredients / Re: Is my cream ale water profile OK?
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:05:20 AM »
That should make for a nice crisp cream ale.

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