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Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 11:05:03 AM »
We have bee farmer in Florida who is also a homebrewer and mead maker.  Look for David Webb of Webb's Honey in Orlando.  I believe he will give you a very good price.

I would bet that I guessed wrong, too, but I swear one tasted different to me.

All Grain Brewing / Re: When to FWH?
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:45:56 PM »
I found this nice little article from Home Brew Digest:
I remember something also written that it worked best with noble hops as opposed to U.S. Citrusy hops, but I have not found that to be true.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Pulling Keg off of CO2
« on: June 21, 2015, 09:29:49 AM »
This depends a lot on how much head space is in the keg, too.  A very full keg will only pour a short time before there is not enough pressure to push more beer.  A half empty keg with the same head pressure will pour lots of pints.

Equipment and Software / Re: FWH in BeerSmith
« on: June 20, 2015, 06:36:49 AM »
I'm looking forward to the results of the FWH experiment from NHC.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:49:19 AM »
I'm with Jeff on this one, rewarding the final round winners more heavily than the first round.  Over 20 years I have had many wins in the first round, but only 2 final round medals.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:57:54 AM »

Not being judgmental or anything, just curious what happens on the kids last day at school that you miss and would feel guilty about?
Not perceived as judgmental at all! I'm a sentimental sap who really enjoys being a part of these types of seemingly small milestones in my kids' lives. The last day of school usually comes with some sort of celebration where parents are invited, my kids love when I attend these things.

It's tricky - keep it where it is - it interferes with some end of school. Move it back, you run into father's days. fun times! There's also the question of hotel availability - as you move deeper into summer, it's harder to get rooms.
Father's Day may be the best excuse of the year! This actually makes sense, though.

Hotel rates, hotel rates, hotel rates...   The last week of school is the last week before hotel rates skyrocket.
Totally, didn't really consider this.

NHC in winter, anyone?

Winter?  That would be one way to get it to Tampa.

Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:51:34 AM »
What's in Tampa other than Cigar City and that chain restaurant bar?  ;)
There are 3 CCB related properties (the brewery, brewpub, and cider and meadery), Tampa Bay Brewing, Coppertail, Dunedin, Rapp, 7venth Sun, Cycle, St. Somewhere, and Green Bench, just off the top of my head.  ;)

On a scale of 1-10, how serious is the humidity in Tampa in June?

10 being the most humid, I'd ay 10.  I tell you what, it was a real shock coming back from San Diego Sunday night.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:48:35 AM »
So, apparently I didn't realize that clubs get points toward COTY for every entry submitted regardless of score.

So is this your way of saying that it takes a good beer to win a medal, no matter how many are entered?

Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:29:34 PM »
Huh.  My meal at the banquet was fantastic.  The complexity of the salad course was impressive.

I would rather have had round tables though.

I also was one who was initially disappointed with beers at club night.  I think 3 out of 4 were not good enough to enjoy the whole sample.  Until I found the right club booths, that is.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: elburko25's bio
« on: June 15, 2015, 02:12:23 PM »
It was good to meet you guys in San Diego.  Welcome!

Events / Re: 2015 NHC Impressions
« on: June 14, 2015, 06:12:29 PM »
Very nice meeting y'all!
It may take a couple days to recover.
Some impressions:
1) seminars seemed generally less scientific and more basic this year.  Did anyone else feel this way?
2) Need to make sure there's enough light the next time the Reception and Club Night are outside.
3) I love San Diego and even though it is pretty old, I love the Town and Country, too.
4) The conference app was great.

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 14, 2015, 12:00:17 PM »
Zion is a favorite, consider a short visit to the Kolob Canyons section to the north, very pretty too. North rim has a different look and vibe vs South rim of the GC NP.

The drive out of Zion to the GC, take UT9 to Carmel Junction, 89 down to Kanab and Fredonia, then take the road to Jacobs Lake and the Park entrance. Red Rock country at some of its finest.
Yes, that road from the east exit of Zion, through the tunnel built in the 30's or so and among the rocks that look like they were melted into place is a great drive.

Beer Travel / Re: RV Trip 2015
« on: June 12, 2015, 11:58:25 PM »
We are all busy at NHC with no time to post.  Heck, even Denny hasn't posted much.
I second Jim's suggestion on Glacier.  That's a very nice drive over the pass.  We stayed at Many Glacier Lodge last Fall and had a great time.  Beautiful park.
We also liked Grand Teton Park a little better than Yellowstone, but they both have their fine points.
If you can fit a day or two into Zion before the Grand Canyon won't regret it.  It is awesome.

Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:22:25 PM »
Today we rode the trolly from the T&C to Little Italy. Had lunch at an Italian place that had a table of old Italian gents by the curb loudly talking in Italian. Lunch was very good. Plenty to choose from in that area.

We then rode the trolly and waked to Modern Times for a beer or two. Really good beers IMO. We met up with Jeff Gladish and his wife, they offered a ride back, which we accepted. Modern times is on the "wrong side of the tracks". Mrs. R said it was more like we rode the Crazy Train to Funky Town...

Later we went to Old Town. Cafe Coyotte is one of the top rated ones there, but was just average to us as we spend a lot of time in Brownsville TX. So if you want to check out Old a Town it is not far by Trolly, but Touristy and the food was average. The Sculpin on draft was fresh.
Nice to meet up this afternoon.  I liked Modern Times' beers and its embience.  It is a bit off the walking path of the trolley though. 
I have to say that Old Town is just too touristy for my taste.

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