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Classifieds / Re: whisky barrels need homes
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:41:50 AM »
Hello Chip. If you would, please contact me and let's discuss what a pallet of barrels would cost. My local homebrewing supply shop (Adventures in Homebrewing) may be interested. You can reach me either through a message here on the Forum, or at crispy275 at comcast dot net.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How much beer is too much?
« on: August 04, 2011, 04:15:29 PM »
Legally - 100 gallons annually as an individual, 200 gallons as a household.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA
« on: June 21, 2011, 09:18:35 AM »
There was another request from the AHA last week through their Legislative Action Alert for Michigan homebrewers to contact their local Michigan Senate & Rep. officials.

Rep. Doug Geiss indicates that it will be on the House floor either tomorrow (Wednesday, June 22) or Thursday. If you can spare 2-3 minutes, this is the final push and we need all the support we can muster! And if you know microbrewery or brew pub owners/employees who would be willing to do the same, let them know that thier voices are important to this bill as well.

Who knows, it could be legal to have a homebrew club meeting in licensed Michigan establishments before the 4th of July if things go our way! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 09, 2011, 05:45:25 AM »
Jeff - after three days in a truck crossing the country att scorching heat, I am crossing my fingers that they do not get badly affected by the ride. The proof will be in the pudding during our Hospitality shift next Thursday!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Will YOUR brew be served next week?
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:47:48 AM »
Jeff mentioned that the Michigan coalition will serve his CAP - fantastic beer indeed! We also will be serving a ccider made by Jeff Carlson, who has won the national award for cider making 4-5 times, Ken Schramm's Cherry mead (he wrote a book on the subject and will be presenting), and many other solid beers at club night. Huge shout out to our local homebrew supply store owner, Jason Smith, of Adventures in Homebrewing for organizing and heavily subsidizing the cost to ship a dozen or so kegs from Michigan to San Diego!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA
« on: June 09, 2011, 03:40:59 AM »
And thank you Rep. Douglas Geiss, both a good friend and fellow homebrewer who has worked on this legislation for two years now, meeting with the LCC, various sub-sommittee members and continued to keep this effort going amidst all the other important issues that our state faces - cheers friend!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: In Memorium, Ant Hayes, 1970-2011
« on: May 04, 2011, 07:31:03 AM »
Intelligent, sharing, inquiring, sharp and sincere are just a few attributes that come to mind when I recall Ant.

Ant and I once had a spirited on-line discussion/arguement a few years back. Funny how I can't recall what it was all about. We did it through the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild email distribution list, with the club getting the benefit/detriment of our discussion. As I recall, it was all good natured and eventually led to agreement that homebrewers are a wonderful people or some similar conclusion.

Then in Minnesota he presented me with a Guinness Stout tie as a gesture of reconciliation. I explaimed that there was no need for that, but he insisted. Ironically, it has been the only tie I have worn on the few occassions where I have needed to wear one at work.

Sigh...he will be missed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Big Brew: May 7
« on: April 30, 2011, 11:36:50 AM »
The Big Brew / National Homebrew Day has always been a tribal event with my brewing friends.

This year is no different as 15 different brewing systems and their teams from the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, ranging from basic to absurdly complex will participate as Site 113 at Original Gravity Brewing Company in Milan. Our host, Brad, will cook up some pork shoulders and brewers are encouraged to bring a side dish or snack.

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I find myself racking to secondary with virtually all of my brews after two weeks or so, so I am adding some risk to aerating or contaminating my beer. But I am also careful when I do perform these transfers, and to date, I have not run into these sort of issues.

Granted, I will leave a Kolsh or Blonde Ale alone in primary and these can be directly bottled or kegged. But even with my house pale ale or triple, I just find myself compeled to transfer. I suppose part of it is to remove the beer from the trub, cold break and floculated yeasts. Due to the frequency that I brew, I am not always on a "schedule" of when I will be able to bottle or keg at a specific time. I can have 10+ carboys fermenting at any given time.

I find personal satisfaction when I see the beer moved over to the secondary, in a carboy that doesn't have krausen spooge above the beer, or a ton of settlement on the bottom. For several years I have read that this step is not necessary, so am I just following directions that I learned over 15 years ago when I started? Probably. But odd to say, I enjoy doing this, getting the hydrometer reading and tasting to determine how the beer is coming along. If I see any airlock activity I wait to transfer, being careful not to transfer too sone.

Better brewers than I say it is ok to just leave your beer alone and just use one carboy, so if nothing I have said resonates, go for it.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 07, 2011, 12:49:07 PM »
Ve vill find de leak and treat it like a bug and squash it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Election
« on: April 06, 2011, 08:38:29 PM »
I have served on the AHA GC since 2004, and I always look forward to working with this generous group of men and women. The direction, consultative feedback and feet on the ground support they provide both the AHA and the hobby helps ensure members voices are heard, the hobby grows, and the AHA focuses member resources on critical priorities.

Every incumbent that was eligble to run for another term this year did so. Susan ran again after a mandartory year off after serving three prior terms. I believe this is a testament to how much this team desires to give back to homebewers and the hobby.

I look forward to meeting and working with Tom, and know he has a lot to offer. And I spoke with Ron the other day and hope he throws his hat back in the ring next year and runs again, as he also has the fire and capabilities to serve.

I encourage any member who wants to help shape the homebrewing community at a national level to consider running for a AHA Governing Committee someday in the futue. It is a great way to serve the hobby we are all so passionate about, work with some really great people, and be further connected with some of the nicest people on earth.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Electric hot water tank
« on: March 25, 2011, 08:46:15 AM »
I use the same sort of horse trough water heater. I fill my mash tun keggle with 15 gallons the night before and I also make sure to have the March pump left open so that when the timer goes off, it automatically recirculates. I find this helps maintain an even temperature, and with a five hour heat up, I achieve 15 gallons of 170oF water. I transfer whatever i don't need iover to the HLT. This typically drops the temp in the HLT from 170o to 130o because my setup is in a cold garage, but that beats starting at tap water temperature.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA needs your help!
« on: August 20, 2010, 04:46:02 AM »
Thank you for sharing this with the collective on TechTalk. After meeting you and other Beer Barons this past summer at the Minnesota National Homebrewers Association Homebrewers Conference, I knew I had finally meet a club that could provide direction.

I really appreciated your club sharing all of this information that you did with me: the insurance documents and the steps your club went about doing this. Your step-by-step explanation serves as a guide to other clubs who may be contemplating obtaining siilar insurance.

I will to also put your post in the Club Resource section of this website, so that others who are forming clubs, or thinking about taking their club to the next level will be able to find it.

Again, thanks for laying it all out for others to find!

Crispy

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The Pub / Tech Talk
« on: August 11, 2010, 06:39:43 AM »
Over the years I have enjoyed TechTalk at varying levels of participation. When busy, whole weeks would go by without me doing much more than glancing at the topics, and then deleting it. Other times, I would fully engage in reading them, and on rare occasions, responding to specific areas where I felt I had a good knowledge base to do so. I have always felt that TT was a good product, and it wasn't by accident, but by considered and careful efforts of Ryan and the previous moderators.

At the 2010 National Homebrewers Conference, we shared the direction that the AHA was considering with regards to TechTalk and the Forum. Two or three members expressed their displeasure, and we had essentially had one-on-one conversation while 100+ people listened and occassionally chimed in. In the end, the members concerned about this direction were split. A few said that they would try the forum; at least one was still upset and expressed his displeasure. Several members indicated that they were very happy with the new website's look, feel and utility, and concurred that TT's time had come.

In retrospect, there should have been more communications early on that this was being considered. The AHA GC and AHA staff have been discussing this for many months, and not every member of the AHA GC has been in favor. But, if memory serves me correctly, 13 of us (me included) were in favor of taking advantage of the Forum's features, while 2 suggested we try to maintain both.

We delayed any actions with regards to TT while Drew, Denny and Fred investigated features that could enhance the forum, an effort that continues today. Addressing mobile application readability is one such effort, enhanced RSS features is another. During our call last night the response to TT was the primary discussion item, and it had also generated several dozen emails amoung the AHA GC and staff during the last week.

Gary has taken the discussions seriously, and while he hasn't said as much, I suspect he is taken several of the comments very personally. To be accused of being elitist or anything other than impassioned about what he does for homebrewing has to cut him to the quick. To my knowledge, there isn't another soul that I have meet that so embodies what it means to support and build a vibrant, thriving homebrewing culture. In my mind, Gary is the best thing that has happened to the American homebrewing scene and to the AHA.

In the years I have been on the GC, Gary and I have spoken one on one probably a hundred times to bounce things off of each other, provide feedback I have received from my local homebrewing community on any number of topics, to identify, prioritize and establish agenda items for the GC to consider, discuss and vote on. He has been accessable, engaged and always has had homebreers interests as his number one priority. To those who have suggested that he has acted in a vacuum, without consideration of the members wants, I can just say that this has not been so.

With the virtual doubling of membership during the last five years, the AHA still remains essentially 3.5 people: Gary, Janis, Kate and half of Jill, with assistance from other BA staffers. Their workload has been increased significantly. The AHA is far more than just Zymurgy and TechTalk. It includes an increasing amount of time and effort in legislative affairs, protecting homebrewers rights, attempting to get shipping legalized and legalizing homebrewing where it is still technically illegal. Competitions, Big Brew, Mead Day, Teach a Friend to brew, these events contribute to community building and developing awareness. Setting up and communicating AHA rallies, developing and chasing down leads for participants in the Pub Discount program, soliciting authors for topics and articles, creating and soliciting content to make the website better, etc.

Gary and the GC members have heard the concerns voiced by the recent posts and private emails by several members. In yesterday's TechTalk he suggested that any member who could build a better mouse trap to contact him. Last night Drew volunteered to take this charge and will respond on TT today to solicit those volunteers who wish to make this a reality to contact him.

Drew will lay out the necessary parameters, and those who wish to step up and help can contact him directly. I can assure anyone who feels that their voice isn't being heard that this is not the case. The opportunity for those who feel that they can  help improve the AHA with their knowledge and experience is here and now, and I hope this enables those members who currently feel disenfranchised the opportunity to step up and help show us how this can be done.

Respectfully yours,

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General Homebrew Discussion / The AHA needs your help!
« on: July 29, 2010, 08:37:25 AM »
We are looking for clubs that currently have insurance who would be willing to share the information with staff and the Governing Committee.

Please PM your contact info to me (Chris Frey), or send me an email to crispy275@comcast.net.

Specifically, we are looking for requirements that you needed to obtain coverage (incorporation, etc.), types of coverages (events, Directors & Officers, equipment, etc.).

The name of the agent, underwriter, you get the picture. The end goal is to see if we can identify a national carrier that would be willing to offer coverage to AHA clubs.

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