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I hope Moonlight Brewing loses and I hope it costs them lots of money in the process.

Ingredients / Cleopatra Hops
« on: April 05, 2016, 06:34:53 AM »
I was at one of my local breweries last night and they had a single hop pale ale on using Cleopatra hops. I tried to find out some information on the hops and really haven't come up with much so I thought I would ask here. The brewer didn't have any real information either, it was a hop his supplier had so he thought he would give it a try. The aroma was fantastic for the pale ale, but the bittering was a bit understated. I could see this hop for aroma in pale ales and IPAs, but didn't know if someone had more experience with them or more information to offer.

The Pub / Laptop/Desktop
« on: March 29, 2016, 06:19:08 AM »
My desktop bit the dust for the second time and it was running XP so I figure it is time to destroy the hard drive and let it go. I cannot get it to boot even in safe mode so unless someone has a nifty means to access the hard drive I'll most likely just take it apart and hit it with a hammer.

I need to replace my current old laptop which is also XP. My wife has a laptop so I could potentially go into another desktop or I could get a laptop as the home computer. Most of you guys are far more advanced in computers than I will ever be again, but looking for solid inexpensive options for replacement. I have an iPad so touchscreen on a laptop is certainly not a necessity. I believe I have a means for free Office so no worries there. The computer would mainly be utilized for going online and some light use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It needs to be able to play a video without issue. I assume now with most laptops a DVD player is a plug in instead of standard. I do not play games on the computer so those capabilities are not required.

Open to all suggestions.

Commercial Beer Reviews / 2006 Three Floyds Dark Lord
« on: March 03, 2016, 07:29:17 AM »
It was awesome, that is all.

The Pub / Draft Magazine Beer Vacation Cruise Contest
« on: January 29, 2016, 12:02:21 PM »
You cannot win if you don't enter!

Events / 2016 BJCP Board Elections: North, Northeast, Mountains/Northwest
« on: January 29, 2016, 07:13:06 AM »
This year three of the seven BJCP Board of Directors positions are up for election. For 2016 those regions are:

North Region
Alaska, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Northeast Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
All countries outside the United States and Canada are also included in this region.

Mountain/Northwest Region
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Potential candidates will need to be nominated (by themselves or others) and have 5 endorsements.

Nominations are now being accepted through February 29. The details can be found here:

The Pub / Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: January 25, 2016, 02:21:30 PM »
I could use your vote for Beer Drinker of the Year. My brief beer resume is on the website, but I was a finalist in 2011 and a semi-finalist in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 which was the last year they held the competition. Please vote for me if you feel so inclined so I can compete in Denver in April!

Thanks and Cheers!

All Things Food / Silicone Baking Mat
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:29:12 AM »
A very long time ago I purchased two Silpats and we used them to death. They had soaked up enough grease due to cooking various things I finally could not get them to a point they did not feel greasy. I probably spent $20-25 each for them.

I purchased a two pack of Amazon Baking Mats recently for less than $12 total (I have Amazon Prime) and have used them a few times since they arrived and I trashed the Silpats. They are as good as Silpat if not better. Highly recommended.

The Pub / Shipping Unshippables
« on: December 12, 2015, 01:22:01 PM »
Which is better currently for shipping things which might not exactly meet policy, FedEx or UPS? Things like yeast samples which may have been legally distilled?

Going Pro / Boscos Nashville Equipment
« on: December 09, 2015, 09:02:48 AM »
Seems like the right place for this. I was alerted the Boscos equipment is up for sale.

Mods - if not the right place, then please move.

All Things Food / Alcohol Removal Time
« on: December 02, 2015, 06:53:55 AM »
While I was on the plane back from Ireland I caught an episode from the first season of Beer Geeks which I thought was an acceptable show, but not especially well put together. There were a couple of gaffes in the episode, one of the worst was regarding cereal mash and decoction, but that is fodder for another discussion.

In it I seem to recall during the dish preparation segment the discussion of cooking off the alcohol. We see this crap all the time on cooking shows and it takes longer to accomplish than most people think.

Here's the reality:

And the study behind it (minus the table):

Commercial Beer Reviews / Terrapin The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA
« on: October 14, 2015, 08:03:50 AM »
Wow, what a letdown. I was expecting Terrapin to pull out the stops and blow my tastebuds away, but what I got was a muted IPA with muddy flavors. I bought two and will certainly consume the second, but perhaps sooner rather than later because it ain't gonna get better with time.

The Pub / Pop The Cap - 10 year anniversary
« on: August 13, 2015, 05:07:19 AM »
I doubt many of you care or give it a second thought, but today (8/13) is the 10 year anniversary of Pop The Cap in NC and we are getting together at Tyler's in Durham to celebrate at 6pm.

I don't remember the exact number of breweries we had in 2005 in NC, but certainly less than 40. Today we have over 140 with 40 more in planning. All we set out to do was change the law to be able to buy beer with an alcohol level above 6%. What we actually did is create a billion dollar industry in the state.

It was a simple change which took quite a bit of effort, but created an industry.

'Malt beverage' means beer, lager, malt liquor, ale, porter, and any other brewed or fermented beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (0.5%), and not more than six percent (6%), fifteen percent (15%), alcohol by volume."

The Pub / NC ALE crackdown
« on: July 22, 2015, 06:57:22 AM »
Looks like we've had a crackdown lately in Western NC by the NC ALE. I suspect this will affect all craft breweries and festivals in the state.

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