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All Things Food / The Art of Fermentation
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:26:09 AM »
Sandor Katz has out a new book, getcha some.

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:04:35 AM »
The home page has several document links which should answer most questions.

The exam structure document in particular.

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Just for fun

Commercial Beer Reviews / Zombie Killer
« on: March 19, 2012, 04:37:17 AM »
Not really a review, but a great choice to accompany the season finale of TWD. Very nice cherry cyser.

All Things Food / Ninja 1100
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:06:20 PM »
Just picked up a Ninja 1100 Kitchen System at Costco for $94. We already have something that will do everything it will, but I figured for less than 100 beans what the heck. Anyone else got one and any experience with this beast?

General Homebrew Discussion / Batch 500
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:40:55 PM »
No, not me.

We have a local homebrewer who only makes extract batches and brewed his 500th batch on February 28, 2012. Someone checked some old notes and found he discussed batch 295 back on October 14, 1998. So 205 batches in 13 years 4 months. Using rough math that comes out to 160 months or a batch every 3 weeks.

That's impressive!

Commercial Beer Reviews / Newcastle Founder's Ale
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:02:55 PM »
I had not heard of this one, but it was on at the pub tonight. According to the beer menu it was first available in the US on 1/12/12. I don't have a regular Newcastle for comparison, but it appears to ne the same color. They served it really cold (though not a frosted glass). Seems drier that the regular and just a tad more bitter. More of an English Pale Ale than a brown and I get just a very slight bit of diacetyl, but it is not detrimental to the flavor at all.

Wish I had not had a Celebration to start the night, but this might fall in line as a nice bitter. I just noticed the ABV is listed at 4.8%. Very quaffable, but certainly a session beer.

I thought when it hit the table it was gonna be a brown, what a surprise to find a bitter. Anyonw tried it with a clean palate?

PS: excuse my spelling, working off my phone.

The Pub / Beer Hunter: The Movie - Kickstarter
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:23:06 AM »
I haven't seen anyone post about this, perhaps I missed it.

They need another 20K by the end of January. C'mon, for 60 beans you can get the movie, a T-shirt and credit in the film...C'mon!!!

The Pub / Blue Rhino
« on: November 22, 2011, 05:27:24 AM »
This probably belongs in the general homebrewing, but I figured I'd stick it here.

For years we complained on rcb, well, maybe I complained, about Blue Rhino not giving 20lb fills on their exchanges. It appears a class action lawsuit is moving forward. If you have documentation you can receive compensation up to $150. Since no one keeps records that long the payout is $7.50.

I guess that's acceptable since I only got taken once by them.

More info:

Commercial Beer Reviews / Kirkland Case
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:40:31 AM »
Decided to give the Kirkland Case at Costco a whirl. Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Amber Ale and a Belgian Witbier. I can stomach the Pale and the Witbier, although neither is much more exciting than watching paint dry. The IPA is a pretty good Pale Ale. The Amber was drain cleaner last night. I'll try them all again at least 5 more times, but my vote would be to pass on this one... ;)

Events / SAN to Town and Country shuttle at NHC?
« on: April 22, 2011, 05:23:50 AM »
For some reason I seem to recall there was to be an airport shuttle to the Town and Country. I cannot find any information on that now. Anyone know, or if there is no shuttle, what is the cost to get to the airport?

Homebrew Competitions / Ribbon Supplier
« on: March 07, 2011, 05:22:11 AM »
I've shared this on the BJCP forums in the past, but thought someone else might be in the market for an excellent ribbon supplier.

We use Southeast Ribbon & Badge out of Roxboro, NC. We scoured the local area and the web and found with shipping and local taxes they always win.

We order the Classic Single 3-Str for 1,2,3 (blue, red, white) and Triple Classic for 1,2,3 BOS (blue, red, white). Since we order over 100 of the Single the price drops to $1.50 per ribbon, the BOS ribbons are $3.80 ea since we don't order those in volume.
These are substantial ribbons, triple streamers with large rosettes. 

Our setup charge is $25 due to custom artwork, and there are about $3 in place change charges. Shipping is per $ ordered:

Sharon does a great job and it really has saved us some money over the past 4-5 years of doing business with her. The last invoice was less than $2 per ribbon with all charges, shipping, and tax.

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