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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy Hell....its hot-side aeration
« on: October 21, 2012, 11:05:39 AM »
I'm a firm believer that pre-boil HSA doesn't exist. However on the other side of the boil I'm not as adamant.

My suggestion would be to change your process and eliminate all sources of aeration until the wort is relatively cool (say less than 80F). Then evaluate your beers and see if they have changed significantly. Now don't change anything else or you'll never pinpoint the reason for what you are tasting.

The Pub / Re: Returning Commercial Kegs
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:58:52 AM »
Part of the problem is the distributors don't care because they have no skin in the game. Our local lost almost $45k in kegs in one year because the distributor did not track them down, or perhaps better said, did not track them at all. For a small brewery that is a kiss of death and they are lucky they got by.

Good on you for trying to return the kegs. If it were me I'd go to my local bottle shop who sells kegged beer and ask if I could leave them with him. They generally will be in contact with all the major distributors.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: DFH b****es Brew
« on: October 12, 2012, 12:32:13 PM »
Even better if you run across it on draft. I just found it overly dry.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cramming for a BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:21:25 AM »
Just to point out, you do not need to be a BJCP judge to organize a sanctioned competition.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: DFH b****es Brew
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:08:57 AM »
I'm gonna bump this one to the top. I did not find any when it was first released and now our area is getting it in bottles. I happened upon it on draft the other night and found it dry, bone dry in fact. Just didn't quite work for me, but the bottles might prove different. I know people who got it raved about this when it first came out, but I wonder if that was partly based on hype or if that original beer was that much better.

Or I am just getting old and picky?  :o

The Pub / Re: Credit cards
« on: September 28, 2012, 06:28:21 AM »
Part of your credit score is the amount of credit utilized vs available. So if you have like a $1000 limit and use 50% of that on a monthly basis and everything else is equal you will have a lower credit score than someone with a $25000 limit and using that same $500 per month.

Homebrew Clubs / Very proud of CARBOY!
« on: August 29, 2012, 06:34:20 AM »
Words don't express how proud I am of CARBOY (Cary-Apex-Raleigh Brewers Of Yore), our local homebrewing club. I had nothing to do with this particular event, but much of the rest of the club participated and helped with all the organization. In the end the bottle auction held on Saturday raised almost $15,000 to help one of our members who had an accident which damaged his spinal cord.

The photos from the event are here:

If you care to make a contribution to Jarrad's recovery fund the information is here:

There are rumblings we may make this an annual charitible event.

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It should be noted another NC club, CBM, has donated a total of over $350,000 to charity and civic organizations since 2001 starting with a $1,000 donation in 2001

Beer Travel / Re: Brewpubs in Culpeper, VA?
« on: August 04, 2012, 04:31:03 AM »
Once upon a time I had to spend a few days in Altoona, PA for work. Things may have changed since then, but there was a whole lotta nothing there back then. I drove to State College...

Beer Travel / Re: Brewpubs in Culpeper, VA?
« on: August 03, 2012, 06:27:48 AM »
I think you are SOL.

You can drive over to Fredericksburg and there is a Capital Ale House

Or down to Charlottesville and not too far away in Crozet is Starr Hill (not a brewpub, but has a tasting room). If you do hit Charlottesville, my favorite watering holes are Timberwood Grill, Mellow Mushroom and Beer Run. I haven't been to Michael's in forever and I hear good things about Horse & Hound Gastropub. South Street is a brewpub in Cville, but I haven't been there in a very long time.

If you feel like driving a little further you can go to Blue Mountain Brewery (brewpub) or Devil's Backbone (brewpub) and there is one called Wild Wolf (brewpub) I am not familiar with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: re-using cooling water
« on: July 19, 2012, 04:29:16 AM »
I have used our collected water in rain barrels for initial cooling and then a recirculating ice bucket to finish the job. It works well, but the dragging hoses and setting it up it a pain.

All Things Food / Re: meat slicers
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:35:51 AM »
I do not have one, but I once worked in a deli for four years where we had two Hobart slicers. They are sharp as all dickens and be sure to get one which has an integral sharpening device (or it may have been bolt on, the memory fades). I think the ones we had were a few grand each way back in the day. If you get one, also get the cut resistant gloves since you will have to wear them while cleaning or expect to get cut over and over and it is straight line and painful.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam Grading
« on: July 03, 2012, 12:50:46 PM »
I've been hearing it is faster. Assuming that is so the return should be faster. If I tell you 6 months you won't be disappointed when it takes less  ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale
« on: July 03, 2012, 05:06:31 AM »
I actually find it kinda average. Now it has been 7 years since I penned notes on it and things do change over time. It's just very one-dimensional and lacks complexity.

Beer Travel / Re: Good beer store in Little Rock?
« on: July 01, 2012, 10:28:50 AM »
Man are you making me scratch the back of my brain, I think the best they have is Colonial Wine and Spirits.

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