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The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:34:13 AM »
Mike, is yours the only club in the RDU area?  I would have guessed there were more or at least one large club.

We have two clubs in the area, Carboy and Trub is 20 min down the road in Durham. Trub is more into the tasting aspect. We have clubs scattered across the state, DEA, ATF, BBG, CBM, MALT, High Country, CLASS, Worthawgs...I might be missing one. The problem is NC is a wide state. MALT's (Asheville) closest club is an hour away, next 1.5, then 2.5, 4, it makes it tough to offer assistance. CBM (Charlotte) closest are about 1-1.5 hours, and I believe they could handle it, but they already put on a beer festival for 5000 people and it drains their members and takes a ton of planning. The NHC would really be a killer.

All Things Food / Re: A culinary abortion!
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:24:08 AM »
Yep, I always made it without boiling the noodles. Pretty simple, more sauce...

All Things Food / Re: A culinary abortion!
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:23:21 PM »
I made the WORST pumpkin pie once. The crust was perfect, the recipe was stellar, I inadvertently ground up too much clove. I couldn't even choke it down and dumped it without even letting my wife taste it.

My mother makes the absolute worst stuffing at Thanksgiving and Christmas year after year. It is gray, made from leftover (and then frozen) breads and biscuits and could be used for bricks. My father appears to love it and I've always thought it was awful. It's the only thing she makes which is bad and she continues to make it the same way. Uggg...

The Pub / Re: Convention prices... :-(
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:18:34 PM »
The ideal locale in NC is of course Asheville, but the airport is minuscule and there is no large convention facility. The better airports are over an hour away and it would strain everyone to do it, so I doubt it would happen. Raleigh or Charlotte could put on the show from a facility standpoint, but our club isn't large enough to host in Raleigh and IMO Charlotte isn't quite there from a pre-conference standpoint unless the brewery tour was to Asheville (not an impossibility and potentially a HECK of a good time). The Charlotte club is massive and certainly has the manpower to handle it, the willpower might be another story  ;)

I don't actually know, but if the Volumes of CO2 were equal I would think they would carbonate in the same time OR the cold would carbonate quicker due to the higher solubility at cold temps.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aerating with a Mix-Stir
« on: January 12, 2011, 03:07:33 PM »
I've said it before and I'll say it again...MixStir ROCKS!

The Pub / Re: On the road again
« on: January 07, 2011, 11:57:40 AM »
I went to the Wine Rack and they have a pretty decent selection. Some nice Belgian, German, British and American craft beers.

I walked out with North Coast Brewing's Red Seal pale ale. Never had it before though it is available to me regularly. Wanted something different. Went to some liquor stores and a couple Albertsons. They have ok selection and even a couple I can't find in my neck of the woods. Like Becks' Dark. 

Inquired about The Hemmingway. Supposed to have some good beer selection but not on tap- well Bass on tap is pretty good. Maybe a taxi is in order tomorrow.

Cap I'm not itchy yet. But a search didn't return much. I can only imagine it's insane...

This great though. Wish I'd brought it up a few days ago and been better prepared. 

Add them to beermapping, then others can find them as well ;)

The Pub / Re: On the road again
« on: January 06, 2011, 06:11:32 AM »
I just run beermapping on the GPS. Occasionally it will be missing something (probably my fault for not updating the maps for my GPS or not entering the establishment), but generally it covers the topic well.

The Pub / Re: Energy usage and programmable thermostats
« on: January 05, 2011, 05:42:07 PM »
I once lived in a house heated by two gas fired heaters and two window unit AC units. Heat was astronomical in the uninsulated home. I seem to recall 1500-2000 per heating season. Cooling was much less. My take away was insulation is KING!

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:58:52 AM »
I guess the true sign you are getting old is when you are no longer asked for ID of the local sports facilities cards everyone...makes me feel young again  ;)

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 10:51:18 AM »
I kinda figured Mikey for one of those people who would refuse to pay taxes...kind of a Wesley Snipes fan and all that jazz  ;D

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 09:39:41 AM »
Some have ZERO tolerance. Drive drunk, never be licensed again...period.

EDIT - I should point out I do not know that for certain, but have been told that before.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 09:18:38 AM »
I guess I'm not following why a license check is a problem. They have done them in NC since way before I started driving and I've been tooling around legally for almost 28 years. It's not about treating everyone as a criminal, it's about getting those who are in violation.

Don't forget DUI/DWI is about more than alcohol, it could be drugs - illegal or otherwise.

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OTOH - Florida has always been a speed trap.

The Pub / Re: "No refusal" DUI checkpoints could be coming to Tamp
« on: January 03, 2011, 07:37:56 AM »
I didn't read the middle pages of the thread, but in NC refusal to take a breathalyzer is an automatic 1 year revocations of your driver's license.

Since we're in the pub, too many people feel like they have the right to something just because they live on the earth. Driving a car is a privilege, not a right.

As far as driving through the checkpoints, I've been through many in NC and once during college was definitely above the legal limit and SHOULD NOT have been driving. If you are calm with the officer and everything checks out they will generally let you on your merry way.

One night about 20 years ago I got stopped (blue lights, siren, over to the side) as the DD driving a friends car with a digital speedometer. The cops gave me grief and I did give them what for...they had no reason to stop me and I let them know I was within the speed limit and was driving as I should have been. Eventually they let us go, but I would guess the rookie that pulled us might have gotten an earful from her superior. Nowadays I'd probably have to throw out the "don't taze me bro" statement for good measure. ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Weyerbacher Tiny
« on: January 01, 2011, 05:22:23 PM »
The list of Weyerbacher beers I have had which I would purchase a second bottle (or even glass) of is very short...YMMV

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