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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Let's talk southern tier
« on: May 25, 2012, 02:05:03 PM »
The proper way to have Choklat is to order a German Hefeweizen and have the Southern Tier in one hand and the Hefe in the other and then switch from side to side. Yes indeed!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Organising a BJCP exam
« on: May 25, 2012, 08:52:27 AM »
The very best idea is to contact the Exam Directors.

The exam administrator does not need a particular rank. The Proctors need to be National or above or have a taste score National or above.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting under pressure.
« on: May 24, 2012, 05:05:47 AM »
Long ago I did some experiments with fermenting under pressure. I haven't updated my site in forever and most of my links are broken. First off high pressure may be dangerous depending upon how the container is rated. I seem to recall 45 psi was the pressure Doric yeast reached before it stopped fermenting and then once the pressure was released fermentation started again. I was not trying to see if esters were reduced or any of that jazz.

I found the linky

Beer Travel / Re: Buffalo NY beermergency
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:10:00 AM »
For draft find Alternative Brews


Pizza Plant

Premier is an excellent suggestion for purchasing. I seem to recall the local grocery chain, Wegmans?, having a decent selection.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:38:01 AM »
Asheville ties with Grand Rapids for Beer City USA and is their fourth BCU title.

All Things Food / Re: The Art of Fermentation
« on: May 11, 2012, 02:28:14 PM »
It was pretty simple when I made it...unfortunately I'm not a kraut lover except in small quantities or on a Reuben.

As far as the book, it is a thick hardback and I have only thumbed through it thus far, but it looks outstanding. The last book was just a paperback with a funky colored cover.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues expanding?
« on: May 04, 2012, 05:32:14 AM »

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues expanding?
« on: May 03, 2012, 05:54:32 AM »
Brevard is about 35 miles from Asheville, but it really is not on the beaten path. It certainly was not put there for easy access to trucking routes.

We welcome all breweries, as you can tell ;)

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: May 02, 2012, 01:18:28 PM »
Not to mention we already have 60 breweries in the state. It might be up to 62 now, I actually lose count.

Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:59:52 PM »
Back to the top, now Oskar Blues is opening up a shop in NC near Asheville (Brevard).

So let's recap - first Sierra Nevada, then New Belgium, now Oskar Blues, any bets on who might be next?

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

Beer Travel / Re: Charleston, SC
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:49:25 AM »
With restaurants you almost cannot go wrong and they are starting to have a better beer scene although it can be hit or miss.

For a dive bar I like Gene's Hofbrau

One of my favorite restaurants in the inexpensive EVO (N Charleston)

I really like Red Drum for food as well (Mt. Pleasant)

The food is good at Taco Boy as well

The local breweries are Coast

Holy City


If you are looking for beer bars I would suggest the most up to date info would come from the local bottle shop, ask them for a recommendation

Charleston Beer Works has some locals on

I've not been here, but it looks promising

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To our Governing Committee
« on: April 27, 2012, 06:25:56 PM »
I know when I was Judge Director for the South Region we struggled with the number of entries (583) and ended up having to judge in two cities on the same day to find enough judges. It was a tremendous amount of work and we vowed we would NEVER do it again and have held to that vow. My hat's off to those who can handle the volume. To get to the point, 750 would be impossible for us to manage. So my suggestion would be a reasonable entry limit to allow those interested to enter and to hopefully lower the entry numbers (doubtful) so smaller areas with willing host sites could potentially step forward should someone decide they want to step up to the plate.

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