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Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 21, 2015, 05:05:07 AM »

Glad all is well with your family and business!

Hope you've had time to squeeze in some brewing here and there.

Thanks Euge! I did actually get to brew recently during a pilot test here:

Otherwise... The marching orders are:
1. finish kitchen remodel
2. redo deck w/ outdoor kitchen
3. set up brewing area in said outdoor kitchen

Hopefully I can get to that in time for winter lagering.

Beer Travel / Re: Los Angeles
« on: April 20, 2015, 12:52:26 AM »
Mostly Staples Center, although I would like to do a small (< 50-60 miles) roadtrip somewhere to a beach - I was thinking Malibu, but really am fine with anything. I'll have a car for a couple days and then it'll be Uber all week long.

Beer Travel / Los Angeles
« on: April 18, 2015, 01:17:29 AM »
Hey guys, long time no talk. Been a busy busy busy busy YEAR and a half practically. All is fine, no health problems, but with three kids and a ton of new business coming in with my company I barely have time to sit down these days.

I'm going to be at Drupalcon in LA from Saturday may 8th through the monday after, the 17th. If any of you guys are in the LA area I'd be happy to bring a few interesting French beer bottles and talk beer in general. And if you have suggestions for good bottle shops that'd be much appreciated as well :-)


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judges are needed in China!
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:18:59 AM »
Does the judge have to have BJCP certification?

Events / 2014 GBBF
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:09:20 AM »
So far it's me, Theoman, and Alikocho. Anybody else going? I'll be there from Tuesday through Friday.

Get used to not having nearly the selection in yeast that you have back home. Brouwland carries the largest variety of Wyeast. White Labs from what I've seen can only be got from the Swedes or the Danes. Brouwland also does not handle their stock very well. I have had several bad or expired yeast batches from them.

I dunno if this is something you can do, but if you're willing to have some Blichmann 55 gallon boilermakers shipped APO I'd be happy to compensate you with a very fun leave in Paris. :-D

Pimp My System / Re: Old Soda Machine Conversion to a Kegerator
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:08:09 AM »
Holy cow. Amazeballs. That thing is awesome!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: April 09, 2014, 02:52:54 AM »
Wow. I'll have one of those, please.

The Pub / Re: Great British Beer Festival
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:23:44 AM »
Hey! I'm planning on going, too! We normally have a vacation freeze in August, but my boss made an exception. What a guy! I'm planning to only go to the festival on the 12th, so I'll take the train in on either the 10th or the 11th and heading back on the 13th.

Bachelor or with the ladyperson? I doubt I'll be doing every single day either (that's a lot of beer). Hopefully we can get some more people on board so as to keep apartment rental costs low.

The Pub / Great British Beer Festival
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:55:33 AM »
Hi everybody,

I'm planning on going to the GBBF this year. It's from August 12th - 16th (Tues through Sat). I'd like to know if anyone else was planning on attending, and if so if you'd be interested in doing a group apartment rental for the occasion. Price for lodging through airbnb looks to be about 1k euros / 1,300 usd for four nights, so if we can get four people that's $350 per person. This would be right next door to the convention center.

Ticket prices for the event itself are £10/day, and beer prices are typical london, around £3-4 for a pint. I've been once and it was a riot. Lots of interesting people, plenty of good beer, mostly British styles of course but there's an 'imports' section as well. Also going on at the same time (I think) is the London Craft Beer Festival, which is £35 for a ticket, glass, and a free sampling from each of the stands.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Technical meeting ideas
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:38:31 AM »
Purely technical. We already have two social meetings per month, and as those are in the evening and as this is France, they don't get started until 9pm. I was used to these sort of things getting going at 6pm and ending around 9 (what they do in London for example), and for most of the social meetings I ended up sitting in the bar by myself waiting around for 2 hours before people started to show up. Thus I figured I'd just start something else that I could do on my own schedule. Fourth Sunday of the month at 1pm is totally doable for me, so I picked that time and now we've got 5 or 6 people scheduled to come by. From what I've seen the majority of the club is not really interested in hearing about how they can improve their beer (even if they could probably use it) so everybody wins.

Homebrew Clubs / Technical meeting ideas
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:05:45 AM »
We're starting a new technically-focused meeting in two weeks and I'm wondering if any of you have ideas about what form these meetings should take, what should be discussed, etc. Our rough draft is currently: 30 min presentation, 5 min Q&A, 15-30 min BJCP style example discussion, 30 min 'what happened to my beer?' panel and then 30 min -> ??? general discussion.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:22:40 AM »
So if I understand correctly, the Germans call their beer shops "Drinking Centers." I love Germany.

I just gotta make it out there this summer. It sounds like so much fun.

Ingredients / Re: Needed... 16.5 Tons of Pilsner Malt
« on: January 09, 2014, 05:35:50 AM »
Does it have to be from the US? I can talk to my guy at Castle Malting...

The Pub / Re: Plywood face frames?
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:02:19 AM »
Should have clarified, my problems related to planing and whatnot are due to stupid wood dimensions here. You cannot buy "standard dimensions" (even EU standard) because hardwood isn't sold to the general public in pre-cut form, it's only available in specialty shops as rough sawn wavy planks. Hence my need of many, many tools...

Plywood is the thickness it is.  You can't plane it so I can understand your concerns a bit more.  I would love a planer but have not found the right justification for it yet.

Good luck and have fun with the project.


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