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The Pub / The Rivalry
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:33:06 AM »
Off to watch the most played rivalry in football, and the longest uninterrupted rivalry series.  In an odd coincidence, two of my homebrew club members (from a club of about 15) also went to this same small engineering school 2800 miles away.  We get together at a bar to watch the telecast.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rivalry_%28Lehigh%E2%80%93Lafayette%29

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Going Pro / Going going gone . . .
« on: November 11, 2012, 06:57:54 PM »
For the last couple of months I've been working at a side job - head brewer at Bluebird Brewing in Seattle.  It's a part time thing, working on a 2 BBL system.  We've got a couple of 3 bbl glycol chilled conicals that are nice, but mostly it is an oversized homebrew system.  MM3, March pump, propane burners, etc.  Kegging in 1/2 bbl sankes.

Bluebird is better known for ice cream - there are three shops around Seattle.  The brewing system is in the back of one of them.  We haven't started selling beer yet, there was a ton to do to get it all up and running, and like I said it's a part time thing.  I finished hooking up an 8 product trunk line this weekend - 4 will be beer, and 4 soda (it's an ice cream shop after all).  The beers will mostly be geared towards things that go well with ice cream, for making floats and stuff - they're really popular.

We'll start selling our beer in one location this Thursday.  The beers will be our coffee porter, strong blonde, and chocolate stout, plus a guest tap of pale ale.  The sodas will be our rootbeer, cream soda, snickerdoodle soda, and a guest tap of ginger beer.

I'm not sure when we'll put our beer on at the second location.  It already has 8 taps and has been selling other people's beer for a year or two, but I'll convert 4 of them for soda and we'll save 3 taps for our beers.  The third location will have to wait until we find some coolers (for the right price) we can use for the beer.

The first two beers (coffee porter, strong blond) were brewed by the guy who set up the system, a pro brewer who is friends with the owner.  He got the system installed and did a couple of test batches, then turned it over to me.  We've since added the two conicals, rebuilt the mill table, installed the draft system, and a bunch of other small projects.  And be "we" I mean me.  The first batch I did was the chocolate stout - it was served at a beer festival this weekend and got 3rd place (out of ~60 beers) in the people's choice voting.

It's a one-man show, and it's been a lot of work, but I'm having fun!

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Equipment and Software / beersmith and lactose
« on: October 26, 2012, 01:41:54 PM »
I've noticed that when you add lactose to a recipe in beersmith it automatically raises the OG and[\i] the estimated ABV.  Since it is unfermentable it should raise the OG and FG by the same amount and have no affect on the ABV.

Anyone have an idea for how to fix this?

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All Things Food / hatch chiles
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:49:42 AM »
I just saw a sign at my local grocery store that they will be roasting hatch chiles next Friday!  I've never seen that around here, so I'm really excited to get a box.

The question then is, what do I do with them?  I'm having a bbq the next day, so I'm thinking of using them make atomic buffalo turds.  Do you think they will hold up?  What else can I do with them?  I'll also be serving pulled pork with a NC style vinegar sauce and some smoked sausages.

Any that don't get used will be vacuum sealed and frozen, no worries there :)

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All Things Food / meat slicers
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:46:25 PM »
I know a few folks on here have them . . . any recommendations?  It's time to start thinking about getting one.

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Events / NHC - wine tasting
« on: June 08, 2012, 01:05:19 PM »
Time is running out to register for the wine tasting event - if we don't get a few more people we're going to be forced to cancel, so sign up now.  We can keep selling until the 17th, but if we're going to cancel we have to do so before that.

This event includes tastes of a half dozen wines, a glass of your choice, plus a buffet, and it's directly across the street from the conference hotel!

http://www.ahaconference.org/events/associated-events/

Friday, June 22, 2012
Washington Wine & More / Black Bottle Postern
919 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Details:
    Within walking distance
    Buffet included
    Must be 21 or over
   
$65

Forget the rental car, map and designated driver. We’re bringing Washington wine country to you!

This walk-to event features a generous line-up of Washington state wines, specially selected to showcase the diversity of styles and premium quality for which Washington has become known nationally. Your ticket includes a buffet and six 2 oz samples, along with a full glass of wine — your choice.

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Events / pre conference events
« on: May 16, 2012, 10:35:29 AM »
Hi everyone, if you are going to the NHC in June, come early and see the sights!  We have a bunch of pre-conference events planned - if you are thinking about joining a tour, sign up today, some of the tours have already sold out and the others are getting close.
http://www.ahaconference.org/events/pre-conference-events/


For those with just the social package for the conference, check out some of the other events we have scheduled within walking distance of the hotel.
http://www.ahaconference.org/events/associated-events/

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All Things Food / curing meat
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:42:35 PM »
I got this link for a home meat curing setup.  Looks pretty awesome and easy, I might do it soon.  I think I just need to buy the humidity controller, I should have everything else.

http://mattikaarts.com/blog/charcuterie/meat-curing-at-home-the-setup/

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The Pub / texts from my dog
« on: April 13, 2012, 11:59:42 PM »
These are hilarious - texts from my dog
http://textsfromdog.tumblr.com/


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Beer Travel / PHL
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:10:56 AM »
I'm flying into Philly in a week or so, but will need to wait ~3 hours for a ride.  I figure I can entertain myself at the airport by finding a place to have some beers.  On the other hand, I can catch a cab to Monk's and wait for a ride there.

I'm leaning towards Monk's over the airport bar, but any other recommendations?

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All Things Food / lime leaf source
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:41:27 AM »
I'm trying to find a source for fresh Thai lime leaves, aka makrut, aka kaffir lime leaves.  My old source seems to be having problems, I don't know if they are still open.

Does anyone have a source that has quality fresh leaves and isn't crazy expensive?  There are sources that are $30 an ounce, which is silly.  I'm thinking more like $8 an ounce, which is more than I paid last time but still reasonable.

I'm going to check locally when I'm near the appropriate stores, but I hate to go on a wild goose chase.

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Questions about the forum? / new
« on: March 29, 2012, 12:22:47 AM »
Is anyone looking at the problem with the new button?  It takes me to the top of the page with the newest post, but not to that post.  When I looked at this previously the URL had the wrong message number in it.  See this message:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11015.msg137905#msg137905

Of course, when I follow that link it takes me to the right page but not to the right message. ::)


Anyone?


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The Pub / spill proof beer
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:10:20 AM »
Of course it would be much easier if you just drank it all before dancing . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0mv7OhXYThk

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