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Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:33:09 AM »
Should be 'Congrats to the lucky 3400' -- That's a lot of homebrewers to wrangle.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 06, 2013, 09:24:58 AM »
Haven't read the post yet but if anyone thinks you don't save time kegging over bottling they're definitely "mad". Takes 10-15 minutes to strip apart a corny and another 10-15 minutes to rack. And I would argue it isn't necessary to strip apart a corny every time. I also think homebrewed draft beer often tastes better than homebrew bottled beer due to oxidation in bottled beer.
FWIW - there is also filling CO2 tanks, cleaning draft lines, maybe carbonating if you do a shake method ... But for me the biggest time-suck of bottling is delabelling bottles. If I were buying nice new bottles it would be faster, but more expensive. Then again, my kegs/kegorator cost as much as dozens of cases of bottles. 

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Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:35:32 AM »
Then the AHA posted the direct link on FB and I shared it far and wide.

I'm just curious, was this the only way the AHA reported the direct link?
They probably couldn't email it out since the same servers bogged down by registration requests would be running their email system.  For a while ALL AHA websites were non-responsive.

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:32:03 AM »
Maybe i needed this guy :o
Got it. My bad. That would have helped. I understand the concept though. If it's anything like brewing, cheesemaking will just encourage me to buy more great cheese too.
 
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The ricotta cheese question was separate. I've read where people make mozzarella and then take the left over whey that is strained and make ricotta.
The whey is pretty much water with some dissolved sugars. I'm not sure how you'd get ricotta out of it since the proteins and fats are pretty much removed - unless the curd forms badly leaving a lot of that in the whey.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:02:55 AM »
Good stuff.  I think it is always important to challenge the "accepted truths" of homebrewing. 
Look at all those no chill freaks down south ;)

I guess for me, kegging really is a time saver over bottling.  I understand his point however.

Cheers.
I did find myself wondering about that last time I took apart a keg to clean it.  Secondary fermentation would have to be on my top 10.
 
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While the internet deserves credit as a great resource to homebrewers, it has also lead to ideas and “facts” being repeated by people who assume they are true "because someone on a message board said so."
Say whaaat?

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:56:41 AM »
I've been wanting to make fresh mozzarella for a long time.  It must have been great if you are already making it again. Did you also make ricotta from the leftover whey the first time?  I could see myself making this a lot. When do you add the Lipitor?
It was very good, but mostly I just like making things myself.  The comment about ricotta was because of over-pasteurized milk. You can use pasteurized milk, but some companies are heating milk higher than minimal pasteurization temperatures to get longer shelf lives. The closer it gets to ultra-pasteurization, the more caesin (the protein that forms curds) is destroyed. That's what happened to me and I wound up with curdled milk. I strained it in a mesh bag to get something similar to ricotta. It's good, but it's not mozzarella.
 
Lipitor? That's a cholesterol drug. You mean rennet I think.  The recipe and process were very similar to this.
 
http://www.cheesemaking.com/howtomakemozzarellacheese.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / The Mad Fermentationist's Top 10 Myths
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:24:02 AM »
I thought this was a good read. What do you think? Anything you'd add/change/delete?
 
http://www.themadfermentationist.com/2013/02/caramunich-isnt-caramelize-munich-and-9.html

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All Things Food / Re: Mozzarella
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:43:29 PM »
Tried again tonight, but with milk from a different source - a more local dairy (a big local dairy though). Complete disaster! Sounds exactly what happens with ultra-pasteurized milk (it was not marked ultra). We have some nice ricotta though.

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Events / Re: Congrats to the lucky few
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:47:51 PM »
Next year AHA should just post direct links and not try to funnel through their own page. It's a bad idea.

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Events / Re: Parking at NHC?
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:45:31 PM »
Philly parking authority has a few garages closer to the hotel in the mid-$30 range, but this one is the least expensive. It's on the other side of the convention center.
http://philapark.org/locator/location-details.php?FacilityId=627&sLat=39.9538&sLng=-75.1579&sN=Pennsylvania%20Convention%20Center

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Events / Re: NHC - Registering Family, Multiple Members
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:04:43 PM »
What is a non-member guest not permitted to take part in? Seminars? Beer samples?

No restrictions, they just need a member to register them.

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Events / Re: NHC - Registering Family, Multiple Members
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:02:44 PM »
I was unable to purchase just the banquet ticket.  Not sure why, it let me select it, then when I wnet to the next page, it wanted me to select one of the other options, which is not an option.
If you go back and click "View or Change your Existing Registration" you should be able to add it. Click "Agenda" by your name.
Oh I misunderstood what you were trying to do.

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Events / Re: Banquet Registration: Am I doing it right?
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:20:03 PM »
Thursday is only 3 hours of seminars and they are all repeated on Friday/Saturday. Thursday socials are still included in the "No Thursday" ticket.

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Events / Re: NHC - Registering Family, Multiple Members
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:15:33 PM »
I was unable to purchase just the banquet ticket.  Not sure why, it let me select it, then when I wnet to the next page, it wanted me to select one of the other options, which is not an option.
If you go back and click "View or Change your Existing Registration" you should be able to add it. Click "Agenda" by your name.

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Events / Re: Conference website
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:12:54 PM »
Part of the problem was the registration site could easily handle the traffic, but the AHA's portal to that site was bogged down. For a while you couldn't open homebrewersassociation.org, the forum, anything.  This link was going around, which helped.
 
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1191982

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