NHC – Day 3

On June 21, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Travel, by Mark Ranes

Day 3 at NHC and I’m still alive!  Today I attended the following sessions:

Commercial Hop Production and Sales and Its Effect on Homebrewers with Ralph Olson (of Hop Union)

The Equipment Geek with Kent Fletcher

Maintaining Ideal Yeast Health: Nutrients Yeast Need with Dr. Tobias Fischborn (of Lallemand, Inc.)

Yeast: Build Your Own Library with Maribeth Raines

Yeast: Ask the Experts Panel moderated by Justin Crossley (of the Brewing Network), with Tobias Fischborn (of Lallemand, Inc.), Dave Logsdon (of Wyeast), Maribeth Raines, and Chris White (of White Labs)

My family left for home late this morning and I’m already missing them…

As promised here are some random pictures from the last 24 hours:

Charlie Papazian preparing to introduce Sierra Nevada Brewing's founder, Ken Grossman

Charlie Papazian preparing to introduce Sierra Nevada Brewing's founder, Ken Grossman

Ken Grossman leaving the stage after the keynote

Ken Grossman leaving the stage after the keynote

The Going Pro Panel Team

The Going Pro Panel Team

My favorite people at Pacific Coast Brewing for Friday night's dinner

My favorite people at Pacific Coast Brewing for Friday night's dinner

Mmmm!  Pliny the Elder and Green Flash Tripple

Mmmm! Pliny the Elder and Green Flash Tripple

BOAT - Brewery On A Trailer

BOAT - Brewery On A Trailer

Some Guy

Some Guy

The Brewing Network interviewing Charlie Papazian

The Brewing Network interviewing Charlie Papazian

NHC Club Night crowds

NHC Club Night crowds

More NHC Club Night crowds

More NHC Club Night crowds

Eddy didn't come to NHC, but I'm missing his cute underbite!

Eddy didn't come to NHC, but I'm missing his cute underbite!

The BN's Bevo and Some Guy

The BN's Bevo and Some Guy

Some Guy and Mike McDole

Some Guy and Mike McDole

Me, Peter and Some Guy

Me, Peter and Some Guy

Me, John Palmer and Some Guy

Me, John Palmer and Some Guy

Me, Jesse from MoreBeer and Some Guy

Me, Jesse from MoreBeer and Some Guy

This is what Some Guy looks like after staying one too many ales at Club Night

This is what Some Guy looks like after staying for one too many ales at Club Night

Yeast - Ask the Experts Panel

Yeast - Ask the Experts Panel

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At NHC…

On June 20, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Travel, by Mark Ranes

The first couple of days at NHC have been blast!  I’ve been really impressed with the organization of the entire event and I’m particularly pleased that everything starts on time.  Kind of surprised that a bunch of beer guys (and guyettes:) can do that!

Sam Calagione

Sam Calagione

We saw a presentation at 9 a.m. this morning with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head that was great.  Sam is a fantastic presenter and a really funny guy.  He described how they originally developed their continuous hopping process for the 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPA. Sam said he originally found a vibrating hockey game board (you remember these from the 70’s, right:) at a Salvation Army store and had an idea to use it to vibrate a bucket of the hop mix for the IPA.  Unfortunately, the steam from the boil toasted the game board and then the brewer had to continuously throw in handfuls of the hop mix.  Eventually, they developed another automated system, but it was very cool to hear how the innovation process for those ales happened.

Sam also shared some Dogfish Head ales – Midas Touch, 90 Minute IPA and one of my top five favorite ales, Palo Santo Marron.  Noting like ales for breakfast:)

Here are the sessions I’ve attended so far:

Wood Fermentation and Aging with Matt Brynildson for Firestone Walker

Funkification: a 100% Brettanomyces Spontaneously Fermented Mind Dump with Vinnie Cilurizo

Extreme Fermentables with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head

Advanced Homebrewing & Science with Ray Daniels and Randy Mosher

Thinking about Recipes with Ray Daniels and Randy Mosher

Going Pro Panel moderated by Justin Crossley (of the Brewing Network), Tomme Arthur (of Port Brewing and Lost Abbey), Vinnie Cirluzio (of Russian River Brewing), Sean O’Sullivan (of 21st Amendment Brewing), John Pinkerton (of Moon River Brewing)and Keith Lemcke (Vice President of Siebel Institute)

Here are some additional random photos from the last two days.  More to follow!

Sam Calagione, Me, Ken Grossman and some guy who stuck his head into the picture:)

Sam Calagione, Me, Ken Grossman and some guy who stuck his head into the picture:)

Charlie Papazian and me at the Pro-Brewers Night

Charlie Papazian and me at the Pro-Brewers Night

At Pacific Coast Brewing

At Pacific Coast Brewing

The Back Bar at the Trappist in Oakland

The Back Bar at the Trappist in Oakland

Sam Calagione

Sam Calagione

Allagash Hugh Malone Belgian IPA

Allagash Hugh Malone Belgian IPA at The Trappist

Jamil Zainasheff leading the NHC opening toast

Jamil Zainasheff leading the NHC opening toast

Off to NHC!

On June 18, 2009, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Technology, Travel, by Mark Ranes

NHC2009

Stephen and I are off to the National Homebrewers Conference, in Oakland, tomorrow.  The conference is being held at the Oakland Marriott City Center, and there is a BART station right across the street, so the family is joining me to take in the sights of the city.  Stephen and I are staying one night longer than the family so that we can take in the Grand Banquet and National Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony.  We’ll be heading home on Sunday (Father’s Day) where we’ll be showered with the love of our children and partner parenting units.  I will need to stop on the way home, at my local AT&T retail store, to pick up my new 32 GB iPhone 3GS (happy Father’s Day from me to me:)

The conference schedule looks interesting and comprehensive.  I can’t wait to hit the conference floor.  I just hope my liver holds out for three serious days of all things beer and homebrewing!

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Such a Slacker…

On June 5, 2009, in General, Homebrewing, Technology, by Mark Ranes
Grain Handprints

Static electricity handprints on my milled grain tubs!

I’ve been a terrible blogging slacker lately.  I’ve brewed twice – 10 gallons of Two Hearted Ale and another 10 gallons of my house German Hefeweizen.  Unfortunately, work has been very busy as we prepare hundreds of new computers for a brand new middle school that is opening in early August.  I’m off until mid-July, but then it’s back to work earlier than usual to make sure we are ready for all the teaching staff and students as they make their way to a new campus.  I’ll be taking some time off next fall or winter to make up for the additional days I’ll be working this summer.  I hope to do something special with the time off that I normally couldn’t do because I’m working:)

Stephen and I are heading off to the National Homebrewers Conference in Oakland on the 18-20 of this month, so hopefully I’ll have plenty to report here to make up for my month long blogging absence.  I’ll try and catch up on the activities of the last month sometime next week.  Lots of exciting things have been happening with our new brew club, the Central Valley Brewers Guild.

Eddy, the Boston Terrorist, is also keeping us busy.  Thankfully, he’s been sleeping through the night for the last three weeks.  I’m much more attentive in the daylight hours when I haven’t been up watering/pooing a puppy two or three times a night!  All in all, though, we do love us some Eddy in the Lazy Brewer household!

Finally, one of the most exciting thing to hit the Lazy Brewer’s household recently is an AT&T U-verse installation scheduled for this morning.  We’ve been TiVo fans for over six years, but one of our Series 2 TiVos gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago.  With U-verse hitting our neighborhood in the last couple months, the timing was right.  I’m really looking forward to HD programming for my Pioneer Plasma (Series 2 TiVos have never supported HD programming) and even more excited about getting an 18 MB Internet pipe.  I just hope the install goes well.  I hear the TV/Internet part usually goes well but the phone part (VoIP) can be sketchy.  Kind of ironic that the phone company has trouble with the phone part!

Again – sorry for the downtime.  More info to follow next week.

Cheers!

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