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  1. jonjon

    December Banter 2018

    A bit snowy. Been coming down hard all morning.
  2. jonjon

    December Banter 2018

    Wait until they are teenagers. Then you will want to rip your own face off . . .
  3. jonjon

    October Discobs Thread

    Yep, its on tap and we're selling it in canned four packs for the first time on a limited basis.
  4. jonjon

    October Discobs Thread

    There will be some decent colors up here this weekend. Just not peak colors like you would expect at this point. Dolly Sods should be colorful.
  5. jonjon

    October Discobs Thread

    The leaves are way behind schedule this year, probably as far behind as I can recall in the 15 years I've lived here. Very little change at this point, we just had our annual Leaf Peepers Festival this past weekend -- although the festival was well attended, there wasn't much to look at unless you went up above 4k in elevation. Whereas, last year we were at or past peak when we had the festival. Good news is that I anticipate the leaf show to be longer lasting this year -- last year it was so dry that the leaves dropped so quickly. We have been so warm and moist this year, which has delayed the change, but should work out for duration.
  6. jonjon

    Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    Picked up close to 1" yesterday. Now up to 155.0". Hopefully that is it!
  7. jonjon

    Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    Picked up 5" more the last couple of days. Up to 154.3". Looks like a little more coming tomorrow/tomorrow night.
  8. jonjon

    Mid-Atlantic snow totals for winter 2017/18

    149.3" so far. Expecting more over the next couple of days.
  9. jonjon

    March Banter

    They are actually ahead of us for the season by about 8" or so. I can't remember the last time they had more than us. A couple of south-tracking storms have helped them this year.
  10. jonjon

    March Discobs Thread

    We've gotten 16" of pure powder love over the last 36 hours or so. Still snowing nicely. Kids got a 2 hour delay this morning, at least. Trying to make a late season run at climo.
  11. jonjon

    March Discobs Thread

    Just upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning out here for 4-8 more inches. Actually a little surprised there wasn't even a school delay today.
  12. jonjon

    March Discobs Thread

    Purple Powder Alert issued by White Grass. Last week's snow was beaten back into a hard base by the March sun over the weekend, but we were blasted by 7" of powder overnight and due for another 3-6" plus today and tonight. Should be over 30" for the month by the end of today. Nice to have this shot of winter after the crazy Feb thaw.
  13. jonjon

    March Discobs Thread

    Yes, we got over 13" the last couple of days. Hopped on my XC skis right out my front door and went out into the woods this morning for one of the best ski experiences of my life. Dog loved it, too. We had some base snow left over from last weeks snow so my skis never got wet or iced up, which is unusual where I went, especially in March.
  14. jonjon

    March Discobs Thread

    Nice upslope snows the last couple of days has added a foot to our totals. Looks like an epic XC ski weekend out this way!
  15. jonjon

    February Banter Thread

    We now have two NE IPAs -- we just added "Multiple Hopgasms" last week and its been a big hit. Our "Six Legged Frog" has also been very popular. The key to those beers isn't so much what you do on the brew day, its the dry hop that is most important. (your malt recipe, of course, needs to be appropriate -- a good amount of white wheat is necessary -- I love adding a little Golden Naked Oats as well). We don't add much if any hops to the boil, maybe a little FWH to get some bitterness, but we add a huge amount to the whirlpool right after the boil. We whirlpool for about a half hour then transfer through the heat exchanger to cool on its way to the fermenter. We've found it works best to dry hop in two doses, one on about day four while there is still active fermentation (for the yeast/proteins and hop oils to marry for good cloudiness and hop flavor). Then a second dose after fermentation is complete and we've gotten the beer off the yeast (for that clean hop aroma). We normally dry hop at 55 degrees (we lower to that temp to get the yeast to drop -- Sean Lawson taught me that) but in this case the first dry hop will be at fermentation temp, which when we use 1318 yeast (I hope that is what you are using for yeast) is about 67 degrees. Hope that helps!
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