Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
>Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 19:16:53 -0700
Subject: RE: [Distillers] Re: Get togethers
>--- Robert Hubble <zymurgybob@...> wrote:
>> Like a lot of us, I'd dearly love to have a tasting get-together, so I'm
>> corrupting some friends to achieve a local group of stillers. The social
>> taste-the-fractions/make-the-cut parties are great for objective evaluation
>> of a product, and just sippin' and musin'.
>Unfortunately, I don't have too many friends who would really "get" a little
>stillin' party ('cept one...and I sometimes still at his house). I need to
>work on that. However, as the skill improves, fewer people cringe when I
>present the "here, taste this" and even so far as to actively ask what's new/
I just got off the phone with my most recent corruptee (and I think there's
one more in the pipeline) in the process of doing his second run (aside from
tests) on his brand new 16-gallon potsill. He was beerstripping (but slowly)
a turbo-sugar wash, and at 86C head temp (when our conversation ended),
he says the product was sweet and smooth.
>> A few months ago, in Portland, Oregon, there was some sort of distillers'
>> convention. At the time I thought it was strictly for commercial (legal)
>> practitioners, but some scuttlebutt makes me think that perhaps it included
>> lots of us bandit distillers. I think maybe I missed a good bet by not
>>Looking through the roll call of ADI's 2007 conference, (
>>http://distilling.com/attendees2007.html ) it appears that nearly 1/4 of the
>>attendees aren't affiliated with a distillery or organization. When I was in
>>Portland touring Rogue, our guide was David Cook (in attendance at the
>>conference) and afterward, when I mentioned aspirations of my own, he
>>recommended getting in with ADI. He also said that a noticeable number were
>>(to paraphrase) guys in mid-life crises or retired and thought a distillery
>>might be a fun project, having no clue what it entails. I also noticed that
>>Ian Smiley was in attendance...to pick his brain might be worth the $250 alone
I agree about Smiley. My copy of his book is looking pretty used.
I looked through that list, and was surprised to see not very many John Doe-
looking names, or hotmail addresses. Go figure. If I went to the conference,
I'd consider wearing Groucho glasses, with the fake nose and bushy eyebrows.
I'd be kinda bashful around a group full of "targets of opportunity"
>> Thank you Sir, may I have another?
A simple potstiller
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