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|Login problems fixed.|
Posted by Chris on 15 Feb 2011 13:23
In an effort to eliminate the issue of people getting "you have exceeded the maximum number of login attempts" messages and having to solve the CAPTCHA, we have blocked several anonymous proxy networks. ALL of the hacking attempts were coming from these IP addresses, and since we have blocked them a few days ago there have been 0 attempts...
If you havent logged on since all this started, you may get the message and be required to solve the captcha, but the problem shouldn't return... Unfortunately this may block some people who were using the anonymous proxies to get to the site legitimately, but the alternative is to leave them unblocked, inconveniencing every user of the site every time they logon...
We have also blocked large amounts of China, Bulgaria and Russia's IP space due to the large amount of spam/fake registrations from those areas (and the fact that we have had 0 legitimate users from those areas)
|'You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts'|
Posted by Chris on 08 Feb 2011 11:19
Several users have had issues when logging in for the first time on any given day when they get a message "You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts" and have to re-enter their usename/password and type in the captcha. This is a known issue with many high-profile forums... (see http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=2115563&start=15 for some more info).. It appears that infected computers have some malicous programs running on them that are performing systematic attacks on user's passwords for many forums on the internet, once they get in they are saving a list of the usernames and passwords to be used for spam... The requirement to complete the captcha makes it impossible for these malicious automated password cracking attempts to continue, but unfortunately it also affects us when we attempt to logon while these attacks are underway... There have been many other forums that have reported the same problems, the people who make the PHPbb software are aware of this and hopefully they will deliver a fix that blocks consecutive bad logons on a per IP basis rather than on a per user basis sometime soon...
Here is a quote from one of the many other forums being hit with the same attacks: ( http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?p=170999#p170999 )
A number of our members have reported receiving the "You exceeded the maximum number of login attempts" message while trying to login to the forum, and are then prompted to enter the confirmation code as well as their username and password.
Unfortunately it seems that several phpbb based forums have been attacked in the same manner which involves a bot persistently trying to login to member's accounts. The forum software catches this and after 3 attempts prompts with the challenge question.
There is no indication that the bot has ever got past this challenge (as it is specific to our forum) as it would require both the correct password, and the correct challenge answer.
I have been using the 'log me in automatically' feature on my home machines and it has helped a lot...
|Death to Spammers!|
Posted by bourbonv on 05 Jan 2010 18:50
In order to prevent spammers, I have changed the permissions so that I have to approve new members. I am sorry if this inconviences new members, but I am tired of deleting spam.
|New Administrator & New Moderator and Moderator Promotion|
Posted by Mark on 09 May 2009 11:50
I have posted this in this thread found here but I also wanted to make an announcement about it as well.
In light of what has happened with a few spammers lately it has become necessary to have a few more eyes and ears out there to help watch out for the site. Besides watching the site for these type of people it's also a way to reward people for their time and dedication to not jsut the site but everything they do for their love of bourbon and friendship.
It is our honor to make BourbonV an Admin on the site! Also, we are proud to promote Brewer to a Global Moderator and also help us welcome Mozilla as a new Moderator!
Chris and I think that with some changes made, some which will be made and with the help of our staff (who as you know all do this in their own time to help out the community) BourbonEnthusiast will be safer from the exploits of these... Well, I'll put it politely, scumbags.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
Mark and Chris
|Problems registering? Does it say your email is banned?|
Posted by Mark on 20 Mar 2008 17:39
To all the new members who may be trying to register and are having problems:
Is it saying your email address has been banned? That's because unfortunately some time ago we had to disallow email addresses from many 'free' based sites such as hotmail, yahoo, gmail etc. The spam/porn people creating bs accounts became too numerous to deal with. We do not do anything with your email address, heck we never even look at them, so please feel safe using your regular email from your isp. For example roadrunner, aol, comcast, any email that works except like I said, from the free email sites.
Thank you for your understanding in these matters and we sincerely hope you can understand why we have had to enact this. It has and will continue to make a more pleasurable site for everyone.
|Latest Industry News|
|BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY PUTS RUMORS TO REST|
Posted by Roscoe on 18 Aug 2014 10:34
BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY PUTS RUMORS TO REST
Company Dispels Rumors about Popular Brands Going Away, Price Increases, and More
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
August 17, 2014
After providing a recent update to its fans about the bourbon shortage the Distillery currently faces, the rumor mill spun into overdrive as a few folks speculated on why it was difficult to find their favorite Buffalo Trace bourbons on liquor store shelves.
"Many people dismissed the warning about our bourbon shortage, speculating that this was a publicity stunt we conceived to sell more bourbon. That's simply not true. We only provided the update to consumers, retailers, and bartenders in an honest and forthright attempt to explain why bottles seem so scarce these days. Many liquor stores across the country may have empty shelves, and we felt an obligation to explain why," said Kris Comstock, bourbon marketing director. "While we cannot speak for the bourbon industry as a whole, our bourbon shortages are a very real problem, driven by increased demand for the brands. Every single one of ou...more
|Don't believe everything you read on bourbon bottles|
Posted by Roscoe on 08 Aug 2014 11:56
Don't believe everything you read on bourbon bottles
Not every bourbon is made by the company that is listed on its label. The practice of contract distilling has become a hot topic of debate as the industry grows.
Source: Business First
David A. Mann
If you follow the bourbon industry closely, you're familiar with the debate over the concept of contract products.
Bourbon takes a while to make. Many distillers let it age for four to seven years before they'll sell it. Some age it even longer.
So how can a start-up company invest tens of thousands of dollars to build a distillery, hire the staff to make bourbon, buy expensive barrels to age it and then wait four to seven years to actually sell something and make a profit?
For many younger bourbon brand, the answer has been contracting.
They get a larger distiller to make the bourbon, then bottle and sell it under their label. The debate is about whether that's an honest business practice.
Last week, a panel discussion at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, featuring some Kentucky and Tennessee distillers, touched on this ...more
|Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection|
Posted by Roscoe on 02 Jun 2014 11:41
Buffalo Trace Proves Where Whiskey Is Aged Is As Important As How Long
Source: Drink Spirits
May 30, 2014
Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection
There's a major misconception in the American Whiskey space that older whiskey is better whiskey. This is simply not true. Unlike Scotch whisky where age is a better indication of the maturation cycle, the factors that impact American whiskey are not as easily quantified. American whiskey is often made from a majority of corn and aged in newly charred American oak barrels in a climate with fairly dramatic climate swings. Scotch whisky is made from malted barley, has the luxury of using a variety of casks (most often previously used ex-bourbon barrels), and is aged in a temperate climate with smaller swings in temperature.
The result of all this is that American whiskeys have a dramatically different sweet spot than Scotch whisky. It's widely accepted that American whiskey, aged in the US, has a sweet spo...more
|Diageo to build a new distillery|
Posted by bourbonv on 30 May 2014 12:04
Here is a link to the article in the C-J. They spent millions on Bernheim as well but you know how long that lasted.
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/mo ... y/9719543/...more
|Bourbon Aged on Three Different Warehouse Floors|
Posted by Roscoe on 23 May 2014 14:24
BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY EXPERIMENTS WITH AGING BARRELS ON DIFFERENT WAREHOUSE FLOORS
Bourbon Aged on Three Different Warehouse Floors Are the Latest Experiment in this 12-Year-Old Bourbon Release
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
May 22, 2014
What happens when you age the exact same bourbon, for the same length of time, but on different warehouse floors? Does the altitude make a difference? Buffalo Trace Distillery attempts to find out in its latest experiment.
The Warehouse Floors Experiment was started in 2001, when Buffalo Trace's Rye Mash recipe #1 was put into barrels and then aged on floors one, five, and nine of Warehouse K. This brick warehouse has nine wooden floors in total and was chosen for this experiment due to the variety of tastes it provides during the aging process. Here's how the experiment panned out:
The barrels aged on the first floor of Warehouse K resulted in a bourbon with a delicate flavor, subtly sweet, with a very mild oak taste.
Barrels aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse K yielded a bourbon that tasted of sweet vanilla and a light caramel, co...more
|Cleveland Filson Bourbon Academy|
Posted by bourbonv on 21 May 2014 11:33
I am going to be in Cleveland on June 8 doing a Filson Bourbon Academy at the Winking Lizard Party Center. If you live inn the area and are interested here is the link to sign up. Note that USBG members get in at the reduced rate of $75.
http://filsonhistorical.org/event/filso ... veland-oh/...more
|Questions from a newb about the Kentucky Bourbon Affair?|
Posted by coffeecupman on 05 Apr 2014 03:50
Good morning all,
Having recently decided to get serious about bourbon, this is the first year that I have seen any mention of the Kentucky Bourbon Affair.
I have some questions that I hope someone can help me with:
1. How many years has this been running?
2. Since this event follows Derby weekend, doesn't the liquor shopping stink during this week? What I mean is, haven't the derby folks all scoured the liquor stores and visitor centers, leaving the inventory of rare and interesting specimens decimated? Would it be fair to say that the week after the Affair, when even more bourbon-loving tourists have passed through, seems to be about the worst time of the year to shop the liquor stores surrounding the Bourbon Trail?
3. Sort of related to the above - For all the tours that I read the outline of, only Woodford and some other one seemed to offer a special selection bourbon to be exclusively released for the Affair. I have heard that some producers release special product in advance of the Sept Bourbon Festival, but don't know this for sure. Are some producers pre-releasing...more
|Bourbon memorabilia show|
Posted by bourbonv on 04 Apr 2014 10:41
Here is a link to a fun event at the Filson in May. http://kybourbontrail.com/get-dusty-bot ... on-affair/...more
|Liquor giants battle over Tennessee whiskey, barrels|
Posted by Roscoe on 17 Mar 2014 10:04
Liquor giants battle over Tennessee whiskey, barrels
Source: Greenville Online
Mar. 14, 2014
In Tennessee, a battle is breaking out between two of the world's largest liquor companies over whiskey barrels. And more importantly, what can be called Tennessee whiskey.
At stake is the lucrative and fast-growing market for one of the state's signature products.
Last year, the state legislature created a legal designation of Tennessee whiskey with specific guidelines for when a product can be marketed and sold using that description. Under the state law passed in 2013, the whiskey must be made from fermented mash of at least 51 percent corn, aged in new oak barrels, charcoal mellowed and stored in Tennessee.
Other types of whiskey can be produced in the state, but can't be marketed as Tennessee whiskey. The legislation was promoted last year by Jack Daniel Distillery as a way to protect the whiskey giant's growing market share.
Fast forward to this year's legislative session, and state lawmakers are attempting to tweak the law. The proposed legislation would make one key change to ...more
|Buffalo Trace Rye Releases|
Posted by Roscoe on 14 Feb 2014 10:40
BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY EXPERIMENTS WITH ENTRY PROOF IN LATEST RELEASE
Four Different Rye Recipe Bourbons are the Latest Experimental Collection Release
Source: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Barrel entry proof continues to be a topic of debate amongst whiskey makers and avid whiskey fans, with some believing different proofs lead to different results.
Buffalo Trace Distillery was curious as well, and began an experiment on four different entry proofs with its rye recipe bourbon more than 12 years ago. Now these bourbons have come of age and are being released along with Buffalo Trace's findings.
All of the experiments came off the still at a consistent 140 proof, but were put into the barrel for aging using four different entry proofs. All of the barrels were then aged together for 11 years, 9 months and bottled at 90 proof. Here are the details:
Rye 125 - At 125 proof, this was the highest entry proof used, which is also Buffalo Trace's standard entry proof for its rye recipe bourbons. The result was typical of Buffalo Trace's mash #1 findings, a well-balanced bourbon wit...more
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