I imagine most of you would pronounce Arkansas City or the Arkansas River like the state "Ár-ken-saw". However in Kansas most people pronounce it "ar-Kán-sas"
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With any luck I'll be in the same situation in a couple more months. Honestly I think the new format will be easier to pass into National status, although it will take two sessions. The 3-hr all-in-one marathon was fatiguing.
I do not think it will be easier at all. In fact, it may be harder. 6 exam beers instead of four, more evaluation of beer and more fatigue during that period. Most new judges trying to do a complete job go at a 12-15 min clip and 15 is all the time you have per beer. There is also stress involved in knowing another beer is coming. Now if one has been judging and doing an exemplary job while judging it will be a piece of cake.
If you guys and gals aren't already aware, but the American Homebrewers Association 2012 Governing Committee Election is coming up quick and will be on April 1, 2012.
Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite candidate, plus two more that aren't your favorite!
May I suggest Ron Price?
AFAIAC, you NEVER want unconverted starch in your beer.
I think you get about 35 points per pound LME expectation, right? It's been too long. If so then 4 pounds into 4 1/2 gallons is around 1.031-.032 . So 1.030 would be around normal. Expectation too high gets my vote.
I don't know, when I plugged the recipe into beer smith it gave me 1.045 for the whole recipe and 1.030 without the oats.
Starches aside, the real point of the mater is that 1 lb total of steeping grains is not going to give you 15 more points brix in an extract beer. Your reading is off. Possibly due to stratification or, as was mentioned, your hydrometer is off. Or you didn't add enough malt extract. But it has nothing to do with the steeping grains.
For what it is worth, the boiling on the deck could be a potential nuisance or perceived possibility for other crimes, which if done in plain view might give rise to probable cause for entry/ then plain sight doctrine thereafter; so immediately forcing their way into the unit is not entirely outside the realm of legality for the officers.
I say kill the neighbor with kindness (offer him or her the beer when it is ready) and let the cops in - a search warrant (if required to be obtained due to non-cooperation) can be executed with a fairly quick knock followed shortly by a battering ram.
I'm just sayin....I like Tom's approach.
I can just see poor Janis face if you tell she now has to find at least 10 more sites of reliable judges.