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Messages - dbeechum

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I know I've made jokes about the procrustean nature of the BJCP*, but in truth, that's kinda the point right?

"Here's a target - see if you can hit it" is the challenge of a BJCP contest. It doesn't matter if I've made the best shot because it was the longest or most complicated or most interesting, just how close to center I hit.

We can sure as hell disagree as to whether or not the target is correct for the particular name given to a set of parameters, but a "best beer" competition is a whole nother beast than a "best beer by style" competition

* - mostly so I can drop "procrustean". It is a favorite of mine.

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I propose we go back to the original Maltose Falcons guidelines from 1978/1979

•   Ale, Grain
•   Ale, Grain - Dark
•   Ale, Extract
•   Ale, Extract – Dark
•   Stout or Bock
•   “Unusual”
•   Lager, Grain
•   Lager, Grain – Dark
•   Lager, Extract
•   Lager, Extract – Dark

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:16:23 PM »
Scientifically it is impossible for much pressure differential with airlocks or blowoffs, unless they get clogged.  Is that your fear, Drew?  Clogging from yeast blowout?  Otherwise, assuming no clogging, the pressure inside the fermenter is atmospheric, plus a teeny tiny insignificant amount that causes the bubbling through the airlock.

No fear, just a combination of practical experimentation and information directly from WL's and Wyeast that those core Saison strains are back pressure sensitive, not unlike a wine yeast which is as well.

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:12:18 AM »
Y'all know, I've done a ton of Saisons right?

I've also never had problems getting any of the Dupont derivatives to ferment out completely.

I've written this before but it bears repeating:

  • Use a very healthy starter - no underpitching
  • Start cool - 63-64F and allow to ramp naturally
  • No airlocks/blow offs. Use foil. The Dupont strains in particular are backpressure sensitive.

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Here's the best lowish alcohol beer I've ever made. It comes in at ~ 2%

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11963.msg150105#msg150105

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:56:02 PM »
Drew spewing mystery liquids all over the audience...

I wish that hadn't been a surprise to me, but it was. Had I thought about it, I would have played with it more! :)

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The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:54:50 PM »
Pump Up The Volume

"Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947."

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC broadcast???
« on: June 16, 2014, 09:33:49 AM »
Put me down in the column for 23-way tie among beer gold medalists = not a meaningful award.  We were THAT close...

Its not that though - remember Jeremy's medal in mead counts as do all of his first place placings. So he started with a big lead if he managed to get 3 entries into the second round.

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The Pub / Re: Movie Quote Game
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:49:40 PM »
Army of Darkness

Like I told my last wife, I says, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."

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I'll be installing my new cajun cooker burners on the stand and getting them ready to boogie on a batch of 40th Anniversary Brut Beer

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Events / Re: Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:53:51 PM »
Fortunately, I don't live near SD - so no sweat for me!

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Events / Re: Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 20, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
I think we've hit on the solution - Fred and Crispy should serve as shuttle drivers for all conference attendees arriving at the airport.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Collecting Scores
« on: May 19, 2014, 10:46:17 PM »
It's an awful lot of work for, to me, limited value. I have difficulty seeing folks buying into the system as well.

Why would folks want their scores tracked? Why would you want to go - well see I won 3 medals, but I had these 3 beers get 19's. (must have been crappy judges!)

Then again, I'm not a competition guy so I'm way outside the target demo for this effort, but if you can make it happen and get buyin, then more power to you!

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Events / Re: What's with all the Rye?
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:45:30 PM »
Or....Allspice, Black Pepper, Caraway Seed, Celery Seed, Clove, Ginger and Nutmeg

Denny fears the beer that I just described!

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 03:52:05 PM »
I'll be there, but that's no surprise

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