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The Pub / Re: Longshot 2013
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:33:28 AM »
For those still wondering, I received my LongShot scoresheets yesterday.  I think the cover letter from Jim Koch was dated early November so they should be arriving shortly if you haven't gotten yours.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 23, 2013, 11:55:38 AM »
Hi Gordon,

As a 3-time Ninkasi winner and the highest ranking BJCP judge, what advice do you have for all those homebrewers looking to go pro?  There's a lot of good homebrew out there these days, but I feel as if a lot of homebrewers are trying to jump in the game before mastering the art and science of the craft.  (Note: business experience is a whole other issue, I'm more curious of your take on the brewing/judging side of things.)

Also, why didn't you ever decide to "take the leap"?


The Pub / Re: Longshot 2013
« on: October 18, 2013, 08:40:50 AM »
Thanks, I emailed the address at the Longshot site but still no word.

The Pub / Re: Longshot 2013
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:34:52 AM »
Hey, just wondering if anyone received scoresheets yet.  I was just at the Longshot website where it says:

“Will scores sheets be returned?”

Yes, score sheets will be sent either via email or USPS, for those who are not Finalists, by September 1, 2013.

I still haven't received mine.

Classifieds / Re: GABF tix - Saturday Members Only Session
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:45:34 AM »
Tickets are now sold.  Thanks to all those interested.

Classifieds / GABF tix - Saturday Members Only Session
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:04:19 PM »
I have two (2) tickets to the GABF Saturday afternoon Members Only Session.  Looking to sell both at face value.  Electronic tickets via email/PDF.  If interested, please either send me a private message or email at


General Homebrew Discussion / Hop Slurry Method
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:27:40 AM »
I've been reading "For the Love of Hops" and was intrigued by the section on the "Hop Slurry Method" in the Dry Hopping chapter.  After doing a quick Google search I found a post on this subject here: []

Has anyone tried this at the homebrew scale?  Couldn't a homebrewer mimic this method by simply agitating their carboy with dry hops every few hours/days?

I was also wondering if anyone has any pics from Stone or New Belgium as I'm trying to visualize what this process/method looks like.  Stan H. mentioned these two breweries employ the hop slurry method.

Any info or thoughts on this is appreciated.  Thanks.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Mitch Steele on IPA
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:41:04 AM »
My question for Mitch: What is the suggested length to leave a beer on dry hops?  What is also the maximum length of time (days, weeks, month, etc.) one could dry hop for?  I've heard varying preferences from brewers from anywhere between 4 days to 2 weeks.  Will leaving a beer on dry hops for 3 weeks really make a difference?  Obviously, tasting the beer is one way to tell when to rack off hops, but I wanted to know if there was any set standard to abide by.  (For the record, I haven't bought or read the new IPA book yet - in case this is covered within the book.) 

In addition, what are the deciding factors besides "time" for when to rack off hops: %AA, total hop mass, leaf/pellet/plug form, temperature, etc.?

I wonder if dry hopping is sort of like the old idea of racking your beer off yeast to prevent autolysis and off-flavors from developing.  Similar in vein, will leaving a beer too long on dry hops really give you harsh hop qualities, or is this just a perceived threat that's been passed on from homebrewers over the years?

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