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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 22, 2017, 04:06:52 PM »
I got mine by email today from St. Louis.  They must have some other data base they are experimenting with to use email rather than postage.  We would have done that in the South if it had been available.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 19, 2017, 04:42:42 PM »
In Florida competitions we got tired of some beers moving on to the best of category round with no additional info so we added some notes for those brewers who advanced.  People who entered in the South will get some additional brief feedback if they advanced, just a little info on what the judges discussed in the mini best of show round.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 16, 2017, 08:12:25 AM »
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So I got my scoresheets back and did OK, low to mid 30's. Cool thing is, as I'm reading, I look at the 2 judges names who scored my american amber and suddenly realized...  I have heard these names before. Turns out one ( I won't mention any names ) was featured in Denny ad Drew's "Homebrew Allstars" and the other, among many other accolades, has lectured at NHC. You gotta love a hobby where your peers are so accessible. :)
Did you enter in the South?
Yes, Tampa where I received a good score and advice on my amber ale from a BJCP Master Judge..... ;)
Cool.  I hope it was accurate. 
We had six Master judges over that weekend in Tampa.  I was mostly setting up flights and tables and only got a chance to judge one flight over five sessions.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 15, 2017, 01:28:46 PM »
So I got my scoresheets back and did OK, low to mid 30's. Cool thing is, as I'm reading, I look at the 2 judges names who scored my american amber and suddenly realized...  I have heard these names before. Turns out one ( I won't mention any names ) was featured in Denny ad Drew's "Homebrew Allstars" and the other, among many other accolades, has lectured at NHC. You gotta love a hobby where your peers are so accessible. :)
Did you enter in the South?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Craft vs. Commercial Malts
« on: April 08, 2017, 02:56:55 PM »
Consistency is an issue, of course.  Small malt houses cannot compete with the equipment and testing of the big guys. 
I think the main attraction of the local maltsters is just that - it's locally grown and malted, making the end product a farm to table or grain to glass product.  In other words, it is marketing.  But it is also small business focused and independent and I am all for small, independent businesses.
(My big brother is doing well with his Double Eagle Malt business in Philly)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 03, 2017, 04:18:48 PM »
I entered in St. Louis.  0 for 4.  Dang. I had high hopes.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: March 30, 2017, 05:19:27 PM »
I always make some comments in addition to the check marks.  Personally I would rather fill out a regular score sheet than a check-box score sheet.

In Tampa a judge scored a beer 50 points Sunday.  Since I was judge director he asked me to come over and try it.  He said he could not find anything to improve it.  I got a sample and it definitely was good, a Flanders.  It went on to win the best of category.  I have never had the nerve to score a beer that high.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:11:25 PM »
It's been several years but I have had a really nice bourbon that McMenamins made as well as an excellent gin.  Sitting at an outside bar by the fire in Bend may have enhanced the experience.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 27, 2017, 05:05:57 PM »
It's been several years but I have had a really nice bourbon that McMenamins made as well as an excellent gin.  Sitting at an outside bar by the fire in Bend may have enhanced the experience.

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The Pub / Re: How did you pick your forum name?
« on: March 27, 2017, 04:52:59 PM »
So I haven't checked into the forum for a while and the first thing I see is this thread.

When I was about six or seven years old I found out that some people actually spelled their name "Geoff" with a "G."  I was totally aghast at that and made it a point to say my name was "Jeffy wid a 'J'"
Bravely, as an adult, I have adopted that.

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Beer Travel / Re: Denver
« on: September 30, 2016, 08:00:08 PM »
We had really good high end food and beer at Euclid Hall, just around the corner from Larimer Square in LODO.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Brew Guru App.
« on: September 30, 2016, 07:48:37 PM »
I have been using it while traveling for the past week, but it would not download to my old iphone4, only on my newer iPad.  The map function is nice, but getting info about each place is a bit clunky.  I end up clicking on a place, then clicking on their website, then looking for the "back" button, which is not where one would expect.
Still, I like using it.
I just wish I would remember to ask for my AHA discount when I get there.  I got 10% off at Rock Bottom in Milwaukee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this Weekend? 01/18/2014
« on: September 04, 2016, 12:12:35 PM »
A similar thing happened to me last batch.  I had manually defrosted my 1960's era fridge by unplugging it and when I plugged it back in, nothing happened.  I went into homebrew panic mode and made other arrangements to keep the fermenters cool, but the next day, the fridge was working fine.  I am not sure what was going on, but next time I defrost, I will do it a few days out.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Malt conditioning
« on: August 23, 2016, 04:09:18 PM »
I had to show my wife, she didn't care.


Sounds familiar.
I get that a lot.  I do it anyway.

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Update:  I was in Austin this past week and I was never able to hook up with this beer.  Every place I went either didn't carry it or they were out of it.  I drank a lot of beers down there but never got the chance to try this one.
Impressions on the ones you had?
I was at the Austin Ale House and had a number of locally-made IPAs and I'll be damned if I can remember who made them.  I'm not an IPA drinker normally so after a few 7.5% beers... things got a little fuzzy.  :D  I did find myself sitting in front of a Fireman #4 a couple times when the beertender would say, "We have a locally made blonde" and then I realized what it was.  It was actually better than I remember from having it last month.  I also had a Hans' Pils by Real Ale (very good) and the Pearl-Snap by Austin Beerworks which was also very good.  I was trying hard not to make this a BEERCATION since I was down there to get my son situated for his freshman year at UT but what I drank was very good.  Austin is a great beer town.
It sounds like you will have more opportunities to explore Austin.

When we first went to Austin it was good, Michael Jackson had it in his top 6 in the US (pocket beer guide). Then the real estate went up and places like Waterloo brewing and The Bitter End went out. Celis then closed. The Gingerman was to be closed, then relocated when they found a space. For a while it was not so good. Now, Austin is a great beer town once again.
I was there a year or two after they changed the old rules and enjoyed Waterloo (I still have a 1/2 gallon growler), Bitter End (their sign is still on the building) and Cellis - got the tour.  Things sure do change with time.  Austin makes for a nice visit these days.

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