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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: April 22, 2018, 02:31:03 PM »
Yes, I understand the amount of work, coordination, and planning that goes into regionals (and any other large competition for that matter).

And I have also been on the end of some regionals (in the past) where lack of judges showing up came into play and extended judging times had to be used.

Just seems rather odd since for two weeks now results have been "verifying" in Philadelphia when all others that were judged have been reported.

I was in Philly for judging Friday and Saturday two weeks ago.  They could not finish due to a shortage of judges.  My sense was that it was a matter of fewer judges signing up rather than no-show judges.  I don't have direct knowledge of the current status, but there has been chatter on the AHA's NHC Facebook page.

Thanks for the reply. Figured it could be something like that.
We were short handed in Tampa this year (I will not put the blame entirely on Jeff for not coming ;)).  We only managed to finish on time by giving the judges bigger flights.  Instead of an average of 8 beers in a flight we probably had closer to 10 or 11. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gushing Bottles
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:21:49 PM »
I wonder why you didn’t taste them and concluded that they were infected.
It is more likely that there was too much sugar in the bottles, either from bottling prematurely or from too much carbonation sugar. 
Not all gushers are infected.  Some are just overcarbonated.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Smooth Bitterness in an IPA
« on: March 18, 2018, 05:56:52 PM »
Timing of the hop additions can make a difference as well.  A lot of the newer IPAs are adding all the hops very late in the boil.  You have to calculate more hops to get the IBUs, but I think it makes a smoother bitterness.  You may also try first wort hopping instead of a normal 60 minute boil addition.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Darker DIPA OG 1.072 - stuck
« on: March 11, 2018, 05:34:24 PM »
Are you using a hydrometer or a refractometer?

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 09, 2018, 07:59:59 PM »
We fly out on the 22nd. Eugene, McMinville, Astoria. Portland for the conference. Then Hood River, fly back on the 5th.

We like that part of the country too.

Hope you're planning on Heater Allen in McMinnville....http://heaterallen.com/

It is on my radar! Susan has us booked into the Hotel Oregon, never stayed at one of their hotels, but have had the beer.
We ate breakfast there once.  I think that hotel claims some haunted theme or space aliens or something.  I like everything about McMenamins with the possible exception of their core beer selection.

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Homebrewcon 2018 -Who is Going?
« on: March 09, 2018, 01:26:03 PM »
I am flying in Wednesday and Miss Ellen arrives Sunday afternoon.  We switch from the conference hotel to the Kennedy School for a few days afterwards.  I love that part of the country.

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Since 1996 I have been to 17 of these and I make new friends every year.

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I recently added 1.5oz dark roast coffee whole beans to five gallons of a porter that was kind of meh.  It is now a very nice coffee beer.
I don’t know if it will cover up phenolic flavors, but it probably won’t hurt either.
How long did it take for you to notice the coffee flavor?

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I left it in for about five days and was happy.

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I recently added 1.5oz dark roast coffee whole beans to five gallons of a porter that was kind of meh.  It is now a very nice coffee beer.
I don’t know if it will cover up phenolic flavors, but it probably won’t hurt either.

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I never fill those out unless it happens to win and then they want the recipe.

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The Pub / Re: Favorite unexpected learning moments
« on: March 01, 2018, 12:53:23 AM »
I once went to see a traveling impressionist art show in Denver that was timed entrance.  They'd let 20 people in every 20 minutes I think and it was so crowded that when I finally got to stand right in front of a painting, I was determined to look at that particular painting no matter what it was.  Fortunately it was a Pissarro, one of my favorite artists. 
Then the guard told me I was standing too close.  It was not my favorite museum experience.
My favorite museum experience comes because my wife is a former art museum employee and gets us in almost everywhere for free by showing her ID card.  More money for beer later.

When we were at the Denver Art Museum back in Feb of 2017 they were doing an exhibit of Star Wars costumes and concept art and I really wanted to do it, but it cost a fortune and it was the same as you describe, you had to wait in line for three hours until you got let in with your 1:15PM Group.  We skipped it but saw a lot of the other stuff.

I don't know if I would call it a learning moment, but more a sobering realization, the Denver Art Museum has a huge collection of Native American art, a lot from the NW, including the famous Thunderbird on masks and totems (a variant of which is now the Seattle Seahawks logo).  They also had intricate bead work on bison hide that had to have taken YEARS.  As much as I enjoyed that exhibit it was sad at the same time.  Not to get too political, but this was right after the inauguration and thinking about the "America First" crowd that wants to destroy this culture or, more accurately, pretend it never existed.  All the rhetoric with "This is our country and you can get the F out!" Very somber.  But I thought to myself, we have to save this culture, this is important!

The Star Wars Costume exhibit is coming to the Detroit Institute of Arts this summer. We will go, as we get admission with our membership.

The Denver Art Museum has a fine section of Native American Art. Some museums have returned certain items to tribes that have requested them back.
The Seattle Museum has a couple floors or that.  It is pretty cool.

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The Pub / Re: Favorite unexpected learning moments
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:23:10 PM »
I once went to see a traveling impressionist art show in Denver that was timed entrance.  They'd let 20 people in every 20 minutes I think and it was so crowded that when I finally got to stand right in front of a painting, I was determined to look at that particular painting no matter what it was.  Fortunately it was a Pissarro, one of my favorite artists. 
Then the guard told me I was standing too close.  It was not my favorite museum experience.
My favorite museum experience comes because my wife is a former art museum employee and gets us in almost everywhere for free by showing her ID card.  More money for beer later.

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Ingredients / Re: what category of beer does this fall into
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:04:03 PM »
what kind of beer do you guys think this recipe falls into? I was shooting for a stout but im not sure it fits in there apter seeing the color and tasting it.

5 gal

9 lbs 2 row
1 lb crystal 80
12 oz chocolate malt
8 oz black barley
8 oz of oats

1/2 oz magnum at 60 mins and 1/2 oz kent at 15

when bottling this i made a cold brew and added it.

Would this fall into some kind of special beer category or what do you guys think this falls into?
Thanks for the help and I willing to hear what you guys think about the recipe and take suggestions.

Cheers
You say you added coffee at bottling?  That makes it a coffee beer, but the base style may be a porter or a stout.  If there was a significant dilution from the coffee addition, it may be closer to a porter.

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No need to stir at all, really. If you gently pour the warm gelatin on top of the cold beer, the gelatin mixture will settle on top, then cool and drop to the bottom clearing as it goes.

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Going Pro / Re: Switching careers to brew?
« on: February 24, 2018, 10:17:59 PM »
Why destroy your perfectly good hobby by making it a profession?

THIS^^^^
For years I have said “I’ve already ruined one perfectly good hobby” by going pro.  I am too old to ruin another.

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