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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lil Help
« on: Today at 10:19:55 AM »
My thoughts, in no order:

Fill in the appropriate descriptor boxes.
Aroma lacking against what exactly?
It's not generally the entrant's fault when special ingredients are not presented to judges - just keep that in mind.
Saying "No thrill ride" could make an entrant want to throat punch you should they meet you, find different verbiage to say what you mean.

Aroma - sweet is not an ester. Aroma comments are not very precise. Citrus American hops is good, describe the sweetness in detail. If nothing else is present talk about what is not there, diacetyl, dms, etc.
Appearance - Seems you dinged for head retention, make it clear that is where the entrant lost points
Flavor - Not bad, but much of the response was hop flavor while malt discussion was an afterthought.
Mouthfeel - You dinged for something, again no apparent what. Use the cues given on the score sheet - any alcohol? Was it creamy? How about astringency? All I see discussed is carbonation and body.
Overall Impression - Zero suggestions on how to improve yet the beer was not scored a 50. That means there is room to improve, tell the "entrant" how even when evaluating a commercial beer to get in the groove of giving suggestions for improvement.

When I peel the onion the sheet is good, but has room for improvement. If I was an entrant and got something like this from a judge at competition I would be very pleased. If I was a grader and got this from someone who took the exam I'd probably land in the Certified range at best. My $0.02, HTH.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:27:57 PM »
Certainly would hope $10 or less per month wouldn't break the bank.

As far as the same as a 14 cf fridge, maybe an old one. The smallest fridge I could find was 14.8cf and it only eats 443 kWh per year. In fact I could find no fridge on the Sears site which used as much electricity as the kegerator. I was able to locate an upright freezer which used more. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:56:28 AM »

Let's see. The manual says 1.85 kWh (per day).

1.85 X 365 = 675.25 X POWER RATE

Rates are dependent, but the average in the us is about 12 cents.

675.25 x 0.12 = $81.03 / 12 = $6.75 per month

So at 12 cents it is less than my stated $10 per month, but not a lot less and if you live in some states it could be more than $10 per month. ;)

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:10:25 AM »
I'm not interested in upgrading hardware. The computer is slowing over the years and IME that means about two more years it will be heading out the door.

I'm just not feeling changing the OS either. If it was less than a half hour to do EVERYTHING then fine, but somehow I see hours of time spend tweaking, learning, etc. I just don't want to spend hours when the only consecutive hours I have anymore or on the weekend.

I think I have resolved it to backup and roll with it. When it dies/as it dies, replace. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:04:54 AM »
Another thing to consider is power consumption. I have an old commercial kegerator which I moved out of the laundry room to the garage and have not yet gotten back in service and the power bill dropped when it left the grid. I'm sure they have made some advances in efficiency, but just something to keep in mind. Commercial businesses don't typically care about $10+ more per month, you may.

The Pub / Computer - XP
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:58:22 AM »
With XP being ditched I'm thinking of my options for the future. My wife has a newer laptop, I have a work laptop, we have an old laptop we rarely (read as never) use which I believe is XP (might need to boot it and find out), and I have my tower which is XP and probably destined for the scrap heap in the next couple of years.

I'm trying to decide what direction to head with a replacement since it just doesn't make sense to upgrade the old tower. I don't particularly love a laptop and since I have one for work and one in the closet I'm just not leaning toward going that route. I can get a new tower which would meet the needs for a reasonable sum.

I'm frugal so I'm leaning toward keeping the old tower till it dies and then worrying about it. I use Firefox and Chrome with Thunderbird and they will be supported for awhile so I don't see issues with viruses and malware in my future any more than I see currently.

I know there are plenty of tech savvy folks on the forum, so I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'm not going to change to Linux just to keep an ailing machine, but I can't see replacing a machine which still functions properly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:19:23 AM »
People don't generally make things up. Perhaps the judges in the first case were sensitive to both DMS and diacetyl and the second set of judges were not. Perhaps the bottle in the first case was contaminated. Perhaps the entry was mixed up in the first case. Too many variables to be able to say the first score, the one you disagree with, was wrong and the second score, the one you prefer, was correct.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:47:28 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:48:06 AM »

It was my least favorite part of the conference.  Doesn't bother me at all that it's gone.  Especially since the beers will still be available in a better format.

It was my MOST favorite part of the conference when the conference was not well attended. Now that the conference is many thousand gassy homebrewers the pro brewer's night just isn't as much fun.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:40:21 PM »
^ great name

Thanks, I've had it for closing in on a half century ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:28:12 AM »
Pencils absolutely have an odor.

You could use scratch paper, but you are slowing down the process. Smell, see, taste, or sense it and then put it on the score sheet. Too many people sit around and think rather than writing what they perceived. If you truly perceive it, you will not be wrong to write that on the score sheet.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:05:58 PM »
The bottom line is they had two judges on the flight who had no business being there. New judges should not do specialty and neither should those who cannot make a decision.

13 is a very low score...think undrinkable wretching at the flavor making you want to blow chunks. I rarely go down there because I can award points other places. I'm guessing the 13 was too low. Sounds like the other score was too high and the middle ground is more appropriate.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:02:04 AM »
I was judging ciders with a brand new guy who had zero experience. He thought everything was wonderful. In the real world he was correct, but we have guidelines. One one beer he refused to budge and I wasn't changing. For some reason I remember it as him being low and we were 10 points apart. I rejected his score entirely and awarded my score. Later in the flight he got with the program, but we did not revisit that cider. I cannot remember if it placed or not in the flight, but I did flip the score sheet and explain what happened to the entrant.

FWIW - I like to be within 3 points.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:01:53 AM »
Typically the ID is assigned after the exams reach the ED. I think it is a spreadsheet nowadays so that could speed up the timing. Generally within a few weeks to a month of the exam. After the ID is sent AND the database updates the examinee can access their online record. The examinee will get their results via email and then via snail mail and once their rank shows in the online database they can order a badge.

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