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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lost and Found Beer Stories?
« on: June 22, 2016, 07:05:29 AM »
this happens to me all the time, but usually with mead.  And the results are usually spectacular.  Just found a few more gallons of blackcurrant/raspberry melomel from a few years back.  I think a few of you tasted it at NHC.  Curt Stock of course said it "needed more fruit" but that's Curt; he'd say a piece of liquified fruit needed more fruit.   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers in America
« on: June 17, 2016, 09:05:52 PM »
The Homebrewers' Favorite Beers vs Best Beers In America gets discussed every year. Everyone here realizes what it is, but on other sites there is annual outrage. Whatev.

I would like to see a list of our faves though, if we all actually filled it out.

Beer Travel / Re: Columbus Ohio
« on: June 15, 2016, 08:44:13 AM »
I visited Columbus for the first time on my way to NHC.  Since I was judging the state fair homebrew I wasn't really in a beer mood afterwards, but I have to say that the beer at Wolf's Ridge was very tasty and if you're in the mood for a more "fancy" dinner - the food was excellent.  Best meal I had on the whole 11-day trip.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2016 Final Round scores
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:24:55 AM »
It must be fun to judge the NHC final round with all the great scores. Great job!

Yes, and no.  Mostly good to great beers, but there are some stinkers on occasion.  Guys next to us received a really problematic Black or Brown IPA.  The first bottle was awful, so they asked for a second bottle, and it was only bad.  They wound up giving it a 19 (which honestly is the same as a courtesy 13 in most competitions).  Much like any other competition, bad bottles show up (infection or similar problems), and other times, it's a rushed rebrew that didn't turn out the same.  This one had some manner of infection.  They poured the steward a big cup to 'thank him' for bringing it to them.

Totally agree with Toby's comments.  Some of the 2nd round beers are awesome.  Some of the styles that would benefit from rebrew are not, and the age shows, or, the rebrew is not as good as the one that got them there.

I was lucky enough to also judge 2nd round NHC BOS last year (San Diego).  Even then, we narrowed down to about the top 12 somewhat quickly.  After that, it got very difficult.
The Gueze that won that flight was simply phenomenal.

Going through the 24 beers (2 didn't send a 3rd bottle and weren't represented) quickly is the only way the hefe managed to win.  We wanted to kick flawed beers as soon as they landed on the table but couldn't hear over the stewards so we did have to let them finish.  After that though, 30 minutes.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 15, 2016, 06:21:27 AM »
Sadly, I took the pic... :) and no Amanda!?!

No, not this year. :( Minneapolis though!  :D I'm sad I missed you all.

I had to stay off the Forum during NHC week. We were down in Ft. Lauderdale on the beach for a family vacation. NHC 2017 is already marked off in the calendar, so we have no conflicts!

See you in Minneapolis. You had your priorities right when you were in FL.

I dunno man.  We're family too.   8)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2016 Final Round scores
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:19:20 PM »
Just checked the site and was able to log in and check scores.

I got a 38.5 for my Old Ale and it advanced to mini-BOS.  I bet it got docked a bit for some papery oxidation that I have been picking up on in the last couple weeks. Oh well, there is always next year. Congrats to all!

I was lead judge on that category; let me know if I judged it.  More likely you were robbed and Dixon was just hammered when he did your scoresheet.  ;D

FWIW, though, I have never hit 40 in the Finals, and now have 4 medals.  38.5 is very good

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 03:14:15 AM »
Make cider - we don't require beards.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Denny hits 500 today...
« on: June 10, 2016, 04:41:06 AM »
[obligatory: "he doesn't look a day over 110!" here].  ;D

Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: May 31, 2016, 08:49:16 AM »
I seem to remember about 15 people in there last year, perhaps a little higher if we assume people were coming and going.  Probably a few more this year?

you guys have any preferences between beer/mead/cider as I'm bottling/getting ready to go?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinikug Grapefruit Schandy
« on: May 26, 2016, 07:05:13 AM »
Give me a Canoe Paddler or Helles Yeah, and keep me away from their fruit efforts.


I have an impression that 10% of brewers who enter competition are very good to excellent brewers and the other 90% are at least partially deluded.

I'm pretty sure I fit both of these though.  8)
You coming to NHC? And perhaps more importantly, if so are you bringing mead?

Amanda and I have decided this thread is full of liars.    ;D
at the very least you guys are entering competitions a lot less frequently than those making the infected stuff I keep running into at the judging table.

Sure, I've tossed batches.  Certainly more because of oxidation or just being tired of it, but infections happen.  Occasionally the effect is lovely, and sometimes others don't even notice it.  Friends couldn't detect the mouse in a batch of cider, but it was there, and I didn't keep that **** another day.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:31:21 AM »
The Mead in Minn will always bring me back. I will be there, doing my part to improve the currently mediocre to poor avg beer quality at Club Night.

...yeah, I said it. Enough with the keg dumping. Let's see your best efforts.

(Hey we were already on a tangent...why not another!)    8)

Other Fermentables / Re: First Hard Apple Cider - Any Tips?
« on: May 21, 2016, 04:29:54 AM »
When someone says "I want to make a Kolsch/California common/DIPA" it is pretty obvious what their goal is.

Unfortunately cider isn't like that. In order to really give any advice we really need to know what your goal is. But, yes, you can make cider with what you've got on hand right now.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:48:36 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

"It's not a secret" - someone from AHA, like 6 weeks ago.  I'm sure there's a possibility that sales could be hurt slightly if news of future locations came out too early, so I haven't said anything publicly until their discounted hotel period was over.  *shrug*

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