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Messages - mroakley

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:54:54 PM »
The CA State Fair Homebrewing competition took four or five months (more maybe?) to get out scoresheets a few years ago.


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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:41:44 PM »
I just got the direct links email.   :-\

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Way cool videos.  Managed to find myself.   :)  Great booth and beers!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 11, 2012, 10:06:35 AM »
Sierra Nevada is a very technical brewery. It is the cleanest brewery I have ever been in. It is the most beautiful brewery I have been in. I think these points are all reflections of Ken Grossman view of what his brewery should be.

I agree. 

The hop freezer is my favorite part.  "Go get your hands dirty!"  Well, okay, if you absolutely insist.   :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 08, 2012, 10:12:00 AM »
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.

Hey, Dan, please make sure to find me there.  I'd love to finally meet you in person.

You going to be at club night?  Normally I man the booth, serve beer and chat it up (my favorite parts) but since most of our club members didn't sign up in time, we won't have a booth this year.  I'm going to be doing plenty of wandering and will try and find you though.  Will be great meeting you.   :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing at Rogue today
« on: May 07, 2012, 04:17:15 PM »
Way cool.  Look forward to having at NHC.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 07, 2012, 10:17:57 AM »
I am going to rebrew the beers that got passed on to the second round, taste them against the original beer and send the one that tastes better.

Ditto!   :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 04, 2012, 09:22:07 AM »
If your life long goal is to win a medal (or ninkasi) then you will be there to sign up for it. ITS THAT SIMPLE.

Damn straight. If someone isn't willing to take a day off work to enter the NHC, they probably aren't a very good brewer anyway.

Why would you need to take a day off of work?  I thought there were available sites to enter for a few days?

If I recall correctly every region was filled up by the second day.  Though maybe my memory is off and you're right.  The S.F. region was filled up by just after 6pm (local time) the first day. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Off Smell.
« on: May 03, 2012, 01:23:29 PM »
Here's some info on off flavors and smells.

http://morebeer.com/content/homebrew-off-flavors

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Events / Re: NHC Certificates...
« on: May 02, 2012, 04:55:40 PM »
I was under the impression the AHA mailed them out after posting first round results.  Though I could totally be wrong.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To our Governing Committee
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:30:26 PM »
I'm not sure I like the idea of "punishing" a person who has worked hard to have 70 entries.  I'd prefer to encourage an increase in the entry per region cap and getting more volunteers.  Not to mention getting the info out there to possible competitors that this competition fills up extremely quick and registration ASAP is important if you want to paricipate.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 27, 2012, 12:25:52 PM »



I hope that guy won something, it's almost 5% of the total entries for the region!

I heard there was a dude in texas that entered there with 70+ entries!

OK governing board, if this is true, we need to do something about this.  Many people were unable to enter.  If one guy can 10% of the entries for one region, something is clearly wrong.

Just curious.  Why is something "clearly wrong?"  Unless that person had early access to registration, he or she is still on the same playing field as everyone else eh?  Or is there a concern about this person entering beers into the same sub-categories?

Becasue for one person to take almost 10% of the entries in one region disallows many other brewers from entering.  I hear what you are saying about leval playing field and all, but even limiting it to 20 entries would satisafy 95% of our membership I would think.  And I think our governing comittee has a responsbility to that 95% over and above the 5% that enter so many beers. 

JMO, but I would be remiss to keep it to myself.

But as far as I know, that person didn't break any rules.  To the best of my (extremely limited) knowledge, everyone had the same opportunity to register their respective entries starting at the same time.  I don't see how this is "clearly wrong." 

If you feel that not having an entry cap isn't "right" then I agree you should try and have the rule changed.  I'm not sure how I personally feel about it honestly.  If someone takes the time and effort to brew and coordinate and have 70 entries, who am I to say he or she shouldn't be able to?  I can understand your position to a degree, but if someone really wants to enter, shouldn't they enter right away to ensure the regional cap isn't hit before they have a chance?  Rather than push for an entry cap per person,  and essentially punish someone who has worked hard to have 70 entries, why not encourage an increase in the regional cap?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 27, 2012, 11:37:18 AM »



I hope that guy won something, it's almost 5% of the total entries for the region!

I heard there was a dude in texas that entered there with 70+ entries!

OK governing board, if this is true, we need to do something about this.  Many people were unable to enter.  If one guy can 10% of the entries for one region, something is clearly wrong.

Just curious.  Why is something "clearly wrong?"  Unless that person had early access to registration, he or she is still on the same playing field as everyone else eh?  Or is there a concern about this person entering beers into the same sub-categories?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pumpkin Beer
« on: August 17, 2010, 12:18:03 PM »
I experimented years ago with sunflower seeds.  There was a point where too much did significantly affect head retention.  Not the same thing as pumpkin seeds, but I would be willing to bet there is also a point where you can use too much.  Glad to hear your beer came out great andrew!

Personally, I would only use real pumpkin in a beer just to say that I made a beer with real pumpkin.  I can't tell you what a pumpkin actually tastes like, though I know the spices generally associated with pumpkin and, in particular, pumpkin pie.  That's why I use a premixed combo of pumpkin pie spice and add at kegging.  It's way easy to overdo it so if anyone tries it, go easy and test on a sample first until you get what you're looking for and then add to your full size batch accordingly.

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Ingredients / Re: Hops - how much does heat affect them?
« on: August 10, 2010, 09:00:32 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys.

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