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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:03:15 AM »
 ;D
one of those situations where my entry got a 41.5 in first round and a 26 in the second. curious as to the comments.

Same here..... Had a 40+ regional Dortmunder that got crushed with a 26.  However, in fairness, I pretty much saw it coming.  I rebrewed and it just did not come out like the first one did.  Thought it would do better than 26, but, it was certainly no medal winner for sure.  My mild did ok, but I am guessing comments are going to say it was a bit "big" for style.   Scottish 70 made Mini BOS, So I was pretty happy with that.  Looking forward to seeing some of the thoughts on the sheets as well.

Got you both beat.  A 42 in the first round for a BoPils (judged by a Master whom I know and respect) to a 23.5 in the finals .... Ouch!  Tasted it last night - not as fresh, but 23.5?

Win some, lose some. 

As I always say - Right Beer, Right Judge, Right Time

I've got all of you beat; a 45 in the first round and a 24 in the second.  Can't wait to see those score sheets, I'm assuming it must have been a bottle issue.  Since it tasted great at club night and was are only keg that kicked.

Man, even in losing, you win!  Congrats!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: June 30, 2014, 10:12:13 AM »
one of those situations where my entry got a 41.5 in first round and a 26 in the second. curious as to the comments.

Same here..... Had a 40+ regional Dortmunder that got crushed with a 26.  However, in fairness, I pretty much saw it coming.  I rebrewed and it just did not come out like the first one did.  Thought it would do better than 26, but, it was certainly no medal winner for sure.  My mild did ok, but I am guessing comments are going to say it was a bit "big" for style.   Scottish 70 made Mini BOS, So I was pretty happy with that.  Looking forward to seeing some of the thoughts on the sheets as well.

Got you both beat.  A 42 in the first round for a BoPils (judged by a Master whom I know and respect) to a 23.5 in the finals .... Ouch!  Tasted it last night - not as fresh, but 23.5?

Win some, lose some. 

As I always say - Right Beer, Right Judge, Right Time

I've got all of you beat; a 45 in the first round and a 24 in the second.  Can't wait to see those score sheets, I'm assuming it must have been a bottle issue.  Since it tasted great at club night and was are only keg that kicked.
We were def encouraged to grab a 2nd bottle if we came across something off.. Even in the sours category me and my judging partner pulled a 2nd bottle as did another pair... Sadly both of the 2nd bottles in those cases were equally flawed.

We did the same in English Pale Ales; we only had to ask for a 2nd bottle once.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: June 30, 2014, 05:28:12 AM »
one of those situations where my entry got a 41.5 in first round and a 26 in the second. curious as to the comments.

Same here..... Had a 40+ regional Dortmunder that got crushed with a 26.  However, in fairness, I pretty much saw it coming.  I rebrewed and it just did not come out like the first one did.  Thought it would do better than 26, but, it was certainly no medal winner for sure.  My mild did ok, but I am guessing comments are going to say it was a bit "big" for style.   Scottish 70 made Mini BOS, So I was pretty happy with that.  Looking forward to seeing some of the thoughts on the sheets as well.

Got you both beat.  A 42 in the first round for a BoPils (judged by a Master whom I know and respect) to a 23.5 in the finals .... Ouch!  Tasted it last night - not as fresh, but 23.5?

Win some, lose some. 

As I always say - Right Beer, Right Judge, Right Time

I've got all of you beat; a 45 in the first round and a 24 in the second.  Can't wait to see those score sheets, I'm assuming it must have been a bottle issue.  Since it tasted great at club night and was are only keg that kicked.

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I had some friends who logged in Saturday afternoon and were able to see their scores.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cacao nibs and dogs
« on: May 19, 2014, 07:09:06 AM »
Glad to hear she's okay.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: ferm wrap question
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:42:54 AM »
+1.  I use either electrical tape or the blue painters tape.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: May 08, 2014, 05:48:39 AM »
Question for the experienced judges: What exactly happens in a mini-bos?  How are the judges selected to participate and what process is followed to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries?

Usually the more experienced judge of each pair of judges sits on the mini-BOS.  The way I've done it is, all of the beers are poured, tasted and then once we are ready, we'll go around the table and each judge will select the beer he/she likes least, if there is consensus then the beer will be out of the mini-BOS.  This is done until there are either 3 or 4 beers left and then each judge selects his/her top 3 in order.  If it is obvious which beer is 1, 2 and 3 then its a done deal, otherwise there is discussion until there is consensus which beers are 1, 2, and 3.
This is pretty much how it goes except I would say it's less about rather the judges like/dislike the beers themselves and more about rather the judges think the beer fits or doesn't fit the style better or worse than the other beers in the mini-bos.

Yes, I should have stated it that way.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:34:31 PM »
Question for the experienced judges: What exactly happens in a mini-bos?  How are the judges selected to participate and what process is followed to select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries?

Usually the more experienced judge of each pair of judges sits on the mini-BOS.  The way I've done it is, all of the beers are poured, tasted and then once we are ready, we'll go around the table and each judge will select the beer he/she likes least, if there is consensus then the beer will be out of the mini-BOS.  This is done until there are either 3 or 4 beers left and then each judge selects his/her top 3 in order.  If it is obvious which beer is 1, 2 and 3 then its a done deal, otherwise there is discussion until there is consensus which beers are 1, 2, and 3. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:26:28 PM »
I'll be going.  Last year I totally forgot about the meet up....alcohol may have been involved. :o

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Storage
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:24:23 PM »
You'll find several threads on this with a little searching.  I use the 50 lb vittles vault: http://www.amazon.com/Vittles-Vault-50-50-Pound-Stackable/dp/B0002DJOOI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1399490513&sr=8-2&keywords=vittles+vault.

I've got four and they work great.  I've never paid this high a price however. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Big Brew Day
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:37:38 AM »
Our club got together at a member's farm; we had 27 brewers brew 141 gallons of beer, 128 of which was a Belgian Quad that we're fermenting in bourbon barrels.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Utopias
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:30:24 AM »
I have a bottle that I had a couple tastes from, but not a big fan.  I have a couple of friends who are opening a brewery, I'll break it open then for their opening.

From what I remember, the triple bock tastes nothing like Utopias.  To me the bock was alcoholic soy sauce, absolutely undrinkable.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency survey
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:34:15 AM »
For average strength beers I usually hit 75%, that drops to 65% for high gravity beers.

I use a rectangular coleman extreme 36 qt. with ss braid.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:37:57 PM »
No brewing last weekend.  Spent Saturday judging the 1st round of the NHC in Philly. This weekend I'll fire up the kettle and brew an American barleywine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Recipe designer software
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:55:02 AM »
I use Promash and have used it for 8 years.  I have a copy of Beer Smith, but haven't gotten around to figuring out how to use it.

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