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The Pub / Re: The last mistake I will ever make.
« on: May 26, 2015, 03:17:48 PM »

I hate to bring the bad news - it won't be the last brewing mistake you'll ever make, but it's pretty likely the last time you'll ever do THAT   :)

Like my mom has always said, "Bet you won't do THAT again!". :)

Most of the time she's right. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dual Faucet Kegerator Question
« on: May 25, 2015, 07:24:01 PM »
Y option is perfectly fine if you just need one serving pressure (and cheap!). Dual regs are sweet, but not needed if you aren't too worried about serving Belgians and bitters at the same time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 24, 2015, 06:09:59 PM »
My attitude went sour the moment the AHA decided to give preference to Grand Master, Master, and National judges during the lottery, and it has not improved much since.  Even non-judge AHA members were irritated by that decision because it created two classes of members.

This is irrelevant seeing as there are plenty of tickets still left.

As far as to the post directed to Amanda, well, I realized that following up a post that I saw as condescending with a post that would be seen as condescending was not the proper way to address the problem.  No one goes through the trouble of becoming a judge to steward contests, and no judge should ever tell another judge that he/she should steward a contest if his/her rank falls below the cutoff. That's leadership 101. If a judge wants to steward a contest because his/her rank falls below the cutoff, then he/she will volunteer to fill the role without being told to do so.  I am fairly certain that most ranked, Apprentice, Rank-Pending, and Provisional judges are aware that they can volunteer to steward the final round.

For those who missed Mark's comments about me, here it is:

I will respond to that with this: those of you that know me personally already know that I am not condescending and readily help my fellow judges and brewers. If Mark thinks that I am "telling him to steward", he is wrong. I am attempting to help.

As to his earlier assertions of my competition experiences... my last stewarding role: May 29, 2014. The last time I took on a third chair rank pending judge (when I didn't have to) and showed them the ropes? February 20, 2015. I also spent most of 2013-2014 helping out budding competition organizers in the KC area, in addition to hosting a judge training course for 15 of our local to-be judges. (Which all of them scored high enough for Certified, 2 scored high enough for National, and 1 scored higher than my own Master score.) So again, all of those arguments are irrelevant.

After watching this for a few days, I now see that there is no helping in this case. However, I will not be talked to like I am a child. If you cannot be respectful, then please refrain from posting.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flow Control Faucets
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:28:42 AM »
Had a leak in 1 of the 5. Cleaned the o rings and it doesn't leak anymore.

Otherwise flawless.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:49:25 AM »
If I am not judging, I am not working.  It's that simple.

Husband had that same prerogative last year. :) I strongly suggested he steward (he was BJCP Novice or something at the time). The learning experience alone is worth it (and stewarding is easy - just sit there and listen to all of the way-more-experienced-than-you judges and soak it all in). Husband ended up stewarding and LOVED it. He is super excited to steward or judge this year (he is Certified now) - whichever Bruce needs.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:38:51 AM »
Third most is having to "thumb" through the magazine to find anything in it - the e-zine doesn't seem to be searchable! 

Top right with the magnifying glass. You can search all issues at once or search within a single issue - just like the browser version.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:53:37 AM »
I don't have this problem in Android.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 21, 2015, 04:49:26 AM »
Already signed up. I'm excited to learn from my fellow judges!  :D

The Pub / Re: Tapatalk hosed?
« on: May 20, 2015, 05:57:09 AM »

All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: May 19, 2015, 04:57:59 AM »
Myles smoked 3 chickens on Sunday - man, that was a tasty treat!

I think we're about to finally break down and get a Costco card. It's grillin' season!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Challenging brew days
« on: May 18, 2015, 01:46:46 PM »
My guess is that a lot brewers purchase an MM3 because they want the crush, but later decide that it is too much mill. 

Not here! :P I think it's just about perfect for 20+ lbs of grain. I'll be sure to keep an eye on the last few lbs of Avangard I have. Making the switch back to Best - should have known.  ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Storage
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:30:13 AM »
Stories about exploding pressure vessels circulate around at my work (heavy construction). I've seen plenty of pictures of trucks/SUVs with the back half ripped off.

Standard image for why not to store pressure vessels in the car:

Very neat. I'm really enjoying this latest set of xBmts. Just the right amount of technical but practical enough to put into practice straight away.

Friendly edit: about 3/4 of the way down, he writes "BJPC" when I'm sure he meant BJCP.  ;)

Going Pro / Re: Bluesman you have made it to e-malt news.
« on: May 17, 2015, 10:18:12 AM »
Congrats Ron!

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