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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:54:59 AM »
I drink mostly my own beer when home, but I always keep my eye open for something new and a group of us does a case buy 4 times a year.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett IPA help
« on: March 26, 2014, 05:53:17 AM »
I would do a starter, you should be pitching about the same amount as you would for a lager of that gravity.  I think my fermentation was a little longer than my standard ale, but only by a few days to a week.  I would keep the same dry hopping schedule.

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Pimp My System / Re: My basement electric brewery
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:11:06 AM »
Nice work!  Jealous!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brett gear
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:50:32 PM »
Good to know!  I don't mind dedicating the fermenter, since I have a conical for my regular brews.  My question now is about my Blichman Beer Gun.  Can I use it to bottle a Brett beer without tainting all subsequent bottled beers?

I'm nervous about the same thing as well. I've only bottled mixed ferment beers with the Beer Gun so far.

I have successfully bottled a brett-only beer after brett-bacteria beers, but its only a matter of time before risking it catches up with you. Ask my funky quad (accidentally used the wrong sample thief).

When I go to bottle the next clean beer, I'll probably buy another accessory kit ($20 is worthwhile insurance to me).

I am worried about the rubber ball (valve seat) at the end of the gun. It doesn't come with the kit (it should), but I'll probably also buy a spare ball for clean beers and keep it with the kit.

I was worried about cross contamination as well.  So, for my beer gun I have seperate tubing and rubber stopper for bottling my sour beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Malt head?
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:26:52 AM »
I always have something malty on tap as well as a belgian, but after a while I crave American hops and have to make an ipa or apa.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:39:26 AM »
I wish everyone would stop being so nice about last year's banquet meal. Worst entree I've ever had at an AHA Conference.

Based on my sample size of 4, I would agree.

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