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The Pub / Re: The state of American beer
« on: Today at 09:05:40 AM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:38:07 AM »
Yeah, I tend to view the beer in it's parts, add them up and then see where we're at.

I think of scoring as an additive thing. Thinking of it as being "50 down" primes you too much to look for flaws. BJCP judges do that enough without having it reinforced by the scoring drive to turn into flaw monsters.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:06:19 PM »
We all have met Denny somewhere in the Homebrewing continuum. Jim, you will too someday.

Some of us, more than we'd like! :)

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So now what do we need to do to get that beer from Drew that he promised everyone who voted for him? :)

Find me at Club Night - I promise to buy you a beer from one of the many taps avaialble!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Governing Committee Elections
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:08:58 PM »
I wouldn't know what to do if I ever had any time! (Let's keep it that way, shall we? :) )

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I guess to the lawmakers it opened up the possibility of making those sales legal at a state level if it wasn't closed.

Everything about the law is about the fine edge of possibility and misinterpretation.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this name
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:57:35 AM »
Duh.. I loved that beer. Best rescue of a brewing mistake ever. (The mash was lightly scorched and so the beer itself tasted ashy. The tequila and oak incorporated that behind their smokiness, the spices cut the oiliness of the tequila)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What do you think of this name
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:26:59 AM »
I had a crazy beer that I did once called "One Night In Tijuana". A golden oat barleywine with Tequila soaked oak, coriander, black pepper and red pepper extracts.

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Yeah, lots of work to be done, but the Legislature seems open to the fixes. The ABC is enforcing the rule as it stands.

Right now the crux is over the status of the beer. It's currently seen as a donation to the non-profit CHA. The new law expressly forbids the donation of homebrew to a non-profit dedicated to promoting homebrewing (aka the CHA) or made mostly of homebrewers (aka the CHA). So, that's no good. (The wording was really intended to prevent a doofus like me starting "Drew's Brews for the Cure - of his Empty Wallet Non-Profit", donating my homebrew and then auctioning it off. aka circumventing the regulation of alcohol sales in the state to funnel money to an unlicensed operation. I suspect this was added both at the behest of the ABC and the state's distributors)

A lot of this is because the CABC discovered the fest a few years back (after it had been done for ~20 years) and it raised all sorts of alarm bells - 2000 people, unregulated festival, legally unclear use of homebrewed beer, other questions (does a membership that's only benefit is admission to the festival really a smokescreen for a sale), etc. Since an enforcement agency's default answer is almost invariably "no", I'm surprised we got the few years we did before something like this cropped up and shut down the whole enterprise.

But, never mind the present - it's on to the future with new changes to the code that will allow us to once more have our fests and other fun!

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The Pub / Re: Twitter Chat
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:31:54 AM »
I'm just here to help man.

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The Pub / Twitter Chat
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:05:56 AM »
You can twitter chat with Denny and I right now by following hashtag #BrewChat

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Conference Hotels
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:54:21 PM »
My favorite was still 2004 in Chicago when the hotel had us scheduled at the same time as a big baptist meeting and a big AA meeting. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »
Even trained full time professionals are subjected to their internal biases. Volunteer judges who judge a few times per year don't stand a chance.

Although, I would disagree with your comment about the impossibility of every one of a substyle scoring lower than the other. I've had some flights where one substyle was absolutely mediocre at best and another where the worst beer was mediocre, so.. not impossible.

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The Pub / Re: Rain finally
« on: March 01, 2014, 10:32:44 AM »
Sadly most of this water is flowing right down the flood channel that is the LA River. People always make fun of what the Army Corps of Engineers did with the river turning it into a big concrete ditch (think Grease or the motorcycle/big rig chase of Terminator 2). Yesterday showed why they thought it was necessary as the waters rose dangerously high yesterday and if the city had stayed built the way it was, people would have been killed and houses swept away.

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