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Its all about organization and the dreaded Mini-BOS panel.

In a nutshell, for categories too big for a single group of judges, the flight is split amongst teams of judges. When done, they come back together and re-taste the top beers from each group. From that tasting they choose 1,2,3.

Here's how that impacts the 2 v. 3 bottle rule: In 2 bottle competitions, the organizers have to ensure that the judges save enough beer for a mini-BOS and that the bottles are immediately re-capped and kept cold. It doesn't always help and the beers suffer before the mini. (Oh, the number of times I've heard "This really was fantastic when it was freshly opened"). Requiring 3 bottles ensures that everyone is on even footing for the mini-BOS.

Also, say something is wrong with one bottle (e.g. poorly capped, no gas, infected, etc) - judges in a 3 bottle comp will request the additional bottle to check to make sure the problem isn't confined to the single bottle.

On the plus side for the 2 bottle rule: organizers need 1/3 less storage space for entries before the competition.

What's the status field saying?

For me, I'm super psyched - I'm brewing one of my recipes tomorrow at Eagle Rock Brewing

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:55:11 AM »
IMO, you should have it, just like you should have JP's "How to Brew."

I love you, man! (and you can have all my Bud Light) :)

Zymurgy / Re: Submitting Articles.
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:27:44 PM »
Hmm... done.

Zymurgy / Re: Submitting Articles.
« on: June 08, 2010, 08:58:40 PM »
well it will certainly come to folks attention here. I've sent a mail to Jill to check here.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:23:15 PM »
Yeah, it is a nuts and bolts book, but only as nuts and bolts as I could do things. :)

And yeah, crazy number of recipes in there: ~100.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Curious...part 2
« on: June 08, 2010, 01:09:33 PM »
For me, I brew, when active, once every couple of weeks until I'm out of space. :)

I also brew 10 gallons, but I actively look for ways to pull more than one batch out of each run.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books?
« on: June 08, 2010, 10:34:42 AM »
I guess it depends on your pov. I thought BLAM was a really good book for understanding the whole Trappist mystique.

Radical though I thought was awesome for breaking the sort of procrustean mindset we can get into as homebrewers with all this style stuff flying around us.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Toasted Oats in Wit?
« on: June 07, 2010, 04:17:44 PM »
Oats are a good old fashioned witbier addition.

If you're going to toast them (and why the hell not), give them a week to outgas after toasting before using.

Yeah, that bites more people in the butt than I could count.

Ingredients / Re: Coffee
« on: June 07, 2010, 10:53:14 AM »
I prefer to cold steep a very thick slurry of coffee overnight to extract the good stuff without the bad.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: I pitched hot
« on: June 07, 2010, 10:43:26 AM »
Same thing here in LA, so I make life slightly more complicated.

After running through the CFC, I run the wort into a small IC that's sitting in a bucket of ice water. As long as I keep the ice water moving, the temp drops to the low 60's with about 25 lbs of ice working for the 10 gallon batch length.

11B before or after adjusting for the alcohol? A refractometer will always read high with ethanol present.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Just curious...
« on: June 07, 2010, 10:38:32 AM »
Quickly dwindling if you look at my signature.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How to know more about beer
« on: June 05, 2010, 11:12:15 AM »
Best place ot start (at least for me) was to grab a copy of Designing Great Beers. Start with that to understand recipe design. To understand the grains and hops, really the only way to go about it is to get your hands on the grains and hops and chew, taste, make teas, etc.

I did put in my book what I thought were the highlights of the different malts and hops, so you could try that as well.

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