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I guess I'm saying that the big beers don't always win around here.

Nor do they in many places once they make it to the BOS round. Hopefully the BOS judges who are lined up are experienced enough to step out of that strong beer bias.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Random Laws of the brewday #266
« on: May 14, 2010, 12:17:36 AM »
Random law of the brewday #267: You will inadvertently leave some tap or valve open at a critical point in the process.

Especially if it will pour hot wort/water into your sock/boot

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 NHC
« on: May 13, 2010, 12:38:06 PM »
Oh boy, there's a lot of planning going on. We're trying to keep ahead of the game because it's been demonstrated that when we have a lot of time and a team that's on the stick, the conference is a madhouse, a very smoothly running madhouse.

And there's the rub, the AHA depends upon us to be that team that provides the backbone of the conference. All of those events? Planned by someone local.

For the conference to come to your area, what the organization needs is at least one crazy person to raise their hand, start exploring possibilities, demonstrate local availability of volunteers and work with Gary to find appropriate hotels that won't kill us on cost, are right sized for the attendance and have intriguing possibilities nearby. (By the way, your local tourist board or city convention committee can give you a leg up on this.)

So, if you're wanting to see the conference swing to your area, contact the G-man ( for the planning document and go to it.  In other words, yup, the conference will appear where we have teams that can put together the right package.

Events / Re: NHC Admin Advance
« on: May 12, 2010, 01:30:46 PM »
I'll alert Janis to this thread, but I would assume that an admin advance means they had some sort of clerical error with the entry (like the beer wasn't avaialble for judging for mini-BOS) and therefore was given a pass into the second round.

But that's just my assumption until the JG comes in with the actual answer.

Well, last weekend resulted in every fermenter and empty keg in the brewhouse being cleaned.

The view from the driveway

So maybe it's time to get cracking on some more goodies!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Oklahoma Legalizes Homebrewing
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:32:13 PM »

I've said it before in email, but way to go - way to be out there supporting, pointing and testifying.

2 more states left to go!

Very nice.. I tossed a link to it up on the Falcons website.

I totally get where you're coming from. I think most judges on competition day are looking to be "wowed" and don't stop to remember that the "wow" in the smaller beers is the flavor that's added to a small package.

My mild, which I'll defend to the death gets pounded on (it has won a few medals so I guess I shouldn't kevtch too much) for various reasons, but sit back at a fest and I can guarantee that a full 5er is going bye bye before the day is done.

A while back I collected a bunch of breweriana off ebay and came across a prohibition transitory period set of instructions from a can of blue ribbon extract. I transcribed the sheet on my site

On the topic of baking, malt extract has a long history of use in baked goodsq, predating prohibition. Look at the baked goods in the grocery store and I guarantee you'll be surprised at the number of goods (particularly anything intended to be 'soft & chewy' that contain extract. If you troll the web for extract information it becomes apparent that the vast majority of the world's extract production is for the baking industry.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 09:29:08 AM »
Hey all I know is I have a ton of interests and they're always in conflict. Doesn't stop me! Why should this? :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 09:22:53 AM »
No, apparently not.. something about a conflict of interest.. p-shaw!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 09:09:40 AM »
If you give out free stuff, they will come.

Actually, we've always given out free stuff with the surveys, but have never seen a response like this. Hopefully this reflects an energized membership who feels like the Association gives a damn and wants to provide them what they need.

Anything going on there gents?

For me, I'll have to clean the 5 kegs that blew free last weekend and catch up on some writing work.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 30, 2010, 12:21:42 PM »
Mini-BOSs are always a source of confusion for folks until you see them in action.

Basically what happened: Your category had too many beers for one team of judges so it was split. Each panel scored their beers independently. When they were done they took their best 2 or 3 and met with the other judging teams.

Together they all tasted the beers nominated by each team and selected (regardless of score) the best three beers. Your beer, despite it's 43.5 was not selected in that final process.

Why does it happen that way instead of just using the scores? Largely because judges are variable in their scores. For instance, I'm a tough judge. If I give your beer a 40 it's because I f'ing loved it. So my 32, may be equivalent to someone elses 39. The taste off allows for a way to erase those individual judging quirks.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Force Carbonation and Volumes CO2
« on: April 29, 2010, 08:12:27 PM »
Think of it this way..

You can use that first chart to kinda think styles to volumes of CO2.

What I do for carbonation is get my beers cold in the keg. Set the regulator and rock it back and forth until I stop getting active burbling of CO2. (You'll hear it)

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