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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)

Ingredients / Re: My babies
« on: April 29, 2010, 03:30:03 PM »
I just planted mine 2 weeks ago and now I've got some shoots happening, so woo!

Yeah, so I just went through and did a quick tasting panel of my beers for SoCal Homebrewer's Fest and these are the beers I'm bringing.

Spring Saison with Citra
Hop Woo IPA+ (dry hopped with Centennial)
American Pale Chocolate Oat Malt Mild
Apple Wood Smoked Boddington's Clone (aka Popo the Smokey)
Pecan Smoked Wee Heavy (aka Southern Highlander)
Tempting Midnight (Dark Belgian Wild Ale aged on Pinot Noir infused French oak)
Belgian "Cream Ale"
a Sour Cherry Sparkling Tupelo Mead

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:21:53 PM »
A solution was developed a few years back to deal with cross region clubs (specifically "virtual clubs") and is stated in the rules:

"In the First Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the
highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum."

Yeah, sadly Big Brew is woefully undersubscribed in Southern Cal. Instead about a thousand of us gather around a lake and drink our homebrew.

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the SC Homebrewers Festival and to celebrate we're having talks by Tomme Arthur, Bryon Burch and Vinnie C. Little known fact (outside of the SCHF at least) Vinnie was critical to the fest getting its start. He convinced his parents to hold the first editions of the fest at their winery in Temecula.

So yes, instead of brewing - I will be celebrating the other side of the hobby and be drinking while listening to all the chatter and dancing to the one and only Maltose Falcons Brews Band.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Raised glass lettering on bottle?
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:10:05 AM »
At every comp I've been to I've inevitably seen something where one judge starts to object and make noises about dq'ing an entry for a Sam Adams or NB bottle of some variety only to get shouted down by their fellow panelists.


No brewing for me.. just chilling with the homebrewers at Lake Casitas

If it helps, I'm sure Janis can arrange to have your bottles marked to make sure their not scored the highest in the round :)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Should we be eating our yeast cake?
« on: April 28, 2010, 03:57:49 PM »
Au contraire!

I love the stuff! Yes it's a strong and powerful taste that requires some getting to know and love, but like a hoppy beer - it's worth the pain.

The Pub / Re: Brewing @ Avery Next Week!
« on: April 28, 2010, 02:40:21 PM »
That is one sweet gift.. and there's also nothing better tasting than a glass of beer after hard labor at the brewery.

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 27, 2010, 01:53:17 PM »
They stored the image on a remote server (in this case the url is

And then pasted that url between the img brackets.

One would only hope.

Never seen one yet not do it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Holy bacon Batman!!!!!
« on: April 27, 2010, 11:12:53 AM »
A bacon Helles was entered in the Falcons' Mayfaire this year.

Yes and got quite a reaction from the judges who showed the bottle around the judging floor with pieces of bacon floating in it.

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