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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.

Events / Re: Southern California Homebrewer's Festival
« on: April 27, 2010, 11:11:45 AM »
Holy Push E!

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 27, 2010, 10:17:40 AM »
You have to put a URL for the image in between those brackets. The pictures need to be hosted on a picture sharing site or your own site.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Electronic Competition Returns
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:52:59 PM »
Account controlled scoresheets will probably happen next year.

For now, every entrant has their own directory in a non-indexed space on our auxillary server. If you can guess the naming conventions of the directories, then you could see the files. I do want to change that, but for files that remain in place for a month and don't contain any PII I didn't figure it to be a concern.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Electronic Competition Returns
« on: April 26, 2010, 04:30:52 PM »
Ahh, good, didn't know others out there were also on the same wavelength.

We started doing it 3 years ago or so and the initial play was to scan them onsite, but that turned out to be pathetically inadequate and the plan was changed mid battle on judging day. Instead, Fletch, out brewgyver has access to one of those wunderbar "document center" machines that takes a stake of papers and emails pdf's.

The process is entirely woefully manual at the moment, but I think we're at the point where we've learned enough to figure out how to automate it better.

We went with hosting the files on the web just to avoid the hassle that comes with emailing a chunk of pdfs to people. :)

And yes, my dream would be to somehow avoid the paper bit altogether, but that's a ways off for now.

ETA: The whole bring the sheets to a club meeting and then mail thing is completely classic. That's how we used to do it, but it was a really long delay and blah...

Actually, I think Janis needs another Janis!

General Homebrew Discussion / Electronic Competition Returns
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:26:37 PM »
Just got done with our annual Mayfaire Competition (in its 32nd-33rd year?) and we've expanded the little pilot program we've been doing for 3 years now.

All of our entry score sheets are online as pdf's, downloadable and printable by the entrant. This allowed us to get all 330ish sets back to the entrants within 24 hours. (The Doug King Competition in January saw all the scoresheets available about 6 hours after the competition closed)

What I'd like to know is what you think. Does the increased speed of return offset the tactile sensation of a piece of paper mailed to you? Is the score sheet as provided clear enough to read and glean the value from? Would it put you off to know your sheets were being returned electronically? Why?

Check out this sample sheet ( from this blog post (

The Pub / Re: How Much you Brew vs How Much you Drink.
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:54:54 AM »
I'll point to this thread: and say...

If I were to attempt to drink the amount of beer I brew, I'd be dead. Happy, but dead.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Never did that before
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:33:04 AM »
Have you met my friends? :)

or the Southern California Homebrewer's Festival?

I almost guarantee I'm going to have to pull the Wild Dark early to keep some for myself. I may be generous, but I'm generous enough to feel like completely blowing through a keg of beer that took ~2 years of work in 4 hours. My record last year was for the "Audacity of Aretha Franklin's Hat" - pouring through a randall - we tanked all 5 gallons at the SCHF in under 2 hours from the fest open. (and that's with people taking small samples.)

And Denny - I could tell ya, but then I'd have to kill you and that would be kinda kin to stepping on the last member of squishy endangered species. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Never did that before
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:22:20 AM »
Did something unusual yesterday - went from having all of my fermenters full to all of them empty.

Racked over to kegs the following:
10 gallons of Mild (5 American / 5 British)
10 gallons of IPA+ (one getting a keg addition of Cascade and the other Centennial)
5 gallons of Spring Saison with Citra
5 gallons of Belgian Amber with Cinnamon and Vanilla (homemade extracts and the same intial wort as the Saison)
5 gallons of Tupelo Mead (2 gallons getting infused with sour cherry concentrate)
5 gallons of Dark Belgian Strong Wild Ale infused with Pinot Noir soaked French Oak

My brewery is now a confused mess (more so than usual) with everything not a keg waiting for a good scrubbing. Good news is this lets me get started on a new project that I'm going to be spending the better part of a year working on. Bad news is that's a metric ton of fermenters.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2010 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition!
« on: April 25, 2010, 07:37:41 PM »
Results are in!

(Ok, the BOS results aren't in.. I mean they are, but only the judging panel and the organizers truly know who won)

Questions about the forum? / Re: Deleting my own posts
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:09:02 PM »
User post deletion has been restored.

Questions about the forum? / Re: Deleting my own posts
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:38:10 AM »

All Grain Brewing / Re: saison mash
« on: April 22, 2010, 02:03:43 PM »
But if you are looking at the traditional Saison style (not the American interpretation)

The Belgians were already doing a number of Super Saisons well before our Craft brewers ever picked up the idea. It is true that the super saison is the preferred variety over here though.

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