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Messages - dbeechum

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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, 05:10:05 PM »
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, 10:57:49 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, 09:40:21 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, 08:53:17 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, 06:12:53 PM »
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, 06:11:45 PM »
Holy Push E!

Ingredients / Re: Post your water report
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:17:40 PM »
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, 11:52:59 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, 11:30:52 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, 09:26:37 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 (

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