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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, 04:29:08 PM »
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, 04:22:53 PM »
No, apparently not.. something about a conflict of interest.. p-shaw!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Member Surveys
« on: May 06, 2010, 04:09:40 PM »
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, 07:21:42 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 30, 2010, 03:12:27 AM »
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, 10:30:03 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, 09:21:53 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, 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 :)

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