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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 07, 2016, 11:22:10 PM »
Usually most teams will just look at the number of beers they had per flight and try and determine what are their strongest beers. Most of the time it's easy to come up with your top 3. Then the legs come together and see if they have a reasonable total and go from there.

I've never seen anything more formal setup for it. Just seems to work out.

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 25, 2016, 10:29:13 PM »
We do have an official charity for the podcast - Freedom Service Dogs of America.

Just saying...

Jim, modified the statement about your gals at the end of the writeup.

We're not that big - just ~300ish!

I've been on the board since 1999 and one of my proudest achievements is growing the club membership but more importantly, the club treasury to a very stable/safe level.

Finally delivered the writeup - a day late - boo me. But here you guys go - read through and tell us what you think. Is this something worth doing?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 24, 2016, 11:20:34 PM »
You're welcome! Hope it helps!

It does make things interesting at times.

The Pub / Re: Boring 92 beer selection
« on: February 24, 2016, 09:01:50 AM »
Sounds like my bog standard experience with the Yard House - woo - so many taps - so many meh choices. When they first opened up the very first locations here in LA, it was that same thing but all the taps were some crappy pilsner thing. Now it's all IPAs.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 22, 2016, 01:46:17 PM »
My club is going to do a blind tasting of 3 different styles of beers with water treatment and without. Does anyone have a good link to info on how to properly do a triangle test?

Cool - we certainly feel like we're moving in a groove now. Less re-doing, less issues making everything happen. (Except the dang phone patch)

The Pub / Re: Beer Experiments
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:19:18 AM »
It's disappointing to see people tout the conclusions of a single experiment as conclusive, universal facts that have settled all questions about a particular issue but I am seeing that with increasing frequency across the internets.

Yeah, I think a lot of people look to things "scientifical" in nature for their certainties and to reinforce what they already believe is true. Plus a lot of lay people have been trained to react this way by breathless media reports about the current likelihood that eggs will kill you.

One of the things I like about what we're doing is we've built into the setup the notion of a repeated trial. It's imperfect, what with the lack of precision inherent to homebrewers, but the results are only part of the reason to do these things. The discussion is the fun part and the thinking scientifically is good for the brain.

Plus, we do try to encourage people to take the results with a notion towards figuring out if they agree and if they see the same thing.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Suggest an experiment!
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:04:36 AM »
Science always bears repeating!

That's an interesting evaluation - I don't feel like we did anything different. Well, wait, we did add a new segment - the Brewery/Ingredient segment. We were both fretting that the thing was too long, but try as we might we couldn't find a naturally cutting point for the Southern interview that didn't leave things all catty wumpus.

The Pub / Re: Beer Experiments
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:37:19 PM »
By the very nature of these things - it's going to be hard to get a clear answer from a matter that's so inherently subjective.

I still want to setup an experiment that's the whole "doing everything the 'correct' way vs. the 'wrong' way" and see the results of the tasting.

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