It must be the assumed liability of the shipper in the event a minor accepts the package and well..the litigious society we live in would add to the overhead of insurance for it.
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is this because of the expense of the assumed liability or something else because I'm pretty sure that they make money on everything they ship regardless of one large account or one persons package. I know that every package I drop off I get a really nice thank you and a smile to boot!I agree, but how do you force a private company to do something they don't want to?
I shipped my glass yesterday. Next year I think I'll just make a road trip and deliver it myself. Though delivering round two in person may not be practical, probably not needed either though... ;-)
Demonstrate that they're losing money.
The AHA tried to convince several shipping companies of that. They all said that there wasn't enough money in it to make it worth their while. That may seem absurd to us, but they have a different idea of "worth it".
It is a good point, but in the same breath, what's the point of having a sponsoring a comp and more than 50-60% of entries come from your own club taking home the bulk of medals? Is it just to amass a lot of points to place in the AHA club comp? MCAB Comp? Homebrewer of the Year award? If that's the goal, then I plan on doing more research on the club sponsored competitions I decide to enter in the future.
I guess I just don't understand what the problem is.
Competitions are about who has the best beer, right? Does it matter where it comes from?
AHA Club of the year comes only from NHC anymore. MCAB is a circuit known well in advance anyone can enter. Homebrewer of the Year sounds like a solo award; who cares if a club has a bunch of medals. What goal are you talking about? Is there anything really other than bragging rights at stake here?
Also, while I'm happy if a fellow club member wins something, I can't say that it really means anything to me. It's not like they were all club group brews. There's a few of those, sure, but it doesn't really say anything about my brewing if a fellow club member wins.
Finally, with the insane amount of work that sponsoring clubs put into a competition, the awards/banquet can be a "we're finally done!" party. Why shouldn't they have a bunch of beers entered and cheer for their friends who win? They did all the work!
Good point on the local involvement. There is always a push to win your own competition by getting the membership to enter as many beers as possible.
I'm glad the one mentioned wasn't our recent competition, because we have at least 5 clubs involved in running it. It's hard to have a bias when the organizer, the judge director and the cellar men are all from different clubs.
Starter might have been a bit small. You can certainly try rousing and raising the temp a bit, but since it's 5 weeks out the yeast may have given up the ghost. Still, FG is where the yeast decides it should be, not the recipe. 1.035 is perfectly acceptable for a beer of this size. How does it taste?
How many entries did that club have? From my experience, clubs tend to enter their own comps very heavily. I've seen a club claim a third of the prizes, but account for half the entries.
well, so nix that idea.... I guess I was thinking more scorching then caramelizing:pIt's my understanding that rice syrup solids are pretty fermentable and should thin out the beer and raise the ABV. When di you add it in the boil? Is it possible it carmelized from a long boil? I wouldn't think you should get a milk/lactose flavoring from it at all. What was your final gravity, did it fully ferment out prior to lagering?
You cannot reach the 360F temperature you need for caramelization in a kettle of liquid.
After great results from the variety of hops that I planted last year, I decided to order a couple more centennial rhizomes from the Thyme Garden. They don't disappoint. I was not able to get large or rooted centennial rhizomes this year, so I just got a standard cutting. The one on the right is super nice. These guys have a nice product and wonderful customer service.
I tried to prep the planting grounds yesterday since it was 55 out. I got the grass peaked back, but below that, the ground is still frozen solid. I'll store in the fridge until the Ohio permafrost thaws.