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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:01:32 PM »
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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:20:26 PM »

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".
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!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 09, 2014, 03:03:28 PM »

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!

There really isn't a problem and I'm sorry you thought I implied there was one. I didn't really give thought to the fact that a club of over a hundred brewers could have each member submit several entries and essentially have more than half the entries in the comp as a whole, It all makes more sense that way.

I'm sorry if if this came off as a bash in anyway as I clearly stated that was not my intent to start. Congrats to those that won with their outstanding beers and all those that help put all this together, looking forward to my scoresheets and reviews.

I am not petty, nor am I a sore loser, I like my beer and am proud of my product.

Cheers,
Gary

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The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:30:08 AM »
Glad to see  you back Tom, always enjoy your knowledge and insight on topics. Best of luck on the new brewery and I too like the name!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 09, 2014, 11:27:17 AM »
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.

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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: fermentation not complete ?
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:39:23 AM »
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?

This was my question, how does it taste, is it still sweet or does it taste done?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:36:28 AM »
"The people that like my beer, like my beer and that is all the reinforcement I need.  Judges have to find fault with something, regardless and I don't need their opinion to validate my brewing."

At the end of the day, remember that this is really all that matters. While it's nice to receive validation of what you're doing in a competition, it still comes down to a random opinion on one particular bottle of your beer:)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:30:52 AM »
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, I honestly have no idea how many entries they had as a club but it's a big club of over 100 members I believe so I suppose that would answer my curiosity that they alone could have comprised well more than half the entries submitted if not more, I don't know, kind of takes the fun out of it :-\

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Off flavors (lactose) with Rice Syrup Solids?
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:23:39 AM »

It'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.
well, so nix that idea.... I guess I was thinking more scorching then caramelizing:p

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Homebrew Competitions / Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:38:25 AM »
Let me start by clearly stating I am NOT trying to slam a club or comp, simply looking for thoughts or opinions on my curiosity:

A recent competition I just received scoring on (on-line, not actual score sheets) posted the results of all BOS and 31 tables. There were 733 entries and 341 participants.

The sponsoring club placed 31 medals of the 93 available or a full 30% of which, if my math is correct from only a pool of 10% of the total entrants. They also took the BOS in meads, ciders and beers making a total of 35 medals.

Does anyone else find this curious?

Side note: I sent the same beers to two separate comps and while I have not gotten score sheets/feedback from the most recent all entries received MUCH lower scores than the previous, like not even in the same ballpark

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Off flavors (lactose) with Rice Syrup Solids?
« on: March 08, 2014, 04:08:48 PM »
It'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?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What in the tun this weekend?
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:34:43 AM »
The weather has finally given me a break at 25 today so I've finally gotten around to brewing up a dry stout, about half way through the mash and everything is coming along nicely!

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:31:48 AM »

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.

Yeah,

We still have a foot of snow on the ground and our frost layer this year approached a crazy 25-30"!! Unheard of......

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:24:55 AM »
Try Fed Ex, how do you have the box labeled and what did you tell them? I simply box everything up, print my shipping label online via my account and drop it off. No questions asked. If they ask why the box is marked fragile I tell them it's a piece of art and it's double boxed with packing material, never an issue though as I've only been asked once.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Yeast starter
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:51:04 PM »
I simply smack and pitch into the cooled starter wort.

I use a 10:1 ratio of DME to water ie: 100grams to 1L, etc.

I also simply boil for 5-10 minutes since the reality is all you are doing is ensuring your starter is sanitized. There is no need to actually boil anything off since you want your starter gravity to be 1.035-1.040 and no higher.

There is also no need to let the yeast warm up prior to pitching, yeast don't mind going from cold to warm, it's the reverse that's an issue.

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