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And don't forget the potential forum meet up with Denny, Drew, AmandaK, and others. 

I'm bummed I can't make it this year (I mean it is on the other corner of the country for me).  It's a great time to meet and talk with other homebrewers, have face-to-face time with the "celebrities" on an equal basis, form friendships, and of course, try all kinds of beer, mead and cider - homebrew and commercial.

The pre-conference events are usual great too - The BN anniversary party, brewery tours (a lot of time with some special things you don't see on the normal tours), etc.

It's also a chance to get some hands on with the equipment and ingredient suppliers in the homebrewing industry.

Did I mention you may see Denny and/or Drew?  That should be enough! :)

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I did a quick tally of points from the first round for Quaff and The Brewing Network and it looks like Quaff is ahead by 6 points for COTY.  This was done early morning so I can vouch for the accuracy of the numbers. 

The BN lost about 10 points due to the 12 point per category rule and Quaff lost 2.  Looks like it could be a close one for COTY again this year.

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 23, 2015, 10:47:06 AM »

As for NHC2016, thanks anyways...I guess I really on need to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure.

a reasonable question might be, will we know '16 location, at '15 NHC?
I am trying to remember if the next years conference time and dates were not announced at NHC. If Gary Glass has the signed contract, it is announced.

I think Gary announced San Diego at an event in February last year and it spread like wildfire.  I know they like to do a presentation with the next year's committee members at the banquet.  This is what makes me think they will know by then at the latest.  But I guess it could be delayed if there were contract issues.

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 23, 2015, 04:59:30 AM »
(Copyright Drew Beechum 2014 200 BC ;) )

Not to be pedantic and stuff, but you're missing a few years from that copyright. I believe I used it during my second campaign (and first successful election) to the GC in 2008. :)

As for rumored locations - I haven't heard any rumors, so I'm not starting them except to say that the plan is still to have the conference bounce around the country into different regions.

Ok...fixed it for you and I went back a few years just to make sure I got it covered.  ;)

As for NHC2016, thanks anyways...I guess I really on need to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure.

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Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 22, 2015, 05:14:51 AM »
Wish I was going.

Yeah, me too. Maybe next year.

OK...for us poor saps who can't make it this year, what's the rumor for next year?  I'll buy a beer for the first person to answer correctly at Club Night (Copyright Drew Beechum 2014 ;) )

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 07:18:51 AM »
They used to wait until all the regionals were tabulated, but changed to the current model.  The old way would always be hung up on one tardy region.  I like the current way better, personally.
When the results were all released at once, and one region was late with the data, there was a lot of complaining from those that did not know if they should re-brew.

It is fun when you win a medal. This year my fun will be applauding and cheering for those I know who win medals.

With however many thousands of beers entered, someone is bound to be upset regardless of how it's done.

That said, it is definitely irritating that the Chicago judging took place over a week ago and the scores are still be verified.  But whatever.  I have no time to volunteer so all I can do is wait.

I was thinking this year there wasn't as much complaining as last year with some regions getting released early and it was kind of nice.  Oh well...looks like I have some comp entries that I saved to drink.

Good luck to all in the finals!


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 21, 2015, 06:30:26 AM »
All I know is if I gamed the system and sent my entries to Austin, I would have had one or two advance after looking at my scoresheets last night.  As it was, I fell victim the the almighty miniBOS!

I may be done with the NHC comp and just do local and my select favorites (KCBM, MidWinter, Upper Miss., etc). 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 09:56:27 AM »
Shut out again..oh well.  I'll be curious to see the score sheets.

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Beer Travel / Re: Belgium, Ireland - Where do I drink?
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:43:10 AM »
Typical stuff in Dingle, but there is a brewery (Dingle Brewing ...go figure) on Spa Rd., not too far from town.  You could probably walk to it, depending on where you start from.  Unfortunately, we were not able to make it when I was there last April.  Most of the places in town are your typical tourist-y selections.

If you have the chance, make sure to take the drive out around Dingle Peninsula...fantastic views. 

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The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 17, 2015, 08:14:44 AM »
So addicting. Love Scott Glenn as Sticks!

Terence Stamp in Elektra was a good Stick too.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Contest Entry
« on: April 16, 2015, 08:25:53 AM »
Make sure to turn the CO2 down pretty low when filling.  Also, you may want to consider upping the CO2 level a bit in case they sit open on a table when judged.  This way they will still be at an appropriate carbonation level when they judge it.

Also, fill a couple extra in case something happens in transit or when the get to the competition.

Good luck in the comp!

As in send an extra bottle or two into the comp? This is perhaps something that had not occurred to me. Thanks for the advice. I planned on filling about a 6 pack and opening some the day of the contest since I cannot attend, just to see how they fair.

Only send in the required amount, but have the others stored cold for those times you get an email saying one of your bottles were broken and you still have time to send in another.

With NHC, I fill a 6 pack for each entry.  2 go to the first round, 3 for the second round if they advance and 1 for spare in case of bottle breakage.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Contest Entry
« on: April 16, 2015, 06:55:30 AM »
Make sure to turn the CO2 down pretty low when filling.  Also, you may want to consider upping the CO2 level a bit in case they sit open on a table when judged.  This way they will still be at an appropriate carbonation level when they judge it.

Also, fill a couple extra in case something happens in transit or when the get to the competition.

Good luck in the comp!

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The Pub / Re: Daredevil
« on: April 16, 2015, 06:03:31 AM »
It was interesting to see Kingpin's vulnerable side, but sometimes he was a little too Full Metal Jacket for me.  All said, I thought it was well done. 

I'm looking forward to AKA Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, as well as The Defenders.

Now I wish Marvel would film and release that friggin' Deadpool movie!

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I've been using Oxyclean on my better bottles for years with no problems (and some soaks have been weeks) but I don't use any of the accessories.

Competitor to BB?  Just about everyone offers a BB-like fermenter these days, including Northern Brewer who has one with a wide opening. 

Sorry for your frustration.

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