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Events / Re: NHC 2016 First Timer Questions
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:57:05 AM »
Look over the seminars and find the ones that you have a strong interest in.  Those are the not miss ones.

In Grand Rapids, I went to the post-fermentation cider seminar and it was excellent.  But I have a huge interest in cider and where someone who is casual might find the information useful, it was one of the best seminars I've been to.

I don't think Michael Fairbrother is doing a stand alone seminar this year (just part of the mead panel), but those are always great because he serves some great meads.

Have fun at your first conference.  After, you'll be counting the days until the next one.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:32:14 AM »
Does anyone know what even bigger and more consequential significant date in beer history is approaching?

September 28 - National Drink Beer Day.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: National Beer Day
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:16:28 AM »
This should be a National, paid holiday!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 06, 2016, 06:28:28 AM »
Maybe homebrew shop sales are down as people are brewing more and buying bulk supplies.  As much as I want to support LHBS, I would be brewing less with the differences in cost.

I also wonder is the homebrew shop sales are including the sales online or are they just brick and mortar sales?

I brewed an extract batch back in December, but it was a hard root beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 06, 2016, 05:47:56 AM »
I admit to using "pillowy" to describe the HEAD in a beer I judged a couple weeks ago during NHC.

Foam or feather?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 05, 2016, 05:49:09 AM »
I'm with Denny. Juicy is in the vein of catty or cat pee as a positive descriptor for me. Seriously, people?

And yet is accurately describes Simcoe to a T (or pee as the case may be).  It is way more descriptive than juicy, I must admit.

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: April 04, 2016, 10:32:54 AM »
Snow today.  Not a lot (1-3 inches possible) but when it was 70 on Friday and the couple inches we got yesterday morning melted by the end of the day, it's time to kill this winter.  Even though it was a mild winter, it needs to end now!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:46:02 AM »
I don't know… I get an elitist stink when people start telling other people how they can and can't describe their beer. Calling it peeve suggests that you think it is wrong. Juicy seems pretty straight forward. I would use it not as a specific flavor descriptor but maybe a shorter way of saying the beer has both a bright and fruity presentation.


I think you're right about this.  I don't know why people can't just drink what they like and not constantly look down on new styles.  I myself do not like bourbon barrel aged beers but know they are very popular with some and support that.  I bought a 4 pack of KBS once and gave 3 of them away to some very happy people after I struggled through one. 

Now "crushable" is a word I hate when describing a beer.  And when Rachael Ray says "Delish"...I want to punch her through my TV screen  >:(

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 01, 2016, 05:27:44 AM »
Rumor has it they are sorting the STL scoresheets this weekend so I expect I'll get mine next week.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 01, 2016, 05:21:17 AM »
I assume with last week being Easter, they didn't schedule any comps since it may be hard to get judges due to family events.  8 regions left to judge over the next 3 weekends.

Also, can I say the AHA is kicking butt getting these results out.  The first weekend the results were posted that following Friday.  I expected the 2nd weekend to take longer since it was 3 regions instead of one, but those were posted the following Friday as well.  Nice work AHA!


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You know once I got a bottle of Pliny from a friend and drank this perfectly clear beer and was like "yeah, it's good but I've had better".  I'll take a  Bissell Brothers Swish over a Pliny any day.

Heady was the one that started it all (at least for me) and but now I feel there are better beers than HT.  Sip of Sunshine, most of Trilluim's stuff, Bissell Brothers, etc.

As far as controversy, I couldn't care less (except to get Petros and Denny going on Facebook :) )...don't drink it.  The Hundreds of people who line up every week at these breweries for the cans and I will drink your share. ;)

P.S.  speaking of controversy...when is Tech Talk coming back :)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:59:28 AM »
I wonder if the Austin region will get a lot of Standard Cider entries this year...only one last year.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:27:22 AM »
Got ours back, 3 good scores, 2 mediocre, 1 poor with comments like it was a different beer. And of course, the 2 mediocre scores advanced while 2/3 good scores didn't.

I also find that so very strange. Almost like the judging table was tough on the entries or the entries weren't that good?  Who knows?  My Old Ale which took a gold medal only earned a 36.5 with no indication that it even advanced (or had) a mini-bos. That is not that great...

I'll take a gold with a 36.5 over a 42 with no placing anyday...:)

I totally agree with that... although I have to say I also have caught myself with a low scoring beer that medaled and feeling like I didn't "earn it".

I was pleasantly surprised to get scoresheets from Seattle yesterday.  My stout scored a 36.5 and DIDN'T advance, but in a 35 entry category that's not too surprising.  I'll need to look if it even went to mini-BOS but I don't think it did.  Solid scores for my IPA and CDA but not spectacular (28 for both) and my Cal Common didn't do well at all... too much age on it by the time it got there.  Oh well. 

I don't put too much stock in scores, unless it's something obvious.  Last year, I sent cider entries (same batch, bottled at the same time) to 2 separate comps, judging on the same day.  It won a gold in one comp (high 30's iirc) and a 23 in the other.  And the 42 I reference above was for a recent comp that didn't medal.  I guess there could have been 3 other entries higher than a 42, but it did go to a mini-BOS.

Oh well.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:01:20 AM »
Got ours back, 3 good scores, 2 mediocre, 1 poor with comments like it was a different beer. And of course, the 2 mediocre scores advanced while 2/3 good scores didn't.

I also find that so very strange. Almost like the judging table was tough on the entries or the entries weren't that good?  Who knows?  My Old Ale which took a gold medal only earned a 36.5 with no indication that it even advanced (or had) a mini-bos. That is not that great...

I'll take a gold with a 36.5 over a 42 with no placing anyday...:)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:57:53 AM »
Got scores in the mail today for Indy. The best was a 41 for my 30A cider.  I didn't move on, so there were clearly some great ciders here. Kudos to Michael and those who did !

Nice cider score; if you've got a spare $20 you might send the 3 bottles you would have sent to Finals to GLINTCAP instead. 

I'll keep this in mind for next year.

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