Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - thetooth

Pages: 1 ... 4 5 [6] 7 8 9
76
Equipment and Software / Re: keg into fermenter
« on: October 01, 2012, 11:02:48 AM »
I use the Brewers Hardware tri-clamp setup.  I'm thrilled with it... although I do wish I could reach inside to clean it.

77
Yeast and Fermentation / Re: stir plate overflow - start again?
« on: September 27, 2012, 04:39:01 PM »
I don't have a complete answer to your question, but I have experienced this a couple times before.  I went ahead and used the starter both times with successful outcome.  So, while I don't think you need to start over from personal unscientific experiences, someone may overrule me with a better answer.  :)

78
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP On-Line Exam - did you finish?
« on: September 27, 2012, 01:58:13 PM »

I totally agree with what you are saying about the lack of slots in LA.  I plan on taking the online test soon, but just to see where I stand on knowledge.  I've pretty much given up on the thought of taking the next level of exams due to lack of availability.  If something pops up for me, great... but otherwise, I can live without it.  I'm hoping that the online exam is only a small part of the testing overhaul, and that they will iron out the rest eventually.
A bit off topic from the original post but this could be useful to those that are looking to take the Beer Judging Exam and are having a hard time finding a location in their area.

I would suggest working with a homebrew club or local professional brewer to get a Beer Judging Exam scheduled.  The testing admin has to be approved by the exam director, not necessarily a National or Master judge.  You'll also need two qualified Proctors to come to your area on the day of the exam.  You can find a list of qualified Proctors here on the BJCP web site - http://www.bjcp.org/apps/reports/proctors.php

This is how we got BJCP judges in Milwaukee going years ago.  Someone local was approved by the exam director and we kindly asked two Chicago area judges to come up and Proctor.  Bought them a beer and a lunch as a thank you.  Today we have over 40 judges in South Eastern WI.

Thanks for the info.  I'm hoping that we can put something together after the study sessions my club organized are done in January.  If that doesn't pan out, I might see if I can work out something from your info.  :)

79
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP On-Line Exam - did you finish?
« on: September 27, 2012, 10:57:55 AM »
I just took the test and passed.  I was convince that there was no way I could answer 200 questions in 60 minutes, but I was able to do it with time to spare... which I used to go back and review some questions I wasn't totally sure of.

I've got a BJCP study group happening one day a month for the next 4 months.  I'll take the judging exam at that point if there is one available.  If not, I'll be happy with what I've learned anyway.   :)

80
The Pub / Re: Northern Brewer... shipping... Argh.
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:35:52 AM »
I'm willing to wait for shipping delays when free or discounted shipping is offered.  If I'm paying for full-price shipping, I expect it to go out in a day or two.  If it will take longer than that, I expect notification and an option to cancel my order to place with someone who can fulfill it.  It sounds to me like you got screwed and they should offer you a refund since they screwed up your order.

81
Equipment and Software / Re: Old Fridge For Fermentation Chamber
« on: September 19, 2012, 08:21:04 PM »
I don't see a problem with it.  I'd make sure to clean the fridge completely, then hit it with a bleach solution to kill off any residual from the mold.  Should be good to go.

82
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To Share or Not to Share
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:32:51 AM »
I'm happy to share.  If I know a function is coming up at work and I'm brewing something soon... I'll just throw an extra 5 gallons of it into a fermenter/keg and serve it at the party.  It's cheap when you buy ingredients in bulk, people love it, and it's fun educating those interested in knowing more about it or homebrewing.  Over the past few years, I've dispelled many myths and turned a coworker onto the hobby.  No need to horde, I can easily make more.  Of course, I often run into the "have too much beer" category because I enjoy making it so much that supply easily outstrips household demand.   ;D

83
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP On-Line Exam - did you finish?
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:41:35 PM »
I took it at lunch while at work, on a whim, with no reference materials....and just barely squeeked by.  I thought I was done, and then had a few unanswered questions *that I thought I had answered*...my intent was to fail to get an understanding of what they were asking, but I passed by the hair on my chinny chin chin (as they say).

The wording of such entrance exams are designed to throw you off....after all, it is beer nerds testing you to see if you are worthy of being in the club.

The real challenge is finding a testing slot within a 12 month window.  I have one in March 2013 *I think, and I tested just after the opening of the new on-line exam in April 2012.  There are at least 5 exams scheduled in my area in the next 12 months, and to my knowledge, I got the last slot.  I even checked my old home town (fly to test) and the 3 or 4 scheduled in the next year were also booked.

That is the biggest problem with the BJCP exam process.  I want to study,take, and pass the online test. But..why if there are no testing slots in the major metro area I live in (Los Angeles)?  I can travel either 3-4 hours south or 5-6 hours north and "maybe" find an open slot.   Seems like a major headache...just so somebody can wave a wand over my head and say "you are a beer judge".  Yet everytime there is a comp..they are hurting for judges and will take just about anyone.

I totally agree with what you are saying about the lack of slots in LA.  I plan on taking the online test soon, but just to see where I stand on knowledge.  I've pretty much given up on the thought of taking the next level of exams due to lack of availability.  If something pops up for me, great... but otherwise, I can live without it.  I'm hoping that the online exam is only a small part of the testing overhaul, and that they will iron out the rest eventually.

84
Zymurgy / Re: We need your brew dog photos!
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:45:16 AM »
Buddy says, "Cheers".




85
Equipment and Software / Re: GIve Up on ProMash??
« on: June 07, 2012, 09:30:07 AM »
I finally gave up when BeerSmith 2.0 came out.  Probably won't go back unless a new version really knocks my socks off and offers more than BeerSmith.

86
Local brew pub is doing an event at the end of June where the brewer gave out the recipe for an IPA and is asking people in our club to brew it and bring some in for a big group comparison.  I'll be making that this weekend.

87
Equipment and Software / Re: Re: Beersmith recipe Cloud
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:28:24 AM »
You could also keep your recipes on a free cloud service like Google drive.  How many recipes does 5GB store?   :)

+1
 In addition to the recipes, I run my BeerSmith software using the Gdrive directory for the database files. This allows me to work with my equipment profiles on multiple machines. Uploading equipment profiles to the BeerSmith cloud does not appear to be an option at this time.

Kyle


~Sent through this great digital frontier using my Dinc.

+1... I do the same thing with DropBox.  It allows me to access everything and update my inventory from any computer. 

I wish he had designed his cloud to work that way that instead.  Couple that functionality with a mobile app and I'd consider throwing $14/year his way.  As is, he really hasn't offered me any functionality in the BeerSmith cloud that I don't already have for free with DropBox.

88
Zymurgy / Re: What's number 1 on your brewer bucket list?
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:31:17 AM »
I would really like one of my beers to win BOS in a competition.

89
Brewing a Doppelbock this weekend.

90
Equipment and Software / Re: faucet locks
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:13:22 AM »
My future plans are to return to using picnic taps, push them inside the keezer and I already have the hasp installed for the pad lock.

That's probably the easiest, cheapest, and most effective solution.  It also allows you to easily hook up lines to the faucets for a party if you want to.

Pages: 1 ... 4 5 [6] 7 8 9