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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Classic American Pilsner
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:42:42 AM »
Full Sail's Session is a pretty good example, IMHO.

http://www.fullsailbrewing.com/session-lager.cfm

It is a good beer, but I don't think it's hoppy enough for a true CAP.

This is one of the many reasons I'm looking forward to the guideline update. "Medium to high hop aroma/flavor/bitterness" leaves a lot to be interpreted if you don't have a classic example. I brew a CAP with 6 oz of Saaz - usual comments are 'not hoppy enough', whatever that means. I might just enter a Prima Pils type German Pils as a CAP and see if that's hoppy enough! HA!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:43:05 AM »
If everyone is so concerned with the chest freezer vs back thing, why not use wine coolers for each fermenter?

I have three of those for fermenting and can control each fermenter individually.

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Pimp My System / Re: Dual BrewPi True GDM-12 Fermentation Chamber Build
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:58:37 AM »
I've been lusting after a brewpi for a while. Glad to hear you love it.

Same here, but I can't wrap my head around it. :(

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:50:49 AM »
My fiance works well for this. But if he's not in the house, I lift them in two stages.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:34:15 AM »

bummer, sounds like Tulsa is not a region this year.  I would have sent my stuff there again.  KC it is I guess!


Oh, c'mon! You know that we're a good host city!  ;D :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judges question
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:46:05 AM »
I'm looking forward to it.

Found a cool study tool to work on my beer style mentat skills. The Jamil Show. Started with Cat 3 last night. Read over the style guide for Vienna and Oktoberfest, then listened to those two shows. The way to top it off would be to grab a Negra Modelo and an a Paulaner and fill out a couple judging sheets.

I think this will be a decent way for me to get the styles in my head.

The best way to learn is to practice, practice, practice. Good thing for you though, practice means beer drinking. :)

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Beer Recipes / Re: Homebrew recipe for the masses
« on: January 13, 2014, 03:43:20 PM »
Maybe I'll get wild and make a pale ale!

If you make a killer pale ale, people will drink it. I've converted many a BMCer.

Anyway, the tap list for my own wedding is this: Kölsch, Munich Dunkel, Pale Ale and Saison. Toast beer: BGSA. We will be serving everyone from the BMC crowd, to grandparents, to our homebrew club members so we are trying to hit everybody. I don't know what I would pick if I was limited to just one!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:35:17 AM »
very good advice here from dsmitch19.  I hope everyone studying reads it.

as said previously, "...for Dummies" helps you pass.  It can help with your organization and with answering all aspects of the question.  but without going beyond what Al says you won't get a great score.

Agreed. Independent thought, not regurgitating the guidelines or study guides, not contradicting yourself and showing depth of knowledge will get you an excellent score in my book (another grader here). I referenced the Dummies pdf because it has all of the questions in it. Teckam made sure that I knew everything outside of the usual study guide information that I could and my exam score reflected that.

90+ isn't the goal for everyone though, for some people good enough is just good enough. And that's just fine too.

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Equipment and Software / Re: good place to buy perlick faucets?
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:31:44 AM »
It's more "operator error" than anything, but I've grown tired of trying to train the operators. ::) New freezer gets here Thursday, so the new tap project begins soon! ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:55:52 AM »
Well, that exam is only for people enrolled on his class.

You shouldn't be able to do that... I don't remember exactly where I think I read that in the BJCP exam admin guide, but I'm pretty sure you can't close off an exam for "just your people".

Anyway, FWIW, I got a 90 on my written exam when I took it in 2011 (Legacy Exam). To prepare, I did the following:
  • Hired a BJCP grader/Grand Master/helper to point me in the right direction. I used David Teckam. And by hired, I mean that I paid him a tiny amount of money and he held my hand for 8 months. More than worth it.
  • Read everything I could get my grubby little paws on. Technical articles, books, magazines, etc.
  • Used Al Boyce's "BJCP Exam for Dummies" http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCPExamForDummies.pdf There is a lot of good information in there about the technical questions.
  • Practiced writing out my answers. You know the pool of questions that can be on the written exam. Be sure to have well thought out and complete answers for all of them.
  • Know your styles. Know what differentiates them. Know the similarities. And know good ones. The only similarities between American Stout, Dry Stout and Robust Porter cannot simply be "ales, all dark in color" - reach deeper.
  • Learn to manage your time. Again, you know the questions that will be on the exam. You know how many there are as well. Practice writing your answers and time yourself. Blank answers cannot receive any points and that will hurt your overall score terribly.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermentors
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:12:36 PM »

It's an Ace Rotomold or something like that. I picked one up after several recommendations from other club members. After spending months comparing SS concials, I figured that I could replace the plastic conical 8-10 times before I made it to the cost of a SS conical. Most other people that have this set up use a plastic dump valve and siphoning source, but I went with SS fittings there because it seems like the area of greatest weakness for harboring buggies.

I also toyed with the idea of a walk in cooler (with window AC and Coolbot) but decided it wasn't right for me. Too expensive, too much space and not enough individual control over each fermenter.

Good to know, ill have to look into it.  Leos and Keith are trying to talk me into going plastic instead of SS.  Im seriously considering it because its obviously much cheaper, but ive heard from people that have purchased plastic conicals that have a LOT of issues.  YOu havent seen nay quality problems in any of your beers fermented in it?

Cheers,
Jeff

I just finished building it not too long ago, so I don't have a beer through it yet. So I don't have a status report on my own. However, 3 guys in my club use them for award winners, so there's that. ;)

What were the "lot of issues"?

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermentors
« on: January 12, 2014, 03:06:32 PM »
What brand Plastic Conical are you running Amandak? Ive read bad things about certain brands and wondering how its working for you.

As for Conicals, i plan on making a fermentation chamber much like a walk in cooler.  it will be controlled by a Coolbot attached to a Window AC unit for cooling and a Heater.

http://www.storeitcold.com/

Still not a cheap option:)
Cheers,
Jeff

It's an Ace Rotomold or something like that. I picked one up after several recommendations from other club members. After spending months comparing SS concials, I figured that I could replace the plastic conical 8-10 times before I made it to the cost of a SS conical. Most other people that have this set up use a plastic dump valve and siphoning source, but I went with SS fittings there because it seems like the area of greatest weakness for harboring buggies.

I also toyed with the idea of a walk in cooler (with window AC and Coolbot) but decided it wasn't right for me. Too expensive, too much space and not enough individual control over each fermenter.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermentors
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:41:00 PM »
Your picture looks oddly artistic Amanda. Kinda like its a watercolor.

Haha. Camera phones are (of course) artsy! :))

I think it's the dual paned glass that's causing that. And the crappy camera phone...

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Events / Re: Non-standard 12 oz bottles and NHC
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:27:34 PM »
yeah most competitions just don't want the bottles to be identifiable or interfere with their stacking of cases etc..


the identified part is more what I worry about. are they common enough in competition to be more or less anonymous?

Last year, the rules stated the maximum dimensions of the entry bottles. This was because of space requirements of 1500 bottles at the regional level and 2250 at the National level, those little stubby bottles make a difference. Try putting them in a standard (long neck) case box. It doesn't work.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermentors
« on: January 12, 2014, 02:21:41 PM »


I use a commercial fridge (old True Manufacturing model used for soda display) to house my 15g conical. I'll be putting a little space heater in there for Belgians soon.

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