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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 18, 2015, 10:39:07 AM »
I'd still be hesitant to enter until we see how judges are going to treat the new wild categories especially if your beers are significantly different from the classic Belgian styles or a berliner.

I've had mine treated fairly well in comps using the 2015 Guidelines. However, I have come second (or third) every single time to a much bigger beer when combined with other specialities.

How do I know this? Every time I've entered an American Wild when combined with Specialities, a judge (supposedly the ranking judge each time) from the mini-BOS has come up to me after the awards and apologizes for not being able to convince the rest of the mini-BOS judges to place the American Wild over the 'super-charged' speciality beer. This has happened 3 separate times at 3 separate competitions. It's kinda frustrating, but I've learned that my precious little Am. Wilds should only be entered in comps that use the '15 Guidelines and that have Am. Wilds split out from Specialities. Easy peasy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 17, 2015, 03:15:02 PM »
I believe the American Wild were in a big Specialty Category.

If that is the case, I believe that the AHA and associated sub-committees are seriously underestimating the American Wild segment. I won't be wasting any of my American sours on NHC if they are up against big giant fruit/peanut butter/spice/coconut/etc bombs in a catch-all Speciality category.
I would generally agree, though it becomes fairly self-defeating of your prophecy if too many share your views and hold back their American Wild entries.  8)
At least there are 3 subcategories for Wild entrants now instead of one.

Perhaps, but NHC is 5 bottles. And you know how stingy I am with my sours...  :P

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 17, 2015, 01:37:45 PM »
I believe the American Wild were in a big Specialty Category.

If that is the case, I believe that the AHA and associated sub-committees are seriously underestimating the American Wild segment. I won't be wasting any of my American sours on NHC if they are up against big giant fruit/peanut butter/spice/coconut/etc bombs in a catch-all Speciality category.

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The Pub / Re: Constellation Brands Buys Ballast Point
« on: November 16, 2015, 08:44:54 AM »
Wow.  I'm pretty sure I'd sell, too.

Same here.

BTW - can someone explain this? Expects $115M in sales in 2015, purchase price $1.0B. That must be some serious accountant wizardry.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Playing around with final beer pH
« on: November 16, 2015, 07:49:11 AM »
Nice find Jim. How did I never see that with all of my poking around Kai's site?

Agreed, good find Jim. 8) Can't believe I've never found that on Kai's site either. This thread is much more informative than the "wouldn't you like to know" answer I received previously.

I've been playing with this subject at home, but I haven't taken very good notes - just more of a 'does this make a difference?' kind of thing. I'll be reporting some findings in the near future.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: oxygen cleaners
« on: November 16, 2015, 07:21:34 AM »
For years I used Oxiclean, then PBW.  Both worked well.  I now use Craftmeister Oxygen cleaner.  It's so much more effective than the others that the choice is clear for me.

Same here. I got a bunch form the last comp I helped at. We won't be going back to PBW.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Incorporating Bru'n Water
« on: November 14, 2015, 12:53:23 PM »

Mine is locked. I haven't tried unlocking it

Dang! It  would be great to integrate it into my Excel brewing sheet.
I just use the snipping tool on the summary tab and then put that in my normal brewday notes.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 14, 2015, 07:30:02 AM »
I'm thinking that there is a lot of chatter, all pointing to the exact same thing: 'Freshness'. Only cursory review has been given to the freshness of malt and hops, which is the most likely candidate for 'fresh fields', 'flowers', and 'freshly milled grain'... aka "it".

We have two excellent "German" breweries in our area, Urban Chestnut and KC Bier Co. They both have what half of this thread is talking about, the "it". You know what they both do? They invest tons of time and effort into getting the freshest malt and hops they can get ahold of, while serving it as fresh as possible.

Yeah, that's what I was getting at in my earlier post, too, Amanda. It would make sense why it can be really difficult to duplicate at home since homebrewers typically get the 'rejected' malt and hops that the breweries didn't want for themselves first.
I saw that and immediately thought of Florian and Steve importing very specific malts and personally flying to Germany to select their hops. FWIW, Steve at KC Bier Co uses *mostly* Ireks malt, shipped in via container every month, for  a 30bbl brewhouse. Florian at Urban Chestnut uses so many different maltsters that I couldn't keep track.

I believe it is a great point you made there.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 13, 2015, 10:42:16 PM »

Thank you Leos.
What are you even doing in this conversation? You can't brew a Helles on a Zymatic!

;)
I'm thinking that there is a lot of chatter, all pointing to the exact same thing: 'Freshness'. Only cursory review has been given to the freshness of malt and hops, which is the most likely candidate for 'fresh fields', 'flowers', and 'freshly milled grain'... aka "it".

We have two excellent "German" breweries in our area, Urban Chestnut and KC Bier Co. They both have what half of this thread is talking about, the "it". You know what they both do? They invest tons of time and effort into getting the freshest malt and hops they can get ahold of, while serving it as fresh as possible. I do believe this is the "it". And I do believe I can try/do it on a tiny scale on the Z. ;) and

Hahahaha. I've enjoyed this thread while drinking my "Kolsch". Good night, boys. Cheers.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 13, 2015, 10:22:51 PM »
Thank you Leos.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 12, 2015, 10:27:40 AM »
I liked the beer news talk...otherwise it was a repeat podcast of what Denny did with the brewing network a while ago along with info from drew beechum's podcast about pumpkin beers with the brewing network....along with some misc. brewing tipse

You guys need someone like Doc from the BN to be super drunk and add in random comments that are slightly on topic and hilarious....and a drunk of the week call in

I gotta tell ya, that's the kind of stuff we will specifically avoid.

Praise be.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Experimental Brewing podcast
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:46:24 AM »
Initial thoughts, halfway through but need to take a breakfast break:
  • You guys gotta fade in the music. I've been startled twice now and I'm only halfway through.
  • I'm looking forward to being an IGOR.
  • That "NHC triangle test"? Yeah, there were no differences in the beer. Despite all the beer I drank that week, I distinctly remember that because the guy in front of me at the talk heard me mumble 'Don't think these are different' and he tried to convince me otherwise. Ha.
  • +1 on the Olive Nation recommendation. Except their cherry extract. It's still medicinal.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pH meters...
« on: November 12, 2015, 06:02:47 AM »
Good recommendation. I like seeing meters outside of the 'usual suspects'.

I also went rogue and purchased outside of the Milwaukee/Hanna crowd and bought a $69 Thermowerks pH meter. Love that thing. Once I calibrated it, it has been on the money for 4 months now. Pretty sweet! My old Hanna would lose calibration seemingly every week (even with a new probe).

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 11, 2015, 07:48:46 PM »

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Beer Recipes / Re: Chasing the perfect Munich Helles
« on: November 11, 2015, 03:26:08 PM »
Do they mash at a higher pH, say 5.5-5.6, and then drop the pH in the kettle?
Yes, and there is a formula when you drop that pH in the kettle as well :)
What's the formula?

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