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Beer Recipes / Re: Help
« on: July 02, 2015, 09:18:25 AM »

It's interesting to hear about breweries that won't share recipes.  At Oakshire, the recipe for each beer is hanging on the fermenter.  We encourage homebrewers on the tour to take pics of the recipes so they can brew them themselves.
This is how I found it in the past, and certainly many breweries are open about it still. I've even received tight-lipped response from homebrewes with pro dreams lately.

I laugh when people ask for one of my recipes like I'm doing them some huge favor. I'll give away whatever they want and will even offer up some ingredients if I have extra.

:o Hahaha - really? If they think that recipes are going to get them anywhere special... well, good luck to them!

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Ingredients / Re: Flour
« on: July 02, 2015, 05:07:10 AM »
I've also seen it used to intentionally induce haze.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Orbital Shaker
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:11:30 PM »
Thus, the loss of viability observed at the end of the cultures could be due to the depletion of both carbon and nitrogen sources (Fig. 2) rather than to fluid-mechanical stresses caused by agitation [20]. However, the combination of both effects with the production of toxic metabolite (such as ethanol) may cause higher loss of viability than each factor alone."

With all this discussion about shakers/stirrers/hand shaking/etc, this is what I'm really curious about.

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Ingredients / Re: Best Malt Brands
« on: June 30, 2015, 12:42:23 PM »
I have gone through 3 sacks of Avangard pilsner malt over the past year or so, and am loving it....the flavor and the price.

I went through one for my LHBS as a tester. It was alright, but I'm not looking for "alright". To each their own!  8)

What's in my bins now-->
Belgian Pilsner: Dingemann's
German Pilsner: Best
German Munich: Best
German Dark Munich: Best
Maris Otter: I've been using Bairds for 3-4 sacks now, but may try out Thomas Fawcett on the next sack.
Standard 2-row: Rahr

I don't too much worry about price. Buying in bulk affords me that luxury since the difference (in my area) between a crappy sack and a great sack is ~$10. $10 spread over 3-5 batches is inconsequential to me.

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Homebrew Weddings / Re: My Homebrew Wedding
« on: June 29, 2015, 06:38:07 PM »
Eric! Always good to run into you. Thank you again for motivating me to drag out all the pictures for the original write up on Reddit.

Martin, we had a blast at the wedding. We actually got the opportunity to invite a good number of our club members, which made it even more special. :)

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Ingredients / Re: How would you add lime juice?
« on: June 26, 2015, 07:39:41 AM »
We make tinctures from the zest and blend to taste at packaging.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Pilsner Urquell in brown bottles!
« on: June 25, 2015, 06:19:34 AM »
Thanks for reminding me about PU. I'll have to pick some up when I get to StL later today.

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I want to second and third this plea.

This used to be something that was searchable on the AHA Website - why did that go away?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:53:11 PM »
Does everyone understand that Justin doesn't write the rules for COTY?
Did anyone ever think this?


Btw, well said Justin. I still think the rules need changed, so that you (and we) can go with option 3.
Yes. You must not listen to the BN.
Haha. :) No, I stopped around 2013... when I found a local homebrew club. The BN was my first source of beer knowledge, so I will not hate on them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 04:41:41 PM »
Does everyone understand that Justin doesn't write the rules for COTY?
Did anyone ever think this?


Btw, well said Justin. I still think the rules need changed, so that you (and we) can go with option 3.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP Certification Thoughts
« on: June 24, 2015, 03:14:41 PM »
Probably my biggest passion re: BJCP is improving Feedback. I want less of the "add more Munich" or "uncover your boil" guessing and more "here's how your beer differs from the style:..."

I think the weakest part of feedback is the assumptions. People need to look for multiple clues when judging to accurately give feedback. Not looking for multiple clues leads to feedback like "Watch sanitation" or "add more Munich".

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP Certification Thoughts
« on: June 24, 2015, 02:22:45 PM »
I'm certified with an 83 tasting score and have not taken the written exam.  A friend and I were going to try and get in on a written before the guideline shift. I'm just feeling like I need to spend some time being certified, gain more experience and let the new guidelines settle in a bit.  Really glad to hear about Amanda's project to put together a study group outline.  I that will be really helpful to focus preparation.  I'm anxious to see how the new guidelines affect competitions, judging and exam preparation.

The project I am working on is intended to get people into what is now your position, e.g. someone who scored well on the exam without a lot of actual experience. The "Advanced Judge/Grader Training", which is being worked on by another set of people, would be for people who have tested well on the Tasting and want to advance by way of taking the Written.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP Certification Thoughts
« on: June 24, 2015, 01:19:11 PM »
I am BJCP Master. I took the legacy exam with a 90/84 written/tasting. It was not hard, but I studied for what I needed to study and I am a good test taker. I took the tasting in May of last year and got the 90 on the tasting I needed to rank up.

I think the process of learning how to become a new judge and knowing what to study is disjointed and somewhat archaic. I brought this up to Gordon at NHC and he agreed. So I am working on putting together a "BJCP Judge Training Course" that can be ported to any potential judge or any current judge looking to form a study group. Hopefully that will help anyone trying to get into it a pretty good shot at getting a pretty good score no matter their location or access to a local pool of judges.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 10:51:35 AM »

This thread coupled with the audio of the award is about the saddest thing going on in brewing.

So you haven't had a Bud Light Strawberry Lime-a-Rita?

;D. Unfortunately, my wife likes those. Dreadful damn product.
Somebody obviously is buying the crap out them. Never tried one, but I can't deny that I would if a free opportunity presented itself.

I tried it, so I'll save you the trouble. It is sickeningly sweet, reminiscent of concentrated strawberry daiquiri mix prior to the mixing part. Just enough carbonation to make it palatable to those who like Moscato wines and Fun Dip.  ;D

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Pimp My System / Re: Pimp my Fermentation Chambers!
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:52:37 AM »
goddammit. This is cooler than our basement. 8) When the wine fridges die, I'll have to keep this in mind. I love the window on the wine fridges I have, but buying one of those new right now is absurd. Making your own window is a great idea.

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