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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:47:21 AM »

Yeah, every time we've had multiple winners there's been grumbling starting at year 2.

Face it, repeats are a common occurrence with most of the years of this award - the award was created in 1985 - 1986-1995 it went to the Sonoma Beerocrats, 2001-2006 QUAFF, 2007-2009 St. Paul, 2011-2015 TBN. So out of 30 years of the award 24 times it's gone to a repeating club that's on a long streak.

It seems most people don't know this or choose to ignore it.  If the rules are changed to exclude the BN QUAFF will dominate.  The same problem will exist with the same people complaining about something else.  There will also be a new problem caused by alienating those in the BN.

We should not be advocating to "exclude the BN" as it is not their problem that they are currently winning, we should be advocating to change the rules to make it possible for any club to win. Whether that is accomplished via only counting finals round points or by breaking up the awards into GABF style small/medium/large clubs is up to the AHA GC.

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The Pub / Re: A Weird Kind of Anniversary
« on: June 23, 2015, 05:48:36 PM »
Great to hear Sean!

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Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:25:15 PM »
I also am newly interested in mead after the NHC.

I've already burned through Piatz's book and I'm most of the way through Schramm's.

Does one of those books seem noticeably better than the other?  I am trying to decide which one to read first.
Schramm is more detailed in words. Piatz describes more in pictures and words. I started with Piatz because I was hungover after NHC and it looked less intimidating than Schramm at the time. I was probably correct in my choice then, but I am certainly enjoying Schramm. I'm just now go the part on fruits and varietals of fruits. As such, I already got clearance to plant two black currant bushes in the north garden.

I would highly recommend both. I am also going back through old NHC presentations and listening to them. I'm learning quite a lot!

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Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:21:55 PM »
Believe it or not, we have access to some wonderful local honey that makes pretty good mead, right here in Lincoln Nebraska.  Actually just outside of Lincoln anyway.  If I remember right it was around $30 for a 1 gallon jug, about 12 pounds.  I decided to give it a try after learning that the BOS mead in the Sowers Cup last year was made with that honey.
Well, looks like I will have to haul some back after we visit for the Sower's Cup!

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I would bet that I guessed wrong, too, but I swear one tasted different to me.
Happy to tell you, if you want to know :)
Please?
Last name start with a G or R? Still not totally keen on everyone's usernames yet.
Jeffy is G. :)

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Other Fermentables / Re: Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:04:17 AM »
Look around. There are bee keepers everywhere and you can find some honey with local character. Not to mention helping support a vital local craft.

that said, raw honey is going to have better flavor and aroma as it hasn't been heated.

I found two beekeepers/honey vendors in my area. They are asking ~$15 for an 8 ounce jar of wildflower honey. Yowza.

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Other Fermentables / Ey! Where you get your honey at?
« on: June 22, 2015, 09:54:40 AM »
It has been decided that we are getting into mead. (Thaaaaanks NHC 2015) After listening to Schramm, Piatz, Curt Stock, and Fairbrother... well we are just too excited to not try it out.

I've already burned through Piatz's book and I'm most of the way through Schramm's. I have all of the equipment, the supplies, and basically everything except for the honey. There are too many choices as to what to buy and where/who to buy it from.

We are doing two batches right off the bat - a riff on Curt & Kathy's triple berry melomel and an orange blossom traditional. I believe we are going to just get the honey for the melomel from Costco as they sell clover honey. The orange blossom is where I'm curious as to where other people find their honey. So far I've seen a wide variety from Dutch Gold (which I think is not raw) to Bee Folks (which is raw), with a $60+ difference in price for 5 gallon pails. I don't know enough to figure out if there really is a difference between the two.

So anyway - recommendations would be awesome. I trust you guys and your experience, so fire away.

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I also think I got it wrong but remind me what I picked, if you could.

And hey! No women's shirts? Sad panda.  :(

Amanda, you actually got it right :)

We did the women's shirts last time and, quite frankly, the women who ordered them thought they sucked. My wife is about your size and said she much prefers the medium unisex shirts, I think they look better too. It's annoying, as well, because adding the women's option decreases the size of the image on the shirt (hence the small image on the last run).

Hey, all that sensory training did pay off!  :) But, even if I had gotten it wrong I'd still be sticking with your lager method anyway. It's producing amazing lagers. I'll have to get a few in some competitions and see how they do.

I totally understand on the women's shirts - I was really just giving you crap.  :P I just got finished with volunteering all weekend at a festival and the little gimme was - you guessed it - another men's shirt. Hooray!  ::)

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I also think I got it wrong but remind me what I picked, if you could.

And hey! No women's shirts? Sad panda.  :(

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Ingredients / Re: Water!
« on: June 20, 2015, 04:04:25 PM »
Martin, so you want to come out to KC and present on water for my club in September? I feel like you're more qualified than me...

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The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:09:08 PM »

I already have just about every book from Brewers Publications outside of Malt, but I do not intend to buy that.

I need to know if this stance changed after the man himself gave you a ride to the airport?!?   ;D
It changed when Jeff (and others) gave the recommendation. It doubly changed when I got to talk to John himself. ;)

A ride from Mr. Mallett! He is really interesting to talk to, approachable, and Larry Bell calls him the smartest guy he knows. Now you probably wish the airport was farther, no?
I actually (almost) wish I hadn't drank so much mead the night before so I could have asked more intelligent questions. We did talk about oxidation signs in lighter malt though.

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The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 19, 2015, 11:45:14 AM »

I already have just about every book from Brewers Publications outside of Malt, but I do not intend to buy that.

I need to know if this stance changed after the man himself gave you a ride to the airport?!?   ;D
It changed when Jeff (and others) gave the recommendation. It doubly changed when I got to talk to John himself. ;)

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The Pub / Re: If I could bother my friends here for a little help...
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:48:43 AM »
Voted again. If it lets me, I'll vote every time I see this in the "unread" portion on the Forum.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:50:38 AM »
I still submit that the only numbers thst count are how many 1st round placers and 2nd round medalers a club has. Not mere sheer numbers. If its just sheer numbers, that does not speak well of the BJCP.

Jim, it's too early here. Helps. Can you explain how this looks bad on the BJCP? Legitimately curious.

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