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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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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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