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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 06, 2014, 06:44:10 AM »
There is a lot to be learned from stewarding a table comprised of three or more high ranking judges. You can sit at the table at home and fill out a score sheet by yourself, or you can watch three people do it who have been doing it for quite some time and might find something to help you along. Most likely the stewards for the NHC final round will be BJCP judges with an interest in potentially discovering something new.

My thoughts exactly, Mike. If you haven't volunteered on the National level, do it. You won't be disappointed. I mean, unless you pull the likes of Susan Ruud & Al Boyce for your local comps, you'll likely be blown away by the amount of knowledge some of these judges have.

For example, I was at the Smoke/Wood table in 2012 with Randy Scorby (2011 Homebrewer of the Year for a Rauchbier). I picked his brain about all things rauchbier and when I got home I used his advice to brew the best rauchbier I've ever had. BOOM!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:12:11 PM »
The last time I judged you had to be National or above.  Has that changed?

I believe Seattle was strapped for judges due to some people not being able to get tickets to NHC. I also had my tutor, GM2 and BJCP West Rep, send a recommendation to the judge coordinator.

This year I'll be checking in as National, unless my graders are super awesome at getting our exams back and I get a 90+... ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 11:08:22 AM »
Yes. The finals (and most large competitions) use queued judging.

This 'backlog of exams' is nothing new. When I took my exam in 2011, I just barely received my score back by Nationals the following year. I was also Certified by then (Recognized and Certified name tags came in the same envelope), so they let me judge. If anything, the turn around time is shorter now than it was a few years ago.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:59:52 AM »
See you guys there!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 05:59:17 AM »
I'll be there. I last judged the Final round in 2012 in Seattle. I think I had a flight of 10 beers for the first round and 11-12 for the second round.

Pimp My System / Re: Re-purposed 'Gin Bucket', now 2-tap Jockey Box
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:20:15 AM »
Copper is bad for beer once it is done. Good for wort, bad for beer. Can't remember the exact reasons.

Much lower pH will leach copper into the beer which is not good for the beer drinker. one could I suppose use stainless coils if one was inclined to spend the money.

Indeed. Many people use stainless coils. They are more efficient than a plate and produce less foam, but are pricey.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 530 - how high is too high?
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:14:58 PM »
I wouldn't hesitate to crank it to 80 if you're looking for better attenuation.

All Things Food / Re: Where to buy spices online
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:01:21 AM »
Dandelion Botanical has an epic selection of a lot of weird stuff. I use them for my bitters.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Collecting Scores
« on: May 20, 2014, 08:24:45 AM »
Midwest Homebrewer of The Year circuit keeps a pretty cool website..... not necessarily individual scores of entries, but placing, etc.

Excellent site.  Thx for the referral.

Contacted their published email to see why they stopped at just those states and didn't go all the way to the full US or even the full world.

Why they stopped at just those states? Ha. If you've attempted to run a circuit before, you would know that getting results reported from the comp organizers is sometimes an exercise in a near hilarious amount of futility. I don't wish it on anyone.

Not to mention the constant emails from brewers wondering why their total score is different than what they think it should be (without reading the circuit rules). It's not glamorous, being a circuit organizer.

The Pub / Re: Turning Scottish?
« on: May 14, 2014, 01:08:14 PM »
Do you drink hot scotchies?

So, is the backlog based on a region, or simply due to the ratio of exam takers vs graders?

Exams are distributed across the entire country. The backlog is most likely volunteer grading time when it comes to exam turnaround.

I've always heard it was beer nerds deciding which beer nerds get let into the club. (I'm still waiting the results of my exam...)

Except that the exams are graded blindly.

When grading, you have no idea what city's exam you'll get until the exam is being sent to you and the only identifying mark on an exam is a random number assigned to the examinee.

I am also waiting on the result of an exam, but I'm not posting false rumors on forums about it. :P

Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:20:43 AM »
So is the consensus to attend or forgo?  This is my first NHC and am looking to take advantage of all that is offered, but if the general sentiment is save $50 and do something else then I don't have a problem doing so.

Cheers and looking forward to next month!

I'm going, and think the outdoor venue will solve a lot of the problem.  However, this is the last chance for the BNA.

I'm not going for reasons outlined previously, also I am not fond of constant d*ck and fart jokes.

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

Ingredients / Re: Domestic vs Continental Pilsner Malt
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:16:18 AM »
Couple things to keep in mind. Some Belgian breweries use German Pils to make their beers. Most of you favorite American breweries use domestic pils to make their Belgian inspired beers. I know for a fact that russian River uses Rahr.

While true, what professional breweries do is of little real interest to homebrewers. I cannot copy what a pro does and expect it to work in my garage. I just use what works for me.  8)

Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 10, 2014, 06:50:51 PM »
BNA Seattle (two years ago) had a single food truck as they only food vendor. It was as bad as you could imagine it being.

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