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The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:27:34 PM »
If you do not already own a copy, "Brewing" by Lewis and Young is the best book that I have ever read on the subject.  I am convinced that Micheal Lewis could teach organic chemistry as it applies to brewing to a rock.

Interesting. I'll have to take a look at that, Mark. Thanks!

The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:16 PM »
Kind of funny (to me anyway) that you rule out the two books that I would have suggested to you.  I just got both of them in the mail from Amazon, and started reading Modern Homebrew Recipes this weekend.

Did you get the Modern Homebrew Recipes from the pre-sale or from Amazon? I have had poor luck with the pre-sale shipping window in the past and didn't want to have it delivered after NHC.

Do you have Buhner's "Sacred and healing Herbal Beers"? I say that because its a better read than most brewing books. I think you might like "The Flavor Bible" but I suppose its more of a reference book than a time killer.

I read the Sacred and Healing beers preview on Amazon and it seemed a bit "out-there" for my tastes. I like history and techincal books, but that one seemed a bit strange in the first few pages. Did it get better?

I have The Flavor Bible already. Good pick!  ;)

Thank you guys - you're getting the wheels turning.  8) I started looking at At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, but then it started talking about "superfoods"... and I can't take people very seriously when they use that word. Dang.

The Pub / Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:00:59 PM »
What's a good NHC plane book? I plan on buying Modern Homebrew Recipes while I am at NHC, so that my plane ride back is covered.

I already have just about every book from Brewers Publications outside of Malt, but I do not intend to buy that. I was looking at Liquid Intelligence, but it looks a bit too outside of a home-cocktail drinker's realm. Was also looking at Salumi, but I haven't made it through the projects that I want to do from Charcuterie yet... so that seems a bit silly to buy now.

Any suggestions?

Events / Re: NHC Bottleshare?
« on: June 01, 2015, 12:26:31 PM »
Post Club Night - ha!  ;D I doubt I'll be able to consume anything else after club night. Plus - we couldn't do it in the hall there because that will be a homebrew area (or something silly like that).

Events / Re: NHC app
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:30:49 PM »
This thing is pretty neat!

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 28, 2015, 03:21:00 PM »
I would imagine we could get something like Jimmy Johns delivered pretty easily. I had to peace out early last year because we needed some food. I don't plan on leaving early this year! :)

Equipment and Software / Re: Pico Zymatic Sale
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:00:09 PM »
Well dang - just bought a new oven! I keep saying this will be my "mom brewery", so I probably have a few years before I'll really want to get it.  ;)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up - Take 2
« on: May 27, 2015, 04:09:28 PM »
Janis/Bruce - is this for trying to get it all done in the morning? Or getting it done in one day?

I assumed (probably incorrectly) that it would run like last year where the beer was done in the morning and mead/cider in the afternoon.

The Pub / Re: The last mistake I will ever make.
« on: May 26, 2015, 10:17:48 PM »

I hate to bring the bad news - it won't be the last brewing mistake you'll ever make, but it's pretty likely the last time you'll ever do THAT   :)

Like my mom has always said, "Bet you won't do THAT again!". :)

Most of the time she's right. ;)

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dual Faucet Kegerator Question
« on: May 26, 2015, 02:24:01 AM »
Y option is perfectly fine if you just need one serving pressure (and cheap!). Dual regs are sweet, but not needed if you aren't too worried about serving Belgians and bitters at the same time.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 25, 2015, 01:09:59 AM »
My attitude went sour the moment the AHA decided to give preference to Grand Master, Master, and National judges during the lottery, and it has not improved much since.  Even non-judge AHA members were irritated by that decision because it created two classes of members.

This is irrelevant seeing as there are plenty of tickets still left.

As far as to the post directed to Amanda, well, I realized that following up a post that I saw as condescending with a post that would be seen as condescending was not the proper way to address the problem.  No one goes through the trouble of becoming a judge to steward contests, and no judge should ever tell another judge that he/she should steward a contest if his/her rank falls below the cutoff. That's leadership 101. If a judge wants to steward a contest because his/her rank falls below the cutoff, then he/she will volunteer to fill the role without being told to do so.  I am fairly certain that most ranked, Apprentice, Rank-Pending, and Provisional judges are aware that they can volunteer to steward the final round.

For those who missed Mark's comments about me, here it is:

I will respond to that with this: those of you that know me personally already know that I am not condescending and readily help my fellow judges and brewers. If Mark thinks that I am "telling him to steward", he is wrong. I am attempting to help.

As to his earlier assertions of my competition experiences... my last stewarding role: May 29, 2014. The last time I took on a third chair rank pending judge (when I didn't have to) and showed them the ropes? February 20, 2015. I also spent most of 2013-2014 helping out budding competition organizers in the KC area, in addition to hosting a judge training course for 15 of our local to-be judges. (Which all of them scored high enough for Certified, 2 scored high enough for National, and 1 scored higher than my own Master score.) So again, all of those arguments are irrelevant.

After watching this for a few days, I now see that there is no helping in this case. However, I will not be talked to like I am a child. If you cannot be respectful, then please refrain from posting.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Flow Control Faucets
« on: May 22, 2015, 03:28:42 PM »
Had a leak in 1 of the 5. Cleaned the o rings and it doesn't leak anymore.

Otherwise flawless.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 12:49:25 PM »
If I am not judging, I am not working.  It's that simple.

Husband had that same prerogative last year. :) I strongly suggested he steward (he was BJCP Novice or something at the time). The learning experience alone is worth it (and stewarding is easy - just sit there and listen to all of the way-more-experienced-than-you judges and soak it all in). Husband ended up stewarding and LOVED it. He is super excited to steward or judge this year (he is Certified now) - whichever Bruce needs.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: May 22, 2015, 12:38:51 PM »
Third most is having to "thumb" through the magazine to find anything in it - the e-zine doesn't seem to be searchable! 

Top right with the magnifying glass. You can search all issues at once or search within a single issue - just like the browser version.

Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy app frustrations
« on: May 21, 2015, 05:53:37 PM »
I don't have this problem in Android.

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