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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:49:36 AM »
Careful with homebrew conicals. Many of them have 1/2" ports and if you are not careful you will get the yeast plugged up so bad you will not be able to get any movement.

I knew there was a reason I went with the 1.5" butterfly dump valve. :D

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:46:51 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.
^^^^  Yes, clubs should bring the A game to Club Night.

We are bringing our A game! Look for us under the BBQ or tailgating themed tent... We'll decide here soon.

I still remember beers from 2012 NHC Club Night that were whole heartedly infected being served. Sad times. I will not be one of those people.

I wouldn't enter a beer that had only two weeks to bottle condition.

Same. Not much point in rushing a beer to get feedback on a beer not in its prime.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:17:19 AM »
Amanda, I recall that the 2013 KC site was also well run.  I considered requesting it this year but thought that it might be too far from NC.  Definitely going to be requesting it in 2015 after seeing how well run it was the last couple years.

Both times ran by Steve Cook as site director (duxx20 on here).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:01:36 AM »
Nashville is apparently still working on finishing up the last few categories.  They just posted on their Facebook page a call for judges including:

I need any and all available judges (or newbies who want to judge or learn to judge) on Tuesday 4/8/14 @ Rebel 6pm. Also need a couple stewards as well. If u can make it out, PLEASE DO! Let me or Jonathan Adams know if you can make it. We will be judging English Browns and Meads.

Newbies who want to judge or learn to judge on $14 entries.  Outstanding.  Mental note for 2015 - Request KC site.

I shouldn't laugh at this, but... Hahahaha. Thank you for that. :)

Sad thing is, we only had 570 entries show up in KC. If people outside of the Midwest realized that we are indeed serious about running the best comps we possibly can, we would probably be near the 750 limit.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 07, 2014, 05:41:05 AM »
This is turning into more of a bar build than anything directly homebrew related, but I'll post anyway.

Made a lot of progress last night, but forgot to take pictures, so pics from  Friday will have to do. Trimmed the walls on Friday, painted on Sunday evening. Pic is from Friday.

Bathroom, before (hole is from a hideaway ironing board):

Bathroom on Friday:

Mudded and taped the hole up last night.

Tonight is an off night, gotta lead a BJCP class upstairs for our tasting exam in May.

More progress later...

Ingredients / Re: What's your favorite maris otter...
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:40:26 AM »
I use Crisp too. Available, reasonably priced, and good flavor/aroma.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 03, 2014, 06:32:35 AM »

P.S. - a few top 3 placings were missed on the cover sheet even in KC last year.  I had a couple stewards annoyed at me because I was doing it myself this year, so for the final flight I let them handle everything.  When it came time to sort the scoresheets, guess which flight the steward had neglected to put the top 3 on?   ::)

Dang. Can't catch 'em all! :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:57:58 AM »

Do you know if the scoresheets sent out from KC indicated a place or whether or not they advanced?  A couple years ago, I got my scoresheets back early but they didn't have any mark in the place awarded box so I thought they didn't advance.  It wasn't until Janis released the final results that I saw it did advance.  Thankfully, I didn't drink the rest.

So if you get your sheets back before the final results, you may want to hold off drinking the rest of your beer until the official results are in.

I was not nearly as involved with this NHC as I was with last year's KC NHC or this year's KCBM XXXI. Last year at KC NHC, I was the head of the 'cover sheet gestapo'. I made sure that the stewards knew how important correctly marking the 1, 2, 3 on the cover sheet was to the entrants at the NHC Regionals. AFAIK, every person that advanced had it marked on the cover sheet.

This year, I advanced a lambic that did not have anything marked on the cover sheet. So if you entered KC this year, I cannot be confident that the cover sheet will be marked correctly. However, I have heard rumor that the AHA will be trying to release regional information a bit sooner than normal this year - so there's that.

As to the 'Nashville didn't allow anyone to know anything' quip, that decision is left to the site organizer, which is why some sites are different.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: HB Competitions
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:19:56 PM »
Either way you'll get scoresheets by mail. The top 3 beers in each category from each region go to the final round in June. If you are one of those winners you get instructions to submit the next set of bottles.

Sent from my XT1030 using Tapatalk

top 3, and have to score minimum of 30.

to the OP, you could actually volunteer in Denver and at the end hear whether you advanced or not.  Some regions are faster than others, but generally they don't take too long to be mailed.  KC mailed yesterday or today.

KC mailed yesterday.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:27:30 AM »
At the NHC in Orlando I was alerted to a pair of score sheets that gave a beer a score of 12 (I think) with very few comments on the sheet other than "some oxidized notes."  The two judges were nationally known and respected.  As competition organizer I asked one of them if there was anything else about it that made it score so low.  When the answer was "no" I got another BJCP National and we rejudged the beer so we wouldn't have to explain the bad score sheets to the entrant.  I think we gave it a 33.  Good beer with a minor flaw.
I don't mind seeing low scores, but there had better be a lot of writing to explain it.

Now that's a good competition organizer. 
"I'm in charge, this isn't right, and I'm not putting my name on something where an entrant is treated like this"

Exactly my thoughts! Good work Jeffy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 01, 2014, 09:42:23 AM »
As an entrant, I always treat the erased pencil marks as my true scores.  I sometimes wish that the judges wouldn't erase so hard so that I could actually read their original scores.

I think that's a big mistake.  I know that most of the time when I change a score, it's because my initial score was reached too quickly and after further consideration and tasting I have changed my mind.

I agree, I often find myself going back and adjusting beers that were scored early in the flight or late in the flight because I was being too critical early on.  My final score is probably more real and maybe more useful than the first impression.


Plus, as an entrant I'm less worried about the scores and more worried about the feedback anyway. A 42 isn't going to make my beer better, but useful feedback will.

Beer Recipes / Re: Mosiac Hops
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:50:50 AM »
Try Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

Did this last night. Loved it. May try to make something like it since I have a pound of Mosaic in the freezer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:15:56 PM »
Very phenolic, tasted exactly like friggin Carmex.  I believe I even used the term "Carmex" on the tasting sheet.  As such, I scored it relatively low, in the 20s.  It was an otherwise okay dubbel, with the dark fruit flavors, etc., but I just couldn't get past the Carmex.  Meanwhile the Master level proctors all loved it, scored it in the 40s, probably claiming that they loved the rich complex phenols.  = Carmex.  Yuck. 

Yes, taste is subjective, but being able to recognize your limitations and biases is usually the difference between Master exams and the lower scoring exams. (Alongside independent thought, completeness, and thorough descriptive ability, of course.)

For instance, I dislike Fuggles. They are dirt. I could be utterly convinced of dirt=flaw, much like you say "Carmex=flaw". However, I also recognize that Fuggles are totally acceptable in certain categories. So I cannot, and will not, be biased against them in a competition setting.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lambic Primary Fermentation
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:05:40 PM »
I started them in plastic buckets.  I'm thinking it would be best to put them in glass at some point.  They've been in primary for a little over three weeks at this point.

I do a month undisturbed in plastic, then quietly transfer to glass.

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