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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 05, 2014, 04:24:21 PM »

If you live in a rural area it's pretty difficult to become a judge. I've spent some time trying to find classes and exams in my area and it looks like it would be virtually impossible for me.

Jim, that's not entirely true. While I live in an actual city now, I became a judge while living in a tiny Illinois town where there was no one to help within a 200 mile radius. I ended up finding a Grand Master in Sacramento that was willing to tutor me via email. There are several options for remote tutoring, so don't give up hope!

Teckam or Pratt?

I went with Teckam and still can't praise him enough for what he did for me. Great guy.

beerjudgeschool.com I believe

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:51:55 PM »
If you live in a rural area it's pretty difficult to become a judge. I've spent some time trying to find classes and exams in my area and it looks like it would be virtually impossible for me.

Jim, that's not entirely true. While I live in an actual city now, I became a judge while living in a tiny Illinois town where there was no one to help within a 200 mile radius. I ended up finding a Grand Master in Sacramento that was willing to tutor me via email. There are several options for remote tutoring, so don't give up hope!

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The Pub / Re: What's the best hangover cure?
« on: January 01, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »
http://gizmodo.com/5869915/what-is-a-hangover

I adapted my hangover prevention methods after reading that article. It's mostly prevention though, not a cure. Drink a water for every drink I have. Eat. Take Advil before bed. If that doesn't fix it, salt, water and caffeine.

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The Pub / Re: Starbucks trademark
« on: January 01, 2014, 12:19:56 PM »
As I read the story it was not even a single beer but a sort of black and tan and the customers said it rated like a frappuccino.

Indeed. It's a 50/50 blend of a collaboration between him and the chocolate bar down the street and his Vanilla Cream Ale.

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Other Fermentables / Re: True Story
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:30:53 PM »
Very cool. I hope it's great.

Cheers!

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The Pub / Re: Starbucks trademark
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:15:25 PM »
I suspect it was done on purpose for the free publicity. It's not the first time we've seen this exact story.


Sent from the future using Tapatalk

For those thinking that it was all done for publicity, you don't know Jeff.

Exit 6 is the brewery right now the street from my mom's house in St. Louis and is the "family watering hole".

The owner, Jeff, is a former homebrew club president who left his post when he opened this place. It is his only source of income and he works 100-120 hours a week. He is brash, cocky and totally enjoyable. Knowing the man, I would expect nothing else from him, and am very happy that the little brewery down the street has gotten some free publicity.

The beer in question is now called "The F Word" and really is quite delicious.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Organization
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:30:04 AM »


Panoramic shot of the basement. Garage still needs to be worked on desperately.

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I'll second (third?) the oxygen wand with barbed connection. I eventually traded it for a corny keg since it just sat in the closet.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:44:01 AM »
I don't have a heck of a lot to add, other than that Farnum Hill makes a single varietal Kingston Black cider that I really enjoy. It is my only real experience with a single-varietal cider, and from what I understand there aren't a lot of varietals that are suitable for doing this with.

This is what I have found in text as well. I've been pursuing around online trying to find a single bottle of the Kingston Black, but can't bring myself to pay $40 with shipping to try it.
I might be able to get it over Christmas. We could do a trade.

Sent from a parallel dimension where beer is made from unicorn tears

Oh really? I'm in for this. What would you like from the MO/KS area?

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The Pub / Re: New Year goals?
« on: December 26, 2013, 02:45:47 PM »
1) Break in the new brewery.
2) Remodel the garage and basement with brewery related operations in mind.
3) Regrade the backyard, plant a garden, plant my dad's blackberries in my yard, and maybe plant some hops.
4) Drop 5lbs by September so I can fit into that wedding dress I bought! ;)

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 11:08:13 AM »
Zymurgy most definitely mentioned that attendance will be done based on a lottery as well. This certainly has me worried.

You preregister first, which isn't as bad ad just doing a lottery of every member.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Sponsors for Homebrew Competition
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:35:35 PM »
Bruce shared some wonderful advice, this especially.
How can you make it a win for the sponsor?  You can list them on your competition website as a sponsor for starters.  How many participants, entries, and volunteers are you forecasting to have?  That is your sponsors potential audience.  Can they put a flyer in the score sheet mailing back to the entrant after the competition?  Maybe they can give them a 10 minute blurb about themselves before the competition lunch.  Maybe you can give them some time in front of your club at a future meeting.  Perhaps you have worked with the potential sponsor in the past.  Maybe you can do something for them in the future.  If they are a new brewer maybe you can provide feedback on a distributor that you've worked with before.  Maybe you can hope to arrange for them to host a tasting at a liquor store where you know the manager.  Be prepared to be creative.

I can't add much, but I'll add my personal experience.

In soliciting sponsors and donors for our competition, it is good to make personal relationships with people if you really want to go big. For instance, if you want to have every drop of beer donated for the competition or the judging gifts entirely paid for, you better get out there to the local breweries and sell them on why your competition would be great advertising for them. I have been meeting and schmoozing with industry reps, brewers and brewery owners for months now in order to get the items donated that we would love to have (but can't afford) at our competition in late February.

A cold email will probably not go very far in terms of larger donations, but if all you're in the market for is t-shirts and shaker pints, it'll probably serve you just fine.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:48:02 PM »
I don't have a heck of a lot to add, other than that Farnum Hill makes a single varietal Kingston Black cider that I really enjoy. It is my only real experience with a single-varietal cider, and from what I understand there aren't a lot of varietals that are suitable for doing this with.

This is what I have found in text as well. I've been pursuing around online trying to find a single bottle of the Kingston Black, but can't bring myself to pay $40 with shipping to try it.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Vintage cider apple scion wood available
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:36:59 PM »
You guys are such enablers! I wonder when my fiancé is going to get tired of the phrase "so I was reading on the AHA Forum..." ;)

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Ingredients / Re: Can't really use for brewing, but can I save my faucets?
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:17:10 PM »
Don't give up on your water just yet...


First - your report cations and ions don't balance, so I would question the accuracy of the sulfate measurement. I would get another report, and then one or two per quarter. In St. Louis, the sulfate levels vary considerably based on which river the city is using.

I still want to use the house water (plus Campden) for brewing, but if I am aiming to be consistent and my water source varies (KC, BTW, but still the same issues as StL in terms of variability), how can I use the current water to my advantage? I don't really want to rely in store bought water, but even after the Water book and playing with Brunwater, I'll have to cut it with RO anyway for a good amount of the beer I brew.

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