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After reading this whole thing - I'm with jeffy. I wish I could brew any beer as good as Firestone Walker. Pivo Pils in particular.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Master is too weak of a word
« on: March 29, 2016, 06:03:31 AM »
And then if/when you actually do achieve the Master level score, you're the lowly Master judge amongst a plethora of Grand Master xxx's.  :o  And you basically start all over again (if you want to rank up again, that is).

I hear that getting your first GM is the hardest/longest. Kinda like when you start out investing/saving. The first big milestone is the hardest/longest to get to!  ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:42:28 AM »
Hey @Wort-H.O.G. I exceeded my PM limit - go figure!

So before I forget to reply back: Yes - I do love German lagers!  8) And no, we don't get Fatheads. I think we get Great Lakes? Idk anymore.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:24:04 AM »
Alrighty, here's the listing of pairs. I went random, then tried to keep the challenge beer people amongst themselves, then I attempted to minimize shipping distances to some extent, but it sure ain't perfect.

Forum Name ... Ships to:
redzim ... Phil_M
brewinhard ... morticaixavier
Phil_M ... brewinhard
rob_f ... redzim
jeffy ... JT
cempt1 ... ynotbrusum
Wort-H.O.G. ... AmandaK
fmader ... rob_f
JT ... Wort-H.O.G.
69franx ... pete b
coolman26 ... Hooper
ynotbrusum    ... coolman26
Joe Sr. ... cempt1
AmandaK ... fmader
Hickory ... Klickitat Jim
Hooper ... 69franx
Klickitat Jim ... Joe Sr.
pete b ... erockrph
erockrph ... Hickory
morticaixavier ... jeffy

PMs with addresses will go out shortly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 05:37:05 PM »
I have both Jim and Hooper in now as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 05:36:26 PM »
I said 3/25 in my first post (apparently... lol) but I missed it due to enjoying Spring Training, FL sun, and beers too much. ;)

Figured I'd give everyone one last go at it. After I send out the pairs tomorrow morning I won't accept anyone new. Best to get in tonight since I'm up at 5:30am. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 04:19:49 PM »
Not to late. Especially for you, Jim. ;)

I got your PM and you are on the list.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 Spring Swap - Official Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 03:49:31 PM »
Alright, everyone who messaged me and I responded to is in for the swap. (First posts may not be perfectly updated.)

I'll closing it off tonight and will send out assignments tomorrow morning.

Was on vacay, so I missed my own deadline. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:19:41 AM »
The right team of two/three lead judges could still get through a 30 beer mini-BOS.  They'll go through it faster than one of those silly situations where every judge participates and we've got 6 people of widely varying knowledge levels arguing.

Biggest I've seen was 7 teams for 64 entries. 19 in mini-BOS. 3 judges got through it quickly, and immediately kicked the 49/50 scoring beer when the not-blind-to-diacetyl palates tasted it.

Other times, with 4 teams doing 31 beers and the wrong (slow) people assigned to mini-BOS the rest of the comp was still waiting for them 90 minutes after everyone else was done...
And this is why I had personally selected who was the "lead judge" in every judge group and who was the "head judge" for each category for KCBM 33. Some judges are so slow that they grind a comp to a near halt. Luckily I know who they are and can plan around them. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:35:45 AM »
I'm of the mind to agree with Michael and disagree with Dixon. I've seen too many 'higher up' judges get really persnickety when it comes to the # of beers sent per judge pair. I don't think I'll ever see the point in being rigid about it.

If the "worst thing" was that an inexperienced judge pair sent 4 beers, then it'll be the best comp I've ever been to. ;) It's really no big deal to me as long as the beers that potentially deserve a medal have a shot at it.

Like Michael said (although I'm only a lowly master), would I personally send 4? No. But does that mean that it's a "colossal waste of time"? Nope. Would I rather give 30-60 seconds to a 4th beer that may end up being better than the 2nd or 3rd beer an inexperienced group sent? Sure!

Someone not sending the "your schwarzbier needs to be richer, more body, and more roast" to mini-BOS may rob someone of a medal.

Exactly. Especially when we have so many newer judges that don't know what they're doing... yet.

FWIW, in our area we have a TON of new judges. Our last large comp had 75 judges. 28 of those became BJCP judges in the past year. I do not expect them to know what they are doing yet. But I will surely not let an entry that deserves a shot at a medal not get a shot because of some rigid #'s rule.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 08, 2016, 09:06:05 AM »
This is probably a topic for another thread, but what do you guy's mean by "hot sauce" made from these nuclear peppers?

Is it a Louisiana/Crystal/Frank's cooked type of vinegar based sauce or are we talking salsa (fresh or canned) or even a fermented sauce?

We typically follow the Mrs. Wheelbarrow (Cathy Barrow) approach, found at the bottom of this page.

I tried fermenting with lacto from yogurt, which didn't work well. Now I have some Swanson's Lacto Planarium, so I'll be giving it another go this year.

We waterbath can it until it is in use (ensuring the pH is low enough), then it gets into a woozy bottle and the fridge when it's time to open and use it.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 08, 2016, 08:32:25 AM »
Getting a box of brambles! That is like an extra Xmas day.

Those reapers make a very tasty hot sauce. I am looking forward to their gnarled beauty along a path in the yard this year.

I am doing my research for drip irrigation this week. I need a lot of it.
I'm going to do drip irrigation this year as well, I'm picking up my bulk NOFA order this week that will include that. I'm really looking forward to having it.

FWIW, I've used Drip Depot and will use them again. And again.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:54:54 AM »
I've sent three to the mini-BOS and I've sent none. Just this past weekend we sent one to the mini-BOS in one flight and two in a different mini-BOS flight.

The worst thing I ever saw was a judge send FOUR beers to the mini-BOS. What a colossal waste of time. Never more than three, EVER. In their defense...oh nevermind, it was just plain stupid!
What's the hangup with the # of beers? I mean, they could have had all of the great beers. Plus, if it's crappy, just dump it as soon as you all smell it. Mini-BOS takes but like 5-10 minutes, less of it's a small flight.

Legitimately curious.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:41:38 AM »
When in the position to tell people what to do (e.g. Judge Coordinator or ranking/head judge), I advise on sending any beer that that judge pair believes could be worthy of a medal. If it is crappy, it gets kicked immediately. If it's better than the other beers the other judges sent, it gets a medal.

Most of the time, it is 2 beers sent under that "system". Sometimes 3. Sometimes 1. As long as the best beers make it to mini-BOS, I'm a happy camper.

Notice how I said nothing of scores.  ;) BUT - if there are 38-39pt beers not going to mini-BOS, then we should talk with those judges.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 08, 2016, 06:10:49 AM »
I'll be interested to hear what you think of the Zavory, Amanda. I had some growing last year, but my wife was sick in the middle of the worst part of the drought last summer so my garden went unattended. I lost all my peppers except two Serranos.

I like heat, but I have outgrown my younger daredevil days of putting Dave's Insanity Sauce straight on wings, and other testosterone-driven nonsense. I generally max out at Serranos for my purposes right now. I like the flavor of Habs, but don't need all the heat. That's why the Zavory was really interesting to me.

I'll be sure to let you know. I've never tasted a Hab, but I'll have Myles do a comparison of both the Zavory and the Numex Suave out of curiosity. As for the heat seekers - he makes hot sauce out of a lot of these peppers. Last year, there was a variety produced but the top two heat levels were combos of ghost/habs/serranos and then a hab/serrano/jally. The ghost/hab/serrano blend doesn't even phase a couple of my crazy college friends. We weren't going to grow super-super hots (Ghost+) again this year, but my cousin gave me a handful of Reaper seeds at Christmas. So here we are. Haha.

In other news - my orders from Stark Brothers are coming today and tomorrow! Woot! I picked up 3 triple crown blackberries, 9 Heritage raspberries, a bit of rhubarb, and one of their tart cherry trees.  8) I finally ordered the bits I needed to expand the drip irrigation to everything (including the new blackcurrant bushes) and to run a permanent pipe from the house to the garden... so we will be livin' big this year.  ;D

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