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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP Certification Thoughts
« on: June 24, 2015, 08:07:01 PM »
I am certified, and joust did a do over on the tasting last Saturday. Hopping for an 80 or above so that I can retake the written. I have enough points to be national once I get the scores.

Here is my take. I mean this in the best way possible, pointing out that we all have areas of excellence.

Some are good test takers.
Some are good judges.
Some are good Brewers.

Then there is Gordon.  ;)
Wow. I totally forgot I was suppose to supply 2 beers for that exam. After NHC and San Diego vacation afterwards it totally slipped my mind until I read this. Glad Fred had other people lined up. Though I did have the beers if I was reminded. Either way... Hope you scored well Jeff.

As to the OP... I'm National/Mead and took the beers cider exam at the NHC. For the tasting exam I recommend a beer studies course or just lots of practice filling out scoresheets and reading other scoresheets. For the written...it's all about the time. Practice writting answers for the questions in the pool as fast as possible...

As for what I get out of the BJCP... I'm not totally sure. I really enjoy judging at competitions, but I don't need to be ranked to do that. I suppose is nice to be recognized for the work you've put into honing my skills at evaluating and providing feedback on beers/meads. Also the more judges are better able to evaluate and fill out a scoresheet the less I have to facepalm when judging with them or receiving scoresheets. I think without an organization like the BJCP evaluation skills in this hobby of ours, and thus quality, would be sorely lacking.

That was a lot to type on my phone...Lol

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 24, 2015, 02:50:43 PM »
Boil and cooling. Though really by energy I meant human energy. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 23, 2015, 02:45:24 PM »
They aren't in stores yet, but at NHC they were saying around $10.

I can get WLP for $6 something at my LHBS, add $1.25 for the DME for a starter is quite a bit less than $10.
Don't forget time and energy.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Crusher Roller Issue
« on: June 22, 2015, 06:05:43 AM »
I have no clue what the issue could be... I would def strive to correct it as chunks of metal in the mash (hopefully that's where they stay as they get filtered by the grain bed) could negatively affect the flavor of the beer (metallic/iron).

I would take the whole thing apart and see where there is wear.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 22, 2015, 04:58:08 AM »
Yes, but it's not based on the beer competition (NHC).

And kinda the point too, unless we can figure out how to make a beer competition reflect the meaning of the Radegast.

ETA - I am honestly annoyed at the notion of the Radegast being a "beauty pageant" award. The clubs who enter are working hard throughout the year and in my mind are doing a hell of a lot more for the hobby than any national beer competition. The Carolina Brewmeisters are kicking serious ass in the name of homebrewing. The Falcons are pretty damn awesome [Course, I may not be entirely fair minded about it.] I can't wait to wade through the reports, now that I'm allowed, to pull together tips and tricks for everyone's clubs.

I didn't mean to imply it was not a great award.  I just meant it is apples to oranges with the COTY award.  I don't see why there would be any comparison between the two since they are totally different context.  One is based on a competition and the other is not.  It's just a head scratcher when I see people actually draw a line between the two awards...

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Equipment and Software / Re: Jockey box company @ NHC?
« on: June 21, 2015, 07:36:33 PM »

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:34:11 AM »
In both the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place.
Now that is weird and something I did not know. I only have one final round medal and don't expect to get another at the rate this hobby's growing, but I'd definitely be in favor of making the final round medals worth more points.
That said, I think the real solution is to bestow more stature and standing on the Radegast award. It's a fairly new award, so I understand why it isn't that way now.
Apples and oranges. One is a competition based award the other is AHA bestowed.
The Radegast goes through a rating process where the entries are judged. It is a little softer than judging beer, but it is judged.
Yes, but it's not based on the beer competition (NHC). 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 20, 2015, 05:55:31 PM »
In both the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place.
Now that is weird and something I did not know. I only have one final round medal and don't expect to get another at the rate this hobby's growing, but I'd definitely be in favor of making the final round medals worth more points.
That said, I think the real solution is to bestow more stature and standing on the Radegast award. It's a fairly new award, so I understand why it isn't that way now.
Apples and oranges. One is a competition based award the other is AHA bestowed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 11:53:35 AM »
I am in the move it back to a week later camp. If you're a father and you live homebrewing and want to go to the conference then, it seems to me, your family should actually encourage you to go.. I mean the NHC is a fairly involved thing to go to (both time and money). If you're planning on attending I'm assuming you have passion for homebrewing. I didn't realize father's day was a day fathers were forced to spend time with their kids. My father loves to sail and if a big sailing race was on fathers day weekend I wouldn't be trying to stop him..

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 11:43:34 AM »
I think a percentage based score would be handy for COTY. It would level the playing field and (if a club were inclined) encourage better beers to be entered into the competition. Would anyone still be able to enter any beer they have on hand? Yes. For this club award it would really be up to the clubs to organize to improve that percentage if they were inclined. I'm sure most wouldn't be going for the COTY award in that manner but there would certainly be some. I think that would be fine as it's a club award club's should have a say in how they would want to compete.

With all that said I think most club's would just let the cops fall where they will.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:52:26 PM »
Hey, that could even be your "fathers" day present!
Indeed.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 13, 2015, 01:38:21 PM »
Ugh still so early. Really screws over teachers.

+1 Bummer! This would be a great location for me, but a bit too close to the end of the school year. I'm hoping for a year without snow, then I might be out in time to make it.
Yeah it seems like a decent % of homebrewers are teachers and have limited options of they want to attend the NHC the post few years since it moved up a week.

Damned if ya do, damned if ya don't....in the past there have been complaints about it conflicting with Father's Day when it's later.  I'd guess there are more fathers than teachers in the AHA.
Lol yeah I didn't think about fathers day... But really I see that as much less of a conflict than 'stuck at work'

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:13:13 AM »
Ugh still so early. Really screws over teachers.

+1 Bummer! This would be a great location for me, but a bit too close to the end of the school year. I'm hoping for a year without snow, then I might be out in time to make it.
Yeah it seems like a decent % of homebrewers are teachers and have limited options of they want to attend the NHC the post few years since it moved up a week.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 11, 2015, 06:29:28 AM »
Ugh still so early. Really screws over teachers.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Randall
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:22:58 PM »
I just picked up a hop rocket used/ never used sorry of deal for this explicit reason.

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