I put my grains in first and fill the mash tun from the bottom up. easiest way to prevent dough balls I've found. Tip I picked up from the brewer at White Flame in Grand Rapids.
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I think you can imagine what the other popular misspelling of my name is. I'll give you a hint... it's what it actually means in German lol.heh funny. Someone randomly came up to me and showed me that at the homebrew club meeting last night. I had no idea. ;-)And Ruch. People trying to pronounce my last name often add an s, among other letters.
FYI it's Fick
Two issues for me - not enough room in my head for all the styles to be memorized; not a young enough palate to recognize the distinctions well enough any more. So if I pass at all it will be by a bit of luck. I can judge the heck out of beers when I have the style guidelines in front of me, but take that away and I am like a blind librarian trying to restack books by feel.
I don't understand why the test is set up the way it is, since no (or very few) judges judge without the style guidelines sitting in front of them....but hey, I don't know it all. They do the bar exam and doctors boards closed book, so maybe it makes sense to do it that way. Enough of my rant! Back to my Helles.
Well...results are in and I passed the tasting exam. Scored an 80 which I feel good about. Only a recognized judge as I only have 1 experience point. Need to get some more experience points. Anyways, just wanted to share the good news and say thank you, as being part of this forum helped my knowledge base. Cheers!Congrats!