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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:37:20 AM »
It should be noted the BNA9 party was nothing short of amazing this year. So enjoyable I'm still smiling. :)
Really?  I was a little bummed about my experience.  We left early. 

The venue was great and really spread out.  Lots of fun activities for sure.  I had a VIP ticket and the music was decent up in the VIP area.... and not crazy loud due to the openness of the patio it was on.  You had easy access to water, food, etc during the party.  This was great.

There were not very many beers to be had and many of them started running out by about 9:30.

There were a few more beers in the VIP area... but it was so far removed from the rest of the event that we were not up there except at the start and at the very end (~10 when we left) when they only had 2 beers left.  The beers in the VIP area were not as 'rare' as they have been in the past parties I've gone to.  The food in the VIP area seemed to be the same as everyone else could get.. With the exception of a few desert items.  For all the extra money I paid for the VIP ticket I was left feeling a bit screwed.  Maybe I would have been 'ok' with the regular ticket though...

One other thing that might have made it a bit 'blah' for me was I had had most of the beers that were served there before.  Which is likely just due to geographical issues.  I guess looking back I have always enjoyed the BNA parties for all the beers that I just have no access to.  I had thought of this ahead of time and that is why I got the VIP ticket.  I really thought they would have some more beers that were harder to get.  Even if they were just some of the many many delicious Michigan beers.

I wonder if the BN was restricted to dealing with distributors for the event, so they couldn't get "special" beers from breweries.
I don't know... I did have 1-2 beers that are not normally distributed in MI.  I would have been happy with more "special" MI beers though in the VIP area.  I just didn't see much added value for having paid whatever more I paid ($30-$40? more).

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Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:09:13 AM »
It should be noted the BNA9 party was nothing short of amazing this year. So enjoyable I'm still smiling. :)
Really?  I was a little bummed about my experience.  We left early. 

The venue was great and really spread out.  Lots of fun activities for sure.  I had a VIP ticket and the music was decent up in the VIP area.... and not crazy loud due to the openness of the patio it was on.  You had easy access to water, food, etc during the party.  This was great.

There were not very many beers to be had and many of them started running out by about 9:30.

There were a few more beers in the VIP area... but it was so far removed from the rest of the event that we were not up there except at the start and at the very end (~10 when we left) when they only had 2 beers left.  The beers in the VIP area were not as 'rare' as they have been in the past parties I've gone to.  The food in the VIP area seemed to be the same as everyone else could get.. With the exception of a few desert items.  For all the extra money I paid for the VIP ticket I was left feeling a bit screwed.  Maybe I would have been 'ok' with the regular ticket though...

One other thing that might have made it a bit 'blah' for me was I had had most of the beers that were served there before.  Which is likely just due to geographical issues.  I guess looking back I have always enjoyed the BNA parties for all the beers that I just have no access to.  I had thought of this ahead of time and that is why I got the VIP ticket.  I really thought they would have some more beers that were harder to get.  Even if they were just some of the many many delicious Michigan beers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 16, 2014, 05:39:22 AM »
Bummed I missed out on meeting up.  I got 'stuck' with the group I came with and didn't get over to it :-/ I brought a bottle of mead and everything for it...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:41:02 AM »
Looks like I'm Amber Hybrids. Love a good Düsseldorf Alt.
I almost entered one this year... but didn't ;-)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 10, 2014, 05:28:27 AM »
haven't received my judge category via e-mail, so I logged in and noted I was assigned to Light Lager.

anyway, just in case anyone else is still waiting for their assignment, you might try that.

cheers--
--Michael
Awesome.  At least your pallet won't be destroyed. ;-)

I got sour ales. mmm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:53:59 AM »
I have a few labels left over from a previous competition.  However, it looks like I am going to have to pick up a pack of blank 5160 or 8160 labels on my way home from work tomorrow.
Yeah def a good idea... It varies per competition you judge at... Most now usually have the labels but sometimes they either don't or they plan on having the labels but then they can't get them to print day of etc... Writing out that info is tedious for sure.

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Events / Re: Downloadable NHC Seminar Schedule
« on: June 08, 2014, 08:00:30 PM »
I had created one but then I scrapped it for this one since it had the rooms each seminar was in listed...
http://www.thebrewingnetwork.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31920

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Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:51:28 PM »
That's a lot of IBU's for an APA... even if you were to say the steeping hops don't give IBU's (and they will for sure) you're looking at over 40 IBU's just from the boil additions in a 1.047 beer.

Personally, I think 41 IBU's is the right ballpark for an APA that is this hoppy, even at a lower OG. That's in the 0.8-1.0 BU:GU range that I normally shoot for.

At 165F, the utilization will be so low that you can ignore the IBU contribution for all practical purposes. I start my steeps at 185F when I'm not looking for any additional bittering, and it works well for me even starting that warm. Hop stand bitterness is quite smooth compared to boil hop additions, so even if you do measure a few IBU's more, you won't really taste them IME.

Recipe looks good to me. The only thing missing is the dry hops.
at 165F you should still be getting about 30% utilization of the AA from the hops... At least according to this.  I find I seem to get bitterness from hops if I add them at any time over 100F.

Kai posted some info about this here: http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=57700&start=15

I only noted it because it looked like a lot of IBU's going into an APA... I think it's going to make the beer a bit unbalanced.

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I am going to stick with Nottingham yeast for my IPAs from now on.
Really?  Of course each to his own, but personally I so much prefer US-05 from among the standard dry yeasts, for IPAs and pale ales, fermented low 60's ramped up eventually to maybe 65F.  I'm not a big fan of Nottingham or S-04.
I'm firmly in the Nottingham > US-05 camp myself.  I just seem to end up with a cleaner tasting beer with it.  Though if you don't control your ferment I could see issues with Nottingham as it can get kind of out of hand.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Simple APA recipe
« on: June 08, 2014, 06:46:35 PM »
That's a lot of IBU's for an APA... even if you were to say the steeping hops don't give IBU's (and they will for sure) you're looking at over 40 IBU's just from the boil additions in a 1.047 beer.

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Events / Re: Need one conference ticket
« on: June 07, 2014, 07:17:11 PM »
There are a few for sale on HBT as well I believe.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Frozen keg
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:38:40 PM »
My worry would be the opposite... I would be more concerned with the bucket as it would be likely to contain a decent amount of yeast which may burst when being froze releasing off flavors. 

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The Pub / Re: Charlie P. in town
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:07:43 AM »
I'm sure you could have just left the whole political reason out altogether and it would have been just the same.  Even with having the main reason he was in town listed I agree it's not a political post as it's about Charlie P not the politician.

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I'm not sure I would trust that thing upside down with my beer in it ;-)

At any rate 108%... Glad it made it.  Glad I found it early and got 2 for $105 each as well ;-P

Good, you deserve it.  You did a fine job of raising awareness without going anywhere near shillville.  Thanks!
haha yeah I tried to be honest that I was just doing it all for selfish reasons ;-) I needed a couple more fermenters. :D

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I thought about doing the two-fer deal, but I really only need one primary fermentation vessel these days.  I still rack to a secondary if I do not have keg space within two weeks.
Agreed I would only use it as a primary due to the amount of headspace it would have at 7.1 gallons.

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