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the caramel flavor is pretty evident too  ;)

That's what I was gonna say!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Competition styles - help!
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:38:23 AM »
Just pour yourself the beers and sit down and drink them as you read the guidelines for the categories you're considering.  Whatever it tastes like is what you should enter it as.  Judges don't know what's in your beer, only what it tastes like.  That's how you should decide.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:35:56 AM »
To my knowledge Judges don't get paid to judge competitions.

Quite the opposite.  When I go judge somewhere, it costs me money to pay my own expenses.  I do it becasue I enjoy it and enjoy helping people out by judging their beer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: 109% Efficiency!
« on: December 30, 2010, 04:08:40 PM »
Maybe I'm just dense (okay, no maybe) but how can anyone, no matter what the process, get more than 100%?  Reminds of coaches telling their teams to give it 110%.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye APA Recipe Help.
« on: December 30, 2010, 04:07:01 PM »
My rye IPA uses about 20% and I find it more rye flavorful than most of the commercial examples.  I guess it also depends on the type of hops you use, because some varieties seem to accentuate the rye flavor.  Do you agree with that, Denny?

I'd never thought about that before, but it makes sense.  Guess I'll have to start experimenting to see which ones do what.  What do you think, Jeff?

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The Pub / Re: Another one gone to run in another pasture
« on: December 30, 2010, 03:58:08 PM »
I'm so sorry for your loss.  I love animals, and dogs may be even better people than people are. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:53:56 PM »
And Denny, you are a stand up guy!

Thanks.  When you make mistakes as often as I do, you learn the virtue of apology!

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Grolsch smolsch....
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:17:56 PM »
A friend found a case of brown Grolsch swingtops in a wooden case with wrought iron hinges and latch at a garage sale.  He bought it for me for $2!

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Equipment and Software / Re: wort aeration with perforated pipe
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:16:41 PM »
Although I still use my MixStir, I've added another technique.  Since I use a pump to recirculate as I chill, once the wort is down to about 85F or so I move the return tubing so it's just a bit above the surface of the wort.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:14:16 PM »
Obviously, I don't enter beer competitions. I have to wonder about the people that do. If you started baking would you submit your bread to competitions?

My cousin is a chef.  He entered an apple pie into a pastry combination.  Won some money too as I recall.

Yeah, there's a woman around here who won (IIRC) $100K in the Pillsbury Bakeoff.  I think competitions for homemade products have been around at least as long as homebrewing has.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:12:54 PM »
Nope, not at all, but I truly don't get why it is so important to some people. I guess braggin' rights means more to some people.

Or maybe they want to have their beer evaluated by people trained in tasting.  Beer judges may not be perfect, but they are generally experienced and have had their senses "certified" by others.  Again, that may not be important to you, but everybody should decide for themselves what's important.  What you or I think about it shouldn't matter to someone else.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye APA Recipe Help.
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:10:00 PM »
Denny is definitely the expert on Rye, I have used it only 4 times.  Next time I will try to bump it up to 30%-40% and see if I like the difference.

40% was the highest I've gone, and I did it just to see what I thought.  I liked it and will try at least 50% next time.  Probably I'll keep upping it til I hit a level that I don't care for.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrew vs homemade wine
« on: December 30, 2010, 12:08:44 PM »
(Lucky for me, here in northern CA I can get grape juice cheap @ harvest time, so I can make wine that is good enough for me at a fraction of what it costs to buy)

I think that's really the key.  Within 10 mi. of me, I've got 5 wineries and too may vineyards to count.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrew vs homemade wine
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:49:33 AM »
I'd have to say that unless you grow your own grapes, winemaking is easier than homebrewing on some levels at least.  But I don't think that means it isn't still challenging.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Rye APA Recipe Help.
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:48:01 AM »
I could be wrong, but I think almost 40% Rye might be too much.  I made a Rye PA with around 20% Rye and I could taste the rye just fine.  I do think the Citra hops will go good with the Rye.

I recently made an APA with 40% rye and wondered if I should have gone higher...tastes vary.

Since the OP is using distilled water, some CaSO4 would certainly be in order.  Not only will it bring out the hops, it will add some needed Ca.

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