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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 25, 2015, 08:11:11 PM »
I didn't have any problem with the pulldown.

I'm really looking forward to it this year. This will be my 5th NHC. Had a great time there in '11.  The Town and Country was a great venue- it was like our own little resort in some ways.  Of course, it was really funny having that Health Care convention overlapping us.  What a contrast - all those suits and ties and women in skirts and dresses, then in come the beer guts, shorts, and t-shirts, beers in hand.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New PNW Beer Blog | Brewspective
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:57:04 PM »
The blog looks good-

My office is 1/2 way between PostDoc and HiFi/Black Raven (which are a block apart).
Hope to run into you guys at one of those 3 sometime.

Steve

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:49:38 PM »
Congrats, Jim!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New to the hobby
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:09:38 PM »
BIAB = Brew In A Bag

I agree with what has been said.  Get to know your Local homebrew shop staff well.  They can answer things and help you out much more in person than what you can get from an online homebrew shop.
Rely on forums like this one as well as some of the popular brewing podcasts.  They have up to date information and are always striving to get knowledgeable guests.

Go join a homebrew club.  The other members will also help you work through issues with your beers and can help you by tasting them and offering solutions.  You'll also get to taste other people's beers and find out what's in them and how they made them, maybe join in a brew day with an experienced brewer near you.  That is probably one of the best ways to learn the hobby.

Good Luck!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Light American Lager guidelines
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:10:13 AM »
Ok-  just making sure you weren't booked at Safeco like last time.
See you then-

S

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:08:49 AM »
Congrats!
80 is a great score-  Not many get 80, let alone first time out.
Great job!

Steve

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Light American Lager guidelines
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:39:33 PM »
You do realize it's at Bellevue Brewing, not Pyramid, right?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Light American Lager guidelines
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:18:06 AM »
:D

See you in March-

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Light American Lager guidelines
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:21:33 AM »
+1 Denny-
She makes some great ones.

Folks knock it, but Cat 1 is usually a lot more fun to judge than many would think.  1 is normally dominated by Helles, with a couple of ballsy folks attempting 1a-c.  Those folks entering those beers tend to be the most experienced brewers, and their beers tend to have the fewest faults (or at least the most benign).  Those that are flawed tend to be pretty easy to identify (estery, diacetyl, acetaldehyde).  You aren't hammered before lunch, either.   Then Cat 19 in the afternoon isn't going to knock you on your butt.
This is even more important if you end up doing BOS too.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Light American Lager guidelines
« on: February 20, 2015, 03:45:08 PM »
The problem is that a little bit in an Am. Light Lager stands out like a lit match (ha!) at night.

I wouldn't deep-six a Light Lager for having a bit of sulphur, provided it was light within the context of Am. Light Lager, and especially if it dissipated.  It might cost it a point or two in the aroma section, and maybe one or two in flavor if it came through there too, but that's about it.  We might be looking at a 37 instead of say a 40 hypothetically.

It becomes problematic when it pushes up to and gets beyond that threshold of 'light'.  The notion "Light" must be qualified to mean "light within the context of the style".  For example, light esters in an English Pale Ale would be obnoxiously fruity in a Light Lager.  Light in 1A is REALLY light.

Now, in a BOS round, even subtle sulphur could well likely end up being enough of a subtle factor that knocks it from the table, while an appropriately light sulphur in 2A would not be challenged.  It depends on what the other subtle factors are in all the other beers that may knock THEM from the table.

Hope this made some sense.
Steve





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It happens often.  There is a lot of overlap between some styles. Some styles are wide enough that the same beer can be on the edges of two styles.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015
« on: February 11, 2015, 08:53:38 PM »
So how many usually make it through the first round?

1st-2nd-3rd place
28 categories
12 regions

3x28x12 = 1008 potential entries.

In rare cases, it is possible for less than 3 entries in the category score 30 or higher.  30 is the minimum score for an entry to pass through to the 2nd round.


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Dave-
Gotta disagree with you on this one.

In my experience, it is very easy to spot those newbie beers that I described. I've seen it many, many times.  Between all the homebrew club meetings over the years, the "what's wrong with my beer" events (like we do at the WAHA 5060 fest every year), and judging events where we actually sit down and talk with the brewers right after we judge the beer (such as Homebrewfaire a few years ago), it is a commonly recurring theme up here where our water is single digit minerals and nearly every newbie is a hophead.


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I disagree that extract brewers should ONLY use distilled or RO water, especially when it comes to hoppy beers.

The extract makers only need just enough mineral content to be able to mash.  They have no idea how you are going to use their extracts, so they don't add very much to the water.

It's pretty easy to spot the newbie IPA/APA extract beers up here in WA because our water has such low mineral content (single digit numbers - Plzn like). The hops in those beers are muted.  This accentuates ester levels and the high hopping levels impart excessive grassiness.  No matter how many hops they throw in, the only thing that increases is the grassiness, not the bitterness nor the hop flavor.

Once they figure out/are told that a little bit of gypsum goes a long way, even in the extract batches, its as if they brewed a completely different recipe.



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Not to throw a turd in this punchbowl, but what good are these sort of awards?

<rant on>

I'm positive that somewhere out there, there is some awesome brewery in the middle of Podunk, WY or somewhere similar, that makes a much better version of a (pick your beer style here) than the one from (name some widely distributed high quality brewery here).  Nobody heard of (PodunkBrau), so it gets the 1 vote from the one guy that lives in the farm down the street who actually tasted it. Yet, everybody and their brother heard of (PopularBrew), so it wins because people heard of it before.  Nobody is disputing that (PopularBrew) is a good beer.  The question is whether its the BEST as the contest title is claiming.

I guess I'm saying I just would rather see these beers actually compete head to head like at GABF, not in some unfounded popularity contest, and promoting these 'contests' is entertaining but doesn't help anyone but the already-big ones.

<rant off/>

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