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Or, what about a competition/judging area?  We get a lot of questions on that kind of stuff.
I'd be happy to keep my eye on that for you guys if you want the help.


Awesome!  Beautiful looking beers.

I always chuckle at the "Big Circle" we homebrewers make.  We start out with the BMC swill, discover craft beer - usually pale ales, Irish Reds, or Wheats, then we discover hops & IPA, then somewhere in there are the Scottish ales, porters and stouts.  Then, we discover the Belgians!  Next is sours. Somewhere in here we're drinking anything and everything with a gravity over 1.070.  Doppelbock catches our attention.  Then, we start getting burnt out on the intensity of all the sour stuff and all the big beers.  So, it starts turning to the lagers - Schwarzbier, Marzen, and Vienna.  Eventually, we work our way back to Helles, Dortmunder, and Pils, which is kinda where we started, though nobody ever goes all the way back to the swill.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:01:44 PM »
Glad to help.

FWIW, the expected finishing gravity of an addition of extract can be calculated as follows:

1 + (We * Ge ) / (Vg * 1000)


We is the weight in lbs of the extract
Ge is the Gravity points per lb per gallon of that extract (usually 44 for DME, or 36 for LME)
Vg is the volume in Gallons of the finished product

so, 1 + (6lbs x 44pppg) / (100 * 5g)= .0528 which you then divide by 1000 and add 1 => 1.0528

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:26:15 PM »
Good article, Toby

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: DME
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:35:04 PM »
As a general rule, 1 lb of LME  in a gallon of water yields a wort of 1.036.
As a general rule, 1 lb of DME  in a gallon of water yields a wort of 1.044.

So, to convert back and forth, you multiply by 36/44 to go from LME to DME and multiply by 44/36 to go from DME to LME.

So, 6lbs LME is roughly equivalent to 6*36/44 = 6*0.818 = 4.90 lbs of DME.
likewise, 6lbs DME is roughly equivalent to 6*44/36 = 6*1.22 = 7.33 lbs of LME.

You can substitute the ACTUAL figures based on the manufacturer of the extract that you are converting, though these numbers are close enough and you'll end up rounding off anyways.

Hope this helps

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:46:37 PM »
The exam that I sat with gmwren was my first shot at the exam.  I had no idea as to what I had bitten off.  I went from not knowing how the BJCP was organized to sitting for the entrance and beer judging exam literally within the span of a week.  Looking back and knowing what I know now, it's amazing that I was able to get that far. Luckily, I did not know enough about the beer judging exam to attempt to "game" it.

I had the opportunity to re-sit for the beer judging exam early last fall as a high number on a waiting list.  I am glad that I  spent time judging before sitting for this exam session because no doctored beers were served.  The real world flaws in the beers served during this session were much more subtle than the heavily doctored beers that were served at the exam that I sat with gmwren (he was not kidding when he stated that three awful beers were followed by a beer that appeared to be ringer).  I just did my best to describe the beers that were placed in front of me, and I made certain that I filled the white space on each score sheet.  My motto is now, "When in doubt, fill the score sheet out!"
Good to see that you listened to some of the tough critics and tried again, and had a better result.

I need to try the tasting again.

Agreed-  I'm really glad you didn't throw in the towel.  Judging seems very easy from the outside looking in, but as you have proven, its more than just drinking a bunch of free beer.

Get signed up to judge now.  It's competition season!

Also, the NHC 1st round is coming soon, too.  That's a great place to get more experience.  The judge directors will pair new judges with experienced ones, provided you let them know you are in your first few months, so make sure you tell them.  There are plenty of highly experienced guys around at the big events, so chances are good you'll get to judge with one or two of them.


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.

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.


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

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!

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-


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


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?

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

See you in March-

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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