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Homebrew Competitions / Re: How best to describe 22C?
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:58:04 PM »
Jimmy K nailed, IMO.

A Brown Porter is different from a Robust Porter is different from a Baltic Porter.  Simply saying "Porter" usually gets me a bit frustrated as its too vague. I am not sure up front where to put the beer in the flight. "Chocolate Cherry Stout" -- same thing.  RIS? Sweet? Irish Dry? American? Oatmeal? Foreign Export? Tropical Foreign Export?

Bottom line, try to be as specific as you can be, as long as that describes what you actually brewed (not what you tried to brew).

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:45:25 PM »
We can use more judges up here in Seattle.  Only 48 have signed up so far.
Not sure where everyone is hiding.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:34:15 PM »
+1 on scanning your score sheet and attaching that when emailing the judge.  The few times that I've had that done to me really helped jog my memory.

I've even gone so far as to REQUEST the brewer contact me in the case of a particularly strange off flavor that I couldn't identify, but whoever it was never did.  It's too bad, because I really wanted to help figure it out.

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 08, 2015, 10:34:34 AM »
I agree with Denny.  It showed some evidence of age, but it was far from terrible.  That was in 2011.
That said, a hotel is only as good as its management and staff makes it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chill Haze
« on: March 08, 2015, 09:45:12 AM »
When are you adding the whirlfloc?  How much and how big is the batch?
One other thing is what kind of beer are you brewing that is hazy?  What is the grain/hop bill?
Which yeast?
How cold was the beer when you hit it with gelatin?
You need to do it when the beer is cold so the haze is visible so that it will "stick" to the gelatin and flocculate out.

Have you tried SuperKleer? Here's one link but shop around:

It works great, too.

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!

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