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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: New Yeast Company
« on: June 21, 2015, 12:27:01 PM »
I'm pretty excited about this. Starters will generally be unnecessary, and you get all the advantages of cans. Apparently the homebrew packaging will start shipping in the next month or so. Commercial pitches are available now.

"Organic" yeast sounds like a gimmick.
Yeah I wondered about that too.  Clearly it is important to a growing segment of the market.  Specifically I wondered how the managed culturing yeast in a way that it could be described as organic.  I wouldn't be surprised if most or all yeast could be labeled 'organic.'

I know we aren't allowed to discuss politics, so maybe I'll just say that it's exactly as much a gimmick as "organic" anything else. ;)

All it means is that they use USDA Organic barley as the substrate for propagation. As far as other yeast being "non-organic", the dextrins, proteins, etc. from the malt would be left behind in some quantity. Supposing you could remove them, though, would the yeast be "organic"? Does "non-organic" maltose become "organic" pyruvate? Or are those carbon atoms forever cursed?
You forgot the organic water.  I kid.

Edit - 2 billion cells? shouldn't it be around 200 billion to get the excitement up?

Edit #2 - From Portland, go figure.

Edit #3 - not knocking Organic. I love to visit Portland.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 20, 2015, 03:06:09 AM »
2 Gold x 6 Points, 1 Silver x 4 Points, 2 Bronze x 2 Points = 20 Final Round Points
Magic Algebra = 65 Total Entries

Now how can that not be the "NHC Champion Club" or whatever we're going to call it? Most final round points, tiebreaker is final round points per entry, and from there you go to the pie-eating contest or whatever it is they do for Ninkasi now.
Texas death cage match.

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Beer Recipes / Re: English ipa
« on: June 20, 2015, 01:05:21 AM »
Jeff, by the way, I do not purchase yeast from White Labs or Wyeast very often, but your posts piqued my interest in WLP022 Essex Ale (a.k.a. Ridley's strain).   I undoubtedly saved a vial of WLP022 from the trash bin by purchasing it the weekend before NHC.  It's "best by" date was 6/12/2015.  I started it yesterday in 500ml of 10% w/v wort.  It has been slowly waking up.  If it does not kick into high gear in the next few hours, I may decide to plate it and grow a new culture from a healthy colony.  WLP022 is seasonal for us mere mortals.
The only way I can get it through the year is that a local Brewpub, Grizzley Peak in Ann Arbor uses it as the house strain. It is a top cropper, and the head brewer says they are over 90 generations on it. I like the fruity esters it kicks out.

It was brought back from Ridley's by Jeff Renner, who was visiting a former club member who repatriated to Chelmsford in Essex, before Ridley went under. Jeff also was instrumental in getting WLP833 (ayinger) to White Labs. He did the home brewing community some big favors getting those yeasts to Chris White.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 07:01:04 PM »
Back on topic. One way to change the rules is to make the first round points per ribbon worth less than the second round medal. Anyone here that values, no, lusts after a second round medal? I can say that it is easier to ribbon in the first round than medal in the second round. I always sctratched my head at the current point set up.
To me it seems that a 'circuit' type system would make more sense (a club that consistently has award winning brewers in multiple comps would seem to be more 'deserving' than a club that targets one comp), although I suppose that could be gamed the same way.  Our state circuit looks like it may fall victim to that sort of thing.
Only problem is I don't think any of the clubs that win at NHC are just targeting that comp.  I see the Brewing Network entered as a club in most of the competitions I enter.  And most of these comps pull entries from all around the country (KCBM, MidWinter, Mashout, etc.).   So if the BN enters comps all year and wins, will the complaining stop if the win COTY again...doubt it.

P.S. Notice the double space after each period  8)
This is from memory.

The St. Paul club is not a big one. It has some really good brewers and outstanding mead makers. They liked to compete and targeted QUAFF. They won 3 years in a row.

DOZE tried hard to win it for a number of years. Even Tasty McDole entered as DOZE, not BN, to help them win, and they did win one year. Those guys were really geeked when they got on stage.


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The Pub / Re: Good NHC Plane Book?
« on: June 19, 2015, 06:55:45 PM »

I already have just about every book from Brewers Publications outside of Malt, but I do not intend to buy that.

I need to know if this stance changed after the man himself gave you a ride to the airport?!?   ;D
It changed when Jeff (and others) gave the recommendation. It doubly changed when I got to talk to John himself. ;)

A ride from Mr. Mallett! He is really interesting to talk to, approachable, and Larry Bell calls him the smartest guy he knows. Now you probably wish the airport was farther, no?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 05:03:17 PM »
Back on topic. One way to change the rules is to make the first round points per ribbon worth less than the second round medal. Anyone here that values, no, lusts after a second round medal? I can say that it is easier to ribbon in the first round than medal in the second round. I always sctratched my head at the current point set up.

From the rules page.
Homebrew Club of the Year will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most total points in all categories of beer, mead and cider in the First and Final Rounds. In both the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. In the First Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum. For your club to receive points the club must be registered with the AHA and you must have included the club name when you registered your entries online. Please check the AHA Club Directory to be sure your club’s AHA registration is up to date.

That seems like a logical, fair place to start.
I had to go to the basement and check my memory. 8 first round ribbons to 2 medals.
The medals get mentioned in conversations, the ribbons not so much.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 19, 2015, 04:55:19 PM »
Back on topic. One way to change the rules is to make the first round points per ribbon worth less than the second round medal. Anyone here that values, no, lusts after a second round medal? I can say that it is easier to ribbon in the first round than medal in the second round. I always sctratched my head at the current point set up.

From the rules page.
Homebrew Club of the Year will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most total points in all categories of beer, mead and cider in the First and Final Rounds. In both the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. In the First Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum. For your club to receive points the club must be registered with the AHA and you must have included the club name when you registered your entries online. Please check the AHA Club Directory to be sure your club’s AHA registration is up to date.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast propagation at White Labs
« on: June 19, 2015, 03:04:29 PM »
When I got my stir plate, a friend in the club gave me some stir bars that have a "raised ring" in the center that the bar rotates on. He said that those were easier in the yeast than a flat stir bar.

Any thoughts?

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Beer Recipes / Re: English ipa
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:44:54 PM »
Marstons still uses a union system. I wonder why that one is not on the market?

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:36:35 PM »
It was rainforest-level humidity when we got back Sunday night, but we had a week of unusually hot weather and a ton of rain.  If you're lucky, the mid-atlantic could be nice in early June.
I remember Philly being hot and humid, with a daily afternoon thunderstorm rolling through.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
In MI the legislature passed a law requiring schools to start after Labor Day. Why? It was to give the tourism business in the northern part of the state one last big weekend. As a consequence the school year goes into June to get the required days into the year. The Hudecek brothers missed their first NHC since 2003 due to the schedules conflicting.

I remember spending many summer solstices inside, seeing very little sun at the NHC. There were always the grumbles about Father's Day.

Room rates are a big deal. At Philly, Gary Glass said they had locked in a good rate during the recession, and if they were to book again at that time, 2013, the rates would be doubled. The hotel rate is a deal breaker for many.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 18, 2015, 12:05:13 PM »
I still submit that the only numbers thst count are how many 1st round placers and 2nd round medalers a club has. Not mere sheer numbers. If its just sheer numbers, that does not speak well of the BJCP.

Jim, it's too early here. Helps. Can you explain how this looks bad on the BJCP? Legitimately curious.
The judges just judge the beers blind, so ???

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewers at White Labs
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:41:01 AM »
Somehow I did not return with a 2MBC sticker. Maybe I can pick one up driving through in October?

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:24:27 AM »
Baltimore. June 9-11.

I got a text or a Tweet (not sure which, it just showed up on my ipad) that said it's Philly next year.  :o
Yeah, I did too from the conference App, followed by "oops Baltimore!".

Not in Philly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:19:48 AM »
GC members are elected at large, no regions for the elections. We do listen to the member input.

Fill out that survey. If you feel strongly about it, e-mail the AHA and the competition sub-committee.

Jeff,
I know the survey is mostly going to be looking for feedback from San Diego, but will there be one for the membership as a whole, especially if it provides feedback for future conference and competition rules.  I assume the survey you are talking about is only being sent to those who attended San Diego.

Thanks!
Yes, I was talking about the SD survey. There is usually a where would you want to see the conference question.

There will be more surveys, participate! One can always contact the AHA. Give your input to the staff or the committee chairs.

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