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Ingredients / Re: Base Malt Allergy
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:47:21 AM »
No reaction to the things that have been roasted, cooked, or boiled. Tell that to the allergist.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:53:38 PM »
If the 32 ibu came from all late hops plus dry hops and had a big IPAish hop profile with enough malt to back it up but half the alcohol, I'd say gimme 3 more! Love me some session beer! Love IPA for the hops. Alcohol content doesn't matter much. If I could have a 3.5% IPA that tastes like a 7% IPA I'd rather drink twice as many 3.5% beers.
it was an ordinary bitter to me, and the IBU were not from late hops, did not have a dry hop character. It was disappointing. Fuller's Bengl lancer at 5.3% bottled was much more of a British IPA to my thinking.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:12:16 PM »
Ok so from now on IPA ( pronounced: eye-pee-ay) is now a WORD used to describe a particular style of beer. It is not an acronym for ANYTHING! Unless it's brewed in England.
I can assume you never had Greene King IPA. 3.6% ABV, 32-ish IBU, little hop flavor or aroma on cask.

What would you say if you ordered an IPA and got an ordinary bitter?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Got beef with "American IPA"
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:56:39 PM »
Zombie Dutst is another IPA masquerading as an APA. Then there are ones like All Day IPA.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:09:00 AM »
If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

Due to availability?  Or some other reason?

Just curious.
Price.

I haven't seen such a huge price difference at least locally.  All kegs seem to be hovering around $50.

Definitely, though, I agree that there's no reason to pay more just for the ball lock connections.
$50 for ball lock, $35 for pin at my LHBS.
http://www.homebrewing.org/Home-Brew-Kegs_c_223.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:42:17 AM »
If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

Due to availability?  Or some other reason?

Just curious.
Price.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ball lock vs. Pin lock
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:19:33 AM »
A friend has mostly pin lock, but has a couple of ball locks. If you have the swivel nuts on the gas and beer line, you just need to change the keg disconnects and you are good to go.

If I were to start out now, I would be pin lock.

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Going Pro / Re: Why Plato?
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:25:00 AM »
Thanks.

I should be able to find some time. You can also email me if you feel you need my input on a topic.

The NHC had become big. I wonder how much larger it can get.

Kai
4000 next year is what they are working on.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:12:55 PM »
because who doesn't like more stats:

which region did 23 categories of beer medals and points (6/4/2) come from?

New York:       10 medals, 36 pts
Northern Cal:    8 medals, 36 pts
Tulsa:              7 medals, 28 pts
Ohio:               7 medals, 28 pts
Minnesota:       7 medals, 28 pts
Southern Cal:   6 medals, 22 pts
Milwaukee:       6 medals, 18 pts
Seattle:            5 medals, 22 pts
Denver:            5 medals, 16 pts
Atlanta:            4 medals, 20 pts
Kansas City      3 medals, 16 pts

mostly well distributed, and of course people shipped all over the place.  I don't think I could make any statements about what the numbers mean other than the fairly obvious:  any shipping is worse than local drop-off for the Final Round.  Would we see the most local region near the top of this list most years?  Seems likely, but what do I know.

if anyone adds those up and notices only 68 medals, I cannot find the Cat 18 Gold winner on any regional lists.  If that is an administrative advance beer that is awesome for him, though it does illustrate the need for further improvement to the competition.

cheers--
--Michael
That is a good analysis.

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Ingredients / Re: DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:35:35 PM »
I substituted mosaic for Simcoe last year. Let me say the wife would drink it, as she hates the cat pee she gets in Simcoe. Makes a good DIPA. Brew it and enjoy.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:24:23 PM »
Found past winners on line.

2012 Seattle, CA = 36
2011 SD, CA = 48
2010 Minneapolis.  CA  = 62
2009 Oakland. CA = 39
2008 Cincinnati. CA = 35
2007 Denver. CA = 48

I want to look at Michigan next.

The right way to do this would be by percentage since it's pretty obvious that CA skews the results due to high numbers. But I don't think we have those numbers.
Right. Some of those years would have a Jamil Z. effect. Quaff and Doze do well too.

MI over the years.

2013 Philly = 17
2012 Seattle = 1
2011 San Diego = 1
2010 Minneapolis =11
2009 Oakland = 14
2008 Cincinnati = 9
2007 Denver  = 24
2006 Orlando = 10
2005 Baltimore  = 5
2004 Las Vegas = 9
2003 Chicago = 23

Maybe some influence in that due to distance? Cincinnati was low, Denver and Oakland high.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:51:01 PM »
Found past winners on line.

2012 Seattle, CA = 36
2011 SD, CA = 48
2010 Minneapolis.  CA  = 62
2009 Oakland. CA = 39
2008 Cincinnati. CA = 35
2007 Denver. CA = 48

I want to look at Michigan next.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:02:22 PM »
I would really like to see some data on NHCs winning entries versus distance from the competition. I think I could spin this info out of the winner's pages, but it would take some time.

Well, I did this and proved myself wrong.  ::)

I took the 2013 NHC winners, arranged them by state (for time's sake), and assigned each place a value (1st place = 5pts, 2nd = 3pts, 3rd = 1pt). I then took the state and googled "distance from philly to 'x' state" and input the distance.

Looking at the very simplistic -and truncated- data set:
State/Pts/Miles Away
CA   46   2834
MN   21   1324
WA   21   2750
MI   17   788
PA   17   1
TX   14   1687
OH   13   505
VA   11   323
CO   10   1794
NY   9   96
AZ   8   2266
IL   7   842
NM   7   1906


In the top three states, two are from clear across the country. The other is from the middle of the country. Clearly, shipping across the country is not the issue here.
MI had 1 point in San Diego and one point in Seattle. How did CA do in San Diego?

I might have to dig out some old Zymurgys.

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Events / Re: NHC 2013 Entry Problems - Possible Solutions?
« on: July 08, 2013, 07:59:29 AM »
I agree with Jeff's comment.  Shipping clearly damages beer and those beers traveling the farthest are more likely to suffer.  In the case of long-distance shipping, air freight might need to be a prerequisite if a brewer is interested in good results at the second round.
I used 2 day air to get my second round beers to San Diego. It was pricey, but it paid off, I think.

Here is some unscientific data. SD had one one medal go to someone from MI. Seattle had 1. Philly had 5. It is more likely that the beer was in better condition due to less shipping deterioration than those brewers getting much better over a years time.

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