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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 08, 2014, 08:07:38 PM »
Kegged a Kiwanda inspired Cream Ale, aroma is spot-on. I'll carb up a sample this evening and see how it stands up to the original. Checked up on a Maudite inspired BDSA that is coming along nicely.
Can you post your recipe, procedures somewhere on the board. I have done one a few times, would like to compareotes.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:57:52 PM »
I am hoping they allow food to be brought in by the clubs this year again. That was part of the fun.  Sucked in Philly with the only food being provided was by the hotel.
Dan is correct. The NHC is too big to fly under the radar on food safety laws in places with food licenses.

Edit - read the FAQ on food. Not allowed.
http://devosplace.org/faqs-1
I suppose that means the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel will be used by the AHA to provide food during club night... At least I hope so... with all that beer there really needs to be some food somewhere ;-)
we usually have something to eat before. There were snacks in Philly during club night.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:33:50 PM »
I am hoping they allow food to be brought in by the clubs this year again. That was part of the fun.  Sucked in Philly with the only food being provided was by the hotel.
Dan is correct. The NHC is too big to fly under the radar on food safety laws in places with food licenses.

Edit - read the FAQ on food. Not allowed.
http://devosplace.org/faqs-1

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Ingredients / Re: What's your favorite maris otter...
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:14:18 AM »
for what it's worth, I'm pretty sure it's warminster that 'owns' marris otter which means that all the farmers growing it are accountable to them to make sure the quality is there.
That, and it is kilned to 4.5 Lovibond giving it a very toasty rich flavor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:12:27 AM »
I judged in San Diego over the weekend. A couple of thoughts and observations;
I judged IPA and American Ales

About 90 IPA's were judged, About 20 advanced to a mini-BOS.

About 60 American Ales were judged, 15-18 advanced to mini-BOS

This is the first time I used the "Checklist" Scoresheets. I like them. At first I was hesitant, but I think they are effective. Talking to other judges, they had the same sentiment.

If you want to have better odds on advancing to the 2nd round, brew lagers, ciders, and meads. Most of them had less than 10 entries per category. I believe the Pilsner category only had 5 entries.

Quaff and the local organizers run a great 1st round. They get a lot of judges. For the IPA category, they had 22 judges and most if not all were BJCP certified. I don't think any judges judged more than 10 beers per flight.

I don't know how many Pilsners were at Zanesville, but the had at least 2 judge pairs for category 2. I entered 3 lagers, but that didn't really help. I brew a lot of lagers, as those are what we like in the summer on the deck. I like the ones we entered a lot, but the judges didn't.

Will me first round entries per category per site be posted?
There were 18 Pilsners Jeff.  5 Advanced to Mini-Bos.  All of the ones that scored over 30 except for 1.
18 in Zanesville vs 5 in San Diego. Well we know what San Diego is famous for. Might be interesting to see all regions categories in a spread sheet. Where are more lagers brewed, where do the make more ciders and meads.

My first guess is that ciders will be more popular in apple growing states, but what do I know?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:57:07 AM »
I judged in San Diego over the weekend. A couple of thoughts and observations;
I judged IPA and American Ales

About 90 IPA's were judged, About 20 advanced to a mini-BOS.

About 60 American Ales were judged, 15-18 advanced to mini-BOS

This is the first time I used the "Checklist" Scoresheets. I like them. At first I was hesitant, but I think they are effective. Talking to other judges, they had the same sentiment.

If you want to have better odds on advancing to the 2nd round, brew lagers, ciders, and meads. Most of them had less than 10 entries per category. I believe the Pilsner category only had 5 entries.

Quaff and the local organizers run a great 1st round. They get a lot of judges. For the IPA category, they had 22 judges and most if not all were BJCP certified. I don't think any judges judged more than 10 beers per flight.

I don't know how many Pilsners were at Zanesville, but the had at least 2 judge pairs for category 2. I entered 3 lagers, but that didn't really help. I brew a lot of lagers, as those are what we like in the summer on the deck. I like the ones we entered a lot, but the judges didn't.

Will me first round entries per category per site be posted?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:51:01 AM »
That's pretty cool man. Hope to get into judging after the Army moves me to Ft Lewis.  Good to see your wife get involved with everything. Did you have to twist her arm or she just that kind of person?

Ft Lewis actually has a rather large homebrew competition sponsored by the MWR. They are always looking for judges, so you shouldn't have a problem with it.

That's good to hear. I knew that there would be a homebrew scene up there. It was either that or germany. Wife didn't wanna go

My wife agreed to go, had the time of her life.

Business assignment for me, not military.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:26:05 AM »
Careful with homebrew conicals. Many of them have 1/2" ports and if you are not careful you will get the yeast plugged up so bad you will not be able to get any movement.
You are correct. A solution to this is to put a little CO2 pressure on the conical. I found 2 PSI worked just fine, squirted the yeast out. My Blichmann is rated for 3 PSI.

That usually does work but I have resorted to coat hanger "plunging" to remove a few plugs, especially ones that I got careless about and let sit too long. And hoppy beers can be a special problem. Best to dump IIPAs regularly IME.
Yes, dumping the trub early helps too.

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Ingredients / Re: A beer by another name.
« on: April 08, 2014, 05:07:48 AM »
Does it taste different? He can name it what he wants. I have in the past when making tweaks.

During the hop shortage days, commercial brewers had to change up some of the hops used in their beers, as the usual hops were in short supply. The names did not change, as the worked to get the flavor as close as they could.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: When to pull yeast out of a conical
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:59:28 AM »
Careful with homebrew conicals. Many of them have 1/2" ports and if you are not careful you will get the yeast plugged up so bad you will not be able to get any movement.
You are correct. A solution to this is to put a little CO2 pressure on the conical. I found 2 PSI worked just fine, squirted the yeast out. My Blichmann is rated for 3 PSI.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:55:46 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.
^^^^  Yes, clubs should bring the A game to Club Night.

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Beer Travel / Re: Chicago
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:52:12 PM »
Looking for kid friendly now. Just found out SWMBO kids will be with us( not our week, caught me by surprise) so any new thoughts? Brewpubs that serve kids will work, but no bars


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There is a Rock Bottom on the red line at the Grand stop.

BrewingRover might have more, as he is local.

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Going Pro / Re: Craft & Homebrew Supply Startup
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:13:04 PM »
To add to Sean's list. These are used in many recipes, but not in large quantities.

Flaked maize (corn).
Flaked rice.
Flaked wheat.
Flaked barley.

Some rice hulls?

Once you get the business going, consider adding Golden Promise malt to compliment the Maris Otter. I buy about the same between those 2 UK malt types.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:21:32 AM »
I had 4 in, and while none were under 30, none advanced. Two went to mini-BOS, but did not advance. Both of those were scored at 40.5, so there were even better beers on the table. Not the first time we have struck out, but there is always next year. Just have to brew a little better next year.


great scores.  sounds like tough competition.  What categories were they?
5c Doppelbock.
9e Strong Scoth Ale

The others were a German Pils and a Munich Dunkel.

I will enjoy drinking those those summer, if summer ever comes to MI.

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I'm a skimmer, as it gives me something to do while waiting for the boil.

+1.  Me too.

I'm not a skimmer because I've got better things to do during the boil than stand there skimming!  In addition, I usually FWH and I don't know how I could skim the foam but leave the hops.

Yes, Denny, when we FWH, no skimming. The hops do help to control the break. When I do skim, it is only for a little bit, until the boil is behaving. My assistant, aka wife, is cleaning out the mash tun while I skim.

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