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Beer Recipes / Re: first helles help
« on: February 28, 2015, 02:06:32 AM »
Grits is OK. Mash high pH to help maltyness. Weigh hops accurately, by grams if you can, a small error in weight can give an error in IBUs. Noble hops, HMF is good. Look at Martin's Munich Water article in Zymurgy for a good water profile.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 27, 2015, 04:01:42 PM »
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Town+and+Country+Resort+%26+Convention+Center/@32.7634716,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad
We stayed in one of the smaller two-story sections on the other side of the pool area.  It was very nice, with a front patio and lots of flowering plants.  I heard less than favorable things about the rooms in the high rise building.
They have refurbished the rooms. We got an offer last year for a low rate introductory offer for the improved place.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:49:29 PM »
^^ True, but perhaps that won't be an issue with the hotel and conference being in the same place this year. Like you though, just speculation since I wasn't there in 2011.
We stayed at the Courtyard last year and that was almost as far away as out place at the Town and Country. Or so it seemed, the T&C is a big complex, and walking there were many buildings and the pool to negotiate around.

The convention center is on the west, we had a room on the east edge of the property.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Town+and+Country+Resort+%26+Convention+Center/@32.7634716,-117.1675642,657m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xcba5ae24f7a445ad

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: mandarina
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:53:56 PM »
My package says HULL not HUELL....Bred at the Hop Research Institute in Hull. We are talking about the same thing right?


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Hüll=Huell

The accepted practice is to add an e to the vowel to replace the umlaut over the vowel.

I need to start practicing my German again.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: mandarina
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:30:10 AM »
I have an APA that is all Mandarina that is a crowd pleaser. The wife thinks it would be excellent in an American Wheat.r

Yeah I can see so many possibilities for mandarina. I could get many a hoppy beer hating drinker to like a beer with this.

Excited to try the hull melon I just got also.


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So many like the Mandarina!

Huell Melon is one I think is a step down, but will work well in many beers

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 27, 2015, 03:27:49 AM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: mandarina
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:46:49 AM »
I have an APA that is all Mandarina that is a crowd pleaser. The wife thinks it would be excellent in an American Wheat.r

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Equipment and Software / Re: Spoon or paddle
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:54:33 PM »
Wooden mash fork for the 1/2 barrel with false bottom.

Plastic paddle or SS long spoon for cooler mash tun.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 04:13:50 PM »
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

Oh, and I am looking forward to meeting you, Steve.

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You stop listening halfway through many brewery tours and just read signs, record boards, and box labels.
Or you are muttering to yourself every time something is wrong and your wife gives you the "don't be that guy nudge".

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:14:32 PM »
When will we know if we are in?  I don't recall reading anywhere about a time frame so I assumed that the day after registration closed I'd get an email one way or the other.   This will be my first NHC - just anxious to get all the downstream issues taken care of.

The. AHA will let us know soon.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 26, 2015, 03:10:34 PM »
Good job Jim.

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:52:09 AM »
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

cheers--
--Michael
Had a very good time in SD  2011.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Interesting 1056 behaviour
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:49:13 AM »
Does anyone know if Sierra Nevada uses the same strain for their "lagers"?

Ha, it's funny how you put lagers in quotes. I never thought Sierra Nevada's lagers were very good...they are definitely an ale brewery. The vienna lager was decent that I had in the fall pack last year, but I am not a fan of the Summerfest at all; it just isn't a smooth and clean tasting lager.
And the oktoberfest had a slight roast character to it that took me by surprise.

They have a go to lager strain for their lagers. Don't know what it is.

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