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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:30:23 AM »
I tried to introduce myself to hopfenundmalz at least a half dozen times, but always someone was talking to him.  Popular guy.
Combination of the conference in my state, and I have been going for a long time (9th a NHC). It is about the people you get to be friends with. That is what we look forward to each year, seeing the people we know from around the country.

I was busier than usual. My wife was crazy busy the whole conference, she did 18 hours of work. She was head steward, poured for the BJCP exam and Reception on Wed, and poured for a couple of talks.

Figured out who you are. We sat a few tables apart for the banquet, and congratulations on the Gold and Silver medals. Thought you were going to be the Ninkasi winner.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:14:44 AM »
Dang! I missed the picture!

I had a blast at NHC and meeting some of you guys for the first time (and others for the second, third, etc). :)

Good to meet you in person.

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Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:13:48 AM »
Fatguybrew - the social club was in the Expo area in Philly. The vendors that I know were happy with the extra space in the expo this year, even with more vendors.

Jeff - there were some second round bottles in Conf. chair's suite afterwards. I don't know why they were there, or why not outside the banquet for the hour the tap was open.

In the expo there were brewery reps pouring beer, and I talked to several I know. There must be some language that makes that OK. At the Michigan Brewers Guild Festivals, the brewers and staff are pouring beer. At local festivals they can be behind the booth,but can't pour. I will have to ask about that.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC broadcast???
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:03:26 PM »
From AHA site, looks like he had a 1st place specialty beer and a 3rd place mead
There were others with a first and a third. There are tie breakers like number of first round that move on, etc.

From the competition Rules and Regulations.

5.The Ninkasi Award will be given to the entrant who accumulates the most points in the Final Round of this competition. To be eligible for the award, entrants must have at least one entry place in the 23 beer categories. Six points are awarded for a first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. Individual members of a group of brewers earn points as a group and do not earn points on an individual basis. There will only be one Ninkasi Award winner. In the event of a tie for the most points in the Final Round, the following tie-breaker criteria will apply.
 a.The number of medals earned in the Final Round will be tallied, and the brewer with the most medals will be declared the winner. If a tie still exists,
b.The number of Gold medals earned in the Final Round will be tallied, and the brewer with the most Gold medals will be declared the winner. In case a tie still exists,
c.The number of entries qualifying for the Final Round will be tallied for each tying brewer, and the brewer with the fewest entries in the Final Round will be declared the winner. In case a tie still exists,
d.Points will be calculated for tying brewers’ entries that placed in the First Round of the NHC based on the same scale as used in the Final Round. The brewer with the most points in the First Round will be declared the winner. If a tie still exists,
e.The number of entries qualifying for the Final Round will be tallied for each tying brewer, and the brewer with the most entries placing in the First Round will be declared the winner. In case a tie still exists,
f.The total number of entries registered for the First Round of the competition will be tallied for each tying brewer, and the brewer with the fewest registered entries will be declared the winner. If a tie still exists,
g.The winner will be selected using a random selection method. A random method such as rock-paper-scissors, steel cage death match, or a coin flip will be applied at the discretion of the competition organizers to determine the winner.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC broadcast???
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:59:39 PM »
The Samarian Goddess of Brewing.

http://www.utexas.edu/courses/classicalarch/readings/beer.html

There is also Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene OR.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 15, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Nice shirt Major!

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Events / 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:31:45 AM »
It is Sunday morning, this one is history. My observations.

Host City - they went all out, the NHC was embraced by the local breweries.
DeVos Center - excellent venue with ample space. The friendly helpful staff were all great.
Local Committee - they rocked it.
Speakers - excellent talks. Too bad you can't go to all of those.
Forum meetup - always fun to meet face to face. Do it again next year.

Edit - the welcome session had poor acoustics, so it was nearly impossible to understand what was said. Overhead signs that identified the beers being poured would be an improvement. MI law states that brewers or distributors can't pour beer at an event like this, so that is why very few MI brewers were around. Still some room for improvement.

Everyone I talked to were all positive about the city. AHA and BA Staff were all smiles.

I put the odds of the NHC coming back to Grand Rapids someday as high.

See you in San Diego next year!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership benefits ???
« on: June 15, 2014, 05:16:38 AM »
Hello

I am not a member yet of AHA but am considering it at the present time. I was particularly interested in the downloadable archives from past convention presentations but the system would not let me access just the listing of what is available for download.

Can someone please tell me if All or just some of the presentations are available.

Thanks in advance

I'm just curious how many of you have an AHA membership. Do you use the benefits that come with the membership? I do not currently, but will most likely get one soon. Its good to support the AHA community and its efforts!

The slide shows and audio recordings will be available. The way you can listen to the talk and hear what was not on the slide, and get Q&A.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing this week?
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:58:41 AM »
The NHC!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:48:33 PM »
after seeing some pictures, I'm torn on attending this. 

mead exam in 11 hours; time to start studyin'
well, maybe after another trip to Founders.  The AHA collaboration beer is great...

looks like the meetup is the same place as all the cider seminars.  And after the seminars, there should be some great ciders in the Social Club.  I *heart* Cider Friday.  8)
We had the AHA beer, an Oaked Rye IPA, that was a recipe that was brewed by our friend Jeff Carlson with Founders. A little heavy on the oah for me, but good. It is one of the commemorative bottles. The other was a Barleywine from Bells that Jeff says he helped brew the next day.

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Going Pro / Re: Honored by visit.
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:43:25 PM »
That is an honor indeed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: IPA: Beer style or marketing term?
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:04:03 AM »
I don't mind all the sub categories of IPA because it helps me understand what to expect.

However, these beer styles have as much in common with IPA as golden retrievers have in common with wheaten terriers.  American IPA is an adaptation of English IPA that uses domestic ingredients.  It is not so far away from the original style as to be unrecognizable.  Most people who have been away from the craft brewing scene for a while would think hoppy porter, not black IPA upon seeing and drinking a black IPA for the first time.



But we don't get to decide what an IPA is, the market does. IPA has changed over time into something different from its "original style." A brewery can slap the term IPA onto anything they want - the one constant that I can see is that an IPA is always hoppy. Although I would like to hear of an example that wasn't.

Go to the UK and have a Greene King IPA, just a Bitter in my book, and not very bitter or hoppy as far as Bitters go.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 06, 2014, 07:20:08 AM »
I signed up for my first time in the second round. I'm just Certified, and will see if I get pulled for judging.

I remember my last sheets from the second round had a Certified, a National, and a Master on the panel.

Completions would not work well without stewards. One can learn about the process,  and also get to meet and talk to some darned good judges.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:49:26 PM »
I am the old-ish guy with glasses, a mustache, grey hair and a few extra pounds. You can't miss me!

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Ingredients / Re: Conditioning: Pellet v. Whole
« on: June 04, 2014, 04:36:51 PM »
Well the last IPA I did was double dry hopped, last dose was in the keg. The beer tasted green at first, but it also looked a little green until the hop particles settled out. Once it dropped it got some rave reviews from friends.

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