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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:59:04 AM »
Jonathan, in many of the exams I have taken the exam or been a proctor for the exam we have taken the time to have the examinees listen to what the admin claimed the beers to be and what the proctors perceived/scored. It is not required, obviously, but it is something done in this area since we all want an idea of how it went prior to getting real scores in a few months time.

This is also what I do after giving an exam, a synopsis of what the beers were and the proctors' scores.

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Ya know, I remember another thread about this very thing a few years ago.
https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=3715.msg59340#msg59340

edit: found it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 18, 2015, 03:57:54 PM »
Same here.  I went from Charlie P> Mosher > Daniels.  I did go back and read a good bit of How To Brew though.

I went from Charlie P. -> Noonan -> All of the Classic Beer Style Series publications -> a plethora of brewing and brewing science-related texts

I also owned just about every issue of Brewing Techniques at one point in time.

Sounds like my route, except I had Dave Miller's book between the first two you mentioned.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Books for noobs
« on: March 18, 2015, 10:24:00 AM »
From what it sounds like I think I'll be getting the Charlie P. and Mosher books first than get that series. I'm a science teacher so I enjoy the technical side of things as well. Thanks everyone!


"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."

IMO, you are making a big mistake if you don't have How to Brew.

I don't have it.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
« on: March 18, 2015, 04:10:42 AM »
Welcome to the forum!  ;)
(Maybe I should fill one of these out one day.)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 17, 2015, 02:49:22 PM »
Take a cup of beer from the keg, stir in a package of unflavored Knox gelatin and let it bloom for a minute.  Put this is the microwave until it hits about 160F, but no hotter than 180F.  Pour this onto the cold beer and quickly shut the bale in case it starts to foam up.  You can do the same thing with the beer in the fermenter, but it works best when the beer is cold.

Thanks jeffy! I'm reading this as an already carbonated keg right?

Yes, but it works either way.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 16, 2015, 05:42:03 PM »
This is serendipitous as I was planning on fining in the fermenter for the first time: questions were in order.

Thanks guys for a concise take on the techniques.

My thinking is that the hot gelatin solution in necessary in order to spread (it) out over the entire surface of the beer, cool, then drop thus sweeping the haze, particles and yeast along with it. But my grasp is loose on this sort of fining and not sure if +/- attraction is relevant as well.
Welcome back, euge.  Your understanding is similar to mine.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer won't Come out of Keg :-(
« on: March 15, 2015, 12:41:27 PM »
Joe, I can visualize the extra pressure disfiguring the little o-ring on the spring loaded poppet so that it seals the liquid out port right at the quick disconnect.
Anyway, it can't be any where else in the system other than the poppet, can it?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 14, 2015, 05:26:59 AM »
Why not use the beer instead of water?
No need to agitate.

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Events / Hunahpu's Day at Cigar City
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:29:08 PM »
I certainly couldn't afford the entry fee for this event, but since I had not missed it since the inception, I volunteered to pour this year.  I will be pouring samples from Solemn Oath, a brewery in Naperville, Illinois.  I hear they make hoppy, Belgian and Barrel Aged beers, so that's nice.
I wanted to ask y'all what beers should not be missed from the list of beer available, but I'm having trouble cutting and pasting the menu off the interwebs.  It looks like too much good beer to try in one day anyway.  anybody else going to this?

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Events / Re: National Homebrewers Conference Open Registration
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:29:19 AM »
I booked this last night also.  Does anyone know if they will let us chose which part of the hotel to stay in?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Gelatin Fining
« on: March 13, 2015, 04:26:38 AM »
Take a cup of beer from the keg, stir in a package of unflavored Knox gelatin and let it bloom for a minute.  Put this is the microwave until it hits about 160F, but no hotter than 180F.  Pour this onto the cold beer and quickly shut the bale in case it starts to foam up.  You can do the same thing with the beer in the fermenter, but it works best when the beer is cold.

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I add gelatin to my pale lagers because I think it seems to accelerate the conditioning.  ie instead of lagering for several weeks, add gelatin and it's ready over night.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 10, 2015, 11:15:04 AM »
I've never judged or even attended a competition, but do you think things like haze affect the later elements of judging?  Will a judge be influenced into thinking there is something wrong because there is a haze issue?

Haze can be indicative of other problems and can be a cue to look for them, but it should not make a judge think or assume there is a problem just by appearance alone. A good judge will use all available clues to try to diagnose a problem, so further analysis of the beer needs to support any problems that haze can tip off, such as oxidation, infection, young beer, yeasty, etc.

Some haze from dry hopping is OK in APA and IPA.
The above advice is good.  Keep in mind that haziness is only a point, but it is also a clue.  I wouldn't deduct a point for chill haze in an ale, but I may give an extra point overall for an ale that is sparklingly clear.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Super cheap pH meter
« on: March 10, 2015, 11:11:46 AM »

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