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Beer Recipes / Re: Thoughts on an IPA
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:54:44 PM »
That's pretty much my IPA malt bill, but I change up the hops a bit.  I particularly like Amarillo late.

General Homebrew Discussion / Smoke Signal
« on: April 12, 2014, 01:04:22 PM »
Guess who smoked the malt for the best smoked beer at the World Beer Cup in Denver?
This guy! ;D

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:47:18 AM »
Mine is hooked up to a 12 volt treadmill motor.  I put a very big gear on it so it turns very slowly but never jams.
There's a picture of it here:

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:03:28 AM »
I like to score aroma, appearance and mouthfeel first, then I try to get an impression on how the overall beer will score before scoring the flavor and overall impression sections.
This is kind of a blend between top down and bottom up.  Any time I get near the upper limit of scoring I find myself looking for things I can notate that subtract the score from 50.  Same with a score under 29 - I make sure I write some specific reasons.

Equipment and Software / Re: Recommend a Grain Mill
« on: April 09, 2014, 09:52:15 AM »
I also have owned a JSP mill for many years with no problems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:31:53 PM »
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?

I didnt judge the categories but I think cider entries were pretty low in Seattle.

We had 1 flight of light lagers (12 or 13 entries) and 2 flights of pilsners.  It was nice to be able to judge those, I never get to because I always enter those cats (sent mine to Sacramento this year)

Not everybody enters in the closest region.  Our club sent our entries to Zanesville, rather than to the South region.  So mine was one of the 18 pilsners there.  I hope to get the score sheets soon.

Ingredients / Re: Using Lactose in RIS
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:00:08 PM »
Since I didn't see a reply from the op on m y previous suggestion, let's just say he pulled a small final gravity sample using a refractometer instead of a hydrometer.  Using sean's calculator that translates to a final gravity of 1.0012, which is decidedly dry.  I'm not saying he did use a refractometer, but if he did, I think this might explain it.

Ingredients / Re: Using Lactose in RIS
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:33:03 AM »
Perhaps the final gravity is high and the perception is dry because he used an uncorrected reading from a refractometer?
It seems to be a common mistake with new users.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:11:53 PM »
I have been told by the head brewer at Cigar City that after four days they tend to develop off flavors, but I don't recall what flavors he mentioned.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: COCA NIPS
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:29:53 AM »
I have used 4 ounces of cocoa nibs in five gallons of bock.  I put them into the keg in a bag and pulled them out after four days.  Nice chocolate flavors.

Ingredients / Re: Don't try this at home
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:27:54 AM »

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wild yeast harvesting
« on: April 04, 2014, 11:00:34 AM »
They are not always sour, but they are not always very good either.  I did a taste panel of about 20 samples of wort fermented with wild yeasts in February.  Fellow Floridian Mike Lentz from Jacksonville was doing a research project.  They were harvested from fruits mostly as I recall.

The Pub / Re: Dammit Florida!
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:53:10 AM »
It was only recently that small breweries here in FL started selling growlers and having tasting rooms.  They used a loophole in a law that A-B invented to sell beer at Busch Gardens 50 years ago, linking it to being part of a tourist attraction.  It's fitting that they are the ones trying to change the rules now.

Beer Travel / Re: trip to europe
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:47:03 AM »
I lived there for a few years and I just got back from another trip. There are some quite good beers you can get in the stores and completely avoid Fullers or Sam Smith.

Duechar's IPA or anything else from Caledonian Brewery

Greene King IPA ( standard or gold ).

Caffrey's Irish Cream Ale ( it's a red ale with Nitro in the can )

Victory Strong Ale

A lot of the local breweries offer bottles for sale and the stores usually carry local brews.

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Really?  Green King?  If I were in Suffolk I'd buy Adnams.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 04, 2014, 04:38:57 AM »
Didn't look like a joke to me.  I've seen that level of quality, and worse, from real competitions.

That scares me. I made it up to be humorous and took a photo. My goal is to do better than that in reality.
Yeah, I thought it was a real one too. :)

Me, too.  I've seen so many bad score sheets I didn't even give it a second thought.
It took a hint for me to get the rubbery smell joke.

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