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Beer Recipes / Re: Help on a lemongrass farmhouse!
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:08:15 PM »
I had a key lime mead last year that seemed to be lacking a little something, so I added some fresh lemongrass directly to it.  I put the fresh cut lemongrass into my toaster oven on low for a few minutes to kill any bad stuff and then put the mead and the lemongrass into a plastic soda bottle and carbonated it with a carbonator cap.  It added a nice acidity to the mead, made it pop a bit, kind of like adding a pinch of salt to a steak.  It should be a nice addition to a farmhouse ale.

Beer Recipes / Re: anyone have a Cider Recipe?
« on: May 09, 2012, 11:00:14 PM »
you can also make hard cider using store bought apple juice or sweet cider.  be careful though to make sure that there are no preservatives listed anywhere on the label.  then just add yeast and any adjuncts and you can produce a fairly mediocre cider.  it's not terrible, but it's no crispin.

A guy in our club won the BOS in our competition with a cider made with store bought cider juice. He couldn't remember the brand, as he had bought it when a college student in Florida before starting grad school at MSU. It was excellent cider. Who knew you could get good store bought juice in Florida?

Not me and I live here. 
A guy in our club makes a lot of winning ciders from store bought apple juice, but they don't seem to do well in competitions out of the south.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 05, 2012, 03:23:40 PM »
I got a 1st place and a 2nd place in two different categories at the Atlanta contest! Yahoo!  Another member of our club also got a 3rd place. This is my first time entering the NHC and have questions, is beer from the original brew required or can I brew a fresh batch and maybe tweak the recipe a little? All I have left is in Sam Adams bottles, is this allowed? Wow, this is cool!

My thanks to the AHA and all the forum members here and at Northern Brewer for all the great info they share.
Cheers, Mike.
Yes, you can rebrew and yes, S.A. bottles are OK.
Congratulations!  Good luck in the finals!

Beer Travel / Re: Vine Street Pub in Denver?
« on: May 05, 2012, 12:56:12 PM »
You must go to The Falling Rock Taphouse if you are in downtown Denver. Continuously ranked in the top 10 in the US. Close to the ballpark. No cab needed.
I agree.  LODO is safe and within walking distance and there are several brewpubs, including Wynkoop, Breckenridge, the Coors Sandlot Brewery at the ball park.  You can take the free buses that run to the end of 16th to get closer.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: On my Brown Malt experience
« on: May 03, 2012, 11:10:20 PM »
Personally, I hate it when "toasty-biscuit" meets hoppy. I don't like hoppy brown-malt rich brown ales or biscuity IPA's or anything like that. I like brown malt in a malt-forward or roasty beer, but I don't care for it (or biscuit malt, special roast, victory malt, or Vienna Malt, for that matter) in hoppy beer.

What do you think of DFH India Brown Ale?

Going Pro / Re: Another view about commercial Nano brewing.
« on: May 03, 2012, 09:21:03 PM »
Nobody seems to mention the fact that brewers tend to give away a sizeable amount of their "product" at festivals, dinners and other marketing events.  I think you need to figure some of that into the estimates, too.

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes?
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:41:46 PM »
I remember a talk at the NHC in MN in which Gorst Valley Hops recommended lots of nitrogen, but I can't find the link to it right now.

All Grain Brewing / Re: FauxPils Faceoff
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:47:26 PM »
I decided I couldn't fairly decide which of the non-judges I should include, so I assigned you a number based on the order you replied to the thread, then used a random number generator.

I've updated the OP to show the judges. The non-judge selections are Don, Jason, Red, and Garc.

I'll keep you all posted as progress develops. Right now I'm anticipating mailing the beers out sometimes in mid June, so I'll need a mailing address from each of you at some point before then, but no rush.

Thanks, looking forward to it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:44:25 PM »
Seems to me that the best solution would be to increase 1st round sites from 10 to 15, but limit those beers going on from 1st-3rd to 1st-2nd.  In this case, you increase NHC entries by 30%, but keep the NHC final round at the same amount.  The biggest issue here is finding 5 more suckers... I mean volunteers willing to organize.  It is really a lot of work to organize.  My gut says that limiting entries will not increase the entry spots enough to satisfy demand.
I had a third place beer in the regionals several years ago that won gold in the finals, so I don't like the idea of only sending the top two.  Different judge, different day.....

Events / Re: NHC 1st Round Indy
« on: May 01, 2012, 08:46:26 PM »
Did anyone get placement results on their score sheets?  I scored a 38 on my Pale Ale and made the mini BOS but a place wasn't marked on the sheet.
Four of my six went to mini bos, one made honorable mention, one 2nd and on 3rd on the cover sheets, but I'm waiting on the AHA to find out for sure. 
Funny, though, the worst scoring beer (23 on my Berliner) took a medal at another comp this past weekend.

Beer Travel / Re: Six hours in Heathrow: Go local or hit the tube?
« on: May 01, 2012, 07:01:07 PM »
Find a current copy of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide and locate a recommended real ale pub near the airport.  It lists the type of pub, what sort of beer they have and it is updated annually.  My wife and I have used it on extensive trips through Great Britain and find it very accurate.

Beer Travel / Re: Orlando??
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:47:50 PM »
try and

world of beers is pretty good.  they don't serve food but you can get take out and have it there.

haven't been to redlight yet but plan on it when i visit my folks in june.  I've heard very good things though.
RedlightRedlight is a very good, small craft beer bar with excellent selections.  Also try the Shipyard Emporium in Winter Park and Ravenous Pig.  The Central Florida Homebrew Club meeting is Sunday evening at Rossi's Pizza.  You find lots of good beer there.

Beer Travel / Re: PHL
« on: May 01, 2012, 11:49:26 AM »
So did you make it to City Center from the airport?
We had good beers and a nice lunch at Triumph on Chestnut, just down the street from the Liberty Bell Park.
There sure are a lot of good gastropubs in Philly.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 01, 2012, 11:40:26 AM »
I agree. If money is an issue the certificates could be the first thing to go. I have never kept mine.
Yeah, that seems like a waste to me too.  I guess it's back to the t-ball reference where everybody gets a trophy.
I noticed that one of my entries got an honorable mention.  I wonder what I get for that?

Beer Recipes / Re: Brewing 'to the comp'
« on: April 30, 2012, 10:15:21 PM »
I've definitely noticed judges seem to like "bigger" beers. If you think about it, it makes sense. They are tasting a flight of beers and the little session guy gets pounded because it seems flavorless compared to the big brew.

One issue I have with judging is judging beers like Scottish 60/- 70/- 80/- up against wee heavys.  In my own experience my Scottish 70/- scored a 40 at a competition, received no bad remarks, even said detail was paid attention to all aspects of the beer and great care seems like it was taken in each step.  It was followed by: "this beer just needs more malt and hops" I thought great! I should've atleast gotten a 3rd place on the beer.  Found out the winners of the category were all Wee Heavys. I think judging this way doesnt lend itself well to the smaller beers in the same category out there.

From my experience making beers on the big end of the style, or even making them bigger than style as mentioned before, making the 80/- and entering as a 70/-, within reason may be the way to go.

I've had this same discussion with my brew club, I had an Irish Red take a 40, similar feed back and nothing.  All three medals got to the Strong Scotch.  In my opinion, Strong Scotch Ales (9E) should be better placed in category 19, (Strong Ales) along side Old Ales and Barleywines, and Category 9 should focus on comparable session ales from Scotland and Ireland.  There's mo re than one category for English, Belgian, American beers etc, I dont see why Scottish all need to be lumped together.  Sure the recipes are similar, other than scale, but the final product tastes entirely different.

This used to be the case with the old style guiedlines, but for some reason they changed it in the 2008 version.  I prefer Strong Scotch in with the other Strong Ales.

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