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Beer Travel / Re: Asheville AHA Rally at Wicked Weed Funkatorium
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:43:37 PM »
I'll stick it here, list of Asheville breweries and area breweries is at the end.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2015/02/27/brewery-tourism-becomes-hot-topic-asheville/24127541/

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 27, 2015, 05:41:45 AM »
Only the front side is scanned and photocopied. It's part of the instructions:
http://www.bjcp.org/forms/Exam_Cover_Sheet.pdf

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:53:04 AM »
Congrats!

80 is a great score since it allows you to take the written exam. It shows you have the ability to write a National score sheet. The nice thing is by the time you get the 20 points required to be National you will more than likely be writing even better score sheet!

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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:54:14 PM »
I think you just didn't go to the right places. Pisgah has always had a lineup of Belgians, Wedge has some as well, it's all knowing where to go.

You are correct you will be SOL if looking for most lagers in Asheville.

New Belgium will probably be up and running next year. Oskar Blues has been going for awhile and Sierra Nevada will have construction completed very soon. Bold Rock is building a cidery near SN and White Labs will have a place soon.

My wife likes Richmond, but she loves Asheville. ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / CARBOY Shamrock Open March 7, 2015
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:46:45 AM »
Raleigh, NC - if you can help out with the judging, please sign up.
http://carboyclub.com/shamrock-competition/

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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 22, 2015, 07:10:17 AM »
I've been to both too many times to count, but there really is no comparison between Ashvegas and Richmond. Asheville hands down. Before you got there, ask for some suggestions ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a boil be too vigorous?
« on: February 20, 2015, 06:04:53 AM »
If you happen to boil off too much, just add back water to meet the volume or gravity desired. The sugars are conserved, they didn't go anywhere.  8)

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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 14, 2015, 07:31:39 AM »
Not me, just a photo I could find. Often he will have a stellar sour draft list. The Pho is great too, but if Vietnamese isn't your cuisine, there is always beer. ;)

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I've never seen anyone steal a tap handle, but I've been to plenty of bars which have them just lying around after the keg blew and they changed out the handle. What happens when a place goes out of business? Does anyone go pick up the handles?

Most of those in that ebay are dupes which leads me to believe they came out of a bar with dual tap stations which went out of business.

I have a few handles I got on ebay, but I never use them. That reminds me I should sell my Nitro tap head, I'm never going to set that up at home.

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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:40:28 AM »
CAH is good, but their selection never seems to get me excited. The best thing on the menu is Mussels. Depending upon which location you frequent will determine the vibe of the place.

If someone gave me the choice of going to only one and the options were CAH or Mekong I would go to Mekong every single time...YMMV.

This is a photo I found on the web from almost a year ago which if you zoom in should demonstrate just how good their draft list is and why they have won best beer bar multiple times. Put it another way, their rating on BA is 100% with over 100 ratings.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-l0R4gDpMUoE/U12xvlae4HI/AAAAAAAADrA/c9DWaVqbdkw/s1600/IMG_0630.JPG

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Beer Travel / Re: Beercation to Richmond VA
« on: February 08, 2015, 06:44:10 AM »
The best beer selection on tap is Mekong. CAH has several locations and large numbers of drafts, but I prefer Mekong.
http://www.craftbeer.com/news/craftbeer-com-news/craftbeer-coms-2014-great-american-beer-bars-results

Hardywood is certainly worth a visit.

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The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:43:40 PM »
I typically formulate the recipe on the computer and then use a calculator as I brew.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: predicting efficincy after continual improvements
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:10:27 PM »
If you overshoot your OG, just add water and hit it on the head. Points are always conserved so if you have an accurate measurement of volume it's a cinch to calculate. Say your beer is 1.053 (53 points) and you have exactly 5 gallons of water. 5 x 53 = 265 now you wanted a 1.050 beer so divide by 50. 265/50 = 5.3 since you have 5.0 gallons and 5.3 gallons would give you a wort of 1.050 just add 0.3 gallons of water.

I often get higher efficiency than I calculate so I water down the brew to hit an exact gravity or more often than not I adjust my boil time to limit evaporation to hit the gravity on the nose.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:59:34 AM »
Just enter another comp.

At our local comp the sheets can be picked up immediately following the BOS round. If they are mailed it will be in about 2 weeks.

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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:14:08 AM »
To the OP, here is a cross reference list. Where it says Mead Judge that is the only rank they hold, if it lists a rank they have both beer and mead credentials.
http://www.bjcp.org/apps/reports/meadjudge.php

So long as you use the link it should always be up to date. It does not include those exams being graded.

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