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The Pub / Re: Anti Short Delay - Chest Freezer
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:19:20 PM »
One day your chest freezer or fridge will die with a 1F differential if it exceeds the duty cycle.

The Pub / Re: Anti Short Delay - Chest Freezer
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:49:00 AM »
The differential should be at least 4F or more. Monitor the wort/fermenter temp and adjust the temp controller setting to achieve that temp. The temp probe for the temp controller should be in the air in the fermentation chamber, not tied to the fermenter.

All Things Food / Re: Sous-Vide Circulator Recommendations
« on: July 17, 2018, 01:45:15 AM »
The 900W Anova is $70 with Amazon Prime during Prime Days. I could not resist and purchased a second one. I was holding out for a Nano, but it is $100 currently.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 15, 2018, 09:00:50 PM »
Body and balance can change over time. Carbonation can lessen or increase based on a number of factors.

As far as feedback, enter local comps for more complete feedback, the NHC uses a score sheet which does not always provide the level of feedback one would get from an experienced judge at a local comp.

All Things Food / Re: What is cooking today?
« on: July 15, 2018, 07:28:40 PM »
Nothing grilled. Ran chicken in the Sous Vide and made a Chicken Poke Bowl with Sriracha Mayo. Started on a bed of Mixed Lettuces, Quinoa, Edamame, Avocado, Bell Pepper, Grape Tomatoes, Spring Onion, Nori Furikake sprinkles and Chicken, and a Kiwi for garnish.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 15, 2018, 03:04:34 PM »
In the case of first round and final round differences I would suggest a score of 45.5 may have been a bit high. The question then becomes the experience of the judges in each round. Often a set of judges is consistent with scores across a flight even if they are high and low. That is why the mini-BOS carried out as it was in the NHC second round will level the field.

As far as someone getting an 11, in most comps 13 is the courtesy low score. The beer would have to be completely awful to be an 11. Typically even an out of style entry would earn 20-29 depending upon how well it met the incorrect style. It sounds like it may have been a bottle infection. I had a buddy once who I judged his beer. One bottle was infected, the other was perfect. We scored it a 19 and had we been given the other bottle he would have been in the high 30s to low 40s because we sampled the bottle. He thought his cleaning and sanitation was perfect, but apparently the bottle we judged was not cleaned effectively. It was stated in this case the brewer drank from the bottle which was judged which seems to indicate the entrant was hovering over the judging. The question is why was the beer scored an 11?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 15, 2018, 12:15:53 AM »
Any notes made in a mini-BOS would slow the process significantly. In the NHC, the beer has been judged and has at least two sheets of information at that point. Asking to provide notes on each entry during a BOS or mini-BOS round would take minutes per entry. At the NHC the mini-BOS were handled as almost every other BOS round in the country. The beers were presented and quickly tasted for a first impression. This happens extremely quickly. In the case of the rounds I judged we removed beers until we could not remove any easily. Then we looked for the top three in most cases. Often at a BOS or mini-BOS the beer which is not discussed is the best of those presented or at least top three.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scoresheets
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:59:10 PM »
This year the mini-BOS rounds were judges by a different set of judges from those who judged the flights. I believe all were National and higher and wasn't sure how it would work out. IMO it worked very well. The judges were able to focus on finding the top three beers and were not skewed by what they may have advanced from the earlier round of judging. Know that if your beer made it to the mini-BOS it was probably one of the top 12-15 beers out of all the entries in the country. Congratulations!

The Pub / Sam's Blue Light/Quik Shop in Durham
« on: July 03, 2018, 08:32:30 PM »
Looks like we may be losing one of the first, and best, bottle shops in the state.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: July 03, 2018, 05:31:04 PM »
Our stops were:
Modern Times
Lucky Labrador
The Firkin Tavern

PS: Don't expect the Streetcar to be operating past 11:30pm.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: July 03, 2018, 11:53:39 AM »
I did my undercabinet lighting with flexible led strips and learned quite a bit. Basically to dim prior to the power supply is expensive and painful and to dim after the power supply is easy and cheap. For the undercabinet it took a $65 dimmable power supply and a $35 dimmer for each circuit. When I revised my deck I bought cup lights off ebay from China and cut in a remote controlled dimmer, again from China, after the power supply. The cost was a dollar on ebay for the remote controlled dimmer. It works like a champ. Soon will be in the middle of a bathroom remodel and we will be using cup lights in the shower area and a valence light in the sink area. They will both come from the same power supply. The cups will be on one dimmer and the valence on another. These dimmers are pretty slick and were ~$20 since they are wall mounted. The valence is really just flexible strip lights adhered to a painted pvc board and I will make it.

I still use CFL in some places, but LED where I need instant light. I just changed out all my exterior lights to LED so no everything outside is either LED or solar. Once this bathroom remodel is completed I will only have a handful of incandescent bulbs/fixtures remaining. What I have noticed is my power bill has remained constant over the years so I still pay pretty much the same bill I was paying 20 years ago. As rates have increased my consumption has dropped.

The Pub / Re: Compact fluorescent bulbs
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:40:25 PM »
Post seems fishy on an old topic, but yes.

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:02:39 PM »
Our path was not true, our pace was not steady, but somehow we all ended up alive the following day!

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Drinking With Mikey - Tuesday, June 26
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:20:01 PM »

Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Spilling the beans: 2019
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:55:34 PM »
You get to go to Providence, RI for next year's Conference. Only the second time in New England region.

Any idea of the dates? I know I could find out tomorrow, but it would be nice to put it on the calendar today ;)

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