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The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: Today at 05:10:25 AM »
I'm not interested in upgrading hardware. The computer is slowing over the years and IME that means about two more years it will be heading out the door.

I'm just not feeling changing the OS either. If it was less than a half hour to do EVERYTHING then fine, but somehow I see hours of time spend tweaking, learning, etc. I just don't want to spend hours when the only consecutive hours I have anymore or on the weekend.

I think I have resolved it to backup and roll with it. When it dies/as it dies, replace. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: Today at 05:04:54 AM »
Another thing to consider is power consumption. I have an old commercial kegerator which I moved out of the laundry room to the garage and have not yet gotten back in service and the power bill dropped when it left the grid. I'm sure they have made some advances in efficiency, but just something to keep in mind. Commercial businesses don't typically care about $10+ more per month, you may.

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The Pub / Computer - XP
« on: April 12, 2014, 07:58:22 AM »
With XP being ditched I'm thinking of my options for the future. My wife has a newer laptop, I have a work laptop, we have an old laptop we rarely (read as never) use which I believe is XP (might need to boot it and find out), and I have my tower which is XP and probably destined for the scrap heap in the next couple of years.

I'm trying to decide what direction to head with a replacement since it just doesn't make sense to upgrade the old tower. I don't particularly love a laptop and since I have one for work and one in the closet I'm just not leaning toward going that route. I can get a new tower which would meet the needs for a reasonable sum.

I'm frugal so I'm leaning toward keeping the old tower till it dies and then worrying about it. I use Firefox and Chrome with Thunderbird and they will be supported for awhile so I don't see issues with viruses and malware in my future any more than I see currently.

I know there are plenty of tech savvy folks on the forum, so I'd like to hear your thoughts. I'm not going to change to Linux just to keep an ailing machine, but I can't see replacing a machine which still functions properly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:19:23 AM »
People don't generally make things up. Perhaps the judges in the first case were sensitive to both DMS and diacetyl and the second set of judges were not. Perhaps the bottle in the first case was contaminated. Perhaps the entry was mixed up in the first case. Too many variables to be able to say the first score, the one you disagree with, was wrong and the second score, the one you prefer, was correct.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:47:28 AM »
I like club night when the clubs aren't beer dumping. If they only have five great beers, then serve five. No need to bring 20 when 15 are less than stellar. IMO I should not have to dump a club night beer because it has major flaws. YMMV.

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Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:48:06 AM »

It was my least favorite part of the conference.  Doesn't bother me at all that it's gone.  Especially since the beers will still be available in a better format.

It was my MOST favorite part of the conference when the conference was not well attended. Now that the conference is many thousand gassy homebrewers the pro brewer's night just isn't as much fun.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:40:21 PM »
^ great name


Thanks, I've had it for closing in on a half century ;)


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:28:12 AM »
Pencils absolutely have an odor.

You could use scratch paper, but you are slowing down the process. Smell, see, taste, or sense it and then put it on the score sheet. Too many people sit around and think rather than writing what they perceived. If you truly perceive it, you will not be wrong to write that on the score sheet.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 06:05:58 PM »
The bottom line is they had two judges on the flight who had no business being there. New judges should not do specialty and neither should those who cannot make a decision.

13 is a very low score...think undrinkable wretching at the flavor making you want to blow chunks. I rarely go down there because I can award points other places. I'm guessing the 13 was too low. Sounds like the other score was too high and the middle ground is more appropriate.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 31, 2014, 05:02:04 AM »
I was judging ciders with a brand new guy who had zero experience. He thought everything was wonderful. In the real world he was correct, but we have guidelines. One one beer he refused to budge and I wasn't changing. For some reason I remember it as him being low and we were 10 points apart. I rejected his score entirely and awarded my score. Later in the flight he got with the program, but we did not revisit that cider. I cannot remember if it placed or not in the flight, but I did flip the score sheet and explain what happened to the entrant.

FWIW - I like to be within 3 points.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:01:53 AM »
Typically the ID is assigned after the exams reach the ED. I think it is a spreadsheet nowadays so that could speed up the timing. Generally within a few weeks to a month of the exam. After the ID is sent AND the database updates the examinee can access their online record. The examinee will get their results via email and then via snail mail and once their rank shows in the online database they can order a badge.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 22, 2014, 10:29:56 AM »
Judging multiple times or filling out score sheets as you drink homebrew and commercial beers is great practice for the exam.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Beer Judging Exam
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:43:23 AM »
The typical time is currently 12-16 weeks, however it could be shorter or longer.

There is no downside to taking the exam again unless you feel you scored higher than 90. Based on your statements that is not the case.

You should take what you learned from the experience and apply it to your next exam. Getting up during the 90 minutes is a bad idea and as you discovered, you lose minutes you may need. There is some good discussion quite often on the BJCP forums http://forum.bjcp.org/ and the BJCP Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/groups/89455427728/



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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: My last negra modello
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:44:02 AM »
Just because a beer is listed in the commercial examples does not mean it is a 50 beer. I'm not sure why so many assume it. It just means it is representative of the style.

I need to revisit NM, because I haven't found it overly sweet. Of course I have not had one in a year or two either.

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