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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Forum Meet Up @ NHC16
« on: June 12, 2016, 03:03:49 PM »
Oops, I forgot to go.

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Chew some CaraPils, call me from your dentist while you're getting the crown put on. ;)

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Events / Re: BJCP Reception in Baltimore
« on: June 04, 2016, 07:09:45 AM »
I think the reception should always start in the late afternoon to avoid conflicts and allow people to arrive. I'm actually going to arrive just a few minutes before it begins.

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Events / BJCP Reception in Baltimore
« on: June 02, 2016, 04:13:26 AM »
Seats are still available for the BJCP Reception on Wednesday in Baltimore. You can register here:
http://www.bjcp.org/apps/cep_event_reg/

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: May 27, 2016, 03:22:52 PM »
Weller 12 (not the Antique Series), was like $30 the last time I snagged a bottle. We are nasty in NC with Eagle Rare and Four Roses Single Barrel.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Non BJCP Judging
« on: May 26, 2016, 05:08:11 AM »
MD tnx I just voted  for you.  ;D
Rusia is not that close, but closer.
Again I have questions about number of judges, BJCP or NON BJCP.
In this part of word only few beer categories are widely popular, and I expect that APA and IPA will be majority of entrance.
If I expect 150 entrance,  lets say 40 IPA and same number of APA, while rest is all the other beer styles.
Can I use few judge panels to judge 40 IPA (lets say 4 judge panels -10 entrance each panel to judge) or I need one same judge panel for all 40 IPA's - in few days?
Thank you all

Thanks for the world geography reminder!

There is a BJCP exam in June 2016 in the Czech Republic. In Feb there is one in Italy in 2017, but of course that would not be accessible by car. Other than that I don't see anything coming up on the calendar, but if you could get enough people interested, one could be scheduled in your area, the biggest issue would be finding proctors. Scott would be the best to help with that.

If you need more info on holding the comp, use this to guide you.
http://bjcp.org/docs/SCPCompHdbk.pdf

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Non BJCP Judging
« on: May 25, 2016, 05:18:20 AM »
Wait until June 1 and then send a note to Scott Bickham at the same email address as Ali. Scott is the new rep. We were just discussing the guidelines with someone in Russia and the potential for an exam there.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 12:48:14 PM »
I think there are plenty of places to hold the conference, but the issue is the behind the scenes work which is handled by the host club(s). For instance the conference could easily be held in Charlotte with side trips to many local breweries and a pre-conference party bus to Asheville, but it would tax the clubs in NC to almost the breaking point. CBM in Charlotte has a large membership, but they put on a beer festival every year in the autumn for charity which sells 5K tickets and in May they host their homebrew competition. I just don't see them having enough gas in the tank to handle all the logistics of the conference immediately following their comp with their festival coming up a few months after the conference.

I don't actually know everything which goes on behind the scenes, but I'm told all the volunteers still pay for the conference despite many never seeing anything other than the room as they deliver beer from the central cooler. I'm not sure how other organizations do it, but it would seem to me if there was a means to not burnout while hosting the conference there would be many more places who could host.

Mike, if you think it's that easy, you should run for GC.

Did you actually read what I wrote? Where exactly did I mention anything being easy about the conference?

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:41:27 AM »
I think there are plenty of places to hold the conference, but the issue is the behind the scenes work which is handled by the host club(s). For instance the conference could easily be held in Charlotte with side trips to many local breweries and a pre-conference party bus to Asheville, but it would tax the clubs in NC to almost the breaking point. CBM in Charlotte has a large membership, but they put on a beer festival every year in the autumn for charity which sells 5K tickets and in May they host their homebrew competition. I just don't see them having enough gas in the tank to handle all the logistics of the conference immediately following their comp with their festival coming up a few months after the conference.

I don't actually know everything which goes on behind the scenes, but I'm told all the volunteers still pay for the conference despite many never seeing anything other than the room as they deliver beer from the central cooler. I'm not sure how other organizations do it, but it would seem to me if there was a means to not burnout while hosting the conference there would be many more places who could host.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: High mash efficiency
« on: May 23, 2016, 05:32:06 AM »
The post boil you measured 1.052? The gravity cannot go down from preboil, only up.

So the sample was higher in gravity than expected. Most refractometers will compensate for temp, but should be used at a particular temp for accuracy. The hydrometer needs to be corrected, but at a hotter temp than calibration points would need to be added.

Must be stratified wort and the gravity taken from an area of with a higher concentration of sugars.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: High mash efficiency
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:57:01 AM »
Something is obviously wrong because the max is 100%. The error was either in volume, gravity, or the use of more grain than you thought.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 21, 2016, 07:43:09 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

"It's not a secret" - someone from AHA, like 6 weeks ago.  I'm sure there's a possibility that sales could be hurt slightly if news of future locations came out too early, so I haven't said anything publicly until their discounted hotel period was over.  *shrug*

Sounds like we are getting into a rotation. Kinda doubt I'll go to MN if that is the location next year since I've already been there with the conference. Same reason I skipped San Diego last year. I see the conference as a means to visit areas pre-conference and to go to the conference. Finding space for the conference is becoming more and more difficult it seems.

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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:17:00 PM »
This will be my 10th conference and I have yet to have a bad dinner experience.

You're either getting senile, delusional, or in denial. ;)

That dinner in MI or perhaps Philly was awful. It was a horrifically substandard stromboli. We've had some good meals, but that one would cost too much if it were free. IIRC the dessert was the only thing worth mentioning.

There was another year one of my companions had to wait on the vegetarian option until every standard meal was served. I'd classify that as a bad dinner experience too. She waited and waited and most of us waited with her out of courtesy.

Another year the vegetarian was a much better option than the standard and I don't recall it being the year of the stromboli.

Anyway, add all that up and I am also skipping the banquet as are most of the others from our club. Too many years with meh to blah meals and memorable experiences in the wrong direction.

I was a little hard on Denny at the beginning, it could just be his palate is shot.  :o

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The Pub / Re: Guitar talk moved over from main forum....
« on: May 11, 2016, 04:50:03 AM »
I only have one guitar which has any real value to a collector. Like others, mine collect dust and need to be played and by someone better than I am. I keep telling myself one day sooner or later I'm just going to have to do it.

Takamine Cedar Accoustic
First guitar I bought, love the sound, used money my grandmother gave me before she passed away. The bridge lifted and I had it worked on, but I'm not convinced he was the best luthier around even though he came highly recommended.

Yamaha Silent Guitar
I love this thing. 9V battery and earbuds and you are in business. Of course it is not truly silent, but you could get away with it most anywhere. Also it can be plugged in or ran through an amp.

Fender Starburst Mexican Stratocaster
Got this one and an amp for a song from a guy in CA. It was in fantastic shape, just dusty and needing new strings.

Fender Cherry Red Mexican Stratocaster
This one came out of GA by a supposed expert on guitars. It was packaged poorly and got dings on the way to me which really irritated the crap out of me. The pickguard was not even right on the guitar it was for another model. Love the looks of this one.

Fender Starburst American Stratocaster Roland Modeling Guitar (VG-8)
This is the one which has some value. It can model 37 different Stratocaster, Telecaster, humbucking, 12-string and acoustic sounds, plus five alternate tunings, all at the simple flip of a switch or twist of a knob. (I copied that verbiage.) It used batteries for the modeling and burned them up quick. People complained it would not make it through a session. The parts for the battery were nearly impossible to find so I just removed the batteries and put it back in the case. A few years ago I spotted a power supply, but it was only available with a new less expensive Modeling Strat or from overseas. I put it in backorder from a NY store and finally after about 18 months they said it could not be found. I did another internet search and found one and so now I have the option of batteries or the power supply to use the guitar. It is a great guitar and at one time I could have told you how old it was.

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