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Keep a hairdryer close by ready to go. If it starts to boil over hit it with the air on a cool setting.

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All Things Food / Sauerkraut Fun
« on: June 14, 2016, 11:58:00 AM »
So I've made kraut in the past and know how to do it and as it turns out I like kraut, a little on a reuben, but a bucket of kraut is enough to last me forever. My wife tried to make some in the kitchen a few years ago and as soon as it started to ferment she threw it out due to the smell of fermentation. While I was gone to Baltimore she decided it was time to make kraut again so she got some lids and airlocks for jars and made two small batches. When I got home she was very proud of herself until I divulged the airlock does not filter out the aromas, it simply keeps things from getting in. I wish I had a video of her reaction.

Anyway, I set her up a dorm fridge on a temp controller in the garage to ferment her kraut, but thought I would share the story.

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Beer Travel / Re: Stillwater in Baltimore
« on: June 12, 2016, 03:08:50 PM »
Of Love & Regret was great. Small bottle shop area was closed due to private function, but had several different brews.

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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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