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All Things Food / The Art of Fermentation
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:26:09 AM »
Sandor Katz has out a new book, getcha some.
http://mashbang.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/the-art-of-fermentation/

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Beer Travel / Re: Charleston, SC
« on: April 30, 2012, 08:49:25 AM »
With restaurants you almost cannot go wrong and they are starting to have a better beer scene although it can be hit or miss.

For a dive bar I like Gene's Hofbrau
http://www.geneshaufbrau.com/home.php

One of my favorite restaurants in the inexpensive EVO (N Charleston)
http://evopizza.com/

I really like Red Drum for food as well (Mt. Pleasant)
http://www.reddrumrestaurant.com/

The food is good at Taco Boy as well
http://tacoboy.net/

The local breweries are Coast
http://coastbrewing.com/

Holy City
http://www.holycitybrewing.com/

Westbrook
http://westbrookbrewing.com/

If you are looking for beer bars I would suggest the most up to date info would come from the local bottle shop, ask them for a recommendation
http://www.charlestonbeerexchange.com/

Charleston Beer Works has some locals on
http://www.charlestonbeerworks.com/

I've not been here, but it looks promising
http://www.closed4business.com/



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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To our Governing Committee
« on: April 27, 2012, 06:25:56 PM »
I know when I was Judge Director for the South Region we struggled with the number of entries (583) and ended up having to judge in two cities on the same day to find enough judges. It was a tremendous amount of work and we vowed we would NEVER do it again and have held to that vow. My hat's off to those who can handle the volume. To get to the point, 750 would be impossible for us to manage. So my suggestion would be a reasonable entry limit to allow those interested to enter and to hopefully lower the entry numbers (doubtful) so smaller areas with willing host sites could potentially step forward should someone decide they want to step up to the plate.

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The power consumption will be higher than one might think. When I ran the bottle cooler at home I believe it added $30-40 per month to the bill. I'd say my power bill is mostly fridges to this day...but as the buyer said, I don't care!

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Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: April 09, 2012, 04:31:40 AM »
I generally stay on points from work travel when I go. I don't think you'd go wrong with any B&B, the main hotel downtown closest to the action is a roach motel that is not associated with any chain. If you want to spend tons of money and be pampered then Grove Park Inn would be the place to go.

There are some cool looking places on this site:
http://www.exploreasheville.com/hotels/lodging-by-neighborhood/downtown-asheville/

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Events / Re: BJCP reception at NHC
« on: April 08, 2012, 07:53:27 AM »
I'll forward all questions I receive until the link thing is sorted out to Tom... ;)


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Events / Re: BJCP reception at NHC
« on: April 07, 2012, 09:47:51 AM »
Someone should take the links away on the conference website since they are causing more questions than answers.
http://www.ahaconference.org/days/wednesday-june-20-2012/
http://www.ahaconference.org/seminars/bjcp-judge-reception/
http://www.ahaconference.org/track/host-hotel/

I am sure at some point they will be correct, but right now they are not.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 06, 2012, 01:10:40 PM »
I wouldn't really call what I responded to you via email as the "official word". 8)

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The Pub / Re: Another Brewer Coming to Western N.C.
« on: April 06, 2012, 05:10:28 AM »
NB had been surveying in the area according to reports so I kinda figured it was a done deal. I believe with the additions of NB and SN to the area in addition to the other, gosh is it 14 in the county the place will become even more of a beer oasis.

If anyone cares, this made it possible:
http://mashbang.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/post-ptc-musings/

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Beer Travel / Re: Asheville
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:47:21 PM »
Looks like we score New Belgium as well. Take that PA...
http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20120405/NEWS01/120405014/Asheville-image-attracts-New-Belgium-brewery?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|Frontpage

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 05, 2012, 01:42:05 PM »
The BJCP needs judges willing to have more than a title and wanting to be active in judging. I can remember back in the day when NC had less than 50 judges in the entire state and we have 100 counties. Today we have 86 active judges. Judges become inactive when they have not judged or participated in 2 years. It's pretty easy to get busy with life and not have time to make a competition in two years although we have plenty of judging opportunities lately. At one time not too long ago SC had 5 judges and now they are at 21. TN has 48 and could certainly use more. Mississippi only has one person.

So yes, in some areas the BJCP needs judges. In almost all areas high ranking judges with experience are needed.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:09:19 AM »
I will add the BJCP documents do suggest one sign up for the tasting before taking the online exam. While I can see the logic in that, I really don't understand why I would hold a seat for someone who cannot legitimately sit for my exam. Maybe I should rethink my position and go ahead and charge for the exam and the deposit money BEFORE they even take the entrance exam. At least that way they would have skin in the game.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP and carbonation volumes
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:30:28 AM »
I always round the recipator to be pretty much on target. Looks like it is still up
http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 04, 2012, 09:47:53 AM »
Narvin and Tooth, any exam site can set the rules they want. I don't want someone wasting my time taking up an exam slot for which someone else is already qualified.

My rules going forward are starting to look like:
A $50 deposit in addition to full exam fees with the deposit retured after the exam has been given. I'm tired of people backing out at the last minute. It's a waste of my time.

So for any prospective BJCP judges, if you sign up for an exam site, be darn sure you show up.

And yes, I may be slightly bitter. ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Entrance Exam is now available
« on: April 03, 2012, 05:06:07 AM »
First (directed at an earlier post T made), I will not allow anyone to even waste my time signing up for the taste exam unless they have passed the entrance exam.

Second, the format for the written exam is spelled out:
http://www.bjcp.org/docs/BJCP_Exam_Structure.pdf
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five questions with each comprising 20% of the total score. Of the five questions, two are style-related, one is a recipe question, and two are technical questions related to ingredients or brewing process.

Third, don't have one, just thought it would be fun to type.

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