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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 29, 2014, 10:50:05 AM »
Opened a bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch last night and it is divine. Sorry Euge...$50 price point.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 24, 2014, 01:21:25 PM »
I don't know how we got on Vodka exactly, but my wife likes 360 Vodka.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:53:42 AM »
Just an update. Baker's turns out to be a little hot by itself for me. Took quite a bit of ice melt to take the beast. Basil Hayden's OTOH is sublime out of the gate. Also sublime is Four Roses Single Barrel.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lil Help
« on: April 21, 2014, 01:58:23 PM »
If a beer is served too cold hold it in your hand and allow it to warm. If you have a steward have them pull some of the bottles out to warm and if it is self serve pull them out to warm yourself.

FWIW - he would way more than pass with this score sheet. If you just looked at it at words on a page it is fantastic, but when you get down to the actual comments and usefulness of those comments that is when it becomes apparent this is not the sheet from a National or higher judge. Now on the bright side it won't take much work to get there. Better and more precise descriptors and solid feedback and he'd have it licked. And the beautiful thing is all it takes is several hundred beers to hone those skills. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lil Help
« on: April 19, 2014, 05:19:55 PM »
My thoughts, in no order:

Fill in the appropriate descriptor boxes.
Aroma lacking against what exactly?
It's not generally the entrant's fault when special ingredients are not presented to judges - just keep that in mind.
Saying "No thrill ride" could make an entrant want to throat punch you should they meet you, find different verbiage to say what you mean.

Aroma - sweet is not an ester. Aroma comments are not very precise. Citrus American hops is good, describe the sweetness in detail. If nothing else is present talk about what is not there, diacetyl, dms, etc.
Appearance - Seems you dinged for head retention, make it clear that is where the entrant lost points
Flavor - Not bad, but much of the response was hop flavor while malt discussion was an afterthought.
Mouthfeel - You dinged for something, again no apparent what. Use the cues given on the score sheet - any alcohol? Was it creamy? How about astringency? All I see discussed is carbonation and body.
Overall Impression - Zero suggestions on how to improve yet the beer was not scored a 50. That means there is room to improve, tell the "entrant" how even when evaluating a commercial beer to get in the groove of giving suggestions for improvement.

When I peel the onion the sheet is good, but has room for improvement. If I was an entrant and got something like this from a judge at competition I would be very pleased. If I was a grader and got this from someone who took the exam I'd probably land in the Certified range at best. My $0.02, HTH.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:27:57 PM »
Certainly would hope $10 or less per month wouldn't break the bank.

As far as the same as a 14 cf fridge, maybe an old one. The smallest fridge I could find was 14.8cf and it only eats 443 kWh per year. In fact I could find no fridge on the Sears site which used as much electricity as the kegerator. I was able to locate an upright freezer which used more. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:56:28 PM »

Let's see. The manual says 1.85 kWh (per day).

1.85 X 365 = 675.25 X POWER RATE

Rates are dependent, but the average in the us is about 12 cents.

675.25 x 0.12 = $81.03 / 12 = $6.75 per month

So at 12 cents it is less than my stated $10 per month, but not a lot less and if you live in some states it could be more than $10 per month. ;)

The Pub / Re: Computer - XP
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:10:25 PM »
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. ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Commercial Kegerators
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:04:54 PM »
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.

The Pub / Computer - XP
« on: April 12, 2014, 02:58:22 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Noob judge observations
« on: April 12, 2014, 12:19:23 PM »
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.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:47:28 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.

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 04, 2014, 05:48:06 PM »

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:40:21 AM »
^ great name

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

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 03, 2014, 11:28:12 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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