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General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: June 21, 2011, 12:55:19 PM »
There is a tome of information regarding the exam analysis and judge ranks in the Database section of the BJCP website. Of course 60% or greater is passing.

The Pub / Re: Potential brewpub location
« on: June 21, 2011, 06:45:34 AM »
Maybe it's just me, but free ain't the kind of research I would do right now. I'd go ask why the other business failed. Find the owner of it and simply ask or ask the businesses in the area.

In most of the US you must have either great food or great beer. If you don't have either, even a great location won't sustain your business forever. The best brewpubs, IMO, have good food and excellent beer. However in France I can imagine you must have excellent food to sustain since the country is known for it's food. Food adds a layer of complexity to the mix that most of us probably aren't skilled enough to handle on our own.

Whatever you do, get equipment which is larger than you think you will need. No one ever said they have too much capacity.

The Pub / Re: Potential brewpub location
« on: June 21, 2011, 06:01:09 AM »
Neat looking, but my question would be what do you need to be successful in France? Would it take architecture or the beer/food?

My biggest concern would be how to get your equipment inside...

Here's the ones for CARBOY, but they are not quite up to date. We recently did a minor revision to the calendar year.

Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:28:44 AM »
FWIW - the person from my club said he filled that in, no dice...something is being left off if the club is on some, city on some and nothing on others.

Beer Travel / Re: San Diego
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:26:53 AM »
I enjoyed the Sourfest at the Blind Lady. Hamiltons Tavern was recommended, but we didn't make it there.

Toronado was fun, but for some reason I like the vibe of the SF location better.

Churchills Pub in San Marcos is worth a visit if you're in Escondido, have been to Stone and Lost Abbey/Port and still feel you need some additional beer.

Events / Re: NHC San Diego Update
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:20:20 AM »
It would be nice if all the talks could be recorded. I know I attended two where the PowerPoint had no verbiage and another where there was no slideshow. On another we had technical difficulties and really didn't even start the slides until halfway through the talk. A recording would at least capture the verbal portion of the presentation.

Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:15:32 AM »
I had nothing on mine so I wore my BJCP badge the entire time. Several had our club and one from our club had her city listed.

If they are making the change, include the name they want displayed on the badge. One of the guys in my club always has to put a sticker over his to display his nickname instead of his real first name which he never uses. I guess long ago he signed up for the AHA using his full name and it stuck.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re:
« on: June 21, 2011, 04:08:18 AM »
Wow, good luck to you. If the course is going to ultimately cost $250 your class size is certainly going to be self limiting  ;)

Might want to put on your thinking cap about what you are presenting. The exam format will change for first time examinees and ANYONE with less than a National score around the first of 2012. Current judges would be required to retake the taste to earn a National or better taste score BEFORE being able to sit for the separate essay exam. Prospective judges will take a timed online M/C, T/F and fill in the blank exam which will be either Pass or Fail. If passed they will be able to take the taste portion and that will determine their rank. The highest rank one can achieve with the online exam and taste combined is Certified. Those questions for the online exam will not be publicized and the question pool will have thousands of questions which will be randomized with randomized answers. (What is A on one exam may be C on another.) The taste exam will move from 4 beers to 6 beers.

On the traditional exam, history has shown an 80-85% passing rate so your guarantee to pass is practically guaranteed not to fail  ;D

EDIT: In case you missed it

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
« on: June 20, 2011, 01:29:05 PM »
I'm glad you guys posted on this today, reminded me I have a bottle of Enigma I need to drink ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Blending beer
« on: June 20, 2011, 01:21:53 PM »
So not really a blend, but one of my favorites is to get a pint of "The Love" hefeweizen by Starr Hill and a pint of "Choklat" Imperial stout by Southern Tier. Something about that Hefe and that Stout and having a sip of one and a sip of the other back and forth is just excellent. Reminds me to do that again on Monday when I hit the bar where both are routinely on tap ;)

Events / Re: AHA Forumite Meetup
« on: June 19, 2011, 03:10:49 PM »
I forgot...oopsy...

Beer Travel / Re: Westvleteren 12, where to get some....
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:17:56 AM »
It appears thirsty is right. A buddy in BE right now went to a bar where it wasn't when we tripped there many moons ago and now it's right on the menu. Figures...

All Grain Brewing / Re: direct fire mash tun
« on: June 12, 2011, 02:02:41 PM »
Woops. Edited for your protection ;)

All Grain Brewing / Re: direct fire mash tun
« on: June 12, 2011, 07:57:32 AM »
It's what I do, stir anytime you are adding heat and then a few minutes after you turn off the heat. Works great for me.

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