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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: April 23, 2018, 03:16:40 PM »
Philly finished judging yesterday.
(KC did too, and CHI was just about done last I talked with someone there.)
Good luck to everyone, and I'll see ya in Portland
Wow, KC results already up. Talk about efficiency!
Nice job!

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I was pleased to hear your name when they were announced in KC; good luck in Finals, Mac.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: April 22, 2018, 12:53:23 PM »
Philly finished judging yesterday.
(KC did too, and CHI was just about done last I talked with someone there.)
Good luck to everyone, and I'll see ya in Portland

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Homebrew Con 2018 / Re: Getting to homebrewcon anyway
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:56:08 PM »
awesome, glad to hear. Another absurdly long road trip for me, but my first trip home in several years. Even got my hometown club to adopt me for the week so I can pour something at Club Night.

see ya all in June

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping issue with NHC Philly
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:59:31 PM »
FedEx or UPS account
pre-printed and pre-attached label

at my usual dropoff spot they just smile and say thank you when I drop it on the counter and tell them to have a nice week.  They like that they have to do less work.

at an alternate spot across town they like to ask "what are you shipping?"   "Gifts. Thanks, have a good day."

I feel like some people are going in there looking guilty, and it shows.  ;D

It was pre printed and pre attached. I’ve never had issues shipping bottles before. She said it just started this week, so past shipping successes don’t really matter.

I’m sure it wasn’t that I looked guilty, she said this to me before I said a word to her.

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sry, I gave my usual response to this oft-repeated question not looking at your "new this week" post that seems to indicate it would be different this time...
I'm about to go pick up some alcohol being held for me at FedEx, so I'll ask if they have a new policy.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping issue with NHC Philly
« on: March 29, 2018, 05:30:24 PM »
FedEx or UPS account
pre-printed and pre-attached label

at my usual dropoff spot they just smile and say thank you when I drop it on the counter and tell them to have a nice week.  They like that they have to do less work. Occasionally I get a "need a receipt?" so I preface with "I'm all set" at this point.

at an alternate spot across town they like to ask "what are you shipping?"   "Gifts. Thanks, have a good day."

I feel like some people are going in there looking guilty, and it shows.  ;D


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Zymurgy / Re: Zymurgy Best Beers Survey (and free swag)
« on: March 09, 2018, 04:15:11 PM »
I'm going to go ahead and be pedantic because, well, I can...

is "Best Beers IN AMERICA" - 1) beers from American Breweries, 2) Beers that are Distributed in America, 3) Beers that People In America Say are Best? or 4) "We know we said America but anyone who pays AHA dues and lives in other countries can vote for their faves too"

Even though it sounds like it would be #1, I know I've voted for Orval before (and will again - in fact you all should too!), and I've seen foreign beers on the list. Just sayin'

as for Gary's #2 comment...while the numbers gave me pause, it feels like an "all publicity is good publicity" statement. And we've all seen the list denigrated in other places by people who had no idea that it was our list of favorite beers.

I'm going to go vote now...but, sorry Gary - I think it's silly.

/soapbox

cheers--
--Michael

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I just hope the knockout party is a little better than last year.  But it was the first one so I'm willing to give it a pass.

What was it that you didn't care for?
as a medal winner, was it really important that I stand outside for a half hour before I could come in?  Eventually I just wandered over and came in anyway.

Agreed

This isn't a "knock" on it so much as an observation - the conference is over early enough at this point that I may just drive up to see family in Olympia Saturday afternoon rather than stay an extra night in my $233+tax/night hotel room.  Hmm...

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I just hope the knockout party is a little better than last year.  But it was the first one so I'm willing to give it a pass.

What was it that you didn't care for?
as a medal winner, was it really important that I stand outside for a half hour before I could come in?  Eventually I just wandered over and came in anyway.

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Questions about the forum? / Re: Homebrew Con
« on: March 07, 2018, 05:34:06 PM »
I've never seen such a lack of evident enthusiasm for the conference before. I hope that is just on the various forums and sales have still been strong.

FWIW, I'm going, and am staying at a nearby hotel. I may be looking for a west coast club to adopt me for Club Night so I can pour stuff.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:34:58 PM »
like a lot of people I logged in and saw that I had entries before I got the email.
Just sayin' people should be proactive if something is important to them, not sit waiting until deadlines potentially pass while emails are lost in cyberspace or spam folders.

I didn't even think I could do this, but looks like I have two entries for Chicago. Registered on the last day, haven't gotten an email yet though. My question is: I have 72 hours to pay for entries from when I get an email. If I don't get an email, how do I know when I have to pay? Question 2: if I understand the dates and deadlines in the link below, I have until March 30th to declare a style for my entries?

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/national-homebrew-competition/dates-deadlines/

Yes on the second part about March 30th.
As to the first, if the alternative is possibly having missed an email and thus your 72 hours has already started, I'd just go ahead and see if you can pay now, ya know?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: WLP585 Belgian Saison III
« on: February 14, 2018, 05:25:33 PM »
can't help, just chiming in that that's annoying; it was a favorite of mine.  >:(

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2018 National Homebrew Competition
« on: February 14, 2018, 03:20:41 PM »
like a lot of people I logged in and saw that I had entries before I got the email.
Just sayin' people should be proactive if something is important to them, not sit waiting until deadlines potentially pass while emails are lost in cyberspace or spam folders.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition- Category selection
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:22:06 PM »

Molasses Mead- This was a mead I made that I substituted molasses for some of the honey. I also added vanilla bean and oak cubes during the secondary. M4C Experimental Mead Category???  Yes

Maple Mead- For this mead I substituted some of the honey for maple and then added vanilla bean in a secondary. M4C Experimental Mead Category???  Yes

Orange Ginger Mead- This is a very dry mead that ginger and orange peel was added to. M3A Fruit and Spice Mead????  Orange peel is treated as a spice, not Fruit, so you're in Spice, Herb, Vegetable, M3B

Peach Vanilla- Semi sweet mead that had peach and vanilla added during a secondary. M3A Fruit and Spice Mead???   Yes

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 1st Competition
« on: January 22, 2018, 03:18:35 PM »
I assume the "wild" refers to the blackberries and not some kind of wild fermentation?

you enter it how it tastes. So if it tastes like a blonde ale with blackberries, that's what you write in Specialty Information for 29A. However that is a fairly flavorful fruit, and a fairly low character style. Is the base style overwhelmed by the fruit? Do they work well together? If you read the guidelines for Blonde ale, do you get the characters it is talking about under the fruit? If not, don't expect it to do that well. Just a warning and preparation for some frustration.
I wouldn't worry about the honey as you didn't add much and some to almost all of the character will ferment out, depending on the honey. It's not an unheard of flavor in blonde ale anyway.

good luck, and welcome to the madness.
--Michael

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https://www.experimentalbrew.com/podcast/episode-51-far-out-fargo

Once more it's feedback - this time on the safety of canned starters and our cider episode. Denny gets his mushroom correction on. We stop by the pub to talk a whole bunch of beer news, including GABF breweries, more water canning, how a Ninkasi winner got his brewing shut down and how one restaurant stepped in to save a whole bunch of breweries from losing their kegs. In the brewery, Drew walks through a little math and a spreadsheet for brewing that he uses. In the lab we revisit the keg purge experiment with a couple of listeners feedback. In the Lounge, Drew sits down last year with John Wilkinson, the organizer of the Prarie Homebrewing Companions' Hoppy Halloween Competition and would you look at that - entries are open for this years comp! Then we hit a few questions , a quick tip, and we remember Tom Petty because seriously.

haven't listened but I assume this is about the '17 winner, or, half of the duo I guess?  I was just reading about that.  Suffice to say I think it is super lame. 

edit - let me echo that Hoppy Halloween is one of the best competitions people can enter.  And I'm not entering this time, so ya'll have a chance.   ;)

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