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I was going to say he probably doesn't have many troubles with fruit flies...but then his are like 5'3"

about what I expected.  I have to use a ton, roasted, for it to show.  Only time I entered it I mentioned the cinnamon but not the pumpkin.  Neither judge noticed it.  *shrug*

great stuff, thank you.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Farnum Hill "Dooryard" cider (Batch 1502)
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:30:10 PM »
Some Dooryard makes it out into distribution. Others are very small batches I believe.

There should be batch notes on their site, but I can't seem to access it right now

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Specialty Beer Ingredients
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:25:43 PM »
Not really sure what Jim's post was saying, but if OP wants to send me a couple I'll review one and put the other in front of the people that helped on the relevant guidelines.

A great many people have trouble understanding feedback on a test of knowledge vs a real scoresheet. As I mentioned offhand before I have reason to believe BJCP is working on improving Feedback/Overall. But that effort is outside my area of work, though arguably my biggest passion re: judging.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Specialty Beer Ingredients
« on: October 01, 2015, 08:34:35 PM »
OK, thx.
Let me just say that not everyone understands how to give feedback.
Pretty much anyone should be able to read style guidelines and say your beer missed the mark in these areas: a,b c.
Unfortunately that happens fairly rarely. I'm hopeful for some changes soon in this area.
I tend to think they did know what it was, but didn't know how to judge it.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Specialty Beer Ingredients
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:22:53 AM »

...from the comments, it sounded like either they didn't know it was a Grodziskie or they didn't know what a Grodziskie was.

can you be a little more specific about what they wrote that makes you think this?  thanks.

Ingredients / Re: Guava/PassionFruit Paste/Pulp
« on: September 30, 2015, 10:28:00 AM »
haven't brewed with them but thought of putting some in a mead with pectic enzyme.  Might be time for a small trial.  Up to now use it for smoothies and such.  Every brand I've bought said no preservatives, FWIW. 

And I'd echo that I wouldn't worry about haze in a saison anyway.

good luck; let us know!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Share Your 2015 Brew Season Stock Up
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:14:41 AM »
I'm pretty set for the moment at my new reduced brewing rate.  I got fermenter #s 27 - 30 purchased and ready to go though. 

ah, forgot.  Spent, like, a mortgage check on varietal honey.  Super painful; Keep telling myself it was worth it.   

The Pub / Re: AB Acquires Golden Road
« on: September 28, 2015, 09:35:59 AM »
cue the usual AB hate on the Golden Road fb page when they announced it.  Because you know the evil "bean counters" will demand rice and a bunch of GMO cost-cutting measures.   ::)

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Oktoberfest 2015
« on: September 21, 2015, 08:07:01 AM »
I'm far from a connoisseur of the style but I enjoyed the Left Hand Oktoberfest 6 pack I picked up last week. Just a touch less roasty and it would've been even better.

Not sure if they distribute outside of Colorado but I tried Prost's Marzen on tap over the weekend. It was perfect for what I like! As mentioned a lot, many examples are overly malty and sweet. This was perfectly balanced. Considering they specialize in making excellent German beers, I shouldn't be surprised. I still have yet to try Sierra's version.

I've not been very happy with the bottled versions of Prost's tasty on-tap beers, but I snagged a 6-pack of the Marzen at a liquor store before it was released at the brewery (didn't know that was a thing) and was very pleasantly surprised.  Liked it better than Sierra, probably better than Free State, just short of Ayinger, and my own.   ;)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2015 Category Question
« on: September 04, 2015, 08:31:27 AM »
judges understand character limits on entry forms, and almost everyone has a smart phone.  You could attach a more thorough description of the beer to the bottles.  However I've seen those sometimes passed on to judges and sometimes removed so at a minimum I'd also explain the situation to the organizer if going that route.

yeah, some people seem to have trouble with separating "biggest" or "most popular" or "favorite"...from "best"

Marshall -  good stuff, thanks.

side note, on a lot of the BJCP writtens that I grade I see people using extended protein rests, and very cool ones at that, on the recipe question.  Sometimes I have to question whether they are spouting something they read in a book, or if they've actually had success with this method.
I personally use brief, warm protein rests quite often, AND always use decoction for certain styles (I named one beer "Whatever Denny, *I* taste the decoction")  ;D

I'll reiterate - To each their own.  Whatever gets one the result they want - go for it.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick turn around on BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: August 16, 2015, 05:56:51 AM »

That's really the target all the grading teams should aspire to.

How about just a "Thanks graders, ADs, and EDs!"?  ::)
Because what I mean is 'that's really the target all the grading teams should aspire to'.  Not sure what exactly is eyeroll worthy about that.

As a grader, it becomes quite old to hear time and time again that graders need to do "x" or "y". It is a very thankless job, all the while listening to the peanut gallery about how and when it should be done. Meanwhile, I chugged away at another exam on my lunch hour... hence the eye roll.

For me its more that people forget what's involved and just say "slow graders" seems to take around 18 days to get the avg set to me, and on avg over a month after I turn it in to get closed out. So to get things closed in 2 months would leave me barely over a week to grade and write RTPs if everything else was avg.

So, my goal as a grader is to turn them around on my end in 1 month. I almost always make it.  Can't control the rest.

The Pub / Re: Devil's Backbone Vienna
« on: August 12, 2015, 06:55:32 AM »

 Yuengling Lager tastes decent, while DB Vienna is fricking delicious.

fixed it for the OP.

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