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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 31, 2016, 08:15:37 AM »
Weihenstephaner is fave if fresh, just remember to decipher the bottle date. If I remember correctly a bottle dated today would be 1146.

Paulaner is much easier to find fresh I've found but beware they use a 12-month best-by dating. So that 9/16 out there now isn't that fresh.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:30:34 AM »
Advanced 2 at 32. So as I said, mediocre, but then I've advanced with 33 before and gotten the Silver in Finals. And I do tend to make styles where a sizeable number of judges struggle.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:12:45 AM »
Got ours back, 3 good scores, 2 mediocre, 1 poor with comments like it was a different beer. And of course, the 2 mediocre scores advanced while 2/3 good scores didn't. It happens; looks like I've got some mead/cider blending and balancing to do.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:38:35 AM »
Got scores in the mail today for Indy. The best was a 41 for my 30A cider.  I didn't move on, so there were clearly some great ciders here. Kudos to Michael and those who did !

Nice cider score; if you've got a spare $20 you might send the 3 bottles you would have sent to Finals to GLINTCAP instead. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: March 27, 2016, 03:01:13 PM »
4 trad meads in Seattle. But ya know what? - more than one BEER category failed to advance 3 last year. Where does it end; do we decide 4 entries is not enough but 7 is?  11, but not 10?

The categories have been available for months; anyone not expecting a huge Specialty Category was simply not paying attention. This is one of a very small handful of comps that is about access to Finals, accolades for winners, and not about feedback. I enter where I think I have the best chance to win. So far, lager entry numbers are up; perhaps others are doing the same.

Frankly if I could do one thing it wouldn't be to even the categories, but to improve the first round judging by getting more experienced people.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:49:52 AM »
Bring it, Mr Worst Of All Condiments!   8)

Just like KCBM a couple years ago!! Good luck with 2nd place :P

I got 4 out of 4 this I love you guys in the middle of the country!

Gary Awdey ran out of time to send his paid-for cider to STL, or you would have just been schooled.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:31:08 AM »
NY, Seattle and STL results posted.

Bring it, Mr Worst Of All Condiments!   8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:27:45 PM »
You guys are nicer then me. I make them work for recipes. Amanda received a long-winded diatribe about dark malts before I gave her the recipe a couple weeks later.  I think of it as the timeshare presentation she had to sit through for Disney World tix.   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 05:11:55 PM »
If they say YOU can no longer brew it, then you should care (and laugh).

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:25:44 AM »
I appreciate the impossible job Janis has had to deal with, making everyone happy, but I did last year and still do feel like too much attention was paid to previous entry numbers in determining the current categories. No, there weren't a lot of Wild Ales last year...because there wasn't a home for them.  Unfortunately I feel like another tweak will need to be made to the categories as those Specialty styles aren't exactly getting less popular.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 21, 2016, 11:13:15 AM »

This won't be a popular opinion, but I believe it is a near total crap shoot.

If you can GET to the Finals I think the results there are legit. But I do tend to agree with the statement as far as first round goes. 

I mean, if I call something my best beer ever, and strongly considered entering the same delicious 16 month old Vienna this year, yet it scored my lowest score of all time a year ago? What else can I say BUT crapshoot? Even the one entry I moved on last year had terrible scoresheets showing no cider knowledge. The more experienced people we can get to judge the better, but it'll always have a non-zero crapshoot quotient.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 19, 2016, 10:50:11 AM »
Other than St Paul with Mead, and a few other small pockets of elite talent, I don't think any region is CONSISTENTLY harder than others. But in a given year some are definitely harder in some categories than others. Not sure I've ever seen an amateur comp with 32 Pilseners before, for instance.  If I'd known that would happen I'd likely have a picked another region as that entry was by far the most important to me. But you can never tell how popular a category will be.

Full regions vs not full can make a difference too; I believe STL had almost 200 fewer entries than the biggest region last year?

Finally it matters who is in the region with you. Both other entrants and the skill/exp/workload of the judge pool. I knew Sandy had a lot of judges coming and even had Gary Awdey judging cider so it was an easy choice made easier as it was early region/can concentrate on other things now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 02:07:53 PM »
0/3 beers. Will wait to see scores but hard not to be super disappointed.

Some regions got sheets before scores showed up online, others online first; depends on how fast they are mailed

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:27:11 AM »
Well so much for winning all 4 major awards. I guess everyone makes Pils now.   :-\

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 16, 2016, 09:15:34 PM »
Ugh, the hype word...

Too often this just involves (over)doing what is popular. I think not participating in that ridiculousness is different than going stale.

Had a guy visit my basement a while back, mostly complimentary but just couldn't understand why I didn't want to oak age several of my beers. And why wasn't I doing "advanced" (his word) stuff with wild yeasts?? ...Tour over, ya know?

Post on HBT couple weeks back said everything was underwhelming and he was just mixing all his beers with bourbon, which was much better. Mkay.

I guess I'm saying the hype trains have historically included too many like those two guys. I appreciate subtlety. I appreciate clean beer, lack of batch variability, and freshness. If I had a brewery, and lost some previous "hype" over some wax dipped "rare" monstrosity, I'd say Good Riddance... Maybe then I could make what I fricking want.



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