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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: B Nektar Zombie Killer
« on: July 13, 2014, 07:18:31 AM »
Honey/fruit balance is something I struggle with, and their blends are among the best.  Honey/apple/cherry are all everpresent and in balance.

fridge to glass to mouth in 5 seconds = great.  Once it warms very much the sweetness/balance is off for me but that's just personal preference.  just measured it at 1.027 or 28 at 61F.  I now pour a few ounces at a time into a glass and keep the rest stoppered and ice cold in the fridge.

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make sure it fits the specialty information you provide.  as in, ignore the recipe stats if necessary; don't say it is 50 IBU if it doesn't taste like it.

as it is,  "imperial American amber; 8%, 50 IBU" should get it a fair shake.

Thanks. Getting ready to register but it is asking for some keywords. Is that what you are referring to? This is only the 2nd comp I have entered.

yes, the part in quotes is what goes in the specialty information section that any beer in Category 23 is going to need.

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make sure it fits the specialty information you provide.  as in, ignore the recipe stats if necessary; don't say it is 50 IBU if it doesn't taste like it.

as it is,  "imperial American amber; 8%, 50 IBU" should get it a fair shake.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Free Beer Bottle Labels
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:56:07 AM »
too many batches; I only name/label the failures at this point.  Usually with some version of a "FAIL" meme

I'm planning to use an image similar to this one for if I ever make a mousy cider.


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the concept of allowing American citrusy hops in English Pale Ale and not in English IPA is one I find silly.  I believe it has to do with what was being brewed at the time of the guidelines, and note that the new draft guidelines include "A moderate to moderately-high hop aroma of floral, spicy-peppery or citrus-orange in nature is typical."  If a beer had the other aspects of a 2008 14A I'd not consider this a killer flaw.

If I were going this route I'd definitely use a little more characterful English yeast though, to drive home that it wasn't 'Merican.

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What will make things interesting is in a competition. Putting a table strength saison up against a Tripel.

since this information should be mandatory, I think it should be fairly easy for comp staff to split up the saisons, and make sure that table/super ones are judged with similarly sized beers.

It is a question I've got for the AHA though:  Do they foresee combining/rearranging categories for NHC next year?  Basically, if the guidelines aren't significantly changed further, would we have 40 medal categories consisting of exactly what has been released so far? 
'cause we're gonna have like 40 International Lagers entries, and 1000 American and Specialty IPAs...
And adding another 300ish entries to the final round judging.

ah, crap.  I'd forgotten.

How's the Clone Janis program coming along, I wonder?

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What will make things interesting is in a competition. Putting a table strength saison up against a Tripel.

since this information should be mandatory, I think it should be fairly easy for comp staff to split up the saisons, and make sure that table/super ones are judged with similarly sized beers.

It is a question I've got for the AHA though:  Do they foresee combining/rearranging categories for NHC next year?  Basically, if the guidelines aren't significantly changed further, would we have 40 medal categories consisting of exactly what has been released so far? 
'cause we're gonna have like 40 International Lagers entries, and 1000 American and Specialty IPAs...

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the local "fizzy bug" in my parts sticks to the sides of the bottle even better than just about any pesky Belgian yeast.  Someone with suspect sanitation practices brings such a bottle to just about every club meeting I go to. 
If it doesn't rinse off, I have soaked/scrubbed and re-used bottles, but it's generally not worth the effort for me to scrub with so many bottles on hand.  YMMV.  So, if you want to do the work, I would not worry about being able to sanitize your bottles again.

You should also not have a problem sanitizing any equipment that came in contact with it, but then again, how expensive is a little tubing and a new bottle filler?  $5?  And review all sanitation practices, as usual.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Scores
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:18:18 PM »
39 for a bronze last year.  silver and gold both got 39 this year too.  Yes, everything loses a few points in the finals I've found.  The light lager medals I awarded scored 37-40 too.
had a co-brewer effort on IPA that lost a couple points since March but that was expected.  Still happy with 37.5.

common cider...ugh.  34.5.  I've served my cider to several of you and it's better than that.  Pretty close to medaling this time so I'll ignore the score and wait for the better/updated guidelines.  Actually I guess that is an improvement on my cider scores from last year. 

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:16:54 PM »
sorry if that was too Full Enginerd for present company. 

I didn't calculate it; I've just memorized the number from scores of top pressure discussions my friend (who did calculate it) and I have had with internet denizens over many years. 

I'll reiterate:  If something works, keep doing it.  I've had at least a couple of Drew's saisons and they are excellent.   

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cidre noche
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:46:54 PM »
I'd head on up to the Wenatchee area and visit Snowdrift, especially whenever they release that red-fleshed apple cider again.  But yeah, Nat's Revival Dry is a great cider.  Among the trio of PT area cideries I prefer Alpenfire, but you can't go wrong with Finn River either.

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 12:48:38 PM »
if something works, keep doing it.  I think most people understand this.

Personally I'm just not afraid of 0.036psi (0.2% above ambient) from a 1" column of water in my airlock.

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:15:49 AM »
I've never had a problem or "stall" with Dupont either.  I follow the same pitching/temp profile as Drew.

Though I use an airlock.  Always.   8)

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Zymurgy / Re: Saison Article in July/Aug 2014 Issue
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:10:02 AM »
I noted the Dupont 1 vs Dupont 2...is there really a difference between 565 and 3724?  Always wondered but had just assumed they were the same.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Thinking about trying my had at mead
« on: June 25, 2014, 05:11:49 PM »
OP, have you narrowed down what you want to do, style-/alcohol-/sweetness-wise?

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