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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:52:20 AM »
One really stood out to me here: AleSmith hasn't lost a damn thing IMO. Amazing beers, but maybe that's just me. (No. It isn't)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 14, 2016, 05:29:50 AM »
I am jealous for those of you that could just drop off your entries instead of shipping them.

There will be a lot of complaints over the next month about "unfair advantage" in early regions, but what you mentioned would be worth way more to me than more time to re-brew

I always skim now, and generally keep doing things that are working.  YMMV

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:36:16 PM »
Hmm, mine still showing as on the truck, and the delivery location closed 30m ago.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:28:05 AM »
Judge more than a couple times, and you'll eventually decide that first beer that eventually "won" the flight shoulda maybe been a little higher. It is in our nature to try to leave room for that almost perfect beer to wow you. Re-tasting entries with similar scores separated by significant time is often a good idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:03:57 AM »
The right team of two/three lead judges could still get through a 30 beer mini-BOS.  They'll go through it faster than one of those silly situations where every judge participates and we've got 6 people of widely varying knowledge levels arguing.

Biggest I've seen was 7 teams for 64 entries. 19 in mini-BOS. 3 judges got through it quickly, and immediately kicked the 49/50 scoring beer when the not-blind-to-diacetyl palates tasted it.

Other times, with 4 teams doing 31 beers and the wrong (slow) people assigned to mini-BOS the rest of the comp was still waiting for them 90 minutes after everyone else was done...

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:44:10 AM »
re: "CON" logo...I guess we are too cool to color between the lines.  or is the "off-center" beer in the glass a nod to Sam/DFH?


process was very smooth, thx.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 08, 2016, 10:38:34 AM »
for the record, I don't agree with Mike, and the others who have had a fit when someone sent four.

Me?  No, I'm not sending 4.  But I'm a Grandmaster Judge.  I'm supposed to be the expert at the table.

I just have a hard time understanding the problem. 

I have had high ranking judges tell me I MUST push three, because maybe my third best beer is the third best overall.  Dude...Again, GM here.  If we cannot trust me when I say that our second best beer was a 21 and not medal worthy, then why are we bothering with a competition?!?

On the same note, I've had PLENTY of times where one team was very inexperienced.  I cannot judge all the beers, so if they have a hard time deciding between beers then I'll tell them to go ahead and push all 4.  I and the other lead judges can get through them quickly. 

Just judged with some newbies to cider, who pushed a loaded-with-vanilla C1A entry to mini-bos.  C'mon.  People should have more of a problem with THAT than if they had pushed 4.  An extra entry adds a minute to my mini-BOS.  Someone not sending the "your schwarzbier needs to be richer, more body, and more roast" to mini-BOS may rob someone of a medal.

Give the best beers a chance, and get the round over with as quickly and as smoothly as possible.  Not rocket surgery.



Is it acceptable to enter one beer in two different categories?

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Sure.  Tweener beers sometimes are a little like one style and a little like another.  Just don't expect it to dominate both...

yeah the people drinking my stuff for free never get why it isn't my job.  At least the ones that don't brew and don't know what's involved...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: February 28, 2016, 02:51:24 PM »
I've never required a signature and see no need for one here. (And have medalled with Sam Adams bottle)

I've got 4 ready to go; trying to decide on my last entries now.

Good luck

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 26, 2016, 07:52:00 AM »
 Amanda and I were lamenting Dennis Hopper is not still around to re-film the Blue Velvet "Pabst Blue Ribbon!" scene for us.

"What's your beer conference called?"
"Homebrew Con"
"HOMEBREW CON?! F*** THAT S***!  N! H! C!"


(Just having fun, think the name and reasons for change are silly, that's all. No real harm done.)

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 24, 2016, 10:25:00 AM »
At least until I get back on GC.....I'm mot convinced NHC needed a new name, but if it did, Homebrewcon ain't it.

"Don't I deserve a year off?" he said...I think we've seen what happens when we let Denny have his way. We should appoint "Denny HomebrewConn" for life!   8)

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 08:48:30 PM »
Jim... you handcuff cons right? at least escaped cons?

I have never liked "Con" because of the convict association... but I maybe the only person that feels that way. I guess it is slightly better that "Convent"... but that might be slightly fun for NHC.

Perhaps some club will do a "CONfessional" theme booth at club night. Hafta step inside and admit you "occasionally like me a few Natty Lights" before you're given the good Mead.

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: February 23, 2016, 07:51:09 PM »
we wanted to freshen the convention perception.

I'd love to hear what said perception is, and what "freshen" means, specifically

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