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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:41:38 AM »
I was mildly surprised to get 5 entries.  Wonder why interest is down.

Personally, the calendar just got away from me.  I don't have as many entries ready as I was planning on.

yeah, it happens.  With what's going on in my life I haven't brewed even 1/4 as much as I did in recent years.  ...But I've got every single BJCP style of cider and mead in my basement, so I could take as many extra entries as they want to give.  ;D 

I'm in Indy too Jeff...I suspect it'll be tough sledding there but after a recent STL trip I felt better about the Indy judge pool.

good luck--
--Michael

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 11, 2016, 08:39:12 AM »
I'm actually considering doing a 6th beer to have just in case they come back and bump it up again like last year.

Same here.

Already ahead of ya.  ;)

ugh, you're gonna beat me with my own recipe, aren't you...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: COTY Rules
« on: February 10, 2016, 12:11:02 PM »
I support the new rules, though with difficulties winning any medals, and no minimum entrants/winners for the award, I wonder how well it'll go over when eventually one elite brewer or meadmaker wins COTY by themselves.  *shrug*

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 10, 2016, 11:47:58 AM »
I was mildly surprised to get 5 entries.  Wonder why interest is down.  Hopefully people have taken "send your best/get feedback elsewhere" to heart.

Good luck to everyone.
Cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 25, 2016, 11:31:36 AM »
Everything is ready or lagering and almost there. 

Ima finally get that Major Award this year.   8)
It would be nice to get out of the first round again. Been striking out the last couple of years.

(Stuff) happens  (or "Nashville happens" as I said last year)
at the banquet in SD I said I had two goals for Balt - 1) win all 4 Major Awards and 2) get Boo'd louder than the Brewing Network for #1.  haha; hey a man can dream.

good luck to you all--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Coming Fast
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:46:30 AM »
Everything is ready or lagering and almost there. 

Ima finally get that Major Award this year.   8)

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The Pub / Re: Chocolate stash
« on: January 22, 2016, 11:09:15 AM »
My favorite are the scotch whisky ganaches from Theo in Seattle.

Theo used to have several single-origin semi-dark to dark chocolates.  The Madagascar wasn't that dark, like 56%, but had the most beautiful fruit notes, and made magnificent pairing with a ~3-year old Stone IRS.

I miss that stuff. 

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just going to toss this out there and leave the room   ;D

"BJCP-Trained and Sh**ty Palates are not mutually exclusive"

thanks for the data.


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Amanda, any idea how many paid entries are in so far?

I'm hoping to get my <blank> together and get a couple entries out to this.  I can't let Wilcox sweep the cider categories :)

I'm not entering; knock yourself out.  Prizes are tempting though.
I'll head up to judge if possible.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Questions about competitions...
« on: January 12, 2016, 09:50:16 AM »

Sorry, should have said that in the post exam discussions the judge indicated that they could tell that it was PU.  Interestingly, my friend and I both indicated that we also though it was PU... that had been spiked.

ugh.  Reminds me of the BOS event a year ago where one of the BOS panel was absolutely convinced the winning beer was his and thus he shouldn't have been there.  It wasn't his.

Never assume you know what the beer is.  I don't care what your ranking is.



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Good stuff.
On a side note I like to occasionally visit local clubs on my travels, and present one of my best beers to them as "wife got me a Mr Beer; let me know what you think". Then leave them wondering who the savant is. I'm not a nice person.   ;D

Note this only works when your face isn't instantly recognizable among brewers. 
On a serious note, it does tell me a lot about how friendly, helpful, welcoming clubs are to noobs, and if any are set in their ways on styles.

Thx
--Michael

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Pinedrops IPA
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:48:40 AM »
I certainly could be an acquired taste.

Unintended great description of most of us here.  8)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Pinedrops IPA
« on: December 25, 2015, 07:10:36 AM »
I really liked the beer. Other than a fairly underwhelming aroma after so many intense, often fruity hop bombs, every other aspect of flavor, mouthfeel, balance, unobtrusive alcohol, really hit my sweet spot for IPAs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opinions on Homebrewing Equipment
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:02:09 AM »
Simplicity in my brewing is the only thing that lets me afford the amount of honey and cider apples I buy.  I suppose *needing* to acquire a new expensive honey could be similar though.

For actual gear acquisition, I'm familiar with this more through my reefkeeping than brewing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Quadruple & the BJCP Guidelines
« on: December 08, 2015, 01:07:21 PM »
I've made/entered their recipe; 44 pts under the old BSDA number. No one blinked an eye at the color fwiw.

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