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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:43:47 AM »
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:34:10 AM »
the drying finish, crispness but short of tartness, and decent carbonation level do tend to emphasize hops/bitterness a bit.  Any yeasty or protein creaminess in this will hurt the impression IMO.

I have no experience with FWH in Kolsch.  Hmm...

How's the 029 yeast character right now?

my only issues with the yeast, which I love, is while it ferments better low, if there is not a good sized pitch it can struggle at low temp.  My first effort with the yeast refused to work at all until warmed to 70F.  At that temp it makes a decent amount of sulfur. When warmer it also makes the fruitiness, while still very pleasant, excessive for this delicate style.  In such a case I had good results with 4/5 Kolsch and 1/5 American Light Lager in the keg to bring back into style range.  But for you, too warm does not appear to be likely at 62.

...I'd give it a bit more time in the fridge and keep tasting as it clears.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:24:33 AM »
paid for my additional entry.  Got the confirmation e-mail that cc had been charged.  However when I paid it just logged me out, and the entry remains marked unpaid.

just fyi; I'm sure it'll get worked out.

edit:  looks like Janis or one of her minions have fixed it; thanks!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:02:42 AM »

I would request one of the following in order of preference:

1. A software change that lets us enter all 5 sweetness levels present on the scoresheet.
 

fyi, this was done.  Also, 27A allows specialty (apple variety, etc) information, another thing I mentioned.

Nice job paying attention to entrant concerns AHA - much appreciated.

cheers--
--Michael

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where does Dark Mild end and Brown Porter begin? 
...that sort of thing.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015
« on: February 10, 2015, 08:05:10 PM »
So how many usually make it through the first round?

it'll be around 1000 that make it through, out of around 9000 if all regions are about full.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:29:56 PM »
Wait a minute!  You guys have already gotten notified about the number of beers getting accepted into NHC?

I have heard nothing yet...
patience...

"Congratulations, you have been accepted to enter the 2015 National Homebrew Competition!

We were able to accommodate all applicants for this year’s competition with a maximum of four entries per entrant—the same entry cap as last year’s competition.
PLEASE NOTE:

Entrant notifications are being sent in staggered groups, but if a large number of entrants are attempting to access the software at the same time you may experience slow speeds. If this is the case, you may come back later to finish your entry payment, so long as it is completed by the deadline of 11:00 PM Pacific time on Monday, February 16.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:54:30 PM »
dying to know what demand is...if we all got what we requested, would we have 15000 entries?  20K?   :o

apparently lower than I thought...

whatever - I'm happy to be in with my 4 again.



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Equipment and Software / Re: Beer Saver on kickstarter
« on: February 10, 2015, 11:40:17 AM »
looks neato, and I'm glad the AE background came in handy, but this particular Aerospace Engineer will keep using these:


(or maybe GaryG could sell his Club Night wig collection and get Pop & Stop for all the Final Round judges? Thanks man!)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 12:30:39 PM »
to each their own.  I only care that the beer a system makes is beautiful.  I mean, I am so far from good looking it isn't funny; shouldn't my system be kinda ugly too?   ;D

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:07:44 AM »
dying to know what demand is...if we all got what we requested, would we have 15000 entries?  20K?   :o

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: B. E. A. UTIFUL day for a brew day!
« on: February 09, 2015, 07:00:09 AM »
you should split up the batch and dry hop portions with Saphir, Motueka, and Mosaic!

also, let me know when the mango hefe is ready.

 ;D

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:07:01 PM »
Yeah I won't be entering this competition next year. What's scary is to quote the coordinator "It gets judged the same no matter what category it is in". Uh, no, how it gets judged is highly dpendant on the style guidelines for that category. We've traded emails back and forth, but that this point I'm going to demand the original category, then contact BJCP to file a complaint.

*sigh*
if it is not in the category you want it, then they owe you $8 IMO.
I agree. And I'm really speechless about this.

well, at least SOMETHING good came out of all this!
;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:15:36 PM »
Yeah I won't be entering this competition next year. What's scary is to quote the coordinator "It gets judged the same no matter what category it is in". Uh, no, how it gets judged is highly dpendant on the style guidelines for that category. We've traded emails back and forth, but that this point I'm going to demand the original category, then contact BJCP to file a complaint.

*sigh*
if it is not in the category you want it, then they owe you $8 IMO.

Entrants are responsible for putting the beer into the category they desire.  Although somebody may suggest a different category, it should only be a suggestion.

exactly.  It's his entry and he put it where he wanted it.  Now, have I had some who put a beer in the wrong spot and didn't understand it, as it was their first competition?  sure.  I called them and asked if I could move their coconut porter from 12B to 21A.  Once they understood, they were happy I contacted them.

Ross isn't a noob.  IMO an organizer should respect his wishes or refund his money.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Competition changes your category
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:51:07 PM »
Yeah I won't be entering this competition next year. What's scary is to quote the coordinator "It gets judged the same no matter what category it is in". Uh, no, how it gets judged is highly dpendant on the style guidelines for that category. We've traded emails back and forth, but that this point I'm going to demand the original category, then contact BJCP to file a complaint.

*sigh*
if it is not in the category you want it, then they owe you $8 IMO.

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