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Other Fermentables / Re: aging mead
« on: May 15, 2014, 09:36:07 AM »
you don't need to refrigerate, but unless room temperature is also 85F just leave it at room temp and forget about it for a while.  perhaps make a dry version in the meantime...

also, I see from the other thread that this a cyser.  Did you research the nutrient requirements of the yeast?  How about pH; have you been keeping track?

I've always heard it was beer nerds deciding which beer nerds get let into the club. (I'm still waiting the results of my exam...)

Except that the exams are graded blindly.

When grading, you have no idea what city's exam you'll get until the exam is being sent to you and the only identifying mark on an exam is a random number assigned to the examinee.

I am also waiting on the result of an exam, but I'm not posting false rumors on forums about it. :P

I know what you're saying, but I took the previous post to be talking more about what level of beer geekdom deserves to get into the "club" rather than what individuals. 
I do believe we have some graders who are too harsh.  I want a bunch more National judges, so they can help grade and I can grade less.   ;D

It's the people that complain about how long it is taking that annoy me.  I've had my co-grader lose their job or have an immediate family member have a medical emergency while we were grading.
I found 84 spare hours in a one-month period to grade my last set.  That's a ridiculous amount of time to volunteer for 20 exams, let alone the 9 I got.  Most don't take that long or I'd never do it again, but even the fast sets are a huge % of my free time to donate.  I would prefer people just said "Thank you" and accepted that a purely volunteer organization is going to take some time...



The Pub / Re: Suggest a Port?
« on: May 14, 2014, 08:34:46 AM »
lots of tasty stuff mentioned.

I prefer a fairly inexpensive aged 10-year tawny port.  I've had a little better, but this is the one that makes me happiest from an enjoyment/price standpoint.

my current bottles are labelled $28.99 though it doesn't seem to be sold locally anymore.  bummer.
Regardless of price I prefer it slightly over Taylor Fladgate (though I haven't done that fun head-to-head in a while and should revisit!)   8)

I almost had some last night, but went with some V. Sattui Madeira instead. 


Events / Re: Was the Philly BNA really that bad?
« on: May 13, 2014, 06:14:29 AM »
So is the consensus to attend or forgo?  This is my first NHC and am looking to take advantage of all that is offered, but if the general sentiment is save $50 and do something else then I don't have a problem doing so.

Cheers and looking forward to next month!

I have been happy going to NHC for many years without attending BNA ever.  Wednesday is a good night to see what's available locally within walking distance, which is usually quite a bit.

not that this will change Jeff's stance, but just a reminder that it is on Thursday night this year for anyone thinking about going.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:31:31 AM »
hey, are there any legal limitations on serving samples during seminars this year?

Such as not before a certain time of the day ala Philly?  Or perhaps certain commercial beverages not allowed if not distributed in MI, that sort of thing?

...just trying to make a fully informed decision on where I spend my time.   8)
I know that Moonlight Meadery is not allowed to serve their Sour Mead because of distribution laws.

PM me their room number and the secret knock when you figure it out, OK?!   ;D

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:31:51 AM »
hey, are there any legal limitations on serving samples during seminars this year?

Such as not before a certain time of the day ala Philly?  Or perhaps certain commercial beverages not allowed if not distributed in MI, that sort of thing?

...just trying to make a fully informed decision on where I spend my time.   8)

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:18:31 AM »
I would add that a lot of their problem has everything to do with size.  It is easier to turn a ski boat than a tanker.  Organizations have inertia, politics and lazy people (and dare I say unions).  It is a significant strategic advantage to be smaller when it comes to change and adaptation.
It is not the unions preventing BMC from adapting, that's just silly.

I know for a fact that AB is capable of making great beer.  Some friends of mine won a competition where the prize was being flown to St. Louis for VIP treatment and they brewed the winning recipe on a pilot system - something in the 10-30 bbl range, I don't remember.  The beer was nice and hoppy and the pilot version was great.  What happened to that beer?  They sent a few cases of bottles to my friends and dumped the rest down the drain.  Making and selling craft beer is outside their business model.

I guess I don't see the point of the brewday then.  What am I missing?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: High Fill, is this a thing?
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:07:06 AM »
as others have said, it helps with identification of possible concerns by the judge, and in a few cases, it helps reassure you that they judged your beer and no mixup occurred.

(if it says "bottle conditioned" and yours was from the keg, well...)

I also coach judges to not use negative wording here.  "Too full" gives a negative impression, "overfilled" a little less so.  "very full" is what I use in this case, or "filled to the top" when appropriate.

I've reassured dozens of entrants of this, but it seems to be worth saying again:
I've not met a single judge who removes points for fill level.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: To clone or not to clone
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:31:44 AM »
I think we are better off letting people do what they want to do.

+1.060, Steve.  Everyone has their own reason and way to brew.  No need to judge them or feel superior about your own reasons.
For instance, I prefer to brew beers with starting gravities under 1.060 ;)


The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:32:52 AM »
Favorite comment:  "It takes 18 extra minutes to choke that swill down."

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Final Round Cider Recipes
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:23:56 AM »
last year I used a combination of "brewers specifics" and "other ingredients" to get the point across.  Not sure how it would have looked in Zymurgy; I figured the editors would ask for clarification if I won so I didn't worry about it.

good luck...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:29:20 AM »
hardly important, but just curious:

do my cobrewer and I have to cut our blue/white ribbons in half or will we each receive our own?

(although, I do like the idea of a half a ribbon hanging in my basement.)   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:55:18 AM »
I'll be there starting that Tuesday; hopefully that doesn't scare anyone away.   8)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP moving up the ranks question
« on: May 02, 2014, 06:58:10 AM »
That's a nice chart. I keep reading all over BJCP that apprentice is disappearing, but they don't seem to actually be making it disappear.

well, what people keep telling me is that nobody fails anymore, so I suppose if that were true then Apprentice would disappear.

Though I did grade one exam in 2013 that did not pass. 

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Seminars Posted
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:26:50 PM »
"Cider Friday"...I like it. let's make it an annual thing.  8)

see you in Salon A-D on Friday the 13th! 

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