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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Zymurgy Top-Ranked Beers
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:24:11 AM »
I have a clear favorite beer, or at least a clear favorite 5-6 beers, but if giving a top 20, near the end I'm going to end up picking some famous beer I don't get that often.  I'm lucky if I get PtE twice a year, and it's terrific.  I'm guessing it'd be somewhere around #15 for me.  I like it better than almost every beer that made the top 50.  I think I'd put (fresh) Sculpin, The Abyss, and KBS ahead of it and nothing else. (Haven't had Heady Topper if someone wants to hook me up.  ;)  )  Thousands of people have reviewed Pliny online over the last decade, and I bet plenty of them have enough fond memories to put it there too.

Taking nothing away from the quality of the beers on the list, but it is kind of a most famous beers list, isn't it?

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this is a well-run competition that I'd recommend to fellow judges and from the feedback I read to brewers as well.  I made the drive to help out last year, and would do so again if I could.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Category for Coconut Porter
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:12:36 AM »

Basically we need to find these things before the Final Round.  Asking people to ship 3 more bottles at their own expense and then telling them "sorry, you're not eligible for a medal" is wrong.  (again, IMO)

cheers--
--Michael

Without knowing how the beers taste, how can you do this effectively?

The best beer of the category was kicked before it was opened.  They judged it anyway, but had already declared it ineligible for a medal based solely on the base style being "historical" and thus should be in 23.  My argument was and is that it is silly to kick out a gose because of this and not kick out coconut beers which should be in 21A.  There are gruits listed among the commercial examples in 20A anyway; pretty sure they are just as "historical"

I don't think we should have kicked out anything.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Category for Coconut Porter
« on: June 13, 2013, 05:41:01 AM »
from this forum a couple years ago...
good enough for me.


21a is the right place.  I'll clarify in the next set of guidelines.  The intent of fruit vs SHV beers is to keep to the culinary interpretation of the ingredient not the botanical one.  If (God help us) you made a tomato beer, it would be entered in 21a not 20.  Coconut tastes more like macadamia nuts and cashews than it does raspberries and cherries.  So it goes in 21.  I thought 'nut' was good enough, but apparently not.  That was the intent, though.

Nice find!

But didn't a coconut stout win Category 20 at last year's NHC? I think until the guidelines get updated we will keep having this question and have no clear answer.

EDIT: Yeah, "Koko's Nut Porter" won Category 20 last year.

I judged the category and tried to point this out last year but...
we had multiple coconut beers, and a couple of 16Es too.  *shrug*
IMO a blackberry gose with brett deserved the gold.  Every judge said it was the best.

Basically we need to find these things before the Final Round.  Asking people to ship 3 more bottles at their own expense and then telling them "sorry, you're not eligible for a medal" is wrong.  (again, IMO)

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Category for Coconut Porter
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:54:34 PM »
from this forum a couple years ago...
good enough for me.


21a is the right place.  I'll clarify in the next set of guidelines.  The intent of fruit vs SHV beers is to keep to the culinary interpretation of the ingredient not the botanical one.  If (God help us) you made a tomato beer, it would be entered in 21a not 20.  Coconut tastes more like macadamia nuts and cashews than it does raspberries and cherries.  So it goes in 21.  I thought 'nut' was good enough, but apparently not.  That was the intent, though.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who's going to NHC?
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:33:12 AM »
Looks like I'm in!

especially excited about that middle seat on the flight to Philly I just bought.   ;D


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC final round shipping address
« on: June 10, 2013, 07:40:18 AM »
Mine are heading out today too...should be there on Wednesday (not too long in a 100+ F degree UPS truck).

"only" 95 for me.  *sigh*  wish I could have gotten these out last week while in the 70's.

for next year:  Category 29 Hot Transit-Aged Beer

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC final round shipping address
« on: June 10, 2013, 06:51:48 AM »
good to know the addy is correct; mine are out today.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Copper does remove sulfur!
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:42:24 PM »
Is the copper coil chiller OK? Have not had issues but I always use my copper chiller
Some lager yeasts produce a lot of sulfur compounds after the copper chiller.

I'm experiencing that with WLP029 Kolsch yeast - sulfur bomb! I think it may age out with some lagering based on what I've been reading. If not, I'll throw a small piece of copper in the keg.  8)

Amanda, how warm are you going with 029?
I get way more sulfur when I let it get warm.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Naturally Carbonating a Keg
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:34:12 AM »
This thing is so much more awesome, though.

http://www.williamsbrewing.com/MINI-DUAL-C02-REGULATOR-P2650C148.aspx

Of course, you pay for that awesomeness.  It's on my "someday" list and I'll never be able to justify the cost.  But I have dreams.

FWIW, I have one and love it.  I don't think I'll ever justify the cost though.   Sometimes I do stupid things.  ;D

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Beer Recipes / Re: kolsch grain bill
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:09:38 AM »
That grain bill is fine.
I use 75/25 Pilsner/Kolsch malt with 029. 

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Ingredients / Re: BERRY, MEAD
« on: May 28, 2013, 11:04:11 AM »
I don't know their sugar content, but unless we're talking about a fairly small, dry mead, no I would not consider 12 lbs too much in 5 gallons.  If a really big, sweet mead I'd probably go even higher.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: First Roggenbier
« on: May 28, 2013, 09:11:04 AM »
after judging that beer in 2010 or 2011, I tried to match it with that recipe a few times.  Never came close, and yes, extremely sticky.

Good luck though; will be watching to see how yours comes out.

cheers--
--Michael

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that's awesome.  I'd send them something in support, but of course I have no experience with removing it from my home.   ;D

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The Pub / Re: West Sixth vs Magic Hat
« on: May 22, 2013, 05:36:04 AM »
the eight-pointed star right near the middle of the logo is what made me do a double-take.  Get rid of that, and I think it's plenty different.

but that, just, like, my opinion, man.

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