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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)

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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.

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

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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.

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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 ;)

+1.047

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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."
 ;D

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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...
--Michael

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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

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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)

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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. 

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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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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Utopias
« on: April 30, 2014, 06:49:14 AM »
my friend's review of Utopias was "a rabid alcohol-soaked rat clawing its way down my throat"

...I don't think it's that bad - basically the rat isn't rabid - but it's definitely not my thing.

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KS bill signed April 17th and published and official April 24th.  For the last 4 days we've finally been able to legally remove beer/wine/cider from the home and give it to others beyond immediate family.  We can legally hold a competition now too.

I'd like to thank the AHA for their help, the Kansas Homebrewers Alliance, people all over the state who talked to their representatives to educate them, and with a special shout-out to Steve Cook, who spearheaded this effort.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Second Round Recipe Entry
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:00:32 AM »
work in progress; Friday there wasn't an Edit button.   8)

I'm sure it will work soon.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:52:47 PM »
Thanks. I'm pretty happy with that. 38 may not wow some people but I know what it means. Especially if you look at the judge article in this month's Zymurgy

38.5 is a damn good score and very good for anyone's first comp effort.  Plenty of beers moved on with this score or below; you're not far off at all. 

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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: April 25, 2014, 03:32:00 PM »
Ha!  "Thaaaanks Amy" is a peach cider at my house.  Does she know she's famous?

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