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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:58:29 PM »
Is there any word yet on when the St. Louis Region for NHC will be held?  Just curious where it will fit compared to other midwest regions as far as planning brews.  Getting close to time to brew some of the beers for NHC and that 3-4 week window makes a pretty good differnce.

not officially.
However, I've seen the weekend of March 27th mentioned.  Take that FWIW.

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The Pub / Re: Epic Rant about 10 Barrel & AB/InBev
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:10:11 PM »
That article is total BS.  I wonder what the author would do on a similar situation.

Author makes it pretty clear.   ::)

stevefoolbody says:
November 11, 2014 at 6:29 am
YES, to reply directly to your question, I ABSOLUTELY would take the $3 mil from ANYBODY else who understands values and integrity over $5 mil from AB.

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Ingredients / Re: Vienna in a Kolsch
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:48:46 AM »
mine is 75% Pils, 25% Kolsch malt; Kolsch malt being fairly similar to Vienna I could definitely see giving it a shot.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cranberry Melomel
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:49:22 AM »
hmm, may have to get some of these Trader Joe's juices - look cheaper than the RW Knudsen stuff I usually buy (and love, especially blueberry.  Have to hide it though as I don't want anyone else drinking my $30/gallon juice)  ;D

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Best of the Northwest 2014
« on: December 11, 2014, 08:09:36 AM »
really great beers out there.  Always end up wishing I had more time for brewery stops on my all-too-infrequent trips back home.  Also wish I'd known about Wild Earth when I went zooming by on I90 on my way to apple country.   8)

(would like to see more lager categories in their list though.)
42 categories and only 3 lagers listed:
Best Beers: Lager
Best Beers: Pilsner
Best Beers: Dopplebock

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Other Fermentables / Re: Cranberry Melomel
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:37:25 AM »
when I use cranberry in mead - and I do it often - I often add a little hibiscus.  it gives me tannin, tastes like cranberry (and sort of a raspberry/rhubarb too but more cranberry than anything IMO) and of course the awesome color.

the only real "secret" I have to any melomel is that it is usually two meads.  I go over-the-top on fruit, then blend with a straight mead to get honey/fruit balanced.  I'm happier with the results than when invariably I don't have enough honey/fruit from a solo fermentation.

cheers--
--Michael

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:53:03 AM »
I think the problem is that the score sheet does not seem to match up with the style guidelines.  The score sheet shows 5 sweetness levels while the current guidelines only have 3, dry, medium & sweet.

http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/ciderintro.php
That should be OK, although judges should be told that the entrant only had three levels to pick. Still, if they don't it shouldn't be a problem.
 
Having the term for 'medium' changed to 'semi-sweet' presents a problem though when 'semi-sweet' has a different meaning on the scoresheet.

exactly.

I could have also said:
4:  Allow entrants to add specialty information to all ciders and meads.  Currently there is no ability to add such information to 27A and 27D.  I've always thought entrants should be allowed to list apples/pears, especially if single-varietal cider.  "semi-dry Golden Russet SV, lightly carbonated" solves the problem...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:21:23 PM »
Thanks Janis!

small request:  is it too late for a software update?

the software makes us choose between Dry, Semi-Sweet, or Sweet for Mead/cider.  This works OK with mead, as they are judged on 3 levels.

however, for us cidermakers, we are judged on a 5-level scoresheet:
http://bjcp.org/docs/SCP_CiderScoreSheet.pdf
Sweetness:  Dry  Semi-Dry  Medium  Semi-Sweet  Sweet

Effectively, the only ones we are allowed to choose are 1, 4, and 5 on the 5-pt scale...

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.
2. A smaller change:  change the middle of the 3 from "semi-sweet" to "medium" so that at least we can enter the actual midpoint of the 5 levels: 1, 3, and 5.  Note this would fit perfectly with the mead scoresheet which uses  Dry  Medium  Sweet
3. A request that all organizers tell their cider judges that entrants were not allowed to enter 2 of the 5 sweetness levels. 

...it sounds like a non-issue but I've gotten hammered in each of the last two Finals for "You entered this as semi-sweet but it is really semi-dry."    ::)

thank you
--Michael

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 04, 2014, 07:08:47 AM »
most of the regions and dates are on the BJCP calendar, just fyi.

bummer no KC region, but they deserve a break.  Also sucks Easter is in the middle there and so many regions are on one weekend, but I suspect there's nothing else that could be done - the spring gets awfully busy with events/comps.  Still, those 4/10 regions are going to have to store entries for 5 weeks or so before they ever judge them.   :-\

cheers--
--Michael

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Other Fermentables / Re: orange blossom honey online
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:15:29 PM »
I do love flying bee ranch - they introduced me to meadowfoam honey and I've made 4 batches of that mead with their honey, in addition to about a dozen batches from their other varietals - but for the orange blossom mentioned in the subject, I have been most pleased with Honey Pacifica.  On occasion the cold packed orange blossom has been a little maltier than I like but I haven't found any blossom aroma/flavor that I prefer elsewhere.  Makes one of those "I could share this, but then I wouldn't be able to drink it all myself!" meads.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Poem on Homebrewing
« on: November 26, 2014, 03:28:27 PM »
that's really cool man...you have quite the talent there...please post more often

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Saving a bad beer
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:23:36 PM »
Package as slug eradication kit
??
Profit

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flashback Brewday
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:26:30 AM »
got some LME among my prizes for medal win at NHC. 
I had planned to make starters, but maybe an extract batch is in order.

(note: if that sounds ungrateful, it was not meant that way.  it appears to be very high quality extract and I've kept it in my fridge since I received it.  My thanks as always to the competition sponsors.)

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Suppliers
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:16:29 AM »
I get at least half my equipment and 90% of my yeast from High Gravity.  The rest split between the usual suspect major online suppliers.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Another reason to enjoy home brew
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:30:57 AM »
but...microwaves turn water into Satan!

[Seinfeld "I'm out" gif]

 ;D

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