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Other Fermentables / Re: My First Judged Mead - A Berry Melomel
« on: October 01, 2014, 06:42:19 AM »
Overall Impression was 4 out of 10 - "Nose is raspberry flavor and strawberry, dry and astringent with upper fruit sweetness. Light alcohol"

sounds like Overall Impression was a re-hash of what they had already said... 
Did they give anything that was an actual, you know, overall impression?  Talk about balance?  Acidity?  Did they say any of the characters were unpleasant?  Note how it might be improved?

Sounds like you have a bit of a honey/fruit balance issue, but that is common.  Also, note that dry meads do not necessarily have a lot of honey character, so it can be especially difficult to get good honey/fruit balance with these.  Astringency...well, they apparently didn't really say whether it was unpleasant.  Strawberries are not the most tannic fruit.  Metallic is not good, but let's tackle that later. 

when dealing with similar balance issues on something fairly dry, I will pour myself some of the melomel and slowly start blending in some sweet Traditional Mead in the glass, something with a nice wildflower or orange blossom aroma.  It usually doesn't take much.  I can't speak of the tannin level you've got and whether it is appropriate...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First HB Contest
« on: October 01, 2014, 04:50:55 AM »
Thanks.  Yeah Jim, I think the only positive post I read about Wyeast 2112 in an Oktoberfest was from you.

you should read more of my posts then.  ;)

I use it in my schwarzbier, with good results.
(and, congrats!)

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 Location in San Diego?
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:03:43 PM »
OP seems satisfied, but just in case anyone was alarmed, it appears San Diego Comic-Con is 1 month after NHC; you don't have to choose which to go to.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Preparing for National Competition
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:52:56 AM »
And, you might get quicker feedback locally

more/better feedback too.
I get that not everyone agrees with me here, but I'm on record that I view feedback as critically important in competitions EXCEPT things like NHC and MCAB Finals. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Preparing for National Competition
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:14:37 PM »
use a calendar and start going backwards from a probable NHC Finals deliver-by date. 

give your beers enough time; rare is the beer that is not improved by cold conditioning.  Way too many green beers in this competition.

I brewed a ton of stuff between Halloween and New Years last year but I do higher % of lagers than most.

Brewing the day after thanksgiving worked out for me this year; I'll probably do that again just out of superstition.

good luck--
--Michael

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you picked some good ones, certainly.
caravienne is probably, along with Belgian caramunich, my personal favorite.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Icicle Crosscut Pilsner
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:41:15 PM »
damnit; I just drove through Leavenworth couple weeks back.
ironically I was in a hurry to cross the pass and head north for another pilsner, at Chuckanut.

sounds like I missed out; good description.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Category 8 NHC Winner was out of style
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:21:48 PM »
I see that the winner entered the beer as an 8B Special Bitter, not an 8C Strong Bitter, which is the category in which it should have been entered based on the recipe's original gravity.  The recipe is still out of style for 8B. With that O.G. that exceeds the style guidelines by 5 gravity points and a grist that contains 21% crystal malt, that beer had to be bigger than every other beer in the flight.  Exceeding the upper gravity limit by 5 points is pushing it in my book (some would call it cheating).

riiiiiight.  because only one person in the category made a beer at the top/above the top of the style.  ;D

...check out previous years' winning recipes.  It's not a new thing.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Summit Saga
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:47:28 AM »
if you/your system generally need carapils to turn out to your liking, then OK - use it.
otherwise, I don't see how it's going to help you here, and could detract slightly.  Personally I'd say do what you can to get that FG closer to 1.008.

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Other Fermentables / Re: First time cider maker.
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:29:59 PM »
While we are talking cider is it better to age cold or at room temp to get cider drinkable faster? I put a keg of cider in the fridge to cold crash and just left it there to age. leave it or pull it? it is not even a month old but I want to rack, sweeten and drink ASAP.

I suppose it depends on just how "not ready" it is.  How'd it taste? 
"Drinkable" generally happens quite quickly. I aim a little higher and do everything low and slow when it comes to cider. 

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baby steps, and an improvement.  Congrats!

and... "The National Homebrewers Conference...is expected to draw 4000-5000 attendees in 2015..."

dayum, that's big!

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The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:08:42 AM »
Sometimes I look at friends buying boats, or taking lots of vacation, and I wonder how they do it all on the same income I have. Then I remember I have no debts and I'm maxing out contributions to my 401(k) and IRA every year plus saving and investing on top of that...

with me it's the friends who have the boats and other luxury possessions, and then give me **** for going on vacation. "You just went on vacation last month too...Must be nice"

umm...

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Zymurgy / Re: Login Problems
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:40:59 AM »
it worked for me yesterday but not this morning.  Chrome, IE, Firefox.

side note:  I really thought I was better looking than that.   :-[

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing calendar
« on: August 14, 2014, 07:23:44 AM »
my brewing calendar is basically a "Competition Calendar" and a "when will I run out of Kolsch...better rebrew" calendar.

I continually have people in my club whine that they're not ready for NHC or some other major competition.  Please.  You know when it is a year in advance.  Start backing things up from that date.  Black out dates for when your fermentation chamber is going to be full and find spaces for those other batches.  Can't make that Kolsch while the Vienna is in there, but maybe go get that yeast started when you start the d-rest on the previous.  Arrange things around, get things turned in at peak freshness, and if they're going to have to sit keep them damn cold and away from O2.  No excuse for green beer in a competition.  Had a nice glass of Gold Medal Dunkel last night; brewed it over Thanksgiving weekend.

/rant

as for seasons, in the winter I use an unheated guest room loaded with carboys filled with cider and mead.  In the spring I make a big stout or two that will last through the next winter.  In summer I make saison, generally 4-5 of them.  In summer and early fall I'll also make 28B out of 3711 and storebought juice as I wait for the next crop of apples.  After that I usually make a bunch of hoppy beers to take advantage of the new hops.  Lagers and Kolsch are year round efforts in my house.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first competition entry
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:53:35 PM »
Are there participation medals too in this hippy competition?

Sort of.  For everything above a certain minimum score they give out "certficates"  ;)

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