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Beer Recipes / Re: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:36:06 PM »
I've come pretty close to the real thing.  The "dark" character just seemed to develop over months of sitting in a keg on my basement floor.  Almost entered it in NHC again.

be warned that with 4B and especially 5C, if you create a beer that has as much chocolate as Ayinger's Dunkel and especially Celebrator, you can expect a great number of judges to find that a fault.  *sigh*

good luck--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: March 26, 2015, 12:34:43 PM »
Wow even after offering the 5th entry spot only 556 entries?
Almost sent my stuff there; wanted an early region since mine were ready. Looking fwd to seeing Nashville results...

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction - The Toast Test
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:37:47 AM »
good stuff.

...my suggestion as always is that if something works for you over other options, keep doing it.  You'll never ever hear me say that you have to do a decoction to create a certain style.

cheers--
--Michael

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Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:23:03 PM »
The one time I've gotten bed bug bites was at a Hilton. :/

Umm...Can we get this guy his own personal chair for the seminars?  ;)

side note:  bed bugs have been reported at some point in the 2013, 2012, 2011 host hotels.  Didn't find any results on my searches prior to staying at the Holiday Inn and Amway in Grand Rapids last year, but it happens all over the place.  I do my research and thus far I've not been scared away from any host hotels.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:37:22 AM »
[obligatory "TL;DR"]   ;)

love you guys; sorry if I'm not nice sometimes.

i suck at acronyms..TL;DR?

on many less friendly forums you type more than 3 sentences and you can expect a "TOO LONG; DIDN'T READ"

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer for Thought...
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:31:43 AM »
[obligatory "TL;DR"]   ;)

love you guys; sorry if I'm not nice sometimes.


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Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:14:17 AM »
Looking pretty good.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good, even.   8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Aaaargh! version 2
« on: March 03, 2015, 10:02:30 AM »
But I still have to bottle and ship.

I take it you didn't get the Chicago region?

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ah crap, I keep forgetting to send the schwarz recipe.  I sorry.

...looking good.  Those all your efforts, or is there a Myles beer in there?

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 26, 2015, 04:33:42 PM »

Yeah, I believe Denny set it up last year. It was in the larger conference room off the main hall - good location.

If I could put my hat in the ring for Friday between morning session and afternoon session (like last year), I'd like that. Thursday is out for a lot of us due to NHC judging/stewarding and such.

I don't know the SD layout, but I think the location last year - well away from the hotel rooms, and the timing - right after people got out of a seminar, probably hurt the number of people who brought beer to share...

I remembered the meetup at the last minute, realized my cider/mead/beer was in the hotel room a good distance away, and said "screw it, someone else will bring drinks." 

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Events / Re: NHC 2015 San Diego. Changes to Registration
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:43:47 AM »
well, I'm after the deadline, and still not sure I'll go, but I went ahead and decided to register.  It seems to have accepted it, except inability to change the "BJCP?" pulldown from NO.  Hopefully one way or another I'll see a bunch of you there.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: kolsch observations
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:34:10 AM »
the drying finish, crispness but short of tartness, and decent carbonation level do tend to emphasize hops/bitterness a bit.  Any yeasty or protein creaminess in this will hurt the impression IMO.

I have no experience with FWH in Kolsch.  Hmm...

How's the 029 yeast character right now?

my only issues with the yeast, which I love, is while it ferments better low, if there is not a good sized pitch it can struggle at low temp.  My first effort with the yeast refused to work at all until warmed to 70F.  At that temp it makes a decent amount of sulfur. When warmer it also makes the fruitiness, while still very pleasant, excessive for this delicate style.  In such a case I had good results with 4/5 Kolsch and 1/5 American Light Lager in the keg to bring back into style range.  But for you, too warm does not appear to be likely at 62.

...I'd give it a bit more time in the fridge and keep tasting as it clears.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:24:33 AM »
paid for my additional entry.  Got the confirmation e-mail that cc had been charged.  However when I paid it just logged me out, and the entry remains marked unpaid.

just fyi; I'm sure it'll get worked out.

edit:  looks like Janis or one of her minions have fixed it; thanks!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:02:42 AM »

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.
 

fyi, this was done.  Also, 27A allows specialty (apple variety, etc) information, another thing I mentioned.

Nice job paying attention to entrant concerns AHA - much appreciated.

cheers--
--Michael

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where does Dark Mild end and Brown Porter begin? 
...that sort of thing.

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