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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:02:03 AM »
There were a lot in Austin too, but I don't think there were that many.  It is still a bit sad that Nashville got the high-powered help they did and still didn't manage to finish this weekend.  They probably get the prize for the scariest beer I've ever seen, though.

Far from ideal, but I know meads were taken to be judged by Mead Judges, which I'd prefer anyway. Sandy sure puts a lot of effort into making sure the first round goes smoothly doesn't she!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:44:28 PM »
hmmm. I use this term in mead judging.
Interesting. In melomel I equate juicy with unfermented.
I have said "orange juice" on a hoppy beer scoresheet and would again.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:38:55 PM »
March 31st and April 1st happened the same week, so if you're looking at 2nd digit...

For that matter, if you are looking at the first digit, March 30 and 31 are same week too...

...the first digit is useless, they should just use the other three. Useless to us at least. Perhaps it helps with batch info.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:29:04 PM »
Weihenstephaner is fave if fresh, just remember to decipher the bottle date. If I remember correctly a bottle dated today would be 1146.

Paulaner is much easier to find fresh I've found but beware they use a 12-month best-by dating. So that 9/16 out there now isn't that fresh.
How do you decipher that 1146 means it was bottled today?

1xxx - either 1 or 11 depending on week.
x14x - 14th week of the year
xxx6 - 2016

So 14th week would be mid April so the 1 would be an 11.

April 11, 2016. I think.
Basically yeah. I've always looked at the second digit for the specific day. Perhaps I had that part wrong.
I was saying this was the 14th week though only the 13th full one so maybe 1136. The problem with that dating is the 31st and 1st would have same bottle date.

Don't think I was quite correct but I'm going to still tell people I taught ya something anyway.  8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:25:48 PM »
Talked to someone in Nashville; 80 Specialty entries in that region. Goodness. At some point I might enter such a monstrosity, just to ensure I don't have to judge it!

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 31, 2016, 08:15:37 AM »
Weihenstephaner is fave if fresh, just remember to decipher the bottle date. If I remember correctly a bottle dated today would be 1146.

Paulaner is much easier to find fresh I've found but beware they use a 12-month best-by dating. So that 9/16 out there now isn't that fresh.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:30:34 AM »
Advanced 2 at 32. So as I said, mediocre, but then I've advanced with 33 before and gotten the Silver in Finals. And I do tend to make styles where a sizeable number of judges struggle.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:12:45 AM »
Got ours back, 3 good scores, 2 mediocre, 1 poor with comments like it was a different beer. And of course, the 2 mediocre scores advanced while 2/3 good scores didn't. It happens; looks like I've got some mead/cider blending and balancing to do.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:38:35 AM »
Got scores in the mail today for Indy. The best was a 41 for my 30A cider.  I didn't move on, so there were clearly some great ciders here. Kudos to Michael and those who did !

Nice cider score; if you've got a spare $20 you might send the 3 bottles you would have sent to Finals to GLINTCAP instead. 

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: March 27, 2016, 03:01:13 PM »
4 trad meads in Seattle. But ya know what? - more than one BEER category failed to advance 3 last year. Where does it end; do we decide 4 entries is not enough but 7 is?  11, but not 10?

The categories have been available for months; anyone not expecting a huge Specialty Category was simply not paying attention. This is one of a very small handful of comps that is about access to Finals, accolades for winners, and not about feedback. I enter where I think I have the best chance to win. So far, lager entry numbers are up; perhaps others are doing the same.

Frankly if I could do one thing it wouldn't be to even the categories, but to improve the first round judging by getting more experienced people.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:49:52 AM »
Bring it, Mr Worst Of All Condiments!   8)

Just like KCBM a couple years ago!! Good luck with 2nd place :P

I got 4 out of 4 this year...man I love you guys in the middle of the country!

Gary Awdey ran out of time to send his paid-for cider to STL, or you would have just been schooled.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 25, 2016, 09:31:08 AM »
NY, Seattle and STL results posted.

Bring it, Mr Worst Of All Condiments!   8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 07:27:45 PM »
You guys are nicer then me. I make them work for recipes. Amanda received a long-winded diatribe about dark malts before I gave her the recipe a couple weeks later.  I think of it as the timeshare presentation she had to sit through for Disney World tix.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer comp "fine print"
« on: March 23, 2016, 05:11:55 PM »
If they say YOU can no longer brew it, then you should care (and laugh).

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:25:44 AM »
I appreciate the impossible job Janis has had to deal with, making everyone happy, but I did last year and still do feel like too much attention was paid to previous entry numbers in determining the current categories. No, there weren't a lot of Wild Ales last year...because there wasn't a home for them.  Unfortunately I feel like another tweak will need to be made to the categories as those Specialty styles aren't exactly getting less popular.


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