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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mead Fermentation questions
« on: April 03, 2015, 08:02:39 AM »

Speaking of wasted mead - my biggest blunder was putting a 14% semi-sweet mead on tap at a house party. After the pale ale kicked everyone started pulling pints of mead. On one hand it was nice seeing people enjoy my home brew, on the other hand I realized I just had $75 of honey drunk down in an evening.

ugh, that is painful.  not that i don't have more than I can drink, but still.  I couldn't even bring myself to give away 5 bottles of my best for NHC this year.  Share with dad on Father's Day, with wife when she's feeling OK - otherwise the rest is usually mine.

The worst part was some of the people I didn't even know well (friends of friends, old College classmates, etc). And people didn't seem to heed the ABV despite being posted. Hell one 100lbs or so girl polished off 2 pints of it before realising it was 14%.

If I'm not mistaken that same party my best friend snuck into the basement to raid my case of Heady Topper - people must have caught on and the next morning clean up involved dumping several partially drunk cans... sigh. To be fair though I met my girlfriend to be that night so I suppose thats a wash haha.

with friends like that who needs enemies. 
I assume you have a new best friend.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 03, 2015, 06:03:54 AM »
ya spend hours protecting things from that occasional late freeze...think you've got it beat, RDWHAHB, only to see the plants suffer blunt force trauma from the "0% chance of precip"  ::) large hail. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mead Fermentation questions
« on: April 03, 2015, 06:00:24 AM »

Speaking of wasted mead - my biggest blunder was putting a 14% semi-sweet mead on tap at a house party. After the pale ale kicked everyone started pulling pints of mead. On one hand it was nice seeing people enjoy my home brew, on the other hand I realized I just had $75 of honey drunk down in an evening.

ugh, that is painful.  not that i don't have more than I can drink, but still.  I couldn't even bring myself to give away 5 bottles of my best for NHC this year.  Share with dad on Father's Day, with wife when she's feeling OK - otherwise the rest is usually mine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 03, 2015, 05:53:19 AM »
Saint Louis results are up.  My APA took 2nd place.  Frankly, I'm pretty surprised.

should we put up a poll and see if anyone else is too? 

 ;)  Congrats!

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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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