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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:35:11 PM »
is the can't enter same beer twice thing new?  I mean, if Hop Fu can take first and second in San Diego in '14 and '13...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Double Milk Stout
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:03:44 AM »
Need a little more info. "Double" - does it refer just to gravity or did you double the lactose or something?
Check out 13D of the tropical variety and see if it fits. Depends on hops too, and if alcohol is not obtrusive 13B could be best bet.

The fortunate part is that long delays like this are outliers, just as there are some exams that are turned around in 2-3 months. You just usually don't see people posting online about how quickly their exam came back (I administered an exam set in Jan. that took only 3 months to get the grades back). No matter what people are talking about, you tend to see more complaints online than positives. It obviously sucks to be part of an outlier on the slow end of things, so hang in there OP.
Just finished up grading an exam that was taken on 2/28. We sent the EGF and RTPs to the AD on 4/20. Hopefully those people will have their exams back soon!

and it'd be faster than that if you could stop gardening for a few minutes!  And also if your 2nd grader had been less pedantic, but, mostly the first.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 23, 2015, 02:14:23 PM »

As for NHC2016, thanks anyways...I guess I really on need to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure.

a reasonable question might be, will we know '16 location, at '15 NHC?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:35:17 PM »
re-brewing is overrated anyway.  And judging by the amount of green beer I've tasted in the Finals, happens all too often.

3 medals in 2 years with 1.050-1.054 gravities, all brewed between Thanksgiving and New Years.  My "advantage" is I know how to keep my beer in good condition.

Some styles age better than others.  Advantage?  Some regions have better judge pools.  Advantage?  Last year, and before, people present at regions heard unofficial results verbally announced.  Advantage?

We can talk about this stuff all night.  If I was interested in re-brewing something it would be on my brew plan to do so, and in all but a couple of styles my re-brew date would be before I'd receive notification of any regions.  Gimme results today, and I'm re-brewing IPA or hefeweizen tomorrow.  That's it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:18:36 PM »

I wanted early results so I selected an early region...

Crazy how that worked out.

Edit - also tired of the one-sided complaints; why did the late regions get a few weeks of cold conditioning mine didn't?!?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:36:44 PM »
wow, I wasn't expecting any results today.  You know, with the AHA being in Boulder and it being 4/20 and all.   ;D

Maybe we should have some snacks delivered?

I've absolutely ruined Better Bottles with PBW (I know you don't believe me Leos but that's for another time) but as others have said that is nowhere near the kind of failure I'd expect from it. 

The Pub / Re: 10 days to exam
« on: April 15, 2015, 01:50:17 PM »
does "zero prep" mean haven't studied guidelines and drank beer while thinking of how they fit the styles?

If so, yeah that would be difficult.

if however you've been doing those things, and just haven't been filling out scoresheets, no biggie.  You can pass with just a few practice sheets, timing yourself over the next week, and remembering to fully fill out the sheet and offer specific, helpful feedback.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 14, 2015, 11:58:48 AM »
Hopefully your scoresheets will have some indication why it was scored so low.  That sucks...I've had entries judged in the same day that won a gold in one comp and got a 25 in another.
Best of luck to you my friend; on the cider subject I just returned from GLINTCAP where my stuff was very well received. We'll see if I can maybe break through in cider in SD.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 14, 2015, 02:05:59 AM »
New personal low score of 15.5...on a beer that medalled last year. LOL
currently drinking a liter of it since I don't have to save it for finals.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyds Yum Yum
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:26:02 PM »
@3F now.  Yum Yum is indeed, well, Yum!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 06, 2015, 05:35:53 PM »
I am really struggling with this one.

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

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.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 03, 2015, 01:03:54 PM »
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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