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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.
Cheers--
--Michael

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Mead Fermentation questions
« on: April 03, 2015, 01:00:24 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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 03, 2015, 12:53:19 PM »
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, 07:36:06 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, 07:34:43 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, 12:37:47 PM »
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 10, 2015, 03:23:03 AM »
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, 05:37:22 PM »
[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, 05:31:43 PM »
[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, 05:14:17 PM »
Looking pretty good.  Pretty, pretty, pretty good, even.   8)

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