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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Cider Taste Like Wine! Help
« on: February 04, 2015, 06:12:01 AM »
While I enjoy a really good bone dry champagne because it can still be very aromatic and have great taste, I think Apple juice fermented bone dry will be very blah.

assuming OP used some bland store-bought juice, sure, but to truly help we need to know what their goal was anyway.  I think it'll be clear to them from the responses that nothing necessarily "went wrong" but what kind of product were they hoping to produce/hoping to turn this into now?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Cider Taste Like Wine! Help
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:58:51 AM »
help...drink it?  8)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 11:15:23 AM »
Hi all,

The glitch was fixed early this morning.  One thing to keep in mind is that you can log in to the application form 24/7, all week to edit your application.  Editing must be done by the end of February 8th.


Fixed too fast IMO.  We were not given nearly enough time to complain!


The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:58:10 AM »
I didn't pay attention to the Bud commercial since I was brewing a crisp, clean Kolsch during the game so I can party with my friends.

I agree, death knell for "Bud" .

But did you brew it "The Hard Way"...?  (from a control room?)   ;D

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:24:26 AM »
worked fine just now...YMMV.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:59:08 AM »
yeah smooth until the glitch at the end.  I'm sure they'll get it worked out shortly.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:56:46 PM »
Picked some nooner up after work. Starting my third.
A good German Pils is suffig(sp,) meaning you want more. That dryness is part of it. That goes well with German food too.
The Germans have an equivalent to "moreish"...?  heh, I should have known.  8)

edit:  tried the beer - very good.  It is not as brilliant as, say, Left Hand's German Pils, but pretty damn good.  Glad to have it available.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:14:36 PM »
I know at the end of a grueling competition it has to be tempting to just relax and worry about the scoresheets later.  But from what I've seen, it is tougher once you stop to get back into it.  "Scoresheets...ugh...don't wanna deal with that right now"...repeat next day.

IMO, if staff has labeled envelopes ready and buckles down, they can often get them stuffed while BOS is going on.

we have to keep doing these awards, so I can keep enjoying the annual BeerAdvocate threads b****ing about how wrong the winner list is.   ;D

It's a bunch of homebrewers' FAVORITE beers.  By definition my list isn't wrong, it's just MINE. 

Ima put Orval at the top of my list again.  Love that stuff.


Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:23:28 PM »
In some respects it might be easier to win with a mead.  The human palate generally loves sweet.  As we know, some of the flavors in beer can be acquired tastes.  Since the majority of meads are also higher alcohol than the average homebrew, they have that advantage too.

But it will also be region-specific.  A mead entered in, say, St Paul, is going to be going against some seriously talented meadmakers.  Just any average mead in a beer competition up there isn't going to impress.

I took the BN comments as just somewhat good natured ribbing.  If you can make amazing mead I promise people don't think it is easy.  And I also promise that people will drink every drop if you let them.  ;)

(source:  am Master/Mead Judge)

Quick question for some of you who judge/enter beers in comps.  I am sending some beers in to a comp and was thinking of entering my Amber Ale in specialty. It is clearly out of category in 10b in all categories except color.  I have entered it before and it seems I either get a 30 (great beer, out of category) or a 40 (for those who think "West Coast Amber" is the new amber.

10 pts over on gravity (1.070 OG, 1.016 final gravity)
55 IBU (not including an additional 4 ounce hop stand and not including 3 ounce dry hop)
7+% ABV

Was thinking about entering it in specialty...... but, just wondering if it would sort of get lost in the shuffle of all of the more exotic beers.   Seems like a lot of the specialty beers are over the top in their ingredients and how exotic they are.  Basically, if it is "well brewed" is a big amber worth entering in specialty do you think?  Or, is it not "special" enough?

honestly Kevin, if you, say, wanted to win MWHBOTY, it's going to have to be truly amazing or you're hurting your win % entering 23 with a beer that isn't that strange.  It's gonna have to wow on hop character and be no doubt on the caramel department without being cloying.  But having had your beer before, you'll have a shot in 23.  Good luck.

you're welcome to save one of those two bottles for yourself, and ship the other to me.   8)

Beer Travel / Re: ROAD TRIP!!!!!
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:26:32 PM »
depending on one's feelings toward mead, one might turn south off of I-40, and less than an hour later end up in Prescott, AZ, at Superstition Meadery.
Depending on weather, maybe take 89A back up through the red rocks/Sedona.  Scenery, yo.

The Pub / Re: the quality of American sours
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:32:55 AM »
The 98 just means about 3.75 overall score.  The per style score means more to me, but only a little.  Now, that is 97, so your point stands.  But, is the beer a 37 or so on a 5-50 point scale?  I think that's about right, but I don't know how much the brett has been working on that particular bottle you had.

The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:05:53 PM »

did no one else find this over-the-top dickish?  What are the "unworthy" beers and why, and why should he decide what is worthy anyway?
My question is: is this how he acts all the time? For what it's worth I've never heard other reports like this about him. Is it possible that he was having a really bad day for one reason or another? Haven't we all acted dick-ish once in awhile?

I'm FAIRLY certain I didn't say "FTG; he's a dick."  His behavior in this instance, however, seems to deserve that descriptor, no?...

For the record I don't find his overall persona to be dickish, but regardless I don't find it relevant here.  I'm confused by the point he was trying to make by acting such.  I actually find it unlikely that he actually said "not worthy" - and I wish the owner had had a conversation with Harvard MBA/Billionaire Koch about owning a small business and having beer that will sell, and at profit.  The idea of a guy whose beer seems to be everywhere whining about not being in a small craft beer bar doesn't make sense to me.

I don't think that was a jab towards you, more a question to how Koch behaves normally.

yeah I'm on edge.  Probably so; my bad.

The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:10:02 PM »
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.
I like that standard a lot Jim, I may start to follow it as well, lol

+1.  It has a certain "the ice cream on the lid has no calories" quality.  Thanks Jim!  8)

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