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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:24:47 AM »
I think the changes will be positive, except for as a steward, I don't relish having to deal with double the amount of bottles....imagine trying to find a beer's mate after a full 2 days of me the chills thinking about the logistics.

That and all the wasted beer....oh the horror!

We don't waste beer in Seattle.

Did you see the last night of NHC?

yeah that was great.  I feel I learned quite a bit about Cat 7 after trying several of the NHC second round beers that night. 
However since the gsandel seems to be talking about the first round, it remains to be seen how the excess beers will be dealt with.  We're talking about a fairly small group of first-round stewards and judges and staff to take several hundred bottles rather than 2000 thirsty homebrewers!
Whatever; since I often am forced to bottle condition due to lack of keg space I'm just happy that I should not have cloudy re-pours for mini-BOS!


Ingredients / Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:36:26 AM »
of the ones listed, TF MO and GW NWPA.  Add in some Best or Weyermann Pilsner and I could get through just about everything I regularly make.

when the weather is stupid hot or cold I move inside and do a sort of BIAB in the kitchen.  Didn't like the heat I lost from the brewpot, so used a 5g plain (blue) cooler, and a bag that fit perfectly over the rim.  After however long I am mashing I pull the bag out of the cooler (yeah it's heavy but it helps that I make smaller batches) and move to a second smaller brewpot filled with water hot enough to bring to the upper 160's for mash-out.  So, sort of a BIAB single batch sparge.  Then I add in a strainer and it drains (usually pour the last gallon of water over it) while I'm heating up the first "runnings" from the cooler.  My efficiency is lower but nowhere near 55-60%.  Generally above 75%. 
Just did this yesterday with a Dusseldorf Alt rather than go outside in 14F weather, and was at 78%.

*shrug* - whatever works.  Mash temps stabilized, frostbite/heatstroke averted, medals rolling in.   ;D

Events / Re: NHC 2013
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:54:45 AM »
I don't remember a ticket last year, first time. The proper pass on the lanyard was the ticket.
I don't remember the ticket either.  If they had to take the time to collect tickets, the meal would have been half over by the time I got in there.  I joined the line when it was all the way back to the hospitality suite.

So how did they know if people bought banquet tickets?  I bought everything except the banquet and don't recall my pass looking any different from any of the other attendees.  Maybe I'm colorblind?

To the AHA I'll repeat what I said last year, that some of us have spouses that would like to attend the banquet and possibly see us win a medal, but do not drink.  I wasn't going to pay for a whole conference that my wife wouldn't attend, and wasn't attending the banquet without her.  Being able to add a +1 banquet ticket would be a handy option.  Just sayin'...


have gotten a *bleep*-ton of mead and cider going lately but I think I've got one open fermenter left for a batch of Dusseldorf Alt.  Love that stuff!


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:03:25 AM »
Sorry Janis, I forgot to thank you for your prompt answer to my question.

Next questions:  Any updates on if first round entries will still only require one bottle? 
And last year there was talk of a possible limit on entries per person - any update on that?

thanks in advance--

The Pub / Re: BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:14:03 PM »

Rudy was offsides.

who else but Notre Dame makes a two hour movie to explain why you ran up the score against Georgia Tech?!?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP tasting score
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:27:36 PM »
for a guy who "crammed" and thought he did "OK" that is a great score...

no way to become National without a written exam, but at least you qualify to TAKE said written exam with that 80!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2013 Brew Year's Resolutions/Goals
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:46:29 PM »
been experimenting with unfamiliar yeasts for most of the last two years.  Nearly 100 batches over that time; quite tiring.
Pretty much done with that, so moving back to brewing my favorites.  German Pils, Kolsch, Dusseldorf Alt, robust porter, oatmeal stout, IPA, and saison will fill up most of my time.

more emphasis on mead/cider this year.  got several going over the holidays.  I might share LESS mead though - this stuff is too expensive!   ;D

Should be entering NHC depending on some taste tests next month.  If it happens, 2013 goal will probably be to advance something to final round, and next year's goal might be to medal.

Happy Brew Year--

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sort of a pole
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:00:38 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P

well, *I* laughed at the irony...   ;D

3 weeks for me.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 03, 2013, 05:11:06 PM »
(un)common cider, with 3726 Farmhouse. 

sort of a Belgian pale ale, same yeast


I don't think my own answer to this question is the same of that of the people that drink my beers.  I can create a great, great beer, that everyone loves, but I know that I missed the mark I was aiming for.  This was the case for a Kolsch from 2011.  So, my friends would say that Kolsch or my robust porter, and I would probably say a batch of German Pilsner from February.  As it faded I finally was willing to part with a couple bottles and gave it a shot at 9 months of age in a competition.  Still managed 41 and HM.

At a certain point, I know it is good, and a piece of medal is just going to annoy me for years as representing a couple bottles I could have enjoyed.   ;D

A close second would be an experimental batch that opened my eyes to the Belgian Pale Ale style.


So most of the breweries they are insulting are BA members, right?  Can someone explain that?
"A Passionate Voice for Craft Brewerers...and, uh, these other guys too"

good for Schells, what an asinine list from the BA

yeah nice job by Schells.

I expect BA to know the history of adjunct lagers.  Then they list their definitions of craft and "small" and then on the same page say numerous <6M breweries are not small.  C'mon.

"Drink local beer from the little guy" - I could get behind that message.  "Be aware that some of what looks like craft beer is owned by the big guys." - I already knew but hey thanks for the heads-up.
But they didn't stop there, and this whole clumsy attempt by the BA was embarrassing.

"They sell these beers through their strong distribution channels, but market these faux-craft beers as if they were from independent, locally owned craft breweries."

This sentence, or at least the part I bolded, just seems like hyperbole.  Absence of a prominent "big beer" logo on a bottle - sure.  Actually pretending to be something they are not? - I don't see it. 
Remember the old Bud campaign that said "It's not heavy like an import" and "Darker heavier beers could hide flaws" - I didn't see any craft beer uproar.  if we are worried that someone will be fooled and enjoy a "faux-craft" beer why weren't we worried about the big companies perpetuating consumer lack of knowledge with further misinformation?
Instead of ridiculing craft beer they are imitating it.

Wasn't Blue Moon created at Sandlot?  I don't like that particular beer but those guys do an amazing job IMO. I have no use for Coors Light but I wouldn't hesitate for a second to get another What The Helles Bill just based on who their owner is.

This article would be better limited to distribution IMO.  Make sure the kinds of practices that shut small breweries out are outlawed.  Give everyone a fair chance.  Everyone wants that, and it's reasonable.  But it's not like the little guys are the only ones allowed to make "good" beer.  And the concept that a brewery loses craft status overnight when bought by a big brewery is ridiculous to me.

I'm going to assume that most breweries that were started in decades past thought they could make better beer than what was being offered.  And I know several of us have asked Gordon how to get medals and been told to make better beer.   ;D
Same goes for the pros.  Make better beer.  If the faux-craft version is better than what you make, do better.  If it isn't, count on your consumers to make the right choice.  Again, assuming you have market access...

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