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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:41:32 PM »

I assume you are referring to Prost's?  I had only a small taste and thought it was very good.
wish there were more good dark lager out there.  I'm about to send majorvices a PM/offer some shipping $$.   ;)

Actually she didn't care for Prost's as much as Grimm Brothers but I don't take too much stock in that. I thought both were great. I have really been enjoying Grimm Brothers lately. I believe their Alt won gold at GABF last year?

I like Little Red Cap too; very good beer.  It's won 2-3 GABF medals.  FWIW, the Dunkel in question, Fearless Youth, is also very tasty and has won at least one that I know of.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: commerical schwarzbier examples
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:32:00 PM »

If you haven't had it pick up Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel.  You can thank me later. 

+1.  I haven't had that in a quite a while. I remember it being really tasty.

My wife really likes a dunkel brewed here locally so I have tried a couple of examples lately. I will give it a go. Thanks! I have found myself moving away from hoppy, American craft beer which I never thought would happen. The German in me must be coming out as I get older ;)

I assume you are referring to Prost's?  I had only a small taste and thought it was very good.
wish there were more good dark lager out there.  I'm about to send majorvices a PM/offer some shipping $$.   ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 835 German X Lager
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:47:10 PM »
Used it last year and liked the results on a few beers. Have it in a Helles now.


Jeff likes it; I'm sold.  Adding to cart...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:35:08 PM »
I wish.  Looks like the entrants will live without my terrible handwriting this year.  I've got a year to get my complaints ready when I don't make it through the 2016 lottery.   ;D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Cider Taste Like Wine! Help
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:12:01 PM »
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?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hard Cider Taste Like Wine! Help
« on: February 04, 2015, 12:58:51 PM »
help...drink it?  8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:15:23 PM »
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.

Cheers,
Janis

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

 ;)

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The Pub / Re: Super Bowl
« on: February 02, 2015, 05:58:10 PM »
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

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 03:24:26 PM »
worked fine just now...YMMV.

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

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:56:46 AM »
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.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Scoresheet timeline.....
« on: January 29, 2015, 07:14:36 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.

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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.

cheers--
--Michael

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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:23:28 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)

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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)

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