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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 13, 2014, 11:16:42 AM »
very good advice here from dsmitch19.  I hope everyone studying reads it.

as said previously, "...for Dummies" helps you pass.  It can help with your organization and with answering all aspects of the question.  but without going beyond what Al says you won't get a great score.

I grade these things, and see people spent maybe up to 70% of a full page writing A/A/F/M for "three styles" questions, and then barely say anything in the distinguishing characteristics section.  The former is 40%, the latter 25% - use your time wisely.  Along with a classic example, everyone should be able to come up with a unique and meaningful sentence describing every substyle from the Overall Impression, History, Comments, and Ingredients sections of the Style Guidelines.  And no, saying BoPils was created in 1842 is not enough. 

On a similar note, don't expect a lot of help from your grader if the only thing you wrote for "similarities" between Munich Helles, Octoberfest, and Vienna was that they were "all German lagers."
(however, noting they are all lagers as a similarity and the two different countries of origin as a difference would get you some credit.  but give me more! - It's 25% and you can get it quickly!)





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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:56:34 AM »
sent OP a PM; others are welcome to send me one if you would like assistance studying for either beer exam.  I'll probably ask for help on the Mead Exam soon.   8)

cheers--
--Michael

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Ingredients / Re: Vintners Harvest Purees
« on: January 10, 2014, 10:12:36 AM »
So id I am working on a Chocolate Cherry Cream Stout.  FOr some reason i got the thought of making a beer that tastes like those Cherry Cordial Candies that people eat during the holidays.  Dont ask me why, i just started thinking about it and said screw it, ill give it a go.  Ive got a basic grain bill setup in Beersmith2 but im trying to work out about how much sugar a can of puree is going to add.  My thought is to add it to primary right when i drop the yeast.  One of the national homebrew chains had the brix being between 20-26.  Do you think this is per can or per lb?

If its per LB thats about 26 Gravity points per lb, which seems more realistic to me then 96 points per lb.

Thoughts or personal experiences?

brix is a measure of the percentage of sugar not the total amount.

a can should have the grams of sugar right on the label nutritional information though.

the cans don't have what you need though.  when they do tell you anything it is generally a brix range, which will be for the can. 

OP, is this a 49-oz can of Vintner's Harvest/Oregon fruit puree or something else?  Sweet cherry, not tart?
if so, I think the 20 is pretty close.  I've seen it listed as 18 elsewhere, as well as 10-13, 20-26, 22-27.  Very aggravating.  Further annoyance from the 49-oz puree seeming to be by weight, but the "fruit wine base" 96 oz cans seem to be by volume.
So I use 20 brix (most of the other fruits are lower) as an estimate and figure it could be slightly higher or lower.

so I'd assume you've got 1-2 quarts of 1.085~ish puree.  I don't think that's actually right once all the solid stuff is considered, but I've been happy with the results of assuming there's this much sugar.  measure actual volume of the can after you pour it in and you can go from there.
 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Opening waxed bottles
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:59:38 AM »
after cutting myself a few times, I started pretending the wax isn't there, and grab it firmly with one hand while shoving/working through the wax with a church key or bar blade type opener.  Haven't encountered too-thick/hard of wax to get through yet, but I'm sure it'll happen.

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Other Fermentables / Re: First Cider
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:33:07 AM »

Is this a readily available strain by chance ?  Before I started using sorbate, all the strains I used would slowly get drier (for obvious reasons) after backsweetening.

at fridge temperatures? 

Over time, yeah.  A new keg that got polished off quickly was fine obviously.

I dunno what to tell you then.  I always keep a keg or two of still, sweet cider with nothing but cold and a racking or two stopping fermentation.  one's been in there 8 months or so, remains still.

my SOP is to make dry ciders with cider apples and wine yeast or fruit cider with 3711, but occasionally make sweet cider with plain store-bought juice and ale yeast, and just stop it somewhere between 1.010 and 1.020.  I use 3068, 3333, 1968, 1728, and 3726 most often.  I've successfully stopped Cotes Des Blanc too.  So again, I dunno what to say...my fridge is colder than yours?

cheers--
--Michael

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Other Fermentables / Re: First Cider
« on: January 10, 2014, 07:19:10 AM »
Potassium Sorbate (Sorbate K - 1/2 tsp per gallon) and Campden Tablets (1 tablet per gallon).
and keep them cold. this is in a keg.
+1
I know someone who uses a non cold tolerant yeast and just keeps the keg cold after backsweetening. It stays sweetened for months without sorbate.


Is this a readily available strain by chance ?  Before I started using sorbate, all the strains I used would slowly get drier (for obvious reasons) after backsweetening.

at fridge temperatures? 

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 10, 2014, 06:25:42 AM »
I appreciate the updated information.

any harm in telling us the 12 First Round locations now?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:32:43 AM »
830 and 833 are my favorites, but if I eventually wanted to make a baltic porter with the cake I'd probably start with 2112 and make a schwarzbier.  love that yeast for both of those styles.


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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 09, 2014, 08:07:30 AM »
I really enjoyed Pro Night last year (insane noise notwithstanding) but that was mostly due to not having access to many of those breweries.  Several things I was excited to try. 
but usually, yeah, it's way below Club Night on the enjoyment scale.

I'll echo that the more NHC's you go the more you want to go again.  By comparison I think the shine rubs off of an event like GABF after that initial awesomeness of walking into that enormous room.

so in regards to having to be AHA members, are there deadlines, and have any of them passed?  can you sign up for AHA membership when you buy?  Same with the competition entry AHA member requirements, must you be a member x days previous to registering entries?

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:36:13 PM »
Well it wouldn't be money to the AHA... It would be simply used to evaluate merit.  Unless you can think of a better way to evaluate brewing merit for a given year...
There is always this one.
http://midwesthomebrewer.com/Circuit.aspx

A guy we know said he spent about $2k on entries and shipping the year he won.  :o

I think I might try for this this year.  Finished one dummy-entry away from 3rd place this year; in 2014 I'll enter 4 of the circuit comps and be eligible.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:29:49 AM »
But that's what I'm saying... You can bring her along... If she is uninterested in beer and brewing why would she even want to attend the conference?

because she likes me, and likes being around me, and wants to be there when I win another medal, maybe?

...who cares why, really?  She wants to go.
My guess is the person that would care is the homebrewer that doesn't get to attend...

that would be me, under these rules.

...look, it's clear we're going to agree to disagree.  That's fine.

cheers--
--Michael

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:14:43 AM »
But that's what I'm saying... You can bring her along... If she is uninterested in beer and brewing why would she even want to attend the conference?

because she likes me, and likes being around me, and wants to be there when I win another medal, maybe?

...who cares why, really?  She wants to go.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:10:40 AM »
I attend with my wife who is also an AHA member.

You have it made with twice the probability of the typical member. Do remember that every attendee has the opportunity to include a guest, so you both can enter the lottery and if either gets selected...you both go.

I looked at the registration details and found this:  Each member who enters the lottery can register up to one additional guest. All attendees must be a member of the AHA, including guests.

Does that mean if I take my wife, she has to be an AHA member?  She wasn't last year.  If so, when would she have to join?   Before the lottery?  After an opportunity to register might be extended to me?  That's a new wrench thrown in.

yeah, that's a head-scratcher.  My wife wants to go as my guest but she barely ever drinks, and just a few ounces.  She hates beer.  I'm sure as hell not buying her an AHA membership.

I'd hate to say it but if she did have a ticket to the conference she would most likely be taking a space away from someone who could arguably get more out of it. (A homebrewer and AHA member).  It wouldn't prevent you from having her come along on the trip... She just wouldn't be able to attend the conference.  Seems legit to me.  My girlfriend is an AHA member because she enjoys beer and brews beer as well.

maybe.  But I cannot be the only married guy who gets to go on vacations on the condition he bring his wife along...

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:57:41 AM »
I attend with my wife who is also an AHA member.

You have it made with twice the probability of the typical member. Do remember that every attendee has the opportunity to include a guest, so you both can enter the lottery and if either gets selected...you both go.

I looked at the registration details and found this:  Each member who enters the lottery can register up to one additional guest. All attendees must be a member of the AHA, including guests.

Does that mean if I take my wife, she has to be an AHA member?  She wasn't last year.  If so, when would she have to join?   Before the lottery?  After an opportunity to register might be extended to me?  That's a new wrench thrown in.

yeah, that's a head-scratcher.  My wife wants to go as my guest but she barely ever drinks, and just a few ounces.  She hates beer.  I'm sure as hell not buying her an AHA membership.

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