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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 09, 2016, 05:51:28 PM »
78 Specialty in Denver last night. Minibos was quite a lot of work by itself; so much variety and Specialty info it becomes like a BOS

Also, Denver is now completely done. Good luck to those who advanced.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 09, 2016, 07:23:29 AM »
78 Specialty in Denver last night. Minibos was quite a lot of work by itself; so much variety and Specialty info it becomes like a BOS

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 07, 2016, 06:24:03 PM »
Glad I didn't pick Nashville again, 202 left to judge tonight/tomorrow.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Missing American Blonde
« on: April 07, 2016, 01:07:42 PM »
I prefer kolsch but nothing wrong with a Kona Big Wave; delicious beer.

...it happens. Not a lot of good brown ales out in those brewpubs either, unless it's got Brown IPA in the name...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Is extract brewing patriotic?
« on: April 07, 2016, 05:18:17 AM »
It would be interesting to see a breakdown. Ingredients for a 5 gallon batch (gross income to the store) and how many you would need to sell per month to break even. I'm not bored enough to do the math but I have a feeling that for most small town owner operated LHBSs its just a hobby that almost pays for itself, and the exit plan is to pocket a little when its time to sell out.

Define what you think of as a "small town".  I consider Eugene a small town, but we have 2 shops doing very well.
That's not a small town, the population is around 150, 000.
Wichita is more than twice that population and isn't supporting any stores "very well"

I gave up trying to raise interest. Wasn't getting any return there either.

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Lots. Like brewing more than alcohol. *shrug*  it gets old or I am ready for something else.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 05, 2016, 10:02:03 AM »
There were a lot in Austin too, but I don't think there were that many.  It is still a bit sad that Nashville got the high-powered help they did and still didn't manage to finish this weekend.  They probably get the prize for the scariest beer I've ever seen, though.

Far from ideal, but I know meads were taken to be judged by Mead Judges, which I'd prefer anyway. Sandy sure puts a lot of effort into making sure the first round goes smoothly doesn't she!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My latest peeve....
« on: April 03, 2016, 08:44:28 PM »
hmmm. I use this term in mead judging.
Interesting. In melomel I equate juicy with unfermented.
I have said "orange juice" on a hoppy beer scoresheet and would again.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:38:55 PM »
March 31st and April 1st happened the same week, so if you're looking at 2nd digit...

For that matter, if you are looking at the first digit, March 30 and 31 are same week too...

...the first digit is useless, they should just use the other three. Useless to us at least. Perhaps it helps with batch info.

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:29:04 PM »
Weihenstephaner is fave if fresh, just remember to decipher the bottle date. If I remember correctly a bottle dated today would be 1146.

Paulaner is much easier to find fresh I've found but beware they use a 12-month best-by dating. So that 9/16 out there now isn't that fresh.
How do you decipher that 1146 means it was bottled today?

1xxx - either 1 or 11 depending on week.
x14x - 14th week of the year
xxx6 - 2016

So 14th week would be mid April so the 1 would be an 11.

April 11, 2016. I think.
Basically yeah. I've always looked at the second digit for the specific day. Perhaps I had that part wrong.
I was saying this was the 14th week though only the 13th full one so maybe 1136. The problem with that dating is the 31st and 1st would have same bottle date.

Don't think I was quite correct but I'm going to still tell people I taught ya something anyway.  8)

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:25:48 PM »
Talked to someone in Nashville; 80 Specialty entries in that region. Goodness. At some point I might enter such a monstrosity, just to ensure I don't have to judge it!

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The Pub / Re: commercial examples of helles lager
« on: March 31, 2016, 08:15:37 AM »
Weihenstephaner is fave if fresh, just remember to decipher the bottle date. If I remember correctly a bottle dated today would be 1146.

Paulaner is much easier to find fresh I've found but beware they use a 12-month best-by dating. So that 9/16 out there now isn't that fresh.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 11:30:34 AM »
Advanced 2 at 32. So as I said, mediocre, but then I've advanced with 33 before and gotten the Silver in Finals. And I do tend to make styles where a sizeable number of judges struggle.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 10:12:45 AM »
Got ours back, 3 good scores, 2 mediocre, 1 poor with comments like it was a different beer. And of course, the 2 mediocre scores advanced while 2/3 good scores didn't. It happens; looks like I've got some mead/cider blending and balancing to do.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:38:35 AM »
Got scores in the mail today for Indy. The best was a 41 for my 30A cider.  I didn't move on, so there were clearly some great ciders here. Kudos to Michael and those who did !

Nice cider score; if you've got a spare $20 you might send the 3 bottles you would have sent to Finals to GLINTCAP instead. 

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