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Questions about the forum? / Re: wierd quirks
« on: December 19, 2013, 08:26:21 AM »
yesterday I found myself suddenly thinking my mash tun is the wrong color.  I looked at the top of the screen and it said "Welcome, denny!"   :o

thankfully that nightmare is over.  seems to be working fine now.

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Other Fermentables / Re: Calling Cider Apple Experts/Growers
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:10:14 AM »
A club member and good friend (who is quite good at cider making) has been pointing me in the right direction as well, so hopefully we can actually make this happen!

HHXVI results were a fluke.  That's my bat lanyard she's got hanging up somewhere.   >:(

 ;D
Lots of good advice here.  I'm also curious as to what will grow in our neck of the woods, and what any soil testing will show.  Good luck dealing with our pests. 
Mostly I just get Winesap from the local orchards and supplement with what I can get from the NW/elsewhere up north.  And yeah, some crabapples are great.  Our local growers have been fairly willing to talk to me, but I've not pressed (heh) for much info as I'm not looking to grow at this time.

good luck!
--Michael

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:03:14 AM »
I didn't expect everyone to agree with me, and i'm sure you're sick of hearing me spout off, so I'll drop that part. 


...but it sure would be nice to know when we're going to find out what the rules are.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:01:27 AM »
I think this still is, and should be, the premier competition in the nation. It's the biggest and that's great, but it should also have the best brewers.  Yes, we want to be as inclusive as possible, but if someone who has proved themselves as one of the best brewers in the nation gets left out, something is wrong IMO.  The competition loses some legitimacy, but again, that's just my opinion.

I get what Jim is saying but it's just a mediocre word choice on my part.  I'd give everyone who has ever won one of those 4 awards entry spots, if they want them, for life.  This is the Masters and they should always be invited back...
The number would vary - I wouldn't increase limits - if everyone gets no more than 5 spots then even dbarber shouldn't get more than that. 

one-year guaranteed entries for volunteers from the previous year
lifetime guaranteed entries for winners of the 4 major awards.
maybe a single, one-year guaranteed entry for each medal winner?  I dunno. 

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First US Trappist Brewery!!!!
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:53:28 AM »
they moved it from travel to leisure.   ;D

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/12/13/america-gets-its-first-brewery-manned-exclusively-by-trappist-monks/

10K barrels would be 2-3 times as much as St Sixtus/Achel, no?


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:33:54 AM »
I started my high gravity lagers and beer that need some aging in early fall.  IF I get in I will sample what's in the cellar and send whatever tastes best.

I think the defending Ninkasi and the other three Major Award winners should be the first people they reserve spots for.  I think you've earned the opportunity to defend your title.

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I've got a pretty good palate/nose, but I think it would take a ton of DMS for me to detect it in a big stout.

Someone (else) should open a bottle of Rasputin and start adding Rolling Rock until they notice it and report back.   ;D

seriously though, it seems like this has to be something else.

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Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: dosing fermcap in the fermenter
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:35:43 AM »
OK?  yes. 
but you might not need it.  how much headspace/what are you making?

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two weeks since bottling?  If so I'd give it one more week before I became concerned.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brrrrrrew Day
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:16:02 AM »
stayed home to brew.  about 15F out; down to 2 tonight.

safe to say I'll be the only guy in shorts buying ice at the gas station in a few minutes. 



*edit* - probably didn't need the ice.  I've never chilled wort this fast before.   ;D

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: December 05, 2013, 06:49:32 AM »
3 lagers well underway.  Probably squeeze one more in next week.  Might make one ale just for the competition; any others will be part of normal brew plan. 

Due to uncertainty about getting any entries through a lottery process, my efforts are going to be about a third of what they were last year.

...it is what it is.  I can always focus on mead/cider if I get in.  Plenty of those lying around.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:06:35 AM »
it always amuses me how people just getting into craft beers and IPAs have been wowed by the ZD I would share with them, yet homebrewers often are underwhelmed.  I think our beers are just that damn good.  First response from my boss - "it kinda tastes like that IPA you make, but not as awesome" - yes, yes it does.    ;D

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Dealing With Non-Homebrewers
« on: November 29, 2013, 06:35:21 AM »
In the past I've designated certain homebrew as "not ready" regardless of whether that was true, to keep visitors from cleaning me out. 

But that was when I had only 2-3 homebrews in the house at any one time.  These days I drink about 1 beer most days and make about 3.5 gallons a week.  The math doesn't work out unless it is being given away or dumped when it starts to get old.

I get where the OP is coming from, but I think he's created a lot of it.  "it is always up to me to serve beer"  and "they expect me to bring homebrew or store bought beer."
I doubt that the family declared that he was the only person who can bring beer and if he doesn't bring something one time maybe they'll stop expecting it.  As the "beer expert" they probably just think his choices will be better and need to be coaxed to purchase a bit of it themselves.  Show interest in what they bring, mention some other good choices, and encourage them to do it again. 

Basically, instead of being the Beer Guy, just be the Homebrew Guy, who supplements the beer others bring with homebrew if he's got any to share.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lottery
« on: November 21, 2013, 08:26:08 AM »
Tom, I have not judged second round, as I would want a better judge than me evaluating my second round beers.  :D

Have done first round. Will again if no conflicts.

FWIW, I got a damn good review/feedback from you from the Old Ale club-only comp from 2012...don't sell yourself too short.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lottery
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:51:24 AM »
#4 is very likely to happen, the more volunteers the more entries we can judge, and that helps with a lot of these problems.

one more thing - will additional volunteerism mean additional entries?  Let's say I judged at two different regions last year, as well as the Finals.  Is that valued any higher than someone who just helped out at one region?

...tough call I'd not want to have to make.  Good luck.   ;D

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