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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:08:08 AM »
so uneventful.  what will I complain about?!?   ;D

although I kinda miss watching the numbers go up.  "17 minutes and Seattle is half full!"

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:08:59 AM »
<---greedy bastard.  I asked for 6.

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Going Pro / Re: Draft magazine article.
« on: January 26, 2014, 04:32:46 PM »
Road trip from Grand Rapids? ;D

that'd ridiculous.

...I'm stopping in Eau Claire on the way TO Grand Rapids.  8) 



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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:41:18 AM »
Thanks for the heads-up Drew.  Appreciate having this available before competition and especially conference registration.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Being Water Wise
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:18:20 AM »
you could brew less...but wait, scratch that - that's a terrible idea. 

seriously though, why not replace some of those beer batches with some cider experiments?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:32:11 AM »
Hey all I have entered some comps also. My first at an Octoberfest in 2012 and got a first and best of show for a chili ale and got a free entry into the national Comp in Philly last year. didn't do as well in the one in Philly but the feed back was priceless in helping me develop my Chile ale more. Also have entered a few others with varing results but my best I think was a comp in Philly last fall for a milk stout that got me a first and best of show and is going to be brewed at Nodding Head in Philly in a few weeks.

damn!

I'm starting to feel inadequate in this thread.
Congrats to everyone!

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:45:01 AM »
so if it happens (a lottery) it seems more likely that 7/8 club members would get picked, than 3/8.  There is an excellent chance the other person can do what I did last year - contact a ticket seller, send 'em some $, they contact the AHA to have it transferred, and you're in the NHC.

...let's give this a chance to play out.  if it is a disaster, I'll be right with you at the front of the line loading the Molotov cocktail into our homemade catapult.  ;)

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All Grain Brewing / Re: BIAB advice
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:37:14 AM »

BIAB definitely comes with way, way more trub. It's especially a problem if you mill too finely and get a lot of flour in your grist. I don't know what the magical solution is, I'm still thinking through it, but it seems building in the loss to deadspace in the recipe and leaving behind what settles out in the kettle will help out with that process.

I do BIAB quite often. There is certainly a lot of trub.  I've had good results over-chilling, racking everything to a fermenter (Better Bottle with spigot) and letting it settle there.  Wife and I go to lunch and afterwards I rack off the half gallon or so of trub into a second fermenter.

many a person has asked why I don't just use some sort of pickup device in the kettle that keeps that trub out.  I dunno - this just works, and I like being able to see into the fermenter to how it is settling.  No opening a kettle lid or trying to seal the hole in the lid my chiller goes through.  Just watch the level of trub drop, set the spigot pickup to right above that when I'm satisfied, and rack.  Occasionally I even recapture the leftover wort and save some for my next starter, even though it's not an ideal yeast growing environment.

...many ways to skin this particular cat.  Given the crappy weather for about 2/3 of the year, I was very pleased to discover BIAB some years ago and haven't gotten frostbite/heatstroke since. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Marzen
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:41:14 AM »
I'll put a vote in for the NHC 2013 Gold Medal 3B recipe.
Just an amazing beer.  We struggled with the lack of toastiness and complexity, but in the end decided it fit perfectly in the "Domestic German versions tend to be golden, like a strong Pils-dominated Helles" part of the guidelines and in the medal round it kicked butt. 
anyway if you're interested the recipe is obviously in Zymurgy.
5 lbs Weyermann floor malted bo pils
4 lbs Weyermann light munich
3 lbs Weyermann Vienna
he did do a decoction.

I need to make this beer too. 

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Beer Recipes / Re: Robust porter help
« on: January 23, 2014, 07:23:49 AM »
can you think of a beer that has the mouthfeel you're looking for?
I think of creaminess as a hallmark of many stouts.  Not so much with a classic robust porter.  Founders is pretty creamy and rich though I think of it as out of style.  But who cares about style; you want a good beer.
anyway I second that you'll likely have to mash warmer to get close to what you want with this.

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Events / Re: Non-standard 12 oz bottles and NHC
« on: January 23, 2014, 06:57:14 AM »
Non long necks should be ok. A long as if fits "correctly" in the case box. Judges will make a mental note if you use anything other than a long neck that matches what you buy at the home brew store (you may have just lost a point). Some judges will even make a "I didn't know anchor made a xyz beer" comment. A passive aggressive way of saying this is nationals, bring it strong, don't cheap out, no excuses.

If a judge is taking a point off because of bottle type someone needs to slap them around a bit

I sometimes make a note of the bottle or cap type, mostly to give the entrant confirmation that it is indeed his beer that I am judging.  It's got nothing to do with score.

I like when a judge gives me this sort of confirmation, be it noticing that it was a stubby/Belgian bottle, the SA logo, or perhaps that the fill level was high.  These things happen often enough in any competition that anonymity is preserved.

We've also got a skilled brewer who puts extremely colorful caps on all his bottles.  That's how he tells stuff apart at a glance in his basement.  It was fine the first time, but now I know it is his beer when I see it.  Fitting in case boxes aside, that's what we need to avoid.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:19:39 AM »
I agree that it probably won't change the minds of these people... Many of them are seemingly irrationally angry about changes the AHA has gone through.  But I think it could benefit potential new members who hear all the negative things but maybe not as much positive things about the AHA... Just food for thought it all.  I really just figured it already existed and I could just brush up on it... But then I couldn't find much info.

I actually agree with what you seem to be suggesting.  I'm just not as optimistic as others that such effort will bear much fruit in terms of swaying the irrationally angry you mention.  But some more details can't hurt.

I recall reading a HBT thread last month re: the 6-entry limit and limiting entries to AHA members.  There are clearly some non-AHA members who think they make up a sizeable portion of the entries, when people like Tom have stated repeatedly that they are a very small number.  Perhaps giving the actual number of non-AHA member entries would show that the change some have made a big deal about isn't much of a change at all - details.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:07:44 AM »
I agree that they do these things... I'm just saying I would like (and I think some people demand) to see the things they do actually stated vs having to sift through 100 pages on the site to draw inference as to what they do.

So... you basically want to see the Membership Benefits page? Or am I reading that wrong?

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/membership/membership-benefits/

I think he just wants to see a little more, be it details or promotion of the activities.
...And not for his benefit, but for the benefit of those who don't seem to realize what the AHA does. 
I certainly don't see the harm and can see the possible benefit of the AHA tooting their own horn a bit more.  I'm just skeptical about whether there's much the AHA can do to change the mind of some of these people.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:10:19 PM »
question:  will the banquet have a separate lottery?

In other words, could you get through a conference lottery and, if the banquet room isn't big enough for demand, still miss out on the banquet?  I think there were about 2K at the banquet last year, out of 3.5K+ total?

thanks.




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Financials
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:29:33 AM »
there certainly is a vocal negative group, isn't there...

I tried to explain things to some of them, but eventually gave up.  They're holding tightly to their perceived injustice so I can't do much to pry it away.  Along the same lines I have people complaining about how long it takes to grade a set of BJCP exams.  HA! - they couldn't pay me enough to make grading these things my full time job, but I'll keep donating dozens of hours every month to grading.   :o

cheers--
--Michael

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