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Events / Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:06:35 AM »
Marriott filled up on Tuesday in the time it took me to make a couple clicks, so I'm at the Amway for the other 4, at least.  Will make other arrangements for that first night or check back later in the spring...

glad that's mostly out of the way, at least.

The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:07:09 AM »
Tom, how do you feel about those who want to replace Romar?

 ;D  Go Dawgs!

(good to have you back)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 07, 2014, 06:16:37 AM »
More threads like this and I might just go for BJCP status.  I think my palte is not up to speed, but I am getting better.  I really have trouble with not wanting to make a mistake and not detecting the proper causes to an effect, but it sounds like you don't have to have a remedy, just because the beer has a detectable flaw? 

well, you do need to be able to provide feedback to address faults if you want a good score, and (forgetting the whole exam thing for the moment) if you want to be helpful to the brewer. 

for everyone, remember Feedback includes not just fixing "off" characters, but what style it might better fit into, and how it differs from the style it is entered into. 
"This style has a richer, heavily-balanced-to-malt profile than is present in your beer, or is covered by the high level of sharp, astringent hop characters and what appears to be a wild yeast infection." - that offers some explanation.  "DMS - uncover your boil" - doesn't really help anyone.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:33:00 AM »
How important is the wording in the "Special Ingredient / Classic Style" block? Is it transferred word for word to the judging sheet or is it paraphrased by the stewards or someone else?  Do the judges just get the classic style and ingredient and none of the verbal BS?

Asking because I went to clean up a silly description today and found the edit button is gone.
Hi Tesguino,

The edit capability was inadvertently disabled, but it should be available again now.  Please be as succinct as possible in your description.  Thanks for editing your entry. 


side note:  thanks for the extra 25 characters.  Describing some things in 50 last year was difficult w/o getng rly gud @ abbrev.   75 works fine on my end.   8)

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:12:58 PM »
link didn't work for me and neither did copy/paste in IE, but was able to highlight and open in new window with Firefox.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 04, 2014, 03:49:18 PM »
I always like to get there Tuesday night.
Already signed up for the Wed. morning mead exam.  The process of becoming a judge improved my beers more than anything else; I'm hoping this study process I'm in does a bit of the same with my mead, which still needs help. 

want to take the mead/cider tour, but am waiting to see what the subject of the BJCP Judge Reception is.  With the upcoming Cider Guideline updates, I'd be unlikely to miss any training that had to do with cider.


All Grain Brewing / Re: 100% Vienna
« on: March 04, 2014, 03:32:10 PM »

Hopefully I'm not derailing the thread too much, but… Does it bother anyone else that an all-Vienna grist doesn't hit the color "target" for a Vienna Lager? It seems like it's the only BJCP style that requires a grain addition for color adjustment only.

I guess the better question is, why the discrepancy? Were "Vienna" malts that much darker back in the day? Or did the style just become darker with the mass-market Mexican examples using coloring agents?

I've gotten used to coloring mine.  Seems silly, but I've seen enough judges who preconceive that it is missing a certain flavor based on a lack of a certain color.  As others have noted, Munich Dunkel is another where the common ingredients might not get you to the "proper" color, but I've never entered it in a competition before to see if it gets treated the same as 3A.

side note - the gold medal NHC Oktoberfest was the lightest colored 3B in the Finals.  Loved that beer.  Pretty much 1/3 each Vienna/Munich/Pilsner if I remember correctly.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 04, 2014, 01:20:41 PM »

Everyone who has registered at this point should have received an email directly from Altitude Tickets yesterday prompting you to pay for your registration. In that email, you will read that the deadline to pay for your conference ticket is this Sunday (3/9).

 it was 25 minutes ago - not yesterday - but whatever...I'm in!

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:48:25 AM »
Ok...halfway through day 2 of emails and all should be out before the end of today.  Should I start to worry?  Anyone else on here that registered still not received their email yet?

you sure you haven't started yet?  ;)

I'm waiting too.  It'll be fine.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:26:47 AM »
-3F here; might be another day or two.   ;D

perfect time to get those seeds started! isn't that what march is for? looking at seed catalogs, getting your fingers dirty with little trays of soil? hanging out under the full spectrum lamps until the sun decides it will grace you with it's presence for more than 15 minutes each day?

you're right, of course, but I started Feb28th last year and winter just kept going and going into mid May, so I'm going to wait a little longer.

on a plus side though, I've got some new neighbors so I've got an entire new group who are going to see the glow from my reef tank/grow lights and think I've got a major ganja grow operation going.   ::) 

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:32:37 AM »
-3F here; might be another day or two.   ;D

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stop That Lager!
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:43:55 AM »
I have one of these and it's nice, but annoying since it's only marked in SG. They're more delicate than the "pro" ones and not as large:

my wife just broke mine yesterday.  I think that was my 4th.
so, it, but fragile.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 02, 2014, 06:57:33 AM »
The crazy thing is that I asked to taste the beers in that flight.  A beer in 9C that reeked of ballpoint pen extract tang scored higher than a beer in 8C that was commercial quality.  The lead judge's justification was that the 8C beers were slightly malt forward.  This experience taught me that BCJP-sanctioned competition results should be taken with a grain of salt.  Anyone who has ever tasted a "real deal" English ESB on tap knows that "malt forward" is acceptable within the style.

you seem to know a lot.  but you didn't already know this bolded part?

Judges do their best.  None of us know everything.  I struggle detecting low levels of acetaldehyde and sometimes DMS.  I'm hyper sensitive to diacetyl.  And I'm still a pretty decent judge.
And maybe "silence fell over the room" because they were waiting for further explanation from someone they thought they could learn something from?  Or perhaps the "this is what it is, period" tone made them not want to reply?

No, it gets worse. ...... a major faux pas

yeah we're gonna have to disagree on the seriousness of what happened...

With that said, the major problem that I have with this situation is that inexperienced brewers tend to take contest remarks as gospel.

IMO your comments have an "I was right and they were wrong" tone.  Since you've also lumped all judges in together with your comments, perhaps you could offer some feedback to address the issues you believe exist.  If I were a new brewer, not a judge, and took your comments "as gospel" I'd likely come to the conclusion that BJCP judges were worthless and we should blow up the judging process.  So, what should be done?


Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: March 01, 2014, 09:07:04 PM »
yearly or so reminder that PBW at recommended concentrations can eventually damage Better Bottles.  Depending on your concentration it doesn't even take that long.  (Buckets seem to be fine.)  I get around this by inverting the BB after a little while so it can continue to work on that stubborn krauesen ring without sitting on the bottom of the BB and causing any caustic stress cracking.
I do not buy it.
PBW is non caustic alkaline cleaner.
To my experience PBW work the best at lower temp range.

I speak from experience, but if you do not wish to believe it, by all means do not.  I know what I will and will not do again with PBW and am comfortable with my current procedure.
a simple google search will turn up many people who have ended up with something that looks like what you see on page 8 here.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:48:12 PM »
From what I witnessed today, I can honestly say that it is difficult for one BCJP judge to remain unbiased through an entire flight.   I witnessed another table where the judges believed all of the 9C entries were better than the 8C entries.  I didn't agree with them.

you said some other stuff, but that's what I took from your post.

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