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Events / Re: NHC competition site change.
« on: January 29, 2013, 10:21:30 AM »

Really nice, thorough reply.  Thanks Tom.  A lot of stuff I wasn't aware of in there, and while I want everyone involved (it would be great if our membership came with one guaranteed NHC entry slot) it seems like the current rules are fair for almost everyone, and provides equal playing field to all outside the country.

Events / Re: NHC competition site change.
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:50:46 AM »
Interesting stuff Tony; obviously most of us have little idea what you have to go through.

I could make some comment about the needs of the many over the few, or about the first "A" in AHA, but they seem overly callous and I don't really believe those sort of things apply anyway.  Hopefully you Canadians will hold your competition anyway.

the NHC seems to be changing pretty much annually, so hopefully if you miss out it will just be the one year before there is a work-around.  There is simply no way to make everyone happy, at least yet. 


Events / Re: NHC competition site change.
« on: January 26, 2013, 06:46:49 PM »
They actually added a site this year, so now there are 11 sites.

well, there were 11 last year too technically.  the 11th US site replaces the Canadian site...since Canada had about 540 entries last year the competition will only grow by a couple hundred entries.  And if we assume the % of Canadians winning first round and not entering Finals doesn't change much, the Final Round could end up not growing at all.  Worst case it grows by about 50 beers, still less than one site.

To the OP, I don't understand the problem.  Why can't you enter?  I'm assuming you'd be willing to ship your beer to the Final Round, so why not the First Round?


"He's cheesing out of his effing mind right now"

Not my favorite, but not a beer I'd turn down either.  Pretty apt description too.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:24:47 AM »
I think the changes will be positive, except for as a steward, I don't relish having to deal with double the amount of bottles....imagine trying to find a beer's mate after a full 2 days of me the chills thinking about the logistics.

That and all the wasted beer....oh the horror!

We don't waste beer in Seattle.

Did you see the last night of NHC?

yeah that was great.  I feel I learned quite a bit about Cat 7 after trying several of the NHC second round beers that night. 
However since the gsandel seems to be talking about the first round, it remains to be seen how the excess beers will be dealt with.  We're talking about a fairly small group of first-round stewards and judges and staff to take several hundred bottles rather than 2000 thirsty homebrewers!
Whatever; since I often am forced to bottle condition due to lack of keg space I'm just happy that I should not have cloudy re-pours for mini-BOS!


Ingredients / Re: Prefered base malt for brewing?
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:36:26 AM »
of the ones listed, TF MO and GW NWPA.  Add in some Best or Weyermann Pilsner and I could get through just about everything I regularly make.

when the weather is stupid hot or cold I move inside and do a sort of BIAB in the kitchen.  Didn't like the heat I lost from the brewpot, so used a 5g plain (blue) cooler, and a bag that fit perfectly over the rim.  After however long I am mashing I pull the bag out of the cooler (yeah it's heavy but it helps that I make smaller batches) and move to a second smaller brewpot filled with water hot enough to bring to the upper 160's for mash-out.  So, sort of a BIAB single batch sparge.  Then I add in a strainer and it drains (usually pour the last gallon of water over it) while I'm heating up the first "runnings" from the cooler.  My efficiency is lower but nowhere near 55-60%.  Generally above 75%. 
Just did this yesterday with a Dusseldorf Alt rather than go outside in 14F weather, and was at 78%.

*shrug* - whatever works.  Mash temps stabilized, frostbite/heatstroke averted, medals rolling in.   ;D

Events / Re: NHC 2013
« on: January 21, 2013, 06:54:45 AM »
I don't remember a ticket last year, first time. The proper pass on the lanyard was the ticket.
I don't remember the ticket either.  If they had to take the time to collect tickets, the meal would have been half over by the time I got in there.  I joined the line when it was all the way back to the hospitality suite.

So how did they know if people bought banquet tickets?  I bought everything except the banquet and don't recall my pass looking any different from any of the other attendees.  Maybe I'm colorblind?

To the AHA I'll repeat what I said last year, that some of us have spouses that would like to attend the banquet and possibly see us win a medal, but do not drink.  I wasn't going to pay for a whole conference that my wife wouldn't attend, and wasn't attending the banquet without her.  Being able to add a +1 banquet ticket would be a handy option.  Just sayin'...


have gotten a *bleep*-ton of mead and cider going lately but I think I've got one open fermenter left for a batch of Dusseldorf Alt.  Love that stuff!


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:03:25 AM »
Sorry Janis, I forgot to thank you for your prompt answer to my question.

Next questions:  Any updates on if first round entries will still only require one bottle? 
And last year there was talk of a possible limit on entries per person - any update on that?

thanks in advance--

The Pub / Re: BCS Championship
« on: January 08, 2013, 03:14:03 PM »

Rudy was offsides.

who else but Notre Dame makes a two hour movie to explain why you ran up the score against Georgia Tech?!?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP tasting score
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:27:36 PM »
for a guy who "crammed" and thought he did "OK" that is a great score...

no way to become National without a written exam, but at least you qualify to TAKE said written exam with that 80!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2013 Brew Year's Resolutions/Goals
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:46:29 PM »
been experimenting with unfamiliar yeasts for most of the last two years.  Nearly 100 batches over that time; quite tiring.
Pretty much done with that, so moving back to brewing my favorites.  German Pils, Kolsch, Dusseldorf Alt, robust porter, oatmeal stout, IPA, and saison will fill up most of my time.

more emphasis on mead/cider this year.  got several going over the holidays.  I might share LESS mead though - this stuff is too expensive!   ;D

Should be entering NHC depending on some taste tests next month.  If it happens, 2013 goal will probably be to advance something to final round, and next year's goal might be to medal.

Happy Brew Year--

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Sort of a pole
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:00:38 AM »
what type of pole is this? A fireman's pole? A striper's pole? Or is it actually sort of a poll? :) :P

well, *I* laughed at the irony...   ;D

3 weeks for me.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: January 03, 2013, 05:11:06 PM »
(un)common cider, with 3726 Farmhouse. 

sort of a Belgian pale ale, same yeast


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