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Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:12:44 PM »
On a somewhat related topic, does anybody else feel that it should not be against the rules to have the style number written on the caps?  I leave it on in spite of the rules for two reasons: 1) it verifies that the cellar people don't mix up the entries I send in and 2) in every competition in this state, a label immediately goes onto the cap.

I have stickers with style number on all my caps at home.  sometimes I remove them, sometimes I leave them on.  They are easily removable.  At KCBM AmandaK and co just put their sticker right over the top of mine - no harm done.

so, I agree with you.  it is one more way to make sure beers are in the correct category too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:09:04 AM »
Just tried it.  I'm as big a hophead as anyone, but this isn't for me.  It's hop juice. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:45:18 PM »
I committed to brew for our housewarming party at the end of April, so I should really get on it.

No one's gonna actually go in the house.  This is where the party will be.   ;D

Homebrew Competitions / question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:56:04 PM »
the software that most everyone uses seems to include a default for packing that goes something like this:

"Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose your each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which beer has broken if there is damage during shipment."

unpacking almost 1000 bottles yesterday we had ONE that was leaking.  None broken. 
my question to organizers/staff has to do with the "small zip-top bag" around each bottle label.  It seems like this creates a lot of work, when bottle breakage is very rare.  As a new competitor some years ago I asked several organizers if they wanted the ziplocs.  Everyone said no.  Since then I've never used a trash bag or zip-tops. 

So, are the zip-tops something organizers/staff truly want?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:54:57 PM »
as someone who packed away about 400 entries today, let me say that there are plenty of you with teeny labels and they were still easily readable.  No worries.

good luck...

(The wording was really intended to prevent a doofus like me starting "Drew's Brews for the Cure - of his Empty Wallet Non-Profit", donating my homebrew and then auctioning it off. aka circumventing the regulation of alcohol sales in the state to funnel money to an unlicensed operation. I suspect this was added both at the behest of the ABC and the state's distributors)

is this sort of wording necessary? I guess what I'm saying is my impression is that federal laws are written such that states may pass more stringent requirements if they want, but not less.  So, isn't 'though shalt not profit from your homebrew' already covered?

...this stuff is maddening.

good luck--

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:27:14 PM »
I "finalized" one entry.  Pouring 5 ciders and meads now to rank and get one spot.
Tomorrow should be fun; 10 beers to pick 1.  My Shockers are just waiting for Sunday and my Dawgs kinda suck so perhaps I'll run it as a tourney.  ;D
Thursday the voices in my head will pick between the runners up from tonight and tomorrow for the final spot.  Hand-delivering for the Wichita gang on Sunday. least now I know the limit won't be any higher than this next year.  Can cut the brewing efforts waaaay down.

good luck to everyone!

what'd it finish at, gravity-wise?
also, how's the honey-fruit balance?

This is my "lazy" batch so I didn't take gravities or anything like that. But it isn't super sweet nor overly dry.

I definitely get a lot of fermented fruit character and not as much honey as I would have hoped. My initial thought was to backsweeten... But now I am reading about acid levels, too, which sounds like low acid levels can cause a lifeless character.

I am now calling this my "test" batch for when I brew it again in a few weeks  :o

was this a good quality wildflower honey with a nice floral nose?
since you didn't backsweeten, nothing is stopping you from taking a gravity sample now, or the next time you open a bottle.  Just curious how much it fermented out.

as a better mead maker than myself recently said to me: "honey is expensive and unfortunately it takes some practice to get the results you want" - and you picked a fairly expensive recipe.   ;D

I would find that FG number and experiment with a few bottles (...and a friend) and some honey/acid/tannin and make adjustments to your glass.  Gordon/Curt went over this in their NHC 2013 Post Fermentation Mead Tweaks presentation.

I wouldn't make that other batch until you're happy with this batch and can adjust.

my own Superberry just kept working and set new personal records for alcohol tolerance.  It was in port ABV territory before I turned the batch into 4 differnt things.  Recently gave one to AmandaK styled as sort of a blackcurrant dessert wine; waiting to see what she says.

good luck--

what'd it finish at, gravity-wise?
also, how's the honey-fruit balance?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:56:27 PM »

Wow! First post and you choose to basically YELL and SCREAM?!?

Makes me sorry I posted a thread for asking an opinion on something......

Again, to all, sorry if my question ruffled some feathers:(

mklawz certainly didn't need to yell, but I think summed it well when the competition was described as "their baby."  Being protective or defensive when someone suggests the results of your efforts seem curious is natural.  But no worries - I think we all realize you were just trying to understand how it happens. 

if I had a competition that good in in my city I'd enter it very heavily.  Maybe I'll enter theirs next year but I generally hate shipping.  Don't wanna be accused of "ducking" them though.   ;)


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:03:04 AM »

until AmandaK does a retake and sets a new record score, I'm Kansas' only Master Judge.

figure it out.  ;)


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Thoughts/Opinions
« on: March 09, 2014, 08:48:01 PM »

It is a good point, but in the same breath, what's the point of having a sponsoring a comp and more than 50-60% of entries come from your own club taking home the bulk of medals? Is it just to amass a lot of points to place in the AHA club comp? MCAB Comp? Homebrewer of the Year award? If that's the goal, then I plan on doing more research on the club sponsored competitions I decide to enter in the future.

I guess I just don't understand what the problem is.
Competitions are about who has the best beer, right?   Does it matter where it comes from?
AHA Club of the year comes only from NHC anymore.  MCAB is a circuit known well in advance anyone can enter.  Homebrewer of the Year sounds like a solo award; who cares if a club has a bunch of medals.  What goal are you talking about?  Is there anything really other than bragging rights at stake here?

Also, while I'm happy if a fellow club member wins something, I can't say that it really means anything to me.  It's not like they were all club group brews.  There's a few of those, sure, but it doesn't really say anything about my brewing if a fellow club member wins.

Finally, with the insane amount of work that sponsoring clubs put into a competition, the awards/banquet can be a "we're finally done!" party.  Why shouldn't they have a bunch of beers entered and cheer for their friends who win?  They did all the work!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Bias in BJCP judging?
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:38:17 PM »
He says it would be helped by fermentation temps being watched, but I fermented with a fermentation thermistor and thermostat at 50 degrees F in a thermowell.  This just seems to be a judge looking for flaws....  I am willing to accept constructive criticism, but not erroneous criticism.  Sorry to sound sour grapes, but really.... At least get it close to being accurate.

the judge doesn't have any idea what your process was.  If they say they detect excessive alcohol, perhaps they did.  Perhaps they did not, but some other flaw was identified on their palate as alcohol.  Dominant alcohol in a 1D should get dinged.  I assume they're talking about a harshness to the alcohol profile or a noticeable warming in the mouthfeel or a finish that disappears on the palate leaving an alcohol aftertaste.  I suppose it's possible some perfumy higher alcohols were noted though obviously it seems unlikely.  What other comments did they have? 

I make a great porter that more often that not is dead-on to Eddy Fitz.  Last comp entered it scored a 29/30, one of them by a National Judge.  Still got pushed to mini-BOS, where I'm told it finished 4th.  Obviously that pair weren't a fan of many porters that day.  It happens.  If three competition results reveal that the judges think my beer sucks, then yeah at that point I've got an ugly baby.

Did you send that batch to NHC yesterday?  If so let's see what they say first.  I always request to judge that category if I don't enter it myself. 

good luck--

The Pub / Re: I'm back, I hope
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:58:12 PM »
"hurling" sounds like a post-Club Night event.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:49:40 PM »
"gifts" is my standard answer, but I haven't been asked this is years, because I have a FedEx account, print my own label, and drop it off with a wave.  No talking.

friends who have worked with both major shipping companies have told me they considered "fragile" and "handle with care" to be a challenge, thus unless the box I'm using already had this marked on it, I don't bother.

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