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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

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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: http://www.williamsbrewing.com/BREWERS-EDGE-BOTTLING-HYDROMETER-P529C74.aspx

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

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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?

cheers--
--Michael

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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.
http://www.better-bottle.com/pdf/WashingSanitizingStudy.pdf

cheers--
--Michael

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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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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: February 28, 2014, 01:27:08 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.

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I am not a hyper competitive person. 
It's funny but I've never seen beer competitions as competitive against other brewers.  I am always happy for the people who win.

Unless udubdawg and I have a cider going against each other in the finals...then I hope to crush him!!!  ;) ;D

"hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things..."

...I hope I don't trip when I wave at theDarkSide from the stage.    8)
(with a limit of 4 entries, at least we know Jeff Carlson competing on his home turf can't win them ALL!)

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also, when the OP wins a medal, expect to hear "I nearly had to use a chainsaw to get that guy's label off the bottle; he owes me a beer!"  ;)



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The Pub / Re: Oops
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:34:46 PM »
bit of a zero tolerance tangent, but wondering how you guys feel about the kid in Tennessee suspended after a random search of his dad's truck (that the kid had driven to school) turned up a fishing knife between the seat and console no one knew was there.


http://www.wate.com/story/24822738/hs-student-suspended-after-knife-found-in-dads-truck

they reduced the suspension (and *whew!* he can now go to prom!) but oh yeah still facing a weapons charge...

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you should contact the organizer and offer apologies.  People are generally pretty nice.  (stuff) happens.  Someone is always entering their first competition and it happens more than you think.  I suspect the organizing crew will curse you out a bit and do whatever they can to remove the labels.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:08:10 PM »
Yeah you can't change hands on the ticket without going through them... I wouldn't really see there being a difference between this year and last as far as that goes... assuming roughly the same percentage of people will change their plans etc... Registration had the same amount of leeway.  I guess there could be a case made for buyers remorse over the week after they applied and when they have to pay... But odds are the same people last year would have bought then had to sell them then too.

got my 2013 ticket in May from an unfortunate soul who had not cleared it with his wife... 
(Mike, you still alive?)   ;D

side note: I appreciate how easy the AHA made it for him to sell me his ticket and inform them of the change.

...so obviously I wasn't talking about how the tickets change hands.  Just the perception that a lot of people registered that aren't that serious about it yet.  No credit card numbers taken yet.  No implied punishment for not following through and paying like with the competition.

we'll see...I have a feeling that we'll have a lottery but everyone on the wait list will get a spot either when others decide not to pay, or like I did last year.  So it'll work out.

cheers--
--Michael

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:27:48 PM »
I feel like if there's a lottery necessary we're going to have a ton of tickets changing hands.

I keep seeing forum/fb/etc comments from people to the effect of "I registered but I'm not sure yet if I can go."
...and they're talking about finances, vacation days, or just plain desire to go, not about making it through a lottery.

Kinda sucks when there are plenty of us in the "Shut up and take my money!" boat but I don't know what else can be done.   :-\

cheers--
--Michael


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I've drank StarSan solution.  (some who know me are nodding with an "ah, that explains it!)   ;D

I would taste it and short of a flavor experience that makes you hear angels sing, I'd dump it and try again.  Life's too short to drink bad beer.


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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:39:59 PM »
from conference web site..."Participating in Club Night does not secure you or your fellow club members a spot at the conference, please apply to register for the conference before February 28, 2014 if you plan to attend."

might wanna fix that date just to keep people happy that you've been consistent.

*edit* - a date by when a club needs to commit to Club Night would be great too, though I see no need for it yet.

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if the OP's registration reflects that they would ship anywhere, and somehow despite some regions not being full they did not get in, then they have my sympathy, and deserve an explanation.  If this is a glitch then it needs to be worked out.

If, however, they put that they would ship to certain regions, and not to others, then I do not feel bad for them.
Everyone that registered has already had the chance to say where they are willing to send entries.  Offering them empty spots in regions they weren't willing to ship to is silly.  How about offering me one of those empty spots, since I said I was willing to send more than 4?!

Furthermore, a previous Zymurgy article said that there was room to expand the First Round by up to THREE, to 14 regionals.  It expanded by ONE.  Though we haven't been told where the biggest demand is located, I think we all know where it is.  Clubs in those areas are welcome to step up and organize additional First Round locations. 

124 is not a big number.  In the AHA's shoes I might have contacted the regions and inquired whether they were willing to expand from 750 to 800 or some other similar small increase to try to accommodate additional entrants.

cheers--
--Michael

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