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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC shipping issues
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:49:40 AM »
"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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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Conference Hotels
« on: March 07, 2014, 12:01:52 PM »
Glad they fixed the dates.  Wouldn't want someone showing up the wrong week:

Devos Place schedule:
Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2014  American Homebrewers Association 2014 Conference
Jun 16 - Jun 19, 2014  American Baptist Association 2014 National Meeting

 ;D
Might be a few less kegs of beer at one of those than the other.

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Since its actually close to me I would like to sign up to judge for the experience but I'm not planning to attend the conference. Is that possible?

I'm certain they will still value the help of a trained judge.  It's just like any other competition at that point.

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Events / Re: NHC Hotels filled up already?
« on: March 07, 2014, 10:14:25 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.

Was just able to book the JW Marriott with the AHA link for Tues-Sun.  JW's are usually really nice.  You might want to try today now that the rooms are released.

actually that's what I tried.  it showed availability, I clicked it, and it said no availability anymore.  whatever; just glad to be there.  And have to figure out how to manage a Wednesday arrival with an 8:30 am Wednesday Mead exam.   ;)

cheers--
--Michael
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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.

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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)

cheers--
--Michael

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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.


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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. 

Cheers,
Janis

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)

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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.

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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.

cheers--
--Michael


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.   ::) 

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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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