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Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 22, 2016, 05:31:21 AM »
The Mead in Minn will always bring me back. I will be there, doing my part to improve the currently mediocre to poor avg beer quality at Club Night.

...yeah, I said it. Enough with the keg dumping. Let's see your best efforts.

(Hey we were already on a tangent...why not another!)    8)

Other Fermentables / Re: First Hard Apple Cider - Any Tips?
« on: May 21, 2016, 04:29:54 AM »
When someone says "I want to make a Kolsch/California common/DIPA" it is pretty obvious what their goal is.

Unfortunately cider isn't like that. In order to really give any advice we really need to know what your goal is. But, yes, you can make cider with what you've got on hand right now.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 10:48:36 AM »
are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Did we just give away next year's location?

"It's not a secret" - someone from AHA, like 6 weeks ago.  I'm sure there's a possibility that sales could be hurt slightly if news of future locations came out too early, so I haven't said anything publicly until their discounted hotel period was over.  *shrug*

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 20, 2016, 08:13:20 AM »
This is reminding me of Office Space. "I said NO SALT and there were great grains of salt on the glass"

are we gonna see you next June in Minnesota? 
...It's time Jim.   8)

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 19, 2016, 03:33:20 PM »
Philly was just ok to me, but then that was the year I made lunch my main meal and ate like a (piggish) king at the Market every day. Love that place.

Fine, some didn't like Grand Rapids' banquet. I loved it, and the whole conference. Hope we go back.

Basically I float in on a few pints of bjcp meeting beers, eat something, and wait for familiar names to be called. I'm probably among the biggest foodies in the conference but until I retire from competition I guess I just don't care if it's at least decent. To each their own.

Have you ever considered switching your evaluation base to something like Ted Hausotter uses in his hop presentations (see page 30 from one of his past presentations)?

I enjoyed the .pdf presentation, but I didn't see anything there that would replace the value of the spider graph and other info as presented in Marshall's work.

He's just asking if they have considered changing the recipe to one without boil hops. He's not suggesting eliminating the spider graph.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 1469 problem
« on: May 18, 2016, 11:11:32 AM »
Shoot.  I'd wait a week minimum before taking a reading.  Let the krausen drop before checking, for sure.

No harm in being patient.

bit of a tangent, but with this yeast that wait is probably longer than any other yeast I've used.  Definitely likes sticking around in a thick mat up top.

Events / Re: Skipping the banquet at HomebewCon
« on: May 18, 2016, 04:46:26 AM »
kinda lame that this year you can't walk in after the banquet to hear the awards.
maybe they'll relax that when they see how many people leave after the food?

as for sitting with people you know, I only do that when I've got a group to be cheering for at the awards.  Otherwise I can sit anywhere just to eat.

Dat salad in Grand Rapids, doe...I may or may not have grabbed a second one.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer dumb phase
« on: May 17, 2016, 08:24:39 AM »
I include a few weeks of cold conditioning into the timing of almost every beer I make.
got some Zombie Dust on 4/21, bottled the previous day.  Mediocre.  Now, after a few weeks in the fridge?  Noticeably better.

For me, the more interesting result was the delay in the PET wort taking off.  Was there any difference in BB date on the yeasts?  Given the different behaviour of the worts from pitching, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that there was a noticeable difference in the resultant beer, but it seems unlikely that yeast pitched into wort contained in PET rather than glass would behave so differently initially if that were the only variable at play.

I'd consider each having their own package of yeast to be a second variable, FWIW.


however, are you sure your previous batches were ready?
If this was "basic" homebrewing equipment then I assume you aren't kegging.  And it's only been 7 weeks since the purchase.

I encourage you to get even more fermenters (and some shelf space for your bottles).  Don't be in a hurry to drink that beer if it isn't ready, or too hasty to dump something that isn't ready yet.

good luck--

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic fermenters
« on: May 09, 2016, 06:31:24 AM »
If this comment was on a blind competition scoresheet, then that Beer Judge is a lot more suspect than your plastic.

'manda, obv you backed off on the chocolate...  Any late hops?

If I can make the party we'll have to each bring our own for a private comparison to the big batch.

zwiller, the two KCBC beers I've had were fantastic.  I'll let others decide for themselves how "German" they are.  As for myself - as largely a brewer of German styles - I would be happy to say I made them. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 22, 2016, 09:28:11 AM »

I have to be honest somethings gotta change with these BJCP 2015 guidelines if this is going to continually happen.

I may have given impression I'm have a problem with  current category entry numbers. I don't.

No one seemed to be complaining when two years ago pilsner in SD had 5 entries while IPA had 87.
as Dennis said the problem isn't the 2015 guidelines.

I support separate entry limit for mead and cider because entry numbers are tiny and we've got room for more without changing anything.

Add one category for American Wild, move fruit and spice to Fruit Beer, couple other tiny tweaks...and done.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Scoring and Awards
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:03:35 PM »
I've mostly come to terms with the crapshoot nature. Judging Denver did a lot for me there. I had one beer I vehemently defended more than I've ever done for an entry. Other minibos judges wanted it kicked first, but clearly neither understood the style. I pushed it to Finals.
Myself, got a nice scoresheet detailing how my Schwarz was "way too roasty" while the other judge said it was "very smooth but lacking any roast"

...whatev, I'll take my 37 and try again next year.

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