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Other Fermentables / Re: mead in a beer competition
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:23:28 PM »
In some respects it might be easier to win with a mead.  The human palate generally loves sweet.  As we know, some of the flavors in beer can be acquired tastes.  Since the majority of meads are also higher alcohol than the average homebrew, they have that advantage too.

But it will also be region-specific.  A mead entered in, say, St Paul, is going to be going against some seriously talented meadmakers.  Just any average mead in a beer competition up there isn't going to impress.

I took the BN comments as just somewhat good natured ribbing.  If you can make amazing mead I promise people don't think it is easy.  And I also promise that people will drink every drop if you let them.  ;)

(source:  am Master/Mead Judge)

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Quick question for some of you who judge/enter beers in comps.  I am sending some beers in to a comp and was thinking of entering my Amber Ale in specialty. It is clearly out of category in 10b in all categories except color.  I have entered it before and it seems I either get a 30 (great beer, out of category) or a 40 (for those who think "West Coast Amber" is the new amber.

10 pts over on gravity (1.070 OG, 1.016 final gravity)
55 IBU (not including an additional 4 ounce hop stand and not including 3 ounce dry hop)
7+% ABV


Was thinking about entering it in specialty...... but, just wondering if it would sort of get lost in the shuffle of all of the more exotic beers.   Seems like a lot of the specialty beers are over the top in their ingredients and how exotic they are.  Basically, if it is "well brewed" is a big amber worth entering in specialty do you think?  Or, is it not "special" enough?

honestly Kevin, if you, say, wanted to win MWHBOTY, it's going to have to be truly amazing or you're hurting your win % entering 23 with a beer that isn't that strange.  It's gonna have to wow on hop character and be no doubt on the caramel department without being cloying.  But having had your beer before, you'll have a shot in 23.  Good luck.

you're welcome to save one of those two bottles for yourself, and ship the other to me.   8)

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Beer Travel / Re: ROAD TRIP!!!!!
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:26:32 PM »
depending on one's feelings toward mead, one might turn south off of I-40, and less than an hour later end up in Prescott, AZ, at Superstition Meadery.
Depending on weather, maybe take 89A back up through the red rocks/Sedona.  Scenery, yo.


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The Pub / Re: the quality of American sours
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:32:55 AM »
The 98 just means about 3.75 overall score.  The per style score means more to me, but only a little.  Now, that is 97, so your point stands.  But, is the beer a 37 or so on a 5-50 point scale?  I think that's about right, but I don't know how much the brett has been working on that particular bottle you had.


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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 08, 2015, 05:05:53 PM »

did no one else find this over-the-top dickish?  What are the "unworthy" beers and why, and why should he decide what is worthy anyway?
My question is: is this how he acts all the time? For what it's worth I've never heard other reports like this about him. Is it possible that he was having a really bad day for one reason or another? Haven't we all acted dick-ish once in awhile?

I'm FAIRLY certain I didn't say "FTG; he's a dick."  His behavior in this instance, however, seems to deserve that descriptor, no?...

For the record I don't find his overall persona to be dickish, but regardless I don't find it relevant here.  I'm confused by the point he was trying to make by acting such.  I actually find it unlikely that he actually said "not worthy" - and I wish the owner had had a conversation with Harvard MBA/Billionaire Koch about owning a small business and having beer that will sell, and at profit.  The idea of a guy whose beer seems to be everywhere whining about not being in a small craft beer bar doesn't make sense to me.

cheers--
--Michael
I don't think that was a jab towards you, more a question to how Koch behaves normally.

yeah I'm on edge.  Probably so; my bad.

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The Pub / Re: stop drinking for a month
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:10:02 PM »
I am a one a day guy, not counting anything given to me, or that I brewed, or if we have company.
I like that standard a lot Jim, I may start to follow it as well, lol

+1.  It has a certain "the ice cream on the lid has no calories" quality.  Thanks Jim!  8)

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:01:22 PM »
did no one else find this over-the-top dickish?  What are the "unworthy" beers and why, and why should he decide what is worthy anyway?
My question is: is this how he acts all the time? For what it's worth I've never heard other reports like this about him. Is it possible that he was having a really bad day for one reason or another? Haven't we all acted dick-ish once in awhile?

I'm FAIRLY certain I didn't say "FTG; he's a dick."  His behavior in this instance, however, seems to deserve that descriptor, no?...

For the record I don't find his overall persona to be dickish, but regardless I don't find it relevant here.  I'm confused by the point he was trying to make by acting such.  I actually find it unlikely that he actually said "not worthy" - and I wish the owner had had a conversation with Harvard MBA/Billionaire Koch about owning a small business and having beer that will sell, and at profit.  The idea of a guy whose beer seems to be everywhere whining about not being in a small craft beer bar doesn't make sense to me.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: early Great Lakes present
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:29:20 PM »
how's the schwarzbier? I kinda hope it sucks since I guess it's tap-only.  ;)

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 07, 2015, 09:02:35 AM »


but in the end, sorry Jim:  no Black Lager, no care!   ;)
that stuff accounted for at least half of what I've ever drank from BBC.  We need more schwarzbiers, not less.

How timely! Next week I will be bottling Yellowhammer's 3rd and final year round flagship beer for 6 pack bottles. And it is a schwarzbier! :)

Awesome...if you've overcome your aversion to the shipping companies, let me know! 

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:15:56 PM »
once I got around Koch's apparent actions in the bar and eye-rolling at words like "abandoned" I agreed with a good portion of it.

but in the end, sorry Jim:  no Black Lager, no care!   ;)
that stuff accounted for at least half of what I've ever drank from BBC.  We need more schwarzbiers, not less.

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The Pub / Re: Jim Koch has a problem....
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:50:29 AM »

"Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager about the offerings. Unsatisfied with the answers, Koch complained about the beers so intensely that an employee at the bar teared up. Koch rose from his seat and walked into the keg room, where he started checking freshness dates on his competitors’ kegs."
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did no one else find this over-the-top dickish?  What are the "unworthy" beers and why, and why should he decide what is worthy anyway? 



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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Alchemist Heady Topper
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:33:11 PM »

You guys mention Russian River Pliny the Elder and I must agree, It did not blow my hair back.  Their marketing department is the reason that beer is "so great."

Pliny is a great beer, but it is highly over hyped. Helps to remember that it was one of the very first IIPAs (some argue the first) out there - it literally paved the way for Heady Topper. Also, as with all IPAs - if its not fresh it won't live up to the hype. I drank it at the source and it was a very excellent beer. Not the best IIPA I ever had, but brewery fresh and fantastic non-the-less.

gonna agree the beer is great and overhyped.  Give me Blind Pig.  The "marketing department" comment you replied to made me laugh though.
lbond2:  do you really think it is RR's actions, and not that of their fans, that has created the hype?  C'mon. 

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Other Fermentables / Re: First wine
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:39:01 AM »
doesn't appear we have many wine makers here.

i'm going to go with the wine expert gewurtz and see how that goes.
http://labelpeelers.com/wine-making/wine-kits/selection-premium-wine/selection-california-gewurztraminer--wine-kit/

most of my efforts with grapes get made into pyment.
But, although I haven't made that exact kit I've been happy with the company on the 3 others I've made.  that's all I got for ya. 

good luck--
--Michael

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Other Fermentables / Re: Sweetening cider for SWMBO
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:08:59 AM »
yes 1.025 is reasonable for a sweet cider.  I sweeten to about 1.004 for myself and 1.008 or 9 for most competition.  With my very high acid levels most people find them just slightly off-dry.

I recommend you take some samples and sit down with her and sweeten to taste before considering sweetening (and perhaps overdoing it) the whole keg.  Impression of sweetness will of course change with carbonation, acidity, tannin, serving temperature, so tasting at serving temp/carb is best, but you can still get a good idea.

I'd have some acid and perhaps a little tannin ready to play with while you're adjusting sweetness.  carbonator cap and a plastic bottle will come in handy too for a fairly quick test. 

good luck--
--Michael

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The Pub / Re: Founders Sells Minority Stake
« on: December 17, 2014, 09:36:40 AM »
I like it.  Pay back those relatives and in-laws who have helped get you started/kept you afloat with some retirement funds, open some distribution channels, and still keep the majority of the business and make beer the way you want to.

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