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I mixed the priming sugar unevenly, and the carbonation varied throughout the bottles, with most of them quite low.  So, yes.  But I have very high standards; most people thought it was fantastic.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I was right!
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:52:24 PM »
if it's anywhere near as delicious as their IPA, I'm sure it's amazing.  Having said that, IMO Field 41 is just about the perfect APA and my go-to PNW beer.  I know Hieronymus feels similarly.  They make great beer; hope I can try this one someday.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl
« on: February 02, 2017, 06:20:16 PM »
I think its mostly people who like to show others that they know something and have discriminating palates.

This perhaps sums it up the best. "Just smart enough to be dangerous" like. There's enough out there to make diacetyl seem evil all the time, and if you don't do any follow up research it would be easy to write it off as a flaw.

something I used to do and need to get back to is visiting brew clubs on my travels.  Places no one knows me.  I bring some of my best beer and introduce myself as "my wife got me a Mr Beer kit; thought I'd give this hobby a try.  This is my attempt at IPA (or pilsner or saison or whatever)" - and I watch them attempt to find all the "usual noob flaws" - the local know-it-all ass***** tend to identify themselves quickly.  I like to stamp that crap out.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Diacetyl
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:12:07 PM »
I don't think it's the BJCP's fault per se.  Rather I look at human nature.

A lot of judges, when new, are a bit unsure of their skills.  And we definitely have some higher-ranking judges who are a little overbearing with the "why the hell did you push this terrible beer?!" in a mini-BOS setting. 

I believe being unsure of one's skills leads to a "low-hanging fruit" or "Fault-Finder" type of judge.  I just wrote about this in a cider article last night.  Certain flaws make a decent percentage of judges just tune out.  "What is this s***, butter?! How dare they! The horror, the horror - I'm done!" - and they give the rest of the beer (or mead, or cider) short shrift.  That's not OK.

The easiest way to not have anyone question your judge skills is to ding the beer and not have it move on.  So we have people looking for reasons to dislike the beer, instead of looking at its merits.  People who see styles as extremely narrow, rather than existing on a continuum, with some overlap between styles.  And if we don't address it, those judges often become experienced judges with the same skewed perception of flaws and their severity.



Homebrew Competitions / Re: Mead Bottles for NHC
« on: February 01, 2017, 02:22:55 PM »
I don't have any 10oz bottles but I may just enter a couple of 9oz and see if anyone even notices.   ::)

a moderately strong oatmeal stout with chocolate and coffee?  That's an SHV entry, not specialty.

...Unless the "inspired by" includes some noticeable ingredient (oak, bourbon, etc) you haven't mentioned.

if the coffee is anywhere near the strength of FBS you will NOT do well in the standard stout categories.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC competition
« on: January 23, 2017, 05:48:40 AM »
FWIW, Other Historical *is* in Specialty. I don't expect the category to be particularly enormous with this list of styles.

Specialty Beer
31A. Alternative Grain Beer
31B. Alternative Sugar Beer
34A. Clone Beer (non-Belgian)
34B. Mixed-Style Beer
34C. Experimental Beer
27J. Other Historical Beer

P.S. - at ~8% it seems strong enough for Doppelsticke.  But it will need to taste strong as judges don't like to give you the benefit of the doubt on alcohol.   ::)  And as a fairly experienced judge, if I even saw this in Mixed-Style or Experimental and someone wrote "doppelsticke: doppelbock-strength altbier" I'd have enough to go on. 

Imperial Brewpub

Imperial Pale Ale
Imperial Lager
Imperial Stout

If there's no Imperial Session IPA, I'm not interested.

I can't conceive of any situation, including financial windfall, where I'd open a brewery and subject myself with dealing with the likes of you people.   ;D

But I used to put great deal of thought into my tap handles at home.  I used to be able to achieve this, but I'm slowing down my brewing.

Kolsch rotated with Helles
German Pilsner
Vienna Lager rotated with moderately hoppy American Amber
Munich Dunkel rotated with Schwarzbier
Oatmeal Stout rotated with robust porter
Saison of some sort
Double IPA
New World Cider

Lately it is more like Pils, IIPA, Altbier, Cider x3, Meadx2

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I offer this for open ridicule ....
« on: January 16, 2017, 05:02:39 AM »
Meh. Whatever.

I just never understand the need some have to slam the hobbies enjoyed by less than 1% of Americans.

What is the purpose of the article? To tell the masses you're not interested in a niche pastime? Great, thanks, mkay. We get it; we're weird to you. So maybe leave us alone.

I don't give two sh*** if someone doesn't want to brew. If they *DO* I'm available to teach them how.

The end.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: International presence at HombrewCon
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:53:42 PM »
I would attend a "homebrewing in XX country" seminar just on pure curiosity.  And Con presenters get their conferences paid for, right?

Negative comments about my beers at brew club meeting because they are not IPAs, sours, fruit or any other molested style of brew. Comments are like: "good but not hoppy enough", "good but I like more funk." WTF is FUNK?
Feeling like an oddball, I quit going. Why can't people appreciate a good regular beer anymore?

I used to get that a lot.  "This imperial stout is nice but why don't you oak age it?  why no bourbon?"

it's my damn beer. I make what I like.  And I'm extremely familiar with the beers they are trying to get me to emulate, and they are all fricking bourbon bombs.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Mead Bottles for NHC
« on: January 09, 2017, 04:32:30 PM »
NHC Mead entries have been down.
Meanwhile, Mazer Cup fills up the homemade side of their competition (450 entries) in 1.5 days.

There's plenty of talented meadmakers out there and plenty of interest in competing. 
I *think* the AHA would like the numbers to go up, but being proactive rather than reactive (explore how to increase entries rather than explore combining categories) would help.


"I...don't know how to put this, but...I'm kind of a big deal. People know me. I have many shiny medals and my basement smells of raspberry melomel."

(Thanks for the plug Kev. Check is in the mail. )  ;D

It's my beer and if I am bored or underwhelmed with it I'll dump it out if I damn well please. 

Don't come at me with the childish idea of "alcohol abuse"

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