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Events / Re: AHA Forum Meetup at NHC
« on: May 31, 2016, 08:49:16 AM »
I seem to remember about 15 people in there last year, perhaps a little higher if we assume people were coming and going.  Probably a few more this year?

you guys have any preferences between beer/mead/cider as I'm bottling/getting ready to go?

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Leinikug Grapefruit Schandy
« on: May 26, 2016, 07:05:13 AM »
Give me a Canoe Paddler or Helles Yeah, and keep me away from their fruit efforts.


I have an impression that 10% of brewers who enter competition are very good to excellent brewers and the other 90% are at least partially deluded.

I'm pretty sure I fit both of these though.  8)
You coming to NHC? And perhaps more importantly, if so are you bringing mead?

Amanda and I have decided this thread is full of liars.    ;D
at the very least you guys are entering competitions a lot less frequently than those making the infected stuff I keep running into at the judging table.

Sure, I've tossed batches.  Certainly more because of oxidation or just being tired of it, but infections happen.  Occasionally the effect is lovely, and sometimes others don't even notice it.  Friends couldn't detect the mouse in a batch of cider, but it was there, and I didn't keep that **** another day.

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--

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