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Dortmunder for me, and racking/lagering my Alt.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewed Wedding Favors
« on: May 22, 2012, 07:09:30 AM »
your brother's buddy did a great job on those labels.  They are definitely worthy of such a somber joyous occasion.   ;D


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: May AHA Club-only Competition results
« on: May 20, 2012, 07:10:02 PM »
Awesome!  I work with Bob Wiegers and am drinking a bottle of his beer now.  Very tasty.

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The Pub / Re: Police in Chicago bust NATO protestors homebrewing
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:39:53 PM »
I guess I've been lucky enough to never experience the whole neighbor-sees-wort-chiller-and-calls-cops thing.

gotten plenty of suspicion because of light from my reef tanks though...

cheers--
--Michael 

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We had a similarly stupid law in Florida up until 2001.  Beer could only be sold in 8, 12, 16, or 32 ounce containers (after that it was OK).  So we had almost no European beers and no 22 ounce bombers.
As I understand it the law was originally enacted in the late 50's to punish Miller for not putting their new brewery in Jacksonville, building it in Georgia instead.  They had 7 (or was it 7.5?) ounce bottles.

Nice that they fixed that...but didn't that create your ridiculous no-64oz-growlers law at the same time?
last I checked anything between 32 and 128 ounces was still illegal?

cheers--
--Michael

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Events / Re: pre conference events
« on: May 16, 2012, 11:37:25 AM »
wife and I have been eyeing the "Washington Wine & More" but I really want to see a conference seminar schedule first.  Already signed up as available to judge/steward, and I don't want to miss some of the seminars.  I guess we'll see.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Our local microbrew
« on: May 11, 2012, 08:37:18 AM »
That's a great maibock.  Probably my second favorite beer in the state behind the Lb. No. 6 Oatmeal Stout.  I need to get back up there ASAP.  So many beers, so little time.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: pleasant surprise
« on: May 10, 2012, 05:50:50 AM »
congrats; that is an excellent first effort.  Heck it's excellent whenever.

how dry is this finish they dinged?  The style can finish quite dry...

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 06:38:13 PM »
Agreed, I like bawdy humor.. I'm going to the RenFaire this week for f'sake, but I've just seen a number of crude names that aren't funny and aren't imaginative. And those just annoy me.. if you can make it funny and risque.. go fer it, but then again it seems by the field of names I've seen things like "Three Fingers Deep Tripel" or "Shocker Stout" are names some people like that just make me roll my eyes. (and those are the polite ones)

hey, some of us went to Wichita State!   8)
Shocker names and shocker humor are unavoidable here.  It's perhaps even more popular than "Shocker Football - Undefeated since 1986!" t-shirts.
just sayin...

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 10:41:27 AM »
When I decided to name my brewery I went with a Information Technology is driving me crazy theme.  Hence the "Slowly Losing IT Brewery" was born.  I tried to give beers names that fit the theme.  Here are a few (along with, hopefully witty, tag lines:
Paul

lots of good names; thank you for sharing them.
I've only bothered with a few.  When the company furloughed us for a month of course my IPA became "Furloughed Engineer - Pale, Bitter, and Full of Alcohol"
and when a guy in our club bragged about his mediocre porter, "Better than Stino's" was born.  8)

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: A Rose By Any Other Name
« on: May 09, 2012, 09:35:42 AM »
Interesting article, thanks.

I don't really agree, but then I drink a good portion of my beer.  Obviously a name will not affect my own perception of it.  The stuff I don't drink is given to people who are just grateful for free beer.  When I go to a fest I want to know what style is being poured into my glass.  Preferably any special ingredients.  And then I'll taste it and let the beer speak for itself.  *shrug*

thanks again--
--Michael

P.S. - I do make an exception for failed experiments.  I'm on "FAIL ALE" #7 or so.  I include a nice "FAIL" image on a label and bottle a few of them.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 02, 2012, 01:52:45 PM »
Thank you Drew

that sounds about like I expected. 
So it sounds like someone smarter than me needs to decide on a maximum that can be handled in one day and work backwards from there.  Or are you saying we are already at that number?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 02, 2012, 01:03:42 PM »

if more/better judges were available (I know, I am part of the problem, but I will work on it) we could expand the entries i would think

agreed.  However, how long until the "the final round is getting too big" becomes a real issue?  It's, what, 924 max entries right now?  I don't know the answer. 
*I* haven't done final round judging; can someone who has talk about how it would work with, say, 1500 entries?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 02, 2012, 12:56:18 PM »
I had a third place beer in the regionals several years ago that won gold in the finals, so I don't like the idea of only sending the top two.  Different judge, different day.....

I understand this argument, and I don't mean to be rude, but I think it's pretty weak.  What about the 4th place beers that aren't making it to the finals right now?  Ya gotta cut it off somewhere.  I believe if more/better judges were available it would improve so this would be minimized.  The saying "different judge, different day" suggests to me that winning final round gold doesn't mean that much.  That's unfortunate.

A much better argument IMO would have been that the third place beer in a given region may be better than the first place beer in any other region.  As long as they're giving out three medals that is a danger.

nothing personal.  Just my two cents.

cheers--
--Michael

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:13:28 PM »
I like this everyone-gets-an-entry stuff.
Sure there are more than 30K members, but until the last couple years it hasn't filled up, so there's plenty of history of less than 10% of the membership participating.
I like the max 5 entries per day stuff too.  It won't help with the explosive growth of the competition/hobby for more than a couple years but it's a start.
And as for the GABF "members-only" stuff, that makes way too much sense; stop that crazy talk! 

cheers--
--Michael

But how could you guarantee that trend would continue if everyone got one entry?  I could see a situation where more people would enter since the entry was included with their membership.


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I read his suggestion as saying members would get an option. They would still have to pay the 10$ or whatever, but they would have right of first refusal.

That's the way I read it as well.

Exactly.  Registration opens for a week (or whatever) for members to get their best beer in if they so choose, after which the free-for-all starts.
sorry for the confusion Denny.   ;D

...whatever.  we all know there's no perfect option.  I am not involved in the discussions to see how the "problems" are ranked so I don't know which to address first.  I'm going to assume "The final round is getting too big" ranks fairly highly so simply adding more regions isn't going to cut it for long.  As stated previously maybe we have to eventually go to top 2 advance from first round instead of top 3. 

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