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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 09:51:48 PM »
I don't know. Do you think it is mere coincidence that all (IIRC) of NHC winners the last couple of years were all grain brewers?  Or better yet why don't commercial breweries switch to extract if there really isn't any difference between extract brewing vs. all grain brewing?

Extract is significantly more expensive per gravity point than grain. And still there are SOME pro extract brewers.

Regardless, the question is not if extract makes better/worse beer but if it is a d-bag move to slap someone down because they are starting out with extract.

Absolutely it is a D-bag move to bag on someone who starts out extract brewing!! That is how most of us started and I think it is the preferred way of learning how to brew. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why didn't anyone tell me?
« on: August 30, 2013, 02:40:43 PM »
I don't know. Do you think it is mere coincidence that all (IIRC) of NHC winners the last couple of years were all grain brewers?  Or better yet why don't commercial breweries switch to extract if there really isn't any difference between extract brewing vs. all grain brewing? 

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Wow!  You guys actually keep records? I figure if I don't know how much I have brewed.......nobody else will either ;)

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Going Pro / Re: Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:43:31 AM »
So I went and asked a retired CA ABC officer this question. She responded here...http://theliquorlicenseadvisor.com/blog/?p=69#comments

I was curious for my own sake in regards to commercial establishments cooking with beer/liquor.

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Going Pro / Re: Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:29:56 PM »
I bet Sean Paxton aka....The Homebrew Chef would probably know.  He uses beer (homebrew and commercial) in a variety of recipes and puts on paid dinners. 

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Going Pro / Re: Brewing for food commercially
« on: August 08, 2013, 09:08:55 PM »
Interesting hypothetical question :o  I think you would not have to have a license. Here's why. Let's say you made your beer bread or beer battered fish and chips with commercial beer.   Since technically you are "serving" beer... Would you need an alcohol license and be required to buy your beer through a distributor since you are a "commercial" enterprise? Pretty ridiculous. The other technical point is that the food products wouldn't contain any alcohol. The alcohol would be cooked off...thus you aren't selling alcohol. I agree with your wife the beer is an ingredient....homebrew or commercial.

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33......Slowly working my way through most of the styles though some will probably never happen (sours)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:32:19 AM »
I for one am waiting to actually receive my scoresheet before I get up on the internet and complain  ;)

Good idea!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:23:53 PM »
I agree with udubdawg.  You have already paid for your feedback in the first round, the fact that your beer has advanced to the second round WITH NO EXTRA CHARGE means that you have already got your money's worth.

Just the perspective of a 2011 gold medal winner.

Actually it cost me almost 20 bucks to ship my beer (three bottles) to Philly from the west coast.  I only entered two beers in the NHC and it cost my almost 70 bucks when it was all said and done.... ???  I was really hoping to get feedback from at least a National ranked judge or higher in the second round. I will be VERY disappointed if all I get back is a sheet with boxes checked.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:08:22 PM »
They were slightly different, but you'll get them. Second round uses the checklist scoresheet with fewer written comments.
http://www.bjcp.org/docs/Beer_checklist.pdf

Kind of bummed to see that >:(  Just like a lot of us, I enter comps for feedback and dialing in brewing processes/recipes.  Pretty hard to do unless you receive written comments!!

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Events / Re: NHC Streaming?
« on: June 29, 2013, 05:20:10 PM »
Not sure if I will be able to watch the stream...when will final results be posted?

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Going Pro / Re: Home Brew Supply Startup
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:29:13 PM »
Honestly I would comb through some of the larger homebrewing catalogs (MoreBeer, Northern Brewer, etc) and work off of that  It will give you a good idea of what to carry and how to price them to be competitive.  I was a little shocked to see that my LHBS actually orders quite a bit direct from MoreBeer! Makes sense though...most of it are specialty items that they need very limited quantities of....things like stir bar magnets and odd size stoppers. You can order a very small amount and still get free shipping from MoreBeer. The important thing though is that your customer will end up buying from you, since you have it in stock!! Something else that my LHBS did is put a white board up so customers can write down what they want in "their" LHBS. 

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash recirculation
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:43:04 PM »
I recirculate (at least part of the time) with a direct fired MLT. It does take some time to dial it in but now that I have....I don't really see the need to automate it.  You are only talking about an hour MAX...I found that I get almost all of my conversion in 45 minutes.  I usually have to turn on the pump and burner 2x during a standard mash. I do stir my mash about every 15 minutes just to make sure there is even mixing but in theory it shouldn't be necessary.  Now I look at my mash temps in relative terms....152ish ;D. I don't sweat a degree in either direction during my mash.  In fact I usually will start the mash 1 degree higher than my intended rest temp and won't turn on the burner/pump until it falls more than 1 degree below.  My theory is that it all averages out in the end ;)

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There was/is a BJCP judge in the Midwest who was offering these services. Can't remember his name/website but I think he is a National level judge. Basically he charged 7 bucks a beer to critique them and email back the scoresheets.  I never did it but I thought it was a great service to offer.  Comps are great but it seems like the feedback and/or quality of the judging can be so variable that you never quite know what you are going to get. 

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Whatever vacuum sealer you go with I highly recommend getting the Foodsaver Mason Jar attachment.  A quart size jar fits a pound of hops(pellets) perfectly.  Resealing is a breeze and much cheaper than buying the food saver bags. If you want to get really fancy you can even blow CO2 over the hops before sealing them up.

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