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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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Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: May 10, 2013, 08:24:29 AM »
Here's the book the guys on probrewer.com rave about, and it's only $20: http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-hennessy/brewery-operations-manual/paperback/product-20402206.html

I have that book!! Very good....especially for small (under 7bbl) breweries.

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Going Pro / Re: Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery (2nd Edition)
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:36:09 PM »
I thought about ordering it until I saw the price!! :o  75 bucks!! And that's the member's price!  I have a lot of brewing books and I don't think I have ever paid over 25 dollars.  I wonder why it's so expensive? I can't imagine any more research went to that vs. Daniel's excellent "Designing Great Beers".

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An observation...
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:52:07 PM »
Why have a six pack when you can have a keg?!! ;D

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:21:31 PM »
If we know some regions are a bit slow, why are we still sending our beers to them? Somewhat local and well organized are my requirements for any competition. If I wasn't allowed to enter my beers in KC, I would have picked either Tulsa or St. Paul because I know they can run a great competition.

Well, this doesn't work for first time entrants who have no idea about the regions.  It also doesn't work because the registration process was a complete disaster.  It also, also doesn't work because once the entrant registers they are unable to register elsewhere.

This has been my first (and likely last) attempt to participate in the NHC and/or anything AHA related.  Due to the size and prestige of 'The Worlds Largest Homebrew Competition' (and the exorbitant fees) I was expecting a certain level of professionalism and it has been anything but.  I feel like I participated in a hobby group that got out of the organizers hands.  Lesson learned I suppose.

I feel a bit of the same way...This was my first time entering the NHC .I don't know I was just expecting it to run more smoothly for the hoops I had to jump through and high fees I had to pay just to enter.  Thank goodness my entries got moved to Seattle.....I received my scoresheets literally within days of the competition. Of course I don't know if my high scoring beers even went to the mini BOS since nothing was marked and there is some confusion if judges were supposed to fill them out. I don't know if I will enter next year but either way I don't expect the AHA to change. There is no need when demand out strips supply.
From the perspective of a long time member, the NHC has changed for the better in my memory. The Governing Committee was a positive change, as it is made up of members like you and me, who hear member voices and try make changes for the better.

The problem is the rapid growth of the hobby, and how to respond to and manage the growth.
Don't get me wrong I think the AHA does a fantastic job by and large!!  I understand how homebrewing has exploded in the last few years and the problems dealing with that growth.  I think that at some point the AHA "might" have to realize that they can no longer put on the NHC in its' current form

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:05:57 PM »
If we know some regions are a bit slow, why are we still sending our beers to them? Somewhat local and well organized are my requirements for any competition. If I wasn't allowed to enter my beers in KC, I would have picked either Tulsa or St. Paul because I know they can run a great competition.

Well, this doesn't work for first time entrants who have no idea about the regions.  It also doesn't work because the registration process was a complete disaster.  It also, also doesn't work because once the entrant registers they are unable to register elsewhere.

This has been my first (and likely last) attempt to participate in the NHC and/or anything AHA related.  Due to the size and prestige of 'The Worlds Largest Homebrew Competition' (and the exorbitant fees) I was expecting a certain level of professionalism and it has been anything but.  I feel like I participated in a hobby group that got out of the organizers hands.  Lesson learned I suppose.

I feel a bit of the same way...This was my first time entering the NHC .I don't know I was just expecting it to run more smoothly for the hoops I had to jump through and high fees I had to pay just to enter.  Thank goodness my entries got moved to Seattle.....I received my scoresheets literally within days of the competition. Of course I don't know if my high scoring beers even went to the mini BOS since nothing was marked and there is some confusion if judges were supposed to fill them out. I don't know if I will enter next year but either way I don't expect the AHA to change. There is no need when demand out strips supply.

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Pimp My System / Re: Speidel Braumeister...anyone have one?
« on: April 27, 2013, 08:12:18 PM »
Personally I think it is for people with more money than...  ::)  The size limitations(5 gal), power requirement(220v), and the brewing limitations (tops out at 1.057 without using DME), not to mention that it costs  almost 2k make it a novelty item IMO.

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