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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why aren't NHC scores published?
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:34:39 PM »
I'm sorry maybe I don't understand the competition rules ???.  Aren't Gold, Silver, Bronze awarded based on your score?  Or am I missing something....Can a Gold Medal go to a beer that got a 38 and a Silver to a beer that got a 40 based on some mysterious factor?
I am starting to enter some local contests and wonder the same thing. I have been fortunate to win some medals. Obviously I know my score but I wonder what the 1st place winner's score was. Was I close? Does it matter??? Well it is a competition...otherwise why not just submit beers for feedback and call it good and not worry about medals, best of show, etc. 

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The Pub / Re: My city is burning...
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:17:15 PM »
As a professional firefighter for the past 23 years, with a big chunk of it fighting wildland fires, I feel for you.  The only thing that is going to stop that fire is a weather change i.e. rain....or at least cooler weather with some humidity. If you know anyone in the evacuation zone tell them to get out and stay out. One of the worst things we have to deal with is civilians getting in the way and causing more harm than good.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Why aren't NHC scores published?
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:06:53 PM »

Maybe because it's nobody's business but the brewer's.


+1 Score is only relevant to the brewer and how that brewer can improve their own recipes. Plain and simple.
I understand but c'mon if you are winning Gold at the NHC you are already brewing outstanding beer!!  Like I said I can be very competitive and I view the NHC as the "Olympics" for homebrewing. The brewers who win are the best of the best. Heck the winning recipes are even published in Zymurgy.  It doesn't seem like asking too much to know what kind of score it took to medal. It gives the rest of us something to shoot for.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Why aren't NHC scores published?
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:14:25 PM »
quick question.....Why aren't NHC scores published?  Maybe it is the competitor in me but I would like to know what a beer scored not just that it got 1st place.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Famous Homebrewers
« on: June 23, 2012, 03:09:06 PM »
I know at one point the model Kathy Ireland homebrewed.  I think there is even a picture of her with Papazian.

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I was told that it was allowed....at least in CA.

It seems like your ABC folks up in NorCal are much friendlier than ours here in LA where they've repeatedly told us not a chance in hell even though it's a wristband event with no tickets.

I think we are also operating under the whole "it's better to beg forgiveness, than to ask permission".  It's always easier for the government to say "NO" than yes or maybe....

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I was told that it was allowed....at least in CA.

It seems like your ABC folks up in NorCal are much friendlier than ours here in LA where they've repeatedly told us not a chance in hell even though it's a wristband event with no tickets.

Wow! That a bummer. I am actually just up the 101 from you in Ventura. I also know that the Santa Barbara area clubs pour at the Santa Barbara Beer Festival.  You would "think" that since it is a state law that it would be applied equally in all parts of the state.

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I have poured, along with other HBC members, at a commercial beer festival in our town in CA.  I checked with the organizer who checked with the ABC. I was told that it was allowed....at least in CA. Now I don't know all the specifics but it seems like it met the letter of the law
1. The homebrewers received no form of compensation, it was all done by wristband so there were not even drink tickets to collect.
2.  All proceeds collected went to a 501c non-profit
3.  All pours were in a 3 oz. sample glass
4.  Now this is the big one IMO....it also involved two beer competitions.  One was a straight out Best Beer contest and the other was a People's Choice contest. It looks like according to CA state law that homebrew may be served in a festival type setting along as it is part of a competition, tasting, or judging. http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/statutes/california
It does not stipulate who can be a judge or how many judges the competition can have.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast and Pressure
« on: June 11, 2012, 08:24:45 PM »
Another reason why I don't think it is a big deal is that atmospheric pressure will vary according to altitude.  In San Diego it is essentially 14.7 psi but in Denver it is something like 12.2.  Obviously brewers in San Diego in make great beer even though their yeast have to endure an extra 2.5 psi of pressure compared to Colorado brewers. I think this myth is busted.... ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast and Pressure
« on: June 11, 2012, 01:54:00 PM »
I was reading an article about Saisons in Zymurgy a while back. Drew talked about how yeast don't like pressure and to NOT put an airlock in but rather just cover the opening with some sanitized foil. Now I do this for starters with the theory that there will be better exchange of gases. Here is where I am baffled....how much back pressure could putting in an airlock create?  It can't possibly be more than .5 psi. Could it make a difference?

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:19:55 PM »
We Built This City- Jefferson Starship

.....a truly awful, awful song!!

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:24:36 PM »
New Moon on Monday- Duran Duran :-[

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 05, 2012, 06:29:38 PM »
Owner of A Lonely Heart- Yes

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The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: May 27, 2012, 08:37:21 PM »
Burning down the house-talking heads
House of the Rising Sun- The Animals

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Zymurgy / Re: Why should I renew my subscription?
« on: April 28, 2012, 09:54:27 PM »
I just renewed my AHA membership for the next two years.  I enjoy getting Zymurgy and I also get 5% off at my LHBS. So between those two things it pretty much pays for itself. As far as the magazine getting boring....well I think that after subscribing for a few years most "hobby" magazines do get boring. Do I really want to read another article about kegging, yeast starters, or growing hops? Probably not....unless something dramatic has occurred in the 2-3 year time span since they last had an article about those subjects.  However....there are lots of new brewers who are seeing that information for the first time.

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