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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.

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.

I was told that it was 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....

I was told that it was 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.

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 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 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.
It does not stipulate who can be a judge or how many judges the competition can have.

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.... ;)

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 much back pressure could putting in an airlock create?  It can't possibly be more than .5 psi. Could it make a difference?

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!!

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

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

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

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: April 28, 2012, 07:14:43 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong but aren't NHC entry fees already 10 dollars for AHA members and 14 dollars for non members?  That seems like a lot to me especially when you account for shipping. I think what some of you have forgotten is that most people are not entering their beers to "win"....they just want valuable feedback from "good" judges. The NHC is known for this.
On a side note...where does all the entry fee money go? It seems that the NHC is run on the backs of some extremely dedicated volunteers who in return might get a free lunch out of the deal. Assuming every regional comp brings in 8K....does it really cost that much to run a regional comp? Just wondering....

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swift kick to the nuts!
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:24:34 AM »
Well don't feel too bad! I entered a beer in a local comp last year and was stoked to see that one of the judges was a Grand Master. He gave my American Amber, a beer that I thought was pretty good, a 13!! A 13!!  >:(  I literally could of pissed into the bottle and gotten the same score!!  After a cool down period..I realized that something else must of have happened. Either the bottle got infected or there was a mix up.

Going Pro / Re: "The Grand Timeline"
« on: April 22, 2012, 09:52:40 PM »
I just hope, before it crashes, that competition will drive down the prices. It's getting ridiculous. A pint of beer selling for $6, $7, $8 and even more in some places. Pitchers upwards of $20. Happy hour knocks off a buck. BFD.
You know I really hate to admit it but the prices of craft beer are getting to be a little out of control. I say this fully admitting that I am a thrifty... ok cheap.. homebrewer. It is pretty easy to go out and spend 20-30 bucks on 3-4 beers at a brewery.  I know that I can make between 5-10 gallons of homebrew for the same amount of money. Thank goodness my local brewery also has a homebrew shop. I want to support them but...I am not made of money ;D

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