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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:30:06 AM »
Well, that exam is only for people enrolled on his class.

I've sent an email to the Richland guy. If that falls through I am giving up. I'll take it as an indication that they already have plenty of judges.

I'm the Richland guy, added you to the list and replied to your email.

It's not till September so you've got time to practice.  Try to get some judging experience in that time, should be plenty of opportunities in Portland and Seattle

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 12, 2014, 09:17:16 PM »
How did you do on the tasting? Tell us how it was done...

I'm studying the guide with a goal of taking the online exam next month. Hoping to get into the judging exam in Portland Or in May

Contact them asap to get on the list.  Look for every exam you are willing to go to over the next year+ and email to get on their lists.  Many exams have last minute drops so if you are ready you can get a spot.

Make sure you take the online exam well in advance, part of the reason for open spots is people put it off to the last minute and don't pass

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Events / Re: Non-standard 12 oz bottles and NHC
« on: January 12, 2014, 11:17:11 AM »
As long as it will fit in a normal case and not stick up taller than the rest then it is fine.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentor Upgrade
« on: January 11, 2014, 12:48:13 AM »
I've got a bunch of those containers I use in the kitchen.  The small 4L size is perfect for brining a chicken and rising dough.  Props on using them for a brewing use

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 10, 2014, 01:39:40 PM »
How about everyone is welcome to enter. But if your beer scores below 30 you are banned for a year, and the names of the banned brewers are published along with comments on how bad it was. That might make people only send their best.

I'm sure that is in jest but beers less than 30 aren't bad, in fact I'd say generally that is right around the average score. 

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:04:43 AM »
I will say that the more NHC's you go to the more you want to go to NHC.  I've been to over a dozen and will try not to miss one no matter where it is.
Pro night last year reminded me of GABF with the incredibly loud venue and long lines for the "special" beers and breweries.  I didn't stay long.

Also left early last year.  The acoustics were terrible in there? The volume was much better at club night, but I'm not sure why.  More people spread out?

Springing for the carpet in the future would help with the noise

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:26:57 AM »
there would only be 84 medals per competition.  There will still be slots available for a lottery afterwards.  Medaling in one of the competitions would only guarantee you a slot. I'm sure at least a portion of those slots will go unused in the NHC... so they would be slots (in addition to the un-claimed slots) that would go to the lottery.  So in theory you could go on like you have been and still take you chances on a lottery or you could take steps to secure a position by helping out with the NHC the previous year or medaling in one of the selected comps.  I think it would increase the quality of entries in the NHC.

I slowed down entering competitions last year (only entered 4 or 5 including NHC), this year I am planning on entering NHC and probably 1 other.

In your situation someone who wanted to enter could just pay the $30 to register a competition and register themselves and their friends as the winners.  It'd be cheaper than entering a bunch of other competitions.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Baby Hiatus...how long is enough?!?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:52:42 PM »
I've actually brewed the most in the shortest time in the weeks after both of my kids were born while my wife was home on maternity leave.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Measuring vial?
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:07:25 AM »
Graduated cylinder, smallest size is probably about 10ml but there would be marks for every .1 or .2.

Another option is to dilute it so you are using something like 7ml instead of .7

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Events / Re: NHC entry problems : SOLUTIONS!
« on: January 02, 2014, 07:15:41 PM »
I dig your tenacity. You proved the need for me to admit the virtually part of impossible instead of plain old impossible. I'd like to do it, but right at the moment I don't know where to start.

You're probably a bit less than 2 hours from me in Tri-Cities.  We've been doing a yearly BJCP study group, but I don't think it is completely necessary to learn and get experience judging. 

Locally we judge county fair (about 30ish entries each year) but the bulk of my judging experience comes from driving to Portland and Seattle.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yakima Craft Brewing - IPA
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:19:11 PM »
Personally not a big fan of most of their beers.  Consistency is all over the board

How recent is your experience?

Probably late Nov or early Dec

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Yakima Craft Brewing - IPA
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:33:36 PM »
Personally not a big fan of most of their beers.  Consistency is all over the board

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What BJCP Style Category?
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:56:28 AM »
Specialty.  The coffee and chocolate take it out of stout territory.

Thanks Denny. I was thinking this would be the ticket after reading the stout descriptions. I hope to be chosen to enter the NHC. I plan on entering two stouts... Neither of which will be in the stout category lol

I'll still stand by SHV, check the style guidelines I believe Founders Breakfast Stout is even listed as a commercial example

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What BJCP Style Category?
« on: January 02, 2014, 09:10:42 AM »
I'd say Spice, Herb, Vegetable would be the best fit

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 31, 2013, 12:51:42 PM »

A lottery is a double-edged sword: you can't expect a payment commitment with the potential of not getting in, but if there's no financial commitment, the lottery will fill up with people who aren't necessarily committed to attending...
They could actually. I enter race lotteries where you register and give your credit card information. If you are selected, you are charged immediately and notified that you are registered. There is no requirement to log back in and pay. 

Then again, I'd be pretty hesitant to enter a lottery like this thinking that I might get in and not my wife (or the other way). We're really only interested in attending together.  Actually, I'm wondering how this will work out for the two of us - since it will really require two of us to make it through. It would be nice if there was a group option - register a group and either everybody gets in or nobody.

In the past you could buy a ticket for you and a guest, I imagine this would still be the case

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