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Anyone know when the new guidelines are going to be posted?

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A draft version should be posted soon and open for comments/revisions for a while before the official version is released.

Events / Re: 2014 NHC Grand Rapids Review
« on: June 24, 2014, 04:10:06 PM »
To the AHA and local committees for future conferences:

I've been listening to a couple seminars that I couldn't make, and during the Q&A session, I would like to see them try a little harder to get people to use the microphone or at least have the presenter repeat the question.  During Tasty's talk, Justin was running around the room with the mike and Gordon had people come up to the microphone to ask their questions.  And their talks were a couple of the more heavily attended seminars.

I was listening to the cider panel and it was a little difficult trying to figure out what people were asking by the answers they were giving. 

Just a little constructive feedback for the future.  Thanks.
I'd agree, in most other seminars I've been to people line up behind the microphone to ask questions.  Then everyone gets heard as well as eliminates the problem of people raising their hands to ask questions and getting missed.

Events / Re: Hop and Brew School
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:38:38 PM »
I've been going for the last few years, it's really a great time.  Not sure if you had a chance to talk to Melody at the hop union booth last week but she organizes it.

Guessing you would be speaking at the 2nd session (if not both), the 1st is pro's and 2nd is homebrewers and new pro's with a party on wed night that overlaps.

They feed you all meals the full days you are there, usually pretty good stuff.  Plenty of beer available all the time.

I generally have gone to the 1st session but this year it sold out quickly so I'll be at the 2nd.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Review
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:51:54 AM »
To take advantage of a conicals design you need to at least fill the cone.  contact that manufacturer you are looking at and ask them the cone volume and that will be your minimum batch give or take a gallon.

Definitely find out from the manufacturer or do the calculations yourself.  Find out volume of cone, to any valves, to any thermowell.

With the thermowells I had made for my brewhemoths I need to have at least 8 gal of beer in there to get an accurate reading.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Ninkasi
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:17:17 PM »
It just seems like Ninkasi needs to be eliminated or replaced with something else.  I really thought this year that the person that won was going to only have 1 entry max and win gold in both rounds

Edit: I imagine this feedback should really go to someone on the governing committee

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2014 NHC forum meet up
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:03:42 PM »
Bummer, I totally forgot all about this

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Score!
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:36:04 AM »
I saw the peche one at the local beer shop tonight but didn't but it, had plenty of other things I needed to buy to take to MI. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Score!
« on: June 07, 2014, 11:47:51 PM »
Nice. I've had half of those

Events / Re: Need one conference ticket
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:55:45 PM »
If you buy a ticket from someone that can't go you would be doing them a favor.  Plus probably get it cheaper

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judging at NHC
« on: June 05, 2014, 08:00:10 PM »
I believe last year it was 3 judges per group and at least 1 (if not more) were national.  The other two guys I judged with were certified.

I always print out my recipe and write notes on the back, those get  3 hole punched and stuck in a binder.  Back when I entered more competitions I would punch holes in my scoresheets and stick them with the recipe in the binder.

Events / NHC room/roomate and possibly ride
« on: May 28, 2014, 08:25:59 PM »
My roomate and ride bailed out of NHC this year.  I've already got a room at the Amway for wed-sun in case some non-creeper wants to share a room.  Send me a PM if you have space in your room or need a place to crash.

I might also need a right from the SE Mich area also,  I have a couple of potential offers but nothing confirmed.  I get into DTW on the 8th and don't leave till the 23rd so I am pretty flexible. 

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY3711 = WLP???
« on: May 27, 2014, 09:09:38 PM »
Depending on the sizeof the batch you are making you might be able to grow up the yeast yourself.  I've done that for a couple of Pro-Am beers

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WY3711 = WLP???
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:31:37 PM »
I've never seen a WL strain that matched it, but they probably have some in their library that is available to commercial breweries.  Wouldn't hurt to ask them.

Otherwise maybe the white labs saison blend? Or your own blend with like 40% 565, 40% 566, and 20% 001

Equipment and Software / Re: window AC for cold room
« on: May 26, 2014, 05:20:19 AM »
With the digital ac unit I modified into my glycol chiller i measured the resistance on the thermostat at 2 different temps (like 65 and 85) and have a relay switch between 2 different resistors to trick the unit into thinking it os high or low.

Of course I trashed my ac and voided the warranty, so if you dont want to void the warranty go the coolbot route

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