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It's not a big airport, I'm guessing a good percentage of the people coming in over tue-thur will be going to the same place. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Second Round Recipe Entry
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:04:37 AM »
Just don't name your recipe super hoppy ipa'; drop table recipes;

:)

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Central Washington Brewfest
« on: May 17, 2014, 08:16:20 AM »
Roslyn has had a brewery for as long as I can remember, but Wild Earth is a new one to me.

I've had the Orlison beers a bunch of times, pretty good stuff

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I did pretty much decide to just skip it as it would be the only reason for me to drive there a day early and pay for an extra day at the hotel...I would also miss my carpool... so maybe for the best... I'll just retake it in 2015 if needed (hopefully not)

Written should be easier to get a spot for in the future with the quarterly exams.

I'm kind of in the same boat as you though, that would be the only reason to go over on tuesday and I'd have to deal with a ride

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Thanks.  Now go grade my exam ;-)

haha J/K.  I am bummed that my exam from early January won't be graded before the NHC so I can't retake it there if needed... but w/e.  I know my set was 'odd' and that's the reason it hasn't even been started yet.

Why not just retake at NHC anyways?  $15 bucks and a bit of time isn't much to waste if you don't need the score
You can't retake the exam if you have one pending being graded already.  I could cancel my first exam and retake... but I don't really see the point in that... as I could have passed it with my needed 75.  At this point I don't really care about going > National.

I've never seen this rule anywhere, can you point it out to me?
No clue if it's posted somewhere.  I was told this directly.  I did find this where it states it's strongly discouraged and that they may implement a policy where they throw the new exam out... This is basically what I was told would happen... so maybe said policy was in fact put in place. lol.
http://www.bjcp.org/news/2014Q1/2014Q1_ExamProgramUpdates.html

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We strongly discourage people from retaking the same exam when the results of a previous exam are still pending. We've discussed having a policy that says a retake while a pending exam hasn't completed grading will just be ignored (just thrown away and not graded). We may well need to officially say that.

EDIT: I don't mean to say I don't understand it... Why make an already bogged down system of graders grade multiple exams from the same person when for sure 'one of them' is going to be overrided by the other...

I figured it would be discouraged so you don't take up seats and potentially taking the spot of a new judge waiting for an exam, with the expanded set at NHC there shouldn't be an issue with number of spots.  Of course they do all still need to be graded.

I'm still waiting on results from a tasting last year to decide if I'm going to retake either of the tests at NHC this year.

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Thanks.  Now go grade my exam ;-)

haha J/K.  I am bummed that my exam from early January won't be graded before the NHC so I can't retake it there if needed... but w/e.  I know my set was 'odd' and that's the reason it hasn't even been started yet.

Why not just retake at NHC anyways?  $15 bucks and a bit of time isn't much to waste if you don't need the score
You can't retake the exam if you have one pending being graded already.  I could cancel my first exam and retake... but I don't really see the point in that... as I could have passed it with my needed 75.  At this point I don't really care about going > National.

I've never seen this rule anywhere, can you point it out to me?

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Thanks.  Now go grade my exam ;-)

haha J/K.  I am bummed that my exam from early January won't be graded before the NHC so I can't retake it there if needed... but w/e.  I know my set was 'odd' and that's the reason it hasn't even been started yet.

Why not just retake at NHC anyways?  $15 bucks and a bit of time isn't much to waste if you don't need the score

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP moving up the ranks question
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:37:43 PM »
Feedback: Constructive feedback on every beer. That beer you gave a 45 to? Saw something about improving it. This can be really minor like I feel like this barleywine would be even better with another year but say something. On flawed beers lots of specific feedback. Study the causes of common flaws and give technically correct feedback. I love it as a grader when an examinee shows that they realize a flaw can have multiple causes/solutions. You should probably give some positive feedback on bad beers too. I'm a big believer that sandwiching criticism is counterproductive but most people aren't. Definitely don't be rude. I do chuckle when I grade scoresheets that say they can't discern any malt or hop characters over the overwhelming sourness and then start the feedback by saying they can tell it was a really great beer before the infection.

Even worse is No malt aroma/flavor... Really?  Was it vodka or water you were given?

Another point on feedback from my limited experience grading.  This one should be easy to get high marks for but almost everyone I've seen does poorly.   People often do great on completeness hitting all the topics they need to, but get to overall and stop reading.  It says "Comment on overall drinking pleasure associated with entry, give suggestions for improvement"

Pick a word the same/similar as the scoring guide and go with that.  "Excellent beer, would love to sip this in front of the fireplace on a cool winter night".   Unless you gave them a 50 somewhere in there it needs to be obvious why its not a 50.  If everything was great and " to style" then why did you take all those points off?





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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lacto Fermentation Question
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:15:48 AM »
You will get a pellicle.



I've never seen a pellicle in anything with just lactobacillus, did you innoculate with grain?

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: May 05, 2014, 08:00:07 PM »
add peat/earth to my Scottish.
Did your score sheet actually say that?  If so, please PM me the judge's name(s).

I know I judged one of the two flights of scottish, but no way would I ever say that.  I'm also curious who did.

James,

You judged my 1C. It was the 1st in the flight. Looks like a little acetaldehyde got me. You gave it a 34. I wish it had been a 48 beer, but honestly getting a 34 from a National on a 1C when you've only been brewing a year or so... not bad, in my book.

Next year I'll send a 2A with lesson learned.

34 is a solid score in the light lager category, nice work!

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: May 05, 2014, 11:27:25 AM »
add peat/earth to my Scottish.
Did your score sheet actually say that?  If so, please PM me the judge's name(s).

I know I judged one of the two flights of scottish, but no way would I ever say that.  I'm also curious who did.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Utopias
« on: May 02, 2014, 02:23:34 AM »
Having tried the alcoholic soy sauce, I don't think triple bock and Utopias taste anything alike.

I'd agree with that.  I also wouldn't pay money for either one

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: BJCP moving up the ranks question
« on: May 01, 2014, 05:03:52 PM »
I created this flow chart to help some interested in my homebrew club to more quickly understand the exam process without having to dig it out from the BJCP documents. If the version in the post is too small to read, you can see a bigger version on the web page I use to give info on the exams I administer here: https://sites.google.com/site/arizonabjcpexams/home. I find it useful to visualize processes like this.



That's awesome. Exactly what I was stumbling to find. I scored exactly 80 on my tasting exam and I have 10 points or I think I should when the last comp gets entered so I shall start the search for a written exam. Now I just need to get 100 on the written to qualify for Master :)

It should be a lot easier to find a written in the future with the new quarterly exams, I believe you just have to find an active exam grader to administer the test.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Deschutes Pine Mountain Pilsner
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:41:43 AM »
Haven't seen that one on the shelf yet but I'll keep my eye out for it

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Chemistry of Beer
« on: April 26, 2014, 12:21:07 PM »
I was doing it for the first 4 or 5 weeks but then my windows pc died and the site didn't work in linux so I had to give up

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