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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:31:48 PM »
Pardon my ignorance, but do scores get posted to the brewingcompetition site?

I'm new at this competition thing.

They have in the past and I imagine when the certificates are available on there you will see your score and any placing on there under your enteries

Going Pro / Re: Beer Camp across America?
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:57:06 PM »
In Washington State, we all got a bottle of the double IPA.  I'm assuming in other regions, it may be a different beer.  We drank it the day after getting it.  Good solid beer.  And Sierra Nevada did call our brewery to invite us, but the closest one is Chico, CA.  Way too far for a little brewery. 

Besides, we are training for NHC.  Gonna spend a night in a little town in Wisconsin called New Glarus.  (I think there is a brewery there, LOL)

Sorry to hijack, but are you driving to NHC?  If so got room for a couple more kegs?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lil Help
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:54:20 PM »
Oh Jim if you want some random homebrew to try to judge and if you are near Tri-Cities anytime let me know.  I can give you some of mine or some random samples from people.  I usually try to get bottles good or bad from people for judging groups or for exam beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Lil Help
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:50:39 PM »
Hey one more thing. How much time do you have at the exam? Seems like I heard somewhere 60 minute, 10 min per sample. If that's true you must have to really rely on first impressions and get to writing.

An hour and a half for six beers.  So 15 mins per, but you might get less depending on where you are sitting and the order the beers get poured.

On one exam I ended up always being the last one poured, so when I administer an exam I alternate which side I start from.

Thanks for the info gents!

I made some plates, slants and stabs today.  When i was first pouring my slants i put them on an angle before autoclaving.  Will they melt back into a liquid as they get autoclaved or will they keep solid since they have already solidified once?  Im unfamiliar with how agar will react.


If it is hot they will be liquid, they have to be on an angle when they are cooling.  If space isnt an issue but time is, I'll just use chopsticks in my pressure canner and angle my tubes on it through the whole heat and cool process.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 19, 2014, 04:20:28 PM »
Anyone get their scoresheets from Sacramento yet? I didn't win anything but I'm still anxious to see how I did!

yeah I got mine on monday or tuesday. they should be on the way.

Mine showed up from Sacramento to Eastern Washington yesterday (Friday April 19th)

I'm guessing the stewards took the sheets as soon as they were done.  No minibos box checked and the high range of the flight size is the size of category.  I always keep my sheets till the end and go back and check minibos box and enter the size of flight.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:13:00 PM »
Ahh experience.

Just got my sheets back from NHC first round and on one of the ones that didn't make it (pretty sure it would have if not for what I am about to share) I had three sheets in the high 30's with evident erasures that appear to have it in the low 40's and one at 31 that reads like the judge was drinking a different beer. Flaws galore that apparently only that judge could perceive. From cheesy hops to burning alcohol flavor. Also, apparently too many esters for an english barley wine (???)

anyway. This will be the only complaining I do about this but I thought it was cogent to this discussion and my wife won't let me talk about it at home soo....

I took 1st in strong ale in that region, when I get my sheets back I'll let you know how they look.  Of course with 30 entries I'd hope there were at least 3-4 flights for the category. 

I've judged a dozen strong ales in a flight before and that wasn't fun

Events / Re: Pro Brewers "NIGHT"
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:41:04 PM »
Except for MPLS / St. Paul in 2010 when Brian didn't clamp his jockey box lines and half of his Bock blew in the box and the back wall of the hall.   :o  He felt better though last year after seeing the Lagunitas keg gush 10 feet into the air for what seemed to be an extremely long time.
10 feet... it was much higher than that! lol

Yeah I recall it almost hitting the ceiling.  So what, maybe 20-30 feet?

Going Pro / Re: Craft Brewers Conference
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:20:09 PM »
What a great week a CBC. Hung out with my buddy Tom Schmidlin most of the week (Tom hung with the Alabama crew last night and wasn't overwhelmed!). Got to visit Wayne's impressive Station 26 brewery and get an extensive tour. Bought a meheen bottling line! 6 packs of yellowhammer coming to grocery stores in south east soon!

This was my first conference, learned a heck if a lot and had a blast!

If you come out her for Meheen training let me know and I'll meet you somewhere

Equipment and Software / Re: Indestructible hydrometer
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:24:05 PM »
Does it exist? I need one.

I found the best way to never break a hydrometer is to buy an extra one.

Truer words have never been said.

Hop Growing / Re: Recommended Hop growing medium
« on: April 09, 2014, 04:57:39 PM »
You people who grow multiple hop plants are crazy IMO.  Growing is easy....picking, processing, and packaging, not so much....

Thats why mine go in the compost or I give the whole plants away.  Picking hops is for suckers, I grow them because they look cool, provide shade, smell great, etc.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:21:09 PM »

Any 1C make it through?

I recall one (of two) making it into mini-bos but don't remember which ones placed.  Hope it was yours!

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:16:44 PM »
Thanks, I'll be fine.

Come on Tom, just one more.   I'll buy it.

Ha!  See you in GR?

Oh yeah.  I still have to book my flight, but it would be a lot easier if it wasn't the last week of school.

I'm going to try to get in to Detroit between saturday and monday and spend some time visiting with friends and family before heading over to GR
Cool, see you there if not sooner.

Just booked flights this morning.  I'm coming out sunday the 8th, family comes out the 14th and we all head back the 23rd.  Will definitely be in GR either tue or wed

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2014
« on: April 08, 2014, 07:02:12 PM »
I judged in San Diego over the weekend. A couple of thoughts and observations;
I judged IPA and American Ales

About 90 IPA's were judged, About 20 advanced to a mini-BOS.

About 60 American Ales were judged, 15-18 advanced to mini-BOS

This is the first time I used the "Checklist" Scoresheets. I like them. At first I was hesitant, but I think they are effective. Talking to other judges, they had the same sentiment.

If you want to have better odds on advancing to the 2nd round, brew lagers, ciders, and meads. Most of them had less than 10 entries per category. I believe the Pilsner category only had 5 entries.

Quaff and the local organizers run a great 1st round. They get a lot of judges. For the IPA category, they had 22 judges and most if not all were BJCP certified. I don't think any judges judged more than 10 beers per flight.

I don't know how many Pilsners were at Zanesville, but the had at least 2 judge pairs for category 2. I entered 3 lagers, but that didn't really help. I brew a lot of lagers, as those are what we like in the summer on the deck. I like the ones we entered a lot, but the judges didn't.

Will me first round entries per category per site be posted?
There were 18 Pilsners Jeff.  5 Advanced to Mini-Bos.  All of the ones that scored over 30 except for 1.
18 in Zanesville vs 5 in San Diego. Well we know what San Diego is famous for. Might be interesting to see all regions categories in a spread sheet. Where are more lagers brewed, where do the make more ciders and meads.

My first guess is that ciders will be more popular in apple growing states, but what do I know?

I didnt judge the categories but I think cider entries were pretty low in Seattle.

We had 1 flight of light lagers (12 or 13 entries) and 2 flights of pilsners.  It was nice to be able to judge those, I never get to because I always enter those cats (sent mine to Sacramento this year)

Beer Travel / Re: Seattle
« on: April 07, 2014, 04:11:03 PM »
Thanks, I'll be fine.

Come on Tom, just one more.   I'll buy it.

Ha!  See you in GR?

Oh yeah.  I still have to book my flight, but it would be a lot easier if it wasn't the last week of school.

I'm going to try to get in to Detroit between saturday and monday and spend some time visiting with friends and family before heading over to GR

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