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Equipment and Software / Re: Chilling plastic conical fermenter
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:17:06 PM »
Use glycol instead of water and get your chest freezer down to around 20 degrees

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Written Exam
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:52:55 AM »
Fingers are still a bit sore from writing.  The 90 minute time limit on the exam is definiantly the hardest part of the exam.  I didn't get 'stumped' by the questions.  It was just a "OMG I don't have time to answer" scenario.  I realize it can be answered in that time limit.. Perhaps I just write slow or I wasn't rehearsed enough in writing out my answers.  I don't recall sitting there not writting very much.  It was pretty much non-stop writing for 90 minutes. 

90 minutes sounds great, last time I took the written it was the legacy exam with 10 questions and  4 beers to judge in 3 hours.  The only time I stopped writing was when I got up to go to the restroom.

Congrats on taking the exam, just getting to that point is a major accomplishment!

I've been studying to retake the exam in March

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Frickin cleaning time
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:27:55 AM »
I'm having a sink with a hot/cold valve installed in my garage this Sunday. It's next to crazy to brew without a water source nearby.

I used to have to drag a 100 foot hose around the house for chilling and cleanup, dragging it inside to thaw was not fun as well as rinsing with cold water when its freezing outside. 

When we were looking at houses to move to I made sure it would be easy to have hot and cold water in the garage.

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Ingredients / Re: I'm excited
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:23:27 AM »
Congrats on your score Steve.

I remember the "old club" used to have a meeting at Hop Union a couple times a year. Ralph used to get a kick out of turning us loose in the packaged hops cooler. Then we'd go upstairs and smoke cigars, drink some brew, and BS for hours. Last summer at brew school brought back a lot of memories at we toured that area and the "rec room".

And you noticed the big "No Smoking" signs posted around now? Things definitely have changed there

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Equipment and Software / Re: drying out tubing
« on: January 14, 2014, 11:40:48 PM »
The 1000ml flask is good for a step if you slant/freeze yeast

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:52:20 PM »

Perhaps a pub crawl could be arranged for Thursday evening after the Toast/Reception.  I know the idea was floated for Philly last year.

A pub crawl with hundreds of your closest friends

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Equipment and Software / Re: Chest freezer concern
« on: January 14, 2014, 09:14:50 AM »
When I used carboys I would keep them in plastic milk crates and that helped put them in.  At some point I switched to fermenting in stainless half bbl keg, after cleaning and sanitizing, I'd set it in chest freezer, pump wort in, and use co2 to push the beer out.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judges question
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:25:24 PM »
Jim, Pretty sure there is a yearly BJCP exam in Yakima. I almost got into that one in 2012, but didn't have time, and hadn't finished my BJCP class. But certainly keep drinking good beer, and fill out a ton of Scoresheets. If you can find someone, see if they can take a glance at your sheets, and give you some feedback.

Not in Yakima but in Tri-Cities.  The 1st one was scheduled for Yakima but nobody in Yakima was taking it so we moved it down here. I've been running them since then and keep them in Tri-Cities.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Judges question
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:35:40 AM »
Knowing the styles is really only a small portion of the grade.  The most important part is being able to describe what you perceive (aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel) and completely filling out the score sheet.

Read everything on the bjcp site especially under the exam section. There is a doc that instructs how to put on the exam that tells the administer what type of beer to select.  Also read the grader documents to get an idea how it will be graded

Last time we did our study group everyone paid $75 and it was still a little short of covering the costs. 

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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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