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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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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 28, 2013, 03:30:50 PM »
I really like the Augustiner strain.  BSI sells it and I got a sample from a brewpub a while back and keep it on a slant.
The WLP-860 is also rumored on the internet to be the Augustiner strain.

I speculated about it on another forum when it was first announced.

I've compared the BSI strain and WLP860 side by side and they gave different results for me.  Of course they could have been the same source strain, just like how 001, 1056, and safale-05 all give slightly different results

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Beer Recipes / Re: How about an Oatmeal Stout recipe?
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:09:23 PM »
An interesting tidbit that I stumbled upon was the addition of brewers licorice to an Oatmeal Stout. Anyone else ever try this addition to a beer recipe?

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/OatmealStout

I've used dried licorice root in an oatmeal stout before, but never had tried the brewers stick.


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Favorite lager strain?
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:07:31 PM »
I really like the Augustiner strain.  BSI sells it and I got a sample from a brewpub a while back and keep it on a slant.


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Equipment and Software / Re: My new favorite toy
« on: December 25, 2013, 03:06:19 PM »
Looks awesome, if I had one at home I'd hate to use it with the $3.10 per use

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 22, 2013, 09:13:19 PM »
I think lottery systems for the competition and NHC tix are reasonable solutions to a difficult situation.

A few more details  (and questions) from the zymurgy article:
- Judges and stewards in the 2013 NHC competition have a guaranteed "opportunity to submit entries" in 2014. (Does this mean an opportunity to submit  6 entries?)

From the rumors I heard the volunteers get 2 guaranteed entries and the rest is lottery.

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Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:03:36 PM »
Haven't gotten my issue yet

I haven't received my copy yet either, but you can view them online.  The android app gives a notification when a new issue is available

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