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All Grain Brewing / Re: Teaching Trappists All Grain
« on: March 30, 2015, 05:15:25 PM »
I know this is none of my business, but I'm curious. Why are they no longer monks?
The same reasons none of us our monks.
Potty mouth and too many tattoos? Cuz those are the only reasons I'm not.
My condolences to Mrs. Klickitat.  ;)
Not necessary.  She likes tattoos and has worse potty mouth than me.
I was referring to you not referring to relations with Mrs Klickitat as a reason for not being a monk. But just kidding of course.

Well the tattoo part wont stop you from being a monk;

Big plastic or Stainless spoon. Take a Dremel and add tick marks. You are over thinking this.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching Temps for Ale Yeast quandary?
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:45:12 PM »
Similar tap water temp where I live in Southern California. Here is what I do. I use an immersion chiller as well.

Run immersion chiller from tap and get it down to 100 degrees. Takes about 10-15 minutes. I use about 20 gallons of water for this. Then I connect my immersion chiller to a sump pump. Pump is in a bucket of ice water and recirculate. 7 lbs of of ice gets it down to about 70, but if I use 14 lbs, it goes to low 60s. Also throughout the chilling I am stirring the wort every 5 minutes or so, the more you stir the faster it will cool down.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Stir bar in Fermentor
« on: January 10, 2015, 04:22:30 PM »
I did the magnet once and forgot to hold it. There wasn't enough friction so both magnet and stir bar went into the fermenter as I poured. Worried me a bit since magnet was not sanitized.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: plastic
« on: December 01, 2014, 06:48:40 PM »
It can also be the beer lines since you mentioned commercial. There are some bars that don't clean them as often as they should.

Watching Alton Brown's Good Eats episode in which he make a beer at home sparked my interest. Circa 2003. I was a broke college kid at the time so I had no money to buy the kit, but I got lucky and a couple weeks after I watched the show I ended up coming in 2nd place at a poker tournament. I walked away with a couple hundred bucks. I took part of this money and bought my beer kit and I have been brewing ever since.

I brewed the following recipe this summer and ended up with a pale ale with an incredibly smooth finish.  It seemed to be just what I wanted after about 6 weeks in the keg.          

I think it has less to do with the recipe and more with aging. You didnt say how it was stored for 6 weeks, but you may have accidentally lagered the beer. Some of the benefits of lagering I found;

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Pints and Knights Homebrew Competition
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:51:37 PM »
Registration is open;

 For all of the entrants, I have two goals to differentiate from other competitions ;
1. Results will be posted 24 hours after Best of Show (BOS) Round.
2. All Entrants will receive their scoresheets within 7 days of the final judging (BOS Round).

Register and More info: 

Judging Info:
December 13, 2014
St Pius X Catholic Church
Santa Fe Springs, CA

Entry Info:
$7 per entry
3 bottles per entry
210 Entries Accepted (I set a max, I do not want to be overwhelmed)

Registration Period:
Now through December 5, 2014

Enrique Piceno
Pints and Knight Competition

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My tasting exam
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:16:08 PM »
Congrats, but I think the wait is more like 4 months instead of 3. Just trying to set expectations now so you don't freak out when they don't arrive in 3 months. I took the exam in February and 4 months was how long it took.

Homebrew Competitions / Pints and Knights Homebrew Competition
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:27:18 PM »
Mark Your Calendars.
You are invited to participate in the inaugural Pints & Knights Homebrew Competition on December 13, 2014 in Santa Fe Springs, CA. The competition is hosted by the Knights of Columbus, St Pius X Council of Santa Fe Springs. This is an AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition. All net proceeds will be used to fund community activities and council programs. Knights of Columbus is a 501(c)(8 ) Fraternal Benefit Society under the IRS Code.
The competition is beer only (no ciders or meads) and will be limited to 210 entries. Entry fee will be $7.00 per entry. Registration for judges, stewards, and entrants begins October 1, 2014. Please visit to register and find additional information.
Judging Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: St Pius X Catholic Church, 10827 Pioneer Blvd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Registration Begins October 1, 2014.
Entry Drop-Off Period: November 14 – December 5, 2014

Enrique Piceno

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: first competition entry
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:08:28 PM »

Kudos OP for sending your beer to another competition to see how it compares.  If it scores well again, you've got a solid competition beer on your hands.

Resubmitting the beer is the best way to confirm your beer is good.

We saved the scoresheets by entry number only and using BCOE&M it was easy to match scoresheets and entrants. All we did was do a search on the directory in the computer an drag & drop into an email, setup a generic email (Thanks for entering.....), and send.

Does it save money? yes. Does it save time? I think it does or at least it's a break even.

This is the process I would use if I could find the volunteers. Our shipping cost for our big comp (600 entries) is around $350. I would love to use that money to ship prizes to our winners, but it wasn't in the cards last year.

Our shipping cost was about $150 last year, but we only shipped awards to the winners. we had 450 entries.  We shipped out pint glasses, shirts, bottle openers, etc. 


Looking for recommendations on value/effort to provide electronic scoresheets back to participants. And if worth it, what scanning setup to use? -- equipment/process/software for scanning in scoresheets and then getting them emailed to participants within a reasonable amount of time.

First, is this really needed and worth it to folk?  Paper based good enough?

Try to scan them after scores being entered?   Thinking this adds too much additional effort on event day. 

Enter scores in BCOE&M competition site, place scoresheet in participant's pre-labed name/address envelope, scan over then next week and email.  Or just stick them in the mail the next day and don't even bother with the scan and email?

Care to share experience anyone?

The competitions I help organize we scan and email all scoresheets. If you can do the scanning the day of the competition, the faster you can email the scoresheets out.  The first time we did the scanning, one of the staff brought in a nice scanner. It scanned a set of scoresheets in about 10 seconds. It took longer to input the scores in BCOE&M than scanning them. All the entrants had their scoresheets emailed to within 3 days of the competition.

We saved the scoresheets by entry number only and using BCOE&M it was easy to match scoresheets and entrants. All we did was do a search on the directory in the computer an drag & drop into an email, setup a generic email (Thanks for entering.....), and send.

Does it save money? yes. Does it save time? I think it does or at least it's a break even. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Study Handouts for BJCP Online Exam
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:40:09 PM »
I’m looking to get feedback on handouts I created to help folks study and pass the Entrance (Online) Exam. I know there are some BJCP judges here. I am an Exam Sponsor for 2015.

I felt there is a deficiency when it comes to material for people to study for the online exam. Most of the study material is intended for the Judging Exam. It is a combination of both book learning and tasting which is good and should be covered, but getting your palate to know what diacetyl taste and smells will not help you pass the Entrance Exam.

As I put in the handouts “The intention of these handouts is to give you a sense of what you need to know to pass the BJCP Entrance Exam. The handout does not have all of the possible questions on the exam. The goal is for you to start looking at the material and comprehend it.  The more you can answer these questions without looking at the material, the better chance of you passing the Entrance Exam.”

I setup the handouts to be in-line with the BJCP Study Guide and BJCP Style Guidelines. In other words, each handout represents a section in the Study Guide and the questions are in sequential order (first question, will be in the 1st paragraph or so of the section)

You can find all of the handouts here:

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:59:35 PM »
Some Facts so far.

Average entry count for all sites so far is 672.
Most entries judged so far is Zanesville @ 741
Least entries judged so far is Kansas City @ 574

Top 3 Categories by entry count;
IPA @ 712
Stout @ 594
American Ale @ 587

Most Entries in one Category:
San Diego with 87 IPAs

Least Entries in one Category:
Nashville with 2 Standard Cider & Perry
Sacramento with 2 Traditional Mead

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