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I just brewed my second creation of a Belgian IPA the other day.  Tons of Munich with Cascade, Citra, and Nugget.  The yeast is Wyeast 3522 which worked great on the last one.  No brewing this weekend, but our club is having a picnic/pig roast on Sat. and then I'm leaving for the UP in Michigan for 10 days ;D

Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:08:28 PM »
interesting...I put my American Barley Wine this year in three different comps all within a time frame of 2-3 months.  I've received scores from 23-43 on the same beer...yeah a 20 point difference from BJCP judges.  The 43 was from the highest ranking judge, so I 'll have to agree with him ;)

Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 05:33:56 PM »
Thanks for all of your feedback.  This year I've entered more comps than my entire 6 years of brewing and I am trying to understand the process.  I hope to steward a comp soon which will give me much more insight and maybe try my hand at becoming a BJCP judge in a year or so.

Events / Re: Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:46:56 AM »
It just seems to me that one judge could influence another judge easily if they are discussing the beer while they're judging.  It seems often that they match up an experienced judge with a novice, which I can understand.  But, my point is does this put pressure on the less experienced judge to agree or reinforce the more experienced judge's impressions about the beer?

Events / Question about competition judging
« on: July 18, 2013, 11:29:35 AM »
As I understand, in BJCP events there are two judges that judge a beer.  Do they discuss the beer together when assigning scores or do they judge the beer completely independent from each other? 

33 beers, 2 meads, and 1 cider.  I want to make a lot more pilsners and lagers this winter so the number will go up.  Also, I need to make my first sour some time soon.

Going Pro / Re: So you want to be a brewer
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:46:15 PM »
The article didn't mention anything about the groupies or blow. You get 45 year old pot bellied groupies and the job blows.
Ha ha!  You made me spit beer all over my screen.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 04, 2013, 08:38:19 AM »
scores are up too, by the way, in case anyone did not know that yet.  On the entry page.

Cool... Thanks. I did not know that.

Looks like my entry scored higher in the finals than it did to take first in the regionals... Still not enough to get a medal.... Next year!
Great job getting into the final round!  That is a win in itself.  I've entered the last two years and have yet to move on into the final round.  Next year is my theme song ;)

Going Pro / Re: Ladys and Gentleman. They have arrived.
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:13:29 AM »
I wish I could get some in Ohio.

Ingredients / Apollo and Legacy Hops
« on: June 29, 2013, 08:49:27 AM »
I recently made a Rye IPA with Apollo and Legacy hops.  I've never used them before and I thought they would go nice with the rye because of the flavor descriptions.  Has anyone ever used these before and what are your thoughts on them?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Best Beers You Ever Brewed?
« on: June 26, 2013, 06:52:38 PM »
1. 2010 American Barley Wine - This one just got better with age and the hops still stand out.  I won a 1st place and 2nd Best Of Show.

2.  Vanilla Porter - This is not Denny's recipe, a porter recipe I've tweaked for about 3 years and I soak the beans in Bourbon for a week then add to the keg.  My wife's favorite.

3.  Belgian IPA - I just made this for the first time about 4 months ago and it turned out to be a wonderful surprise.  I got some Weyermann Abbey Malt from a friend in my brew club and I used Wyeast 3522 (Denny's suggestion) along with Simcoe and Amarillo hops.  I need to brew this again soon.

The Pub / Re: To our Friend and Leader
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:15:05 AM »
Sorry for your loss and hang in there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's brewing today?
« on: June 22, 2013, 09:13:09 AM »
I'm going to help my brother-in-law brew his first extract batch.  I haven't brewed an extract batch in about 5 years, so this ought to be interesting.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Green beer - pellets?
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:19:08 AM »
All of my hoppy beers seem to need at least a week in the keg before they meld together. I don't think I've ever noticed any difference between pellets and whole hops.

Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian Red Ale?
« on: June 12, 2013, 09:03:36 AM »
I made a Belgian IPA a few months ago and I used some Weyermann Abbey Malt 16L.  It gave the beer a nice amber/red color and I really liked the taste.  You could also use some Carared.

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