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My favorite - I know a Grand Master judge who describes floating particulates in beer as 'sea monkeys'

Many beers with high rates of Simcoe, Citra, other New World hops are just cat pee to my wife. She is much more sensitive to it. I get the pine and fruit.

+1.  It's funny how differently people perceive hop aromas. Occasionally I'll pick up a slight cattiness from Simcoe, but mostly pine and fruit as well. I get none from Citra. But I'm really sensitive to the onion/garlic thing, which I strongly dislike.
I don't get cat pee at all, just blackcurrant skin. But I'm the same way with the onion/garlic/Asiago thing. Anything more than the faintest hint and the beer starts to become savory to me and I can't bring myself to drink it.

I'm curious to see what others will think of Wai-iti once it starts becoming more widely available in the US. I just get straight up, concentrated blackcurrant from that hop. I wonder if others will get a lot of cat pee from that one.
I've never skinned a blackcurrent and imagine it's very tedious. And anyway, it's very difficult to get fresh blackcurrents in the US, so I always wonder where descriptors like that come from.

Other Fermentables / Re: Potassium Sorbate after backsweetening
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:04:45 PM »
No need to add it ahead of time. It will be fine.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Beer Camp Hoppy Lager
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:25:14 AM »
They were all collaborations, but brewed by sierra. I had it, but that was last summer. Was it fresh?

The Pub / Re: Homebrewing in 2015
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:23:44 AM »
My real answer would be that I'm sure I could LEARN to brew without a computer. However, if you asked me to do it tomorrow I'd be lost.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:20:24 AM »
Jimmy - In your case you did not get the newer tick sheet RTP, your's basically had no feedback only the grids. I suggest you contact Bruce Buerger and ask, be sure to give him your Examinee Number. If you would like I'll be glad to go over your exam sheet and tell you what to improve upon, of course I'm not known for being especially touchy feely. ;)
Gotcha - that RTP is really what I was expecting last time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:02:32 AM »
I could see value in at least having the proctors score sheets scanned and available. I would love to see the actual feedback but I can imagine that it would take more time.
That would be easy, but if you read the grading guidelines they are not grading solely on that, so seeing raw proctor scoresheets could be confusing. They combine the proctors perceptions and can modify those if a large portion of examinees notice something different. That's why I thought a short writeup would be easier - what did the grader expect me to find?

My drill is variable speed with trigger control - so I use a zip-tie to hold the trigger at the speed I like. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:54:25 AM »
I'll probably bring up my concerns with the new RTP at NHC, though. 

Ask yourself how much long you are willing to wait for exam results with a different RTP. 1 month? 2 months? 3 months?
I was basically shocked when I got my last exam back, but I'd like to see something in the middle. I think a short description of how each beer was perceived by proctors/other examinees and the score. I don't think it would be too much extra work to add this because the graders must gather this information in order to grade the exam, and the information would be the same for every exam in a set. With that, I could compare it to my scanned exam sheets and decide for myself where I went wrong. As it is now, I have nothing to work with.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 05:46:27 AM »
How do they notify you of the results - email/USPS?

I'm waiting on one from last November.
The web server sends an automated email with your score and rank when the database is updated.

Going Pro / Re: Cicerone Certification
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:34:36 AM »
I am too am looking at things that I can do in retirement.  I want to retire from my current profession at age 62, but I do not want to completely retire from working.   While I have no desire to start a brewery or a brewing career at this point in my life, I would not mind working as a quality control/fermentation consultant on a limited basis.
Do lab work for small breweries. You could operate like a mobile canner and have a sweet van with lab equipment. You could do QA on samples, yeast management, and consultation. I guess you would have to stop at 70 when it's unsafe for you to be behind the wheel  ;)
That sounds like a great idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: handling kegs not under pressure
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:38:37 AM »
Gas pressure will be even regardless of line length or normal line diameters. You shouldn't see any difference in carbonation. Liquid would be a different story.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:02:00 PM »
You got an 80 with the backs not sent to graders! That's impressive!

Events / Re: How is the hotel for NHC San Diego?
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:23:26 AM »
I guess that I can leave the DDT home.  ;D
No, by all means. Check onto your plane with DDT in your carry-on. Really ... go ahead.  ::)

Other Fermentables / Re: Tart Cherry Juice in a Mead?
« on: March 16, 2015, 01:00:44 PM »
I have put added a liter of tart cherry concentrate to 5 gallons of dry cider and it gave a nice medium-sweet, cherry flavor. 1L of straight juice won't be overkill. You might not even notice it.

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