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Events / Re: Advice for Shipping AHEM *Yeast Samples* to NHC
« on: May 24, 2012, 12:52:27 PM »
That's only 1300 miles. Must be Union Drivers. Maybe a couple of single guy members should do it. Less the 24 hours on the road. Doesn't get warm till western Idaho.

Unfortunately, we don't have the option this year. With the conference selling out so quick, our driving brothers and sisters weren't able to get tickets. Hopefully, there will be more offered next year so those with the penchant for road trips will be able to transport our kegs.

Anywhoo, we're thinking that the non-refrigerated transport is the way we'll go.

Thanks everyone for your advice!

Events / Advice for Shipping AHEM *Yeast Samples* to NHC
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:29:43 PM »
My club is planning on shipping our kegs out to NHC this year via private courier. We've received quotes from two, one using a refrigerated truck and another a non-refrigerated trailer. Although we prefer to keep the stuff cold on its three day journey, the cost MUCH more for refrigerated transport (on the level of 250% more).

Should we not worry so much about whether the kegs are cold en route? Simply RDWHAHB?

Any advice is welcome...


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun w/ highly carbbed beers...
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:36:20 AM »
Don't forget to vent the keg before putting it on the gas at 3 psi.

+1. Excellent advice.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Beer Gun w/ highly carbbed beers...
« on: May 09, 2012, 08:30:16 AM »
Cold beer. Cold bottles. Yes to both. 10' or more of line. Again, yes.

I've found that if I dial the serving pressure down to the lowest it can go helps reduce the amount of foaming. Also, if you can cap as soon as you've purged the headspace, you'll be able to capture any gas coming out of solution.

Events / Re: NHC Beers
« on: April 18, 2012, 08:15:52 AM »
Our club is bringing about 50 gallons (only seven members can attend this year due to the conference selling out so rapidly). For the most part, we're going with a "single rare hop" theme with members bringing beer made with Nelson Sauvin, Sapphire, Delta, Brambling Cross, Sorachi Ace, Calypso, and Extra Styrian Dana hops. Of course, there will be some special ones as well.

We'll definitely be at club night - again with commemorative t-shirts in hand for sale. We'll also be serving at the hospitality suite just before the grand banquet, so stop on by for a roadie before heading there.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 15 New Breweries coming to Denver
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:11:04 AM »

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Club-Only Stout Winners
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:14:30 AM »
For the larger categories, Oatmeal and Imperial, the top two were sent. For the others, only the first place was sent to the BOS round.

Homebrew Competitions / Club-Only Stout Winners
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:14:48 PM »
The Rock Hoppers Brew Club of Castle Rock, Colorado is proud to announce the results of the March 2012 Club Only Competition: Stout It Out Loud, comprised of BJCP Category 13 entries from clubs all around the country.

We received 99 entries of dark deliciousness. The overall winners are:

  • 1st Place: Mac Butcher of Tulsa, Oklahoma - Fellowship of Oklahoma Ale Makers (FOAM); Foreign Extra Stout.
  • 2nd Place: Matt Bollerman of Mastic Beach, New York - Brewers East End Revival (BEER); Russian Imperial Stout.
  • 3rd Place: Eric Troutman of Concord, North Carolina - Cabarrus Homebrewers Society; Oatmeal Stout.

Congratulations to all!

Individual category winners can be viewed at

A big thanks goes out to the 18 judges who gave up a Saturday morning and to the Rockyard American Grill and Brewing Company for providing our judging location. Special thanks to Head Brewer Jim Stinson and Assistant Brewer Kjell Wygant for their help and, especially, their time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Better Beer Scores-Craft Beer U
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:11:41 PM »
We are in contact with our alumni to report to us their exam results, but at present, very few have actually taken the exam. None have received their scores yet (to my knowledge). I will check with my partners and post back.

I conferred with my partners and checked our records. We do not have any reports of scores from students/alumni as yet. Given the average turn-around time for scoring exams, we expect to have reports coming in beginning April, 2012.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Better Beer Scores-Craft Beer U
« on: February 24, 2012, 11:58:17 AM »
I'm wondering if there are folks out there that have taken the Better Beer Scores online course and subsequently passed the BJCP exam? Testimonials? I read the ones on the the Craft Beer U site but none mentioned exam success that they attribute to the course. It looks like a pretty good and convenient program.

Hello Pinski,

I'm one of the three partners that make up Craft Beer U along with Charlie Gottenkieny and Jonathan Aronson. True, we do have some testimonials posted on our site and plenty of other satisfied students and alumni of Better Beer Scores. However, we have yet to receive much data from alumni regarding their success taking the actual BJCP exam due to the very limited availability exam spots (in fact, I wasn't able to secure a spot myself locally until April 2013). Because of the scarcity of exam spots in the near future, we record all class sessions and make them available, along with other resources, to our students and alumni via our website for 1 year after their course ends for study/review purposes.

We are in contact with our alumni to report to us their exam results, but at present, very few have actually taken the exam. None have received their scores yet (to my knowledge). I will check with my partners and post back.

My opinion, albeit a bit biased, is that you are not going to get a better BJCP exam prep experience anywhere, whether you are taking the exam under the "old" way or the new. We are acutely aware of the changes in the exam procedures and have already taken steps to incorporate them into our curricula.

A side effect of Better Beer Scores is students reporting significantly increased beer evaluation skills and further depth of craft beer and brewing-related knowledge.

Give it a whirl! Plus, you get a 20% discount for being an AHA member.

Cheers and thanks,


Homebrew Competitions / Re: Homebrew Competition Software
« on: November 09, 2011, 05:01:26 PM »
I have been negligent in posting an update here to let people know that a vastly expanded version of Brew Competition Online Entry and Management has been released.

For more information, go to the BCOE&M website. Hosting is available.

Version 1.2.0.X features:

  • Expanded Site Preferences
  • Judging Preferences
  • Custom Style Types
  • Custom Styles
  • Table and Flight Management (including support for queued judging)
  • Judge, Steward, and Staff Assignments
  • Scoring
  • Printing and Reporting Functions including:
    • - Pullsheets
    • - Table Cards
    • - Judge and Steward Assignments
    • - Sign-in Sheets
    • - Results by Table (HTML, PDF)
    • - BOS Results Reports (HTML, PDF)
    • - BJCP Staff Points Report (PDF, XML)
    • - Award Labels
    • - Participant Address Labels
    • - Judge Score Sheet Labels

The Rock Hoppers Brew Club of Castle Rock, Colorado is proud to announce our 3rd annual homebrew competition: Biere de Rock. This AHA/BJCP sanctioned competition centers on Belgian and French ale styles, BJCP categories 16, 17 b through f, and 18.

Judging will take place December 3, 2011.

A winning recipe will be brewed at Elk Mountain Brewing in Parker, Colorado for their Pro-Am entry into the 2012 Great American Beer Festival!
Complete rules, award, entry, and sponsor information is available on the Biere de Rock website at

Clubs and homebrew shops, please help us get the word out by directing your membership to this post and/or downloading the official Bière de Rock Poster/Flyer for distribution.

Call For Judges and Stewards

If you are a judge or steward in the area, please consider our lending your talents to our competition. We expect to double the entries we had last year.

If you are interested, please register by going to the Biere de Rock website today!

Judging will take place December 4, 2010, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Elk Mountain Brewing in Parker, Colorado. Lunch will be provided for judges and stewards.
Call For Entries

Registration has already begun and the entry window will open November 12, 2011 and continue through November 26, 2011. Please check the Biere de Rock website for shipping and drop-off locations.

To enter, go to the Biere de Rock website, click "Register" from the main navigation, and proceed through the registration and entry process.

From our registration website, you can add (or import via BeerXML), edit, and track each of your entries. Additionally, you can print the required documentation (pre-filled in bottle labels and recipe forms based upon each of your entries). You can even pay your entry fees via PayPal.

Go to the Biere de Rock website for general information and to contact one of the competition officials.

À la vôtre!

Geoff Humphrey
Registration Coordinator, Biere de Rock
Webmaster, Rock Hoppers Brew Club, Castle Rock, Colorado

Beer Recipes / Re: Dampfbier
« on: September 21, 2011, 04:26:09 PM »
Think I'll try this one as well, possibly with some Danstar Munich that I've got sitting around.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:41:43 PM »
Word in the CO beer distribution scene is that the 2 Below is gone.  Yep.  Discontinued.

You certainly gave up the valiant fight. ;D

I will have at least one fond memory of it.
On tap at Billy Goat Gruffs.  Hells yes.

What will they sub as a winter ale?

Well, if that's true, luckily you can make it yourself! A friend of mine made a clone that was nearly spot on - all gleaned only from info on the NB website (nice Walt!). Check it out:

Events / Re: GABF Travel
« on: July 06, 2011, 11:12:00 PM »
I hope it doesn't turn out to be a zoo like most of the other beer festivals in the US nowadays.  I have fond memories of 1997 and 1998.

Tim, you're in for a big shock... Think 1998 X 100. Heck, possibly X 1000. My best advice as a local who goes every year: attend the Saturday afternoon session as your first choice and the Thursday night session as your second. Friday and Saturday nights are simply crazy. If that's your thing, more power to you. Otherwise, in my experience, you have more chance to actually talk beer and brewing techniques with a given booth-manning-person when there's not so many people around. Why? There's a greater chance that booth-manning-person may actually be an brewer/employee of the vendor instead of a random volunteer who may or may not know much about the beer they're pouring.

Just a few thoughts.

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