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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Not quite off topic...
« on: December 30, 2010, 10:00:48 PM »
Ain't payback fun sometimes. :D

I was never "sent" outside to brew, but I got the impression that I should and I did.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Picking This Year's Pale Ale Hop Blend
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:01:44 PM »
Confession time, I've never dry hopped and have no real desire to.  I don't even do flameout additions, 5min is my minimum time for aroma.

I agree. While I sometimes dry hop, most times I think it is a waste of hops. Yes, you get some immediate aroma, but that diminishes too quickly for me.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:58:15 PM »


I know what I like and I brew to that style. I'd probably get slammed in a competition.

This "I don't brew to style" objection doesn't hold much water. As I judge, I have marked beers down for not being to style (although beers that score low are far more likely to have process flaws than style flaws). In most cases there is a better style to have entered it in. The problem isn't brewing to style it is knowing how to enter the beer you have and not the one you thought you made.

I've got just about enough points to be National, nearly all of them judging, and I can't think of one time I had an outstanding beer that wouldn't have scored high in any of the categories. It just doesn't happen.

My point is, that I don't care to get anal about a particular style. I taste a beer that I like and then make adjustments to my particular  tastes and to what I have in my inventory. If making a beer just to satisfy a judge or to an exact style is important, then go for it. It's just not my thing.

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The Pub / Re: Favorite movies
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:58:21 AM »
You just need to have a sense of humor sometimes. :)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:54:36 AM »
Obviously, I don't enter beer competitions. I have to wonder about the people that do. If you started baking would you submit your bread to competitions? How about other styles of cooking? If you are a woodworker do you enter your projects into competitions?


Guess you've never been to a state or county fair...they do those things and more!

And it sounds like you've got valid reasons why you don't compete.  But surely you wouldn't want to deny that right to others. 

Nope, not at all, but I truly don't get why it is so important to some people. I guess braggin' rights means more to some people.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The AHA and Homebrew Competitions
« on: December 30, 2010, 11:25:13 AM »
Obviously, I don't enter beer competitions. I have to wonder about the people that do. If you started baking would you submit your bread to competitions? How about other styles of cooking? If you are a woodworker do you enter your projects into competitions?

If you do cook, do you stay within a particular style? I make lasagna and I add a little cayenne pepper, but that's probably not done in Italy. In fact, much of my cooking is not traditional. Where does your adherence to "rules" and "styles" stop?

I know what I like and I brew to that style. I'd probably get slammed in a competition.

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The Pub / Re: Christmas/Holiday Beer Gifts
« on: December 30, 2010, 10:07:26 AM »
I gave my dad a whole 5gal batch for Christmas.  I normally do labels for my beers (or at least design one) but I was lazy.  It was brewed, fermented, and bottled all within 1 week.  It was a 3.5% stout.  It was duly named "Short Stack".  Besides being a little thin for a stout, it's got great flavor and you can drink a bunch of em.

"It was brewed, fermented, and bottled all within 1 week."

Gutsy guy!!!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Ethics
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:42:59 AM »
Really Denny? thats rather rude to say something like that, do you know him or his friends before calling them drunks?

Yes, it is, and I apologize for it.

And I accept it and thanks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Ethics
« on: December 30, 2010, 09:19:41 AM »
You don't think answering a question about how to fill out a competition entry with a judgmental comment about entering competitions created the negative environment in the first place?



Giving your opinion is one thing. Insulting someone or someone's friends is another. Enough said.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Mixed Up Yeast!
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:50:33 AM »
I have considered blending some yeasts. If you use it, please report back.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Ethics
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:48:37 AM »
Just drink it and enjoy it. Why do you need someone else telling you it's good or bad?

Because maybe you have another reason for brewing than simply "I like it and my drunken friends like it, so it must be good".  If that's your motivation, no problem, but not everyone has the same reasons.

Really Denny? thats rather rude to say something like that, do you know him or his friends before calling them drunks?

I don't brew to impress anybody but my wife & me, anybody else likes the beer all the better, guess I'm just another drunk.




I felt the same way, but I see those types of answers directed at others, so I didn't get offended. It's all cool.

While my friends have gotten a little tipsy before, (myself included)  I don't consider them, or myself, drunks and I still respect their opinions.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how long/
« on: December 30, 2010, 08:17:18 AM »
Again it depends on the style but I typically lean towards brewing sooner than later even with an IPA. Although IPA's by default are better in the 4-8 week range. I have some belgian beers that are several years old that are better now than they were a year ago. Once you develop your recipe let us know and we'll be able to be more specific.

Welcome to the AHA Forum.  8)

A one foot piece of string is 12" long.

A real man of genius.  ;)



One flippant answer deserves another. :D

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Decoction vs Melanoidin Malt Question(s)
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:47:48 AM »
A decoction will definitely help some beer styles. It gets down to whether the extra work is worth the effort.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: how long/
« on: December 30, 2010, 07:42:17 AM »
I would brew ASAP if it was me. That way if it doesn't turn out like you expected, you can brew again.

A one foot piece of string is 12" long.

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The Pub / Re: Capazolli's Trip to South Carolina in 2011
« on: December 29, 2010, 08:48:26 PM »
You need to learn how to make "$hit" a 2 syllable word.

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