HOMEBREW Digest #5171 Fri 13 April 2007

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  A&E "American Brew" TV special ("Warren Brown")
  MHTG Big & Huge Competition (Eric Schoville)
  Pressure relief valve odor ("NS Teddy Winstead, MD, MS")
  Final Call for Judges, NHC East Regional, Westlake OH (Paul Shick)
  HCCP Release ("Al Folsom")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 00:13:52 -0400 From: "Warren Brown" <gator.tn at gmail.com> Subject: A&E "American Brew" TV special Having missed the airing, and not seeing it listed in their broadcast schedule for the next month, is there anyone on the mailing list here that recorded it and would be willing to make a copy of it? Please? Thanks, Scott Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 09:18:27 -0500 From: Eric Schoville <eric at schoville.com> Subject: MHTG Big & Huge Competition The Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild is proud to sponsor the 20th Annual Big & Huge Homebrew Competition on Saturday, April 28th, 2007. Homemade beers will be evaluated by the trained palates of experienced beer judges. Beer evaluation sheets will be returned to every entrant with helpful comments and advice. Awards will be presented in five categories. The Best of Show beer will receive the coveted WOOLY MAMMOTH plaque...AND two tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest craft beer festival. Again this year, the HAIRLESS MOUSE plaque will be awarded to the winner of the CMS category. The competition is sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and will follow its competition procedures. Each beer will be evaluated according to the 2004 BJCP style guidelines as indicated by the brewer. Please contact us if you are interested in judging or stewarding. Eligible Categories and Sub Categories: 5-All; 8C; 9E; 12B,C; 13C,D,E,F; 14A,B,C; 15C; 16C,D,E; 17C; 18-All; 19A,B,C; 20 and up (if they fit the original gravity requirement) Categories: Category Original Specific Gravity Big Ale 1.060 to 1.070 Big Lager 1.060 to 1.070 Huge Ale > 1.071-1.085 Huge Lager > 1.071-1.085 Mammoth Ale > 1.085 Mammoth Lager > 1.085 CMS (Ciders, Meads & Sakes) > 1.050 When: Saturday, April 28th, 2007 Where: Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., Fitchburg, 2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, Wisconsin Entry Requirements: Two 12 ounce or larger bottles per entry. Bottles and caps should have no labels or identifying marks. Attach one completed entry form to each bottle with a rubber band. Include an entry fee check payable to the Madison Homebrewers & Tasters Guild. Entry Fee: $5 per entry Entry Deadline: Wednesday, April 21st (Note that this is different than the website). Ship entries to: Big & Huge Competition c/o Wine & Hop Shop 1931 Monroe St. Madison, WI 53711 For further info: The MHTG website at www.mhtg.org Mark Alfred at hulsie2002 at yahoo.com or Mark Schnepper at mschnepper at yahoo.com Return to table of contents
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 09:44:07 -0500 From: "NS Teddy Winstead, MD, MS" <twinstead at uab.edu> Subject: Pressure relief valve odor Aaron asks about removing the root beer smell from a pressure relief valve - I would recommend soaking it in a solution of warm water and baking soda. I also wouldn't worry too much about getting rid of the odor completely. I had some used 7 up kegs that I had trouble getting the lemon-lime smell out of the poppets (which actually contact the beer), but with time and beer the smell went away, and I never had any off-flavors with them. If noting else, use the keg for darker, stronger flavored brews for the first batches. I don't think you'll have any trouble. Cheers, Teddy PS - with that kind of a valve, be really careful with the bottom "nut" (the part inside the keg), they can crack really easily. I usually put a little keg lube on the tread part and just hand-tighten it then give it a little nudge with a wrench - should hold pressure just fine. Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 09:33:09 -0400 From: Paul Shick <shick at jcu.edu> Subject: Final Call for Judges, NHC East Regional, Westlake OH FINAL CALL FOR JUDGES!!! Dear BJCPers and other interested beer aficionados, We are looking for judges for the 1st round of the American Homebrew Association's NHC Eastern Region. Judging will be held on Friday April 20th (evening), and Saturday April 21, 2007 (morning and afternoon) at J.W. Dover in Westlake, Ohio. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Saturday for all judges. We are working on some lodging accommodations for those of you traveling from nearby states. Also, we will be throwing a usual banquet Saturday evening with a great meal and of course-- BEER. If that is not enough, there will be several flights to enjoy drinking homebrew. If you are available to judge or know anyone who would like to judge, please contact Bill Hoyt, Judge Coordinator via email (wgh at uakron.edu). Hope to see you then! For those that have already responded, my profound thanks and my appreciation for ignoring my constant electronic badgering. Cheers! Bill Hoyt NHC Eastern Region Judge Coordinator Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 19:00:52 -0400 From: "Al Folsom" <alan at folsoms.net> Subject: HCCP Release For those using HCCP, my software package for homebrew competitions, please note that there is a new bugfix release at http://www.folsoms.net/hccp. This version corrects two major problems, and several minor ones. Major issues: - The BJCP XML report now records data correctly and validates against the current BJCP point award rules. The XML reports will again be accepted by the BJCP for anyone using this version or later. - A bug in the judge assignment matrix software incorrectly assumed an order in the Database which cannot be guaranteed. This means if those tables have been reordered saving the judge assignments would not work, and other weirdnesses could occur in table data. This one bug could cause an otherwise well-behaved program to go off the deep end. I strongly suggest that anyone using HCCP grab this new version. It is fully compatible with the databases of previous versions, so your people information remains, and old contests can be reviewed. HCCP is a powerful package for tracking entries, organizing a contest, reviewing information, saving scores, and most of all managing judges. It's also free. Software and documentation are available at http://www.folsoms.net/hccp Thanks, Al Return to table of contents
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