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Feedback from Friends

Posted by Lucas on Monday, September 19, 2016, In : Community & Education 
We have talked about feedback from judges, but honest feedback from friends and family is also great for a number of reasons:
1. It is faster and free to share - you get instant feedback
2. You can use the feedback and make subtle changes and have the same people try the update to learn if you made the correct changes based on their palette or critique.

A few tips:
1. Join a homebrew club. These usually have BJCP members and the meetings often include trading of homebrew. Learn from each other!
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Hops Experiment - Learning Aroma

Posted by Lucas on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, In : Community & Education 
Fun, easy experiment for you and a few buddies. Of course, I never condone purchasing tasteless brew, but that is what you need for this one.

We used Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, Columbus, Hallertau, and then left the 6th bottle as a "control" to start off. Open the bottles, drop in 2 pellets or 4-5 crumbles, and then quickly recap. I let these sit 3 days room temperature and then placed them in the 'fridge the morning of the Homebrew Club meeting. Fun way to learn how the different hops change th...
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Used Equipment is fine

Posted by Lucas on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, In : Community & Education 
Garage Sales, Craigslist, Offerup...all great places to look for used kegs, carboys, propane tanks, burners, and stainless pots.

With the cold weather arriving soon or already here, I am noticing great deals online and even better deals in the neighborhood. Last weekend I picked up a "Golden Gate keg" for $5!?!? It will be awhile before I put it to use (Cask Conditioning, I hope), but I couldn't pass up the deal.

I think people are cleaning out before winter holidays and the yard sales go away...
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Volunteer - Free Education at your local Brewfest

Posted by Lucas on Monday, August 31, 2015, In : Community & Education 
This might sound silly or it might even be common sense, but before you just show up and start sampling things aged in barrels or infused with oysters or finished with spruce tips...I really encourage you to volunteer at these events. I worked at a great festival this weekend with the intention of really trying to learn a thing or two and it worked! I have poured before during the event but really only with the intention of getting in free (another great benefit of volunteering). This weekend...
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