Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Brew Thru #5 - Ventilation progress, BJCP Written Exam

Slowly but surely I am working on finishing the basement brewery. I can't believe it has almost been a full six months since I last brewed up a batch of beer...unacceptable, right? Well that's what happens when you tell yourself you won't brew again until the new setup is finished. But I have good news since I am almost finished! Check out the video below for my updates on the build.

I just need to wire up my variable speed control and clean up the basement.  Then I will be good to brew!  Looking to make something hoppy the weekend of the 20th.



BJCP Written Test

Well, I took the test a few weeks ago and I don't expect to receive a good score once I get the grades back.  We all know that feeling from our days back in school when we were ill-prepared for a test. I knew my preparation for the exam was nowhere near where it needed to be - and the test confirmed that. It is unfortunate because the test itself really wasn't difficult.  [If you weren't aware the full list of potential questions is available over at bjcp.org]  Some would say the questions were the easier ones from the pool of questions which could be asked on the exam. I just didn't have styles memorized and that is always a big part of the exam because you have to compare and contrast two sets of three different styles.


I am still waiting on the results, but if I get anything above a 70 I will be surprised. I need a 75 to get the necessary score to move up to "National" - I also need 9 more experience points so regardless it will definitely be a little while until I achieve a higher rank.


Shegogue Brew around the Web

I was featured in another article over on HomeBrewTalk where I give some suggestions on how you can Speed Up your Brew Day.  Additionally, the folks that run HBT have entered into the homebrew business and I have penned some tutorials over on their new website: http://www.homebrewsupply.com/learn be sure to check them out, especially if live around San Marcos, TX.


I also have been trying to post up more Homebrew Wednesday videos.  If you enjoy watching me talk to the camera, sample beers, and make a general fool of myself then you NEED to subscribe to the YouTube channel - you won't be disappointed.


On Deck...

Heading to Vermont next week for a little vacation. I will try and grab and document some of the wonderful beer the state is known for so I can share on this blog. Stay tuned, cheers!

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