I've done this to several people, I like the missionary term too. I've been referring to 'my work' as being a 'beer disciple'.
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Last year I got my sheets back with nothing marked for placing, but when Janis released the results, I had gotten 2nd place for one of my beers.
If you're sending it to the NHC, I'd definitely rebrew it. The campden tabs will be obvious in the beer, and I don't think the judges will admire that.
Egggggsellent thanks all! The weird thing is, in his podcast, jamil says that he uses some wheat in his kolsch. Then in the BCS I have, his recipe is just 95% pils, 5% Vienna/Munich....must be a revision in a later addition.
Flour first, then batter works for me.Alton Brown says it's important to rest the food for at least 20 minutes after battering and before frying.
I made chicken and waffles at our recent Beer and Food pairing event, served with Maibock. It was a hit.
Right now, there is little incentive besides 'taking one for the team'.
As a judge, why would anyone voluntarily give up a whole Saturday and/or Sunday, potentially drive a couple hundred miles, to judge a bunch of beers when he or she couldn't get their entries in before the cap kicked in?
To judge how many entries?
How much was out of pocket that you had to be reimbursed from AHA? How happy were you with the reimbursement process?
Did you have to ship back the scoresheets or did the AHA handle that?
If it were 750 entries, and you didn't have to handle the shipping costs out of that then yes someone should be able to do it for that amount. The problem seems to be getting enough judge sites volunteering for the task. I know that after judging our local competition, the last thing I want to do is sit down and judge another huge competition.
But to host an NHC 1st round site, in which none of us could get our beers entered, for brewers that aren't in our local area, after judging our own local competition, for $3 an entry.....? That's a tough sell and I, for one, wouldn't take that proposition to my club.
The AHA would have to provide some form of motivation for taking on the task of being a 1st round judge site. One cost free and logical incentive would be to allow judges the opportunity to get their beers into the NHC. Judge or steward three flights one year and you get to enter beer in the next year during an early registration period. Not only would this motivate the existing judge, it would motivate more brewers to become judges; and the lack of willing judges and judging sites seems to be the bottleneck in the NHC.
Good judge 'thank you' gifts are also appreciated by judges, and if provided by the AHA they would benefit from their scale. For example, for us to order growler coozies as judge gifts, it's several dollars each b/c we're only ordering a few dozen. For the AHA, if they ordered a few thousand, the cost would be much less.
Nothing improved the quality of my beer as much as controlling fermentation temp.
I've also found that if you find a beer you like and search it on the web or brewery's site, many will list a general grain bill as well as hops used
So what is the amount per entry that is kicked down to the first round site?
According to this earlier post, the total is $2500, you do the math...2) The AHA has approve us for something on the order of $2500 - how is this not enough to run a competition with food? I guess we'll find out, but our preliminary budget shows us with enough money for a fully catered Friday dinner, hot breakfast Saturday and hot lunch on Saturday.