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Events / Re: BJCP Score Sheet App
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:16:50 AM »
Yes, feel free to post on the BJCP forum or our FB page, where this post would be more appropriate.

The discussion of digital scoresheets has come up before in BJCP spaces, and there are varying opinions. I personally think it poses too much risk (spills and broken devices) and hassle trying to get judges to use technology. There are already so many things to worry about as a comp organizer that I don't want to add IT HelpDesk to the list of jobs. To me, it would be annoying to type out score sheets on a small phone screen while trying to also hold and evaluate the beer. One-handed phone typing is probably slower than handwriting for most. I can see an issue being keeping everyone's devices powered; sometimes judging is held in locations with limited access to resources. Another consideration is how would the scoresheets from your app make their way from the judges to the entrants.

So, I don't see a phone app for BJCP score sheets being all that useful in a competition setting. It might be useful for someone practicing for the BJCP exam or filling out score sheets in a non-comp setting for a friend or club member, but that's a pretty low-use scenario.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: May 02, 2017, 02:53:58 PM »
last year I brought 10 ciders and 4 meads; since we're in the land of 10,000 Mead Makers Of the Year I expect that will be reversed.  I've got beer and will bring a little but I'll mostly let the rest of KCBM handle that.  (and yes, the KC Bier Meisters will have a booth)

on the subject of Club Night, I know it is a lot of people's favorite event and I can see why.  However I find the quality to be very hit and miss and have preferred Pro Night for years.  Please, dumping a keg of mediocre beer that your friends don't want to drink into your club pool isn't what it should be about!  It doesn't have to be rare or expensive but I think this event deserves our best efforts. 
/soapbox

Yes. Dump buckets are your friend. ;D

For the OP: Enjoy the craziness! Make sure members take shifts so everyone can walk around and experience other clubs. There are a ton of booths, so some kind of interesting theme, costumes, gimmick can entice people to stop by. It's when they come back for a second or third sample when you are doing it right. Some clubs just have the name recognition, regardless of theme. Take notes for ideas you can make your own in future years. Drink water.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 02, 2017, 10:03:10 AM »
So, before sharing the recipe or anything else, I'm curious about your thoughts on the banana just from this feeedback? Is this where I should focus, or based on the details below do you feel I'm over-emphasizing this one bit of the feedback?

For me, I'd want a larger sample size of opinions if two judges independently perceived a character I wasn't getting in my beer. Sometimes, one judge might mention "hey, are you getting banana?" and the other might start perceiving that through the power of suggestion. They could be overly sensitive to that ester or just had the perception of it. With a score of 38, I wouldn't go changing anything until you get some more opinions and more judges/people also finding banana or other esters too strong for a lager.

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Any specific reason you are using a Kolsch strain?
No, there is no reason other than I had some in a mason jar from a month ago that I want to use up; made a 2 pint starter.

Ok...tough to give recipe advice when all the reasons are "using up ingredients on hand." Perfectly legitimate reason to make something, but it's hard to offer recipe input if that is the main reason for all your ingredient choices. 

Kolsch yeast throws off some wonderfully delicate characteristics that I think would get overpowered by the watermelon. Given how finicky I've found that yeast to work with, it wouldn't be worth it to me to use in a beer where the yeast would get covered up.

Overall, seems like this would make a nice fruit beer.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 27, 2017, 09:48:09 AM »
I would like to report a thread hijacking in progress.  ;)

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Any specific reason you are using a Kolsch strain?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:04:54 PM »
Any insights from the Sacramento judging centre?  It seems like the results are coming out slower than the other competition sights - I wonder if they had a higher volume of beers to judge?

Someone posted a little earlier that they didn't finish up on time. They had several big competitions in the area so seemed to have issue getting everything done on time. It's definitely not a volume issue as all the regions had similar numbers of entries.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:47:13 AM »
I got mine by email today from St. Louis.  They must have some other data base they are experimenting with to use email rather than postage.  We would have done that in the South if it had been available.

I judged up in Denver this past weekend and they were also scanning score sheets.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:43:33 AM »
I have a question. I got my score sheets back from Indy and it states that my American Barleywine got second place, but on the winner's online page it has me down as third place. So, which one is it or do I have to wait for the ribbon

I would trust the winners page since the results get verified by the AHA. Error are more frequent in the cover sheet. But, I'd recommend emailing John Moorhead and asking about the discrepancy. Either way, congrats on advancing!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 04:29:18 PM »

I'm still waiting on SD as well. I feel like they were a little quicker the last few years, but I get that stuffing envelopes and mailing them is time consuming and a pain. I'll bring up scoresheet turn around time and digitalization to the comp committee next go round and see if any good ideas emerge.

I'm sure its a massive undertaking. Is that all done by local volunteers?  I'm totally ignorant of the process, but it must be a ton of work.

Yep. All part of the glamorous job of running a competition.  8)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:44:51 AM »
Anybody get their scoresheets back from San Diego yet?  My best bitter advanced and I'm really curious to know the actual score.

I'm still waiting on mine from St. Louis and that was almost 4 weeks ago.

I'm still waiting on SD as well. I feel like they were a little quicker the last few years, but I get that stuffing envelopes and mailing them is time consuming and a pain. I'll bring up scoresheet turn around time and digitalization to the comp committee next go round and see if any good ideas emerge.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:02:49 AM »
This gets asked every year.  It's not a matter of fairness or not.  There are some styles that should be rebrewed (IPA, Am Wheat, etc), and those that are impossible (Barleywine, Gueze, etc).

The best thing you can do is plan as though you will advance everything you entered, and rebrew the categories that need rebrewing regardless of whether you advance or not.  Best case, you are ready to go for 2nd round.  Worst case, you have some extra beer to share with your friends for when the weather turns nice.  Throw a BBQ for your friends and kick back and enjoy the June weather when they should be at their peak.

Not so much enjoying the Phoenix weather in June.  ;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 09:58:17 AM »
It would be nice if the shipping windows paralleled the judging dates. Some beers have to be shipped as much as a month and a half prior to being judged. I don't see a reason why that can't change.

I think in theory this is a good idea, but I think in practice it would create a lot of confusion. From my experience running comps, many entrants still get confused about the basics of entering a homerbew comp. My bet is having staggered shipping deadlines for each region would cause heartburn from entrants not paying close enough attention and shipping too early/late. We see that in our fairly small comps since we have a different deadline for out of town LHBSs; there are always several who don't read the different deadlines for each drop off location.

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Events / Re: 2017 BJCP Board Election Now Open
« on: April 17, 2017, 04:14:11 PM »
Results from the 2017 BJCP Board Election are posted. Congratulations to the four regional representatives that were re-elected: Gordon Strong (Mid-Atlantic); Sandy Cockerham (Midwest); Phil Farrell (South) and Travis Hammond (West).

Thanks to Neil Spake and Mike Dixon for showing interest and running in the South region.

http://dev.bjcp.org/news/2017-election-results/

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Events / 2017 BJCP Board Election Now Open
« on: April 03, 2017, 10:59:47 AM »
The election for the BJCP regional representative of the South region is now open. All other regions up for election this year (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and West) had only one candidate nominated. Full details, including candidate statements and a link to the electronic voting booth, can be found here:

http://www.bjcp.org/electioncenter.php

Voting ends on 15 April 2017.

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