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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 04:41:21 PM »
It sure seems like a lottery is overly complicated.  As an AHA member in good standing the thought of not being able to enter the competition is disturbing.  I would like to know that I'll have a reasonably assured chance to get at least a beer or two entered without having to jump though flaming hoops or rely on pure luck.  I've not followed a lot of the NHC competition limit posts very closely so this may have already been suggested but why not divide registration to the competition into three phases?

Phase I - Open to current AHA members only and limit entries to a small number like maybe just two or three at a reasonable price (let's say $12).  This should almost certainly guarantee each AHA member that wants to enter the competition the opportunity to do so. 

Phase II - Still open only to current AHA members and allows more active brewers the chance to enter additional beers but still in a limited quantity of perhaps four to six more entries at a slightly higher price ($17?).

Phase III - If there are any spots still available then open registration to anyone at a still higher price ($22?) but perhaps still with a limit or implement the lottery at this point. 

I think this approach would address the needs of the base membership by virtually guaranteeing ease of entry at a nominal level. It would also provide a better chance of allowing more competition intense members the likelihood of a greater level of participation.  Then finally, the open free-for-all or lottery could provide opportunities to outsiders so long as the appetite of current members does not meet or exceed the max number of entries.  This last part might also encourage nonmembers to join if they value the NHC.

I know this is still not perfect but I think that, above all else, it would provide protection to AHA members and eliminate some of the feeding frenzy that was experienced last year.

Just my two cents worth...


Ingredients / Re: Popping My Cherry Cherry
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:41:27 PM »
FWIW, the recipe I'm using is the one posted at the end of the Some Like it Hoppy article posted on the Online Extras of the Zymurgy page on the AHA site.  I'm not typically a fruit beer guy but this one really appealed to me as a good winter beer...

Very timely post!  I told my neighbor I was going to brew a chocolate cherry stout.  I've never brewed one so I didn't have a go-to recipe.  3 lbs Crystal 40 and 2 lbs chocolate malt! 

Ingredients / Popping My Cherry Cherry
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:50:49 PM »
I am preparing to brew the Chocolate Cherry Stout recipe that was one of the commemorative beers brewed for the NHC in San Diego.  The recipe calls for five pounds of dark cherries in the secondary but offers no other details. I have never used fruit in a recipe so I have a few questions:

1)  I've found a variety of cherries on the net: Bing, Sweet, Tart.  Which of these would be equivalent to the "Dark" variety called for?

2)  I'm found canned varieties packed in sweetened whole syrup or in water.  I know the water packed would be preferable but it seems the syrup packed are much cheaper.  The question is could I get the syrup packed cans and just rinse them off or would the syrup alter the desirable cherry-ness too much?

3)  Does it matter whether they're fresh, frozen or canned?  Which would be preferred?

4)  Do the whole cherries need to be processed in any way prior to adding to fermenter?

Any other friendly advice would be greatly appreciated as well.

Thanks in advance for the help.


General Homebrew Discussion / Are First Round Results Posted?
« on: April 28, 2010, 06:11:44 PM »
I see form reading some of the other posts that some folks have gotten their scoresheets and still others know whether or not their beer has advanced to the finals.  I have checked the homebrewers associtation web site and can't find where any results have been posted.  Am I missing something?

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