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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:16:44 AM »
Thanks for the explanation.  As mentioned, I was just curious how results were purportedly posted on the site, and then changed.  I will take my medicine... (And drink the rest of the brews I re-brewed last weekend).  It seemed very odd that details down to the club level were posted somewhere, and then found to be in error.

I am not throwing stones.  Only expressing my disappointment.  Thank you for the explanation and even moreso for spending your free time helping me and others with our hobby. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:41:16 AM »
Could someone please explain how early results were posted on the www.homebrewcompetition website?  Furthermore, what could possibly change between the day of scoring and "sanctioning" of the results? 

Unfortunately, I (unofficially) showed up on a list as placing in KC, only to find out the sanctioned list did not include my entry.  The list certainly seemed legit, including name, club and entry category.  I am feeling doubly unlucky this year after two beers in the 40's failed to advance, followed by the "sanctioning" snafu.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:11:46 AM »
Are there plans to update the guidelines for IPAs, category 14?  It seems that the style has rapidly evolved, both with alcohol content (triple IPA) and with balance between hops and malt.  The current description includes "the malt backbone will generally support the strong hop character," which is not necessarily the case in the current best and most popular commercial examples.

I recently entered a well-brewed variant of a highly hopped IPA (PTY) that scored 42 in one competition and 28 in another.  The results varied only based on the judge's interpretation of the style, not on flaws in the beer.

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