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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Finals Scorecards
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:54:28 PM »

Did you not get feedback in the first round?

If you're just looking for feedback, then another, more local competition might be better suited to that. I tend to treat NHC as a place I only send my best beers.

On the homebrewtalk forums you justified the high cost of the competition with - "Also, at $12 for what is essentially TWO competitions, I think this is a fair price."

So is it one?  Or two?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How far are you from NHC?
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:51:26 PM »
I'm about 2400 hectometers away.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final round Competition Labels
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:42:04 PM »
I've got my kids dressed for the party...  here's what my labels look like

And by the way Denny... the beer that got lost and got the Administrative Advance was your BVIP recipe.  I just think that someone heard a BVIP was in town and they absconded with it.   ;)

I realize that it will be small comfort to you, but no, it's not how it's typically been in the past.  Beyond that, I'll let someone from the AHA address your issues.  But as a member of the GC, I'm truly sorry for everyone who had to endure the problems that came up this year.  I know that the AHA and the GC Competition Committee feel the same way and are all committed to seeing it doesn't happen again.

I think the best thing I can take away from entering this years NHC is that it's got me away from only posting on the Northern Brewer forums and has gotten me involved in both this forum and the Homebrewtalk forum.

So that's a plus.  :)

I don't enter many competitions but I thought I'd enter the NHC this year because I had a beer that I really thought was exceptional.  I was excited to participate in the worlds largest homebrew competition and sent in two entries.  Unfortunately it has been nothing but a comedy of errors.  It doesn't run like this every year, does it?  This has been my experience thus far...

1)  Registration for two beers took 1.5 hours.  A very frustrating 1.5 hours.

2)  About ready to ship my beers I get an email that I have to ship them somewhere else due to 'space limitations'.

3)  I ship my beers via UPS.  They get from DC to NY in about 18 hours.  They are refused delivery and sit for three days before being delivered.

4)  Judging occurs early but no news is given.  Other sites have score sheets weeks before the NY sheets are mailed.

5)  First round results are announced (still with no scoresheets from NY)

6)  Scoresheets finally arrive from NY!

7)  But only for one beer.  The other one got lost (the beer, not the scoresheet).

8)  Both beers advance.  One with the score of 40, the other with the score of 'Sorry we lost it'

9)  NHC competition site commits egregious PII breach giving me access to the names, addresses, phone numbers, AHA member number and email addresses of two different entrants.  My information likely ended up somewhere else.

10) When I'm able to log into my account I am able to print out my Gold CERTFICATE for the beer they did not lose.  It's a certficate, not a certificate.  Looks legit.

11) Now I need to enter the recipes for the beers that are going to the finals.  Every other competition I've entered that uses this software allowed me to upload my recipe using BEERXML.  That doesn't appear to be an option now.

12  Tedious data entry.

Janis has been fantastic when I've emailed her, but rest has been nothing short of a bad joke.  This can't be typical, can it?

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC regional experiences
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:41:23 PM »
If we know some regions are a bit slow, why are we still sending our beers to them? Somewhat local and well organized are my requirements for any competition. If I wasn't allowed to enter my beers in KC, I would have picked either Tulsa or St. Paul because I know they can run a great competition.

Well, this doesn't work for first time entrants who have no idea about the regions.  It also doesn't work because the registration process was a complete disaster.  It also, also doesn't work because once the entrant registers they are unable to register elsewhere.

This has been my first (and likely last) attempt to participate in the NHC and/or anything AHA related.  Due to the size and prestige of 'The Worlds Largest Homebrew Competition' (and the exorbitant fees) I was expecting a certain level of professionalism and it has been anything but.  I feel like I participated in a hobby group that got out of the organizers hands.  Lesson learned I suppose.



What site was your beer judged at to get your score sheets so quick?  I didn't think we'd be hearing anything for another week or so... it's cool you received yours last week.  :)

*waits by the mailbox*

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