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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Shipping issue with NHC Philly
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:47:47 PM »
FedEx or UPS account
pre-printed and pre-attached label

at my usual dropoff spot they just smile and say thank you when I drop it on the counter and tell them to have a nice week.  They like that they have to do less work.

at an alternate spot across town they like to ask "what are you shipping?"   "Gifts. Thanks, have a good day."

I feel like some people are going in there looking guilty, and it shows.  ;D

It was pre printed and pre attached. I’ve never had issues shipping bottles before. She said it just started this week, so past shipping successes don’t really matter.

I’m sure it wasn’t that I looked guilty, she said this to me before I said a word to her.

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sry, I gave my usual response to this oft-repeated question not looking at your "new this week" post that seems to indicate it would be different this time...
I'm about to go pick up some alcohol being held for me at FedEx, so I'll ask if they have a new policy.

Fwiw, I dropped my sealed, pre-labeled box off at FedEx yesterday and it was delivered to Austin today. No unusual questions or changes in policy from them.

I did find this statement from UPS in a news article related to the Austin bombings. Looks like the unsealed package thing only applies to customers who bring in a box to ship and have no prior UPS history or account.

"UPS utilizes a variety of security procedures. In light of the uncertainty surrounding the Austin bombings, the company implemented a temporary process for unknown shippers with unlabeled packages who wished to send a parcel at a UPS Store, company counter or other authorized service location. Packages of known shippers are not being opened. The temporary screening process requires unknown customers to tender their package open, or voluntarily open their package for visual inspection..."

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Competition Category
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:56:11 PM »
Ahhhh, I see that verbiage now. Thank you for that. I think I am going to enter them both in 30a. The vanilla is just not subtle enough to put it in the Porter category. I also found that in the 2008 guidelines they used a Vanilla Porter as one of the commercial examples for Spice, Herb, or Vegetable beer. Granted, those are the "old" guidelines, I feel comfortable with that decision.

Thanks again for the advice. Cheers!

Fwiw, many competition will limit entrants to one entry per substyle, so you may only be able to enter one beer in 30A. So, just make sure to check the rules. Good luck!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition- Category selection
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:31:28 PM »
Actually that helps! That’s where I had some confusion was when I would modify a base style. So with that being said, if I were to add fruit to an IPA would it then be entered into the specialty IPA category or the fruit category?

Fruit. If you add special ingredients that are not typical in a style, you'll need to enter the beer in the appropriate specialty beer category. It's also a good idea to read the style guideline for what you are entering to make sure your beer is in the right place.

Here's a recent article about entering Specialty IPAs (and IPAs with added ingredients):

Zymurgy / Re: NHC Gold Medal Recipes
« on: September 13, 2017, 03:16:51 AM »
The BJCP has always been firmly against electronic scoring.  It's their decision, not the AHA.

Ok, I'm late to the party on this one b/c I've been traveling and off the grid for a couple weeks. But, I do want to clarify this in case someone reads this thread in the future.

The BJCP does not have a stance on electronic score sheets. Our competition sanctioning rules state that BJCP Judging Forms are recommended but not mandatory. The AHA runs the National Homebrew Competition, not the BJCP (I often see confusion there from entrants and sometimes even judges). The AHA can choose to run the NHC in any way they see fit as long as they follow the BJCP sanctioning rules and regulations (link below). We provide wide latitude for competition organizers to run competitions as they see fit as long as the basic rules are followed. So, nothing is stopping the NHC or any other competition from using electronic scoring other than perhaps the logistical concerns and work required to do so.


Events / Re: BJCP Score Sheet App
« on: May 15, 2017, 05:16:50 PM »
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.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Night 2017
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:53:58 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. 

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: May 02, 2017, 05:03:10 PM »
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.

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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 27, 2017, 04:48:09 PM »
I would like to report a thread hijacking in progress.  ;)

Any specific reason you are using a Kolsch strain?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 07:04:54 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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:47:13 PM »
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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:43:33 PM »
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!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 11:29:18 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)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2017 NHC Competition Chat
« on: April 20, 2017, 05:44:51 PM »
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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