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Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: March 08, 2013, 09:31:12 PM »
NHC Registration Update as of Friday, March 8 at 2:00 pm MST:

There are approximately 450 total entry spots remaining in five competition judge centers. The AHA will re-open registration for these remaining spots on Monday, March 11.

Read the entire update:

NHC Registration Update as of Friday, March 8 at 2:00 pm MST:

The AHA has been actively working to troubleshoot the multiple unfortunate issues that arose with the 2013 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration. We are deeply sorry for the difficulties. Here is where things stand with the competition as of Friday, March 8:

There are approximately 450 total entry spots remaining in five competition judge centers. The AHA will re-open registration for these remaining spots on Monday, March 11. Not all judge centers have remaining entry spots; some are already at capacity. Please note: per the existing competition rules and regulations, participants with entries in a region that has reached capacity will not be able to add entries in a different region.

Entry registration re-opens at 3:00 pm EDT/2:00 pm CDT/1:00 pm MDT/12:00 pm PDT on Monday, March 11.
• Entry registration will remain open until capacity is reached for all judge centers, or until the originally-scheduled close of registration at 2:00 pm EDT/1:00 pm CDT/12:00 pm MDT/11:00 am PDT on March 15, 2013.
• If you already have entries in a judge center that has not reached its entry capacity, you may submit additional entries (up to the competition limit of 15) in that region only.
• If you already have entries in a judge center that is full, you will not be able to submit additional entries.
• The original shipping information and deadlines remain in effect.

Get a Head Start
To streamline entry registration on Monday, we encourage you to set up a new user profile or verify your existing user information in the system now: Select an open judge center and create your user profile or check your existing information by logging in to the center where you plan to enter. 

Remember, entry registration doesn't re-open until Monday afternoon as specified above, but you can set up or verify your user profile at any time between now and then.

When all 2013 NHC issues are fully resolved, the AHA will share an update on what occurred and where we are headed from here. In the meantime, please accept our staff's apologies for the problems and frustrations with this year's NHC registration.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: March 04, 2013, 08:39:25 PM »
Here is today's update:

Thank you all for your patience and support!


Spencer Powlison
Marketing Coordinator

NHC Registration Update as of 12:30 pm MST, Monday, March 4:

The AHA is continuing to troubleshoot the problems associated with this year's National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration. The AHA is communicating directly with individuals registered in the competition database regarding the status of entries. In the meantime, please know that behind-the-scenes work to resolve all existing issues remains actively in progress.

Unfortunately, while the competition database does not yet reflect that all entries are accounted for, individuals who are not registered with the system in any capacity should expect that registration will not reopen to the public at large. In other words, it is safe to expect that once the AHA resolves all database issues, the competition will be at capacity.

We will post more detailed updates as we have them and will let everyone know when 2013 NHC registration is fully resolved.

The AHA is deeply sorry for the failures of this year’s registration and payment system.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:49:32 PM »
Hello everyone,
Please take a moment to read our latest update on National Homebrew Competition registration:



Spencer Powlison
Brewers Association

NHC Registration Update as of 8:45 am MST on Friday, March 1:

The AHA continues to actively troubleshoot the problems associated with this year's National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration. We are sorry that the progress is not faster; at this point, the AHA is focused on taking the time necessary to get this right rather than rushing through the remediation process. We know those of you with entries are anxious for an update on their status.

Overpayments and other payment issues were among the AHA's priorities to address. As of Friday, March 1, we believe we have resolved most overpayment issues, and are working to resolve the remaining overpayments as soon as possible. If you experienced a payment issue, you should have received a credit (refund) notice from the AHA via our payment processor, or will receive one soon. (Of course, a statement or processing by your financial institution is subject to their policies and practices.)

Another step in the clean-up process has involved updating the competition database to reflect all paid entries as, in fact, paid. This is now complete. This leaves some entries in the system that are still unpaid, whether due to the entrant's selected region being at capacity or due to other issues. As troubleshooting continues, rest assured that all currently registered entries (paid and unpaid) will have an opportunity to be judged in the competition. The AHA will be in touch directly with everyone who registered in the system within the next several business days.

What's next?
Due to the problems with registration, some judge centers mistakenly accepted more entries than the designated limit for judging. The AHA is currently finalizing and executing a plan to reassign entries among the judge centers. As soon as possible, entrants will be contacted directly if their entry(s) needs to be reassigned to an alternate region. This communication will outline the steps to follow to accept and finalize the reassignment.

Once again, please accept the AHA staff's apologies for the failures and frustrations of this year's registration and payment system.

Events / Re: NHC Direct links email
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:54:51 PM »
NHC Registration Update: The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) is halting National Homebrew Competition (NHC) registration due to the extensive technical difficulties with the system that we have been troubleshooting (to limited effect) since registration opened earlier today. We will post updates on the status of NHC registration as we have them.

The AHA is deeply sorry for the problems associated with NHC registration today. The AHA worked in advance with our providers to ensure that registration would be seamless. But as we all saw, that did not result as promised or planned. We accept responsibility for today’s failures, and we apologize for the headaches.

We realize there will be many questions about next steps for existing and hopeful registrants. Again, please stay tuned for details.

Thank you for your support of the National Homebrew Competition. At the end of the day, the NHC—the world’s largest beer competition—is a testament to your creativity and success as homebrewers. Cheers to that, and again, please accept our apologies.


Spencer Powlison
Brewers Association
Marketing Coordinator

Ingredients / Substitute Maple for Belgian Candi Sugar?
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:24:24 PM »
Anyone ever tried substituting maple syrup for some (or even all) of the belgian candi sugar used in Dubbels, or similar dark belgian styles? I'm thinking of trying a half-and-half split between candi sugar and maple syrup for a Dubbel.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Secondary in Keg?
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:40:58 PM »
Cool thanks! I have gone the route of several weeks in primary, then right into the keg, and it's worked fine as well. The only reason I'm thinking of cold-conditioning, is that I'm going to brew a Dubbel, and most recipes seem to call for cold-conditioning. Maybe it isn't entirely necessary?

Kegging and Bottling / Secondary in Keg?
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:22:37 PM »
Would there be any harm in cold-conditioning a beer for secondary fermentation in a keg? I was thinking I'd save myself a step in the process that way and just carbonate the keg once it's had a few weeks. The only thing I can imagine is that there may be a little extra debris in the bottom that I'd have to pour out with the first few glasses. Is it that simple or am I missing something?

Kegging and Bottling / Tight Corny Keg Connection
« on: August 29, 2011, 04:54:42 PM »
I have a corny keg with at tap that uses the ball-bearing type connection and it's really hard to snap my tap hose onto the keg, after I took it all apart and cleaned it. Is there some sort of lubricant that should be in there that is now gone due to my fastidiousness? I am afraid of breaking it, since it's such a tight fit. Maybe something got broken or out of place when I reassembled it all? I also took apart the keg post as well...

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 16, 2011, 06:04:31 PM »
Gotcha... thanks for the help. Final question: how does this baby get attached to the end of the tube? Do you just open the top, hold the scrubby in there and poke the bottom of the tube into the mesh after it's been fed through the top of the keg?

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 16, 2011, 05:24:33 PM »
Put a scrubby on the end of yer pickup tube . . problem solved.  :)

Umm... can you translate? What is a scrubby and where can I find it?


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 16, 2011, 04:41:42 PM »
I can't really tell, but I believe it's the hop particles. I am afraid the bag came open or something like that. I did put a ping pong ball in the hop bag in the hopes that it would keep it away from the tube at the bottom. So are you suggesting putting another hop bag around the end of the dip tube to filter it? That seems sketchy but maybe there is a sneaky way to do this?

Kegging and Bottling / Hop Clog Woes
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:52:50 PM »
I've got a beer in my Corny keg, and it's ready to go. I dry hopped it in the keg, but despite my best efforts (putting the hops in a hop bag and tying it up), I am still getting epic hop particles clogging my "out" tube. I've taken the keg apart a few times, being careful to sanitize it along the way, unclogged it and tried it again, but each time it re-clogs quickly. Seems like something went awry with the hop bag. Any fixes you can think of to save this batch of beer?

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