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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: Today at 07:33:02 AM »
Well, let me put this response in as non-coded language as I can muster.  If I am not judging, I am not working.  It's that simple.  As Gordon has mentioned many times, beer judging is not the same thing as bikini judging.  Beer judging is work.  In fact, working a contest in any capacity is work.  NHC is the most expensive per person vacation that I will take this year.  As an East Coaster, I am spending a boat load of money to attend the event.  Judges and stewards are not getting "comped" for the conference, which means that they are paying to work.  Many of the judges in my area who are attending the conference have stated that they will judge if needed, but would rather not do so for the same reason.  None, and I mean none have expressed interest in stewarding the contest.
Hi S.,

Thanks for sharing your reasons for not volunteering.  Your argument against judging is more applicable to 8 or 9 years ago when the competition ran all day Thursday, and into Friday which really cut into the seminar tracks, and thus was a huge disincentive for people to judge. 

This year, if all goes to plan, the score sheet judging and category BOS for all 28 categories will all be completed in the morning.  The conference seminars don't start until 12:45, so judging doesn't even compete with the seminars.  If you're already in San Diego at the hotel, and probably awake quite early, why wouldn't you volunteer to help out the competition? 

Your chance of judging is drastically better if you sign up to volunteer ahead of time.  Bruce is going to assign judges on Sunday, June 7, so sign up before that if you want to judge.

Also, just to let you know there are already some BJCP judges volunteering to be stewards in the competition, and for that I am very grateful.  In a competition judged largely by very experienced judges, it helps to have stewards with more than a basic understanding of how a competition works.

Thanks to all of the volunteers in the First Round and in the Final Round!  This competition could not happen with out your help!

Anyway, the choice is yours.  See you in San Diego!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC score sheets - Zanesville
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:29:25 AM »
Hi Jeff,

They were sent out by the competition staff a little later than the other First Round competitions.  Hopefully, you have gotten them by now.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 21, 2015, 10:27:14 AM »
Hello all,

We’re still in need of judges and stewards for the NHC Final Round Judging in San Diego on June 11th.  If you’re planning on attending the conference or if you able to travel to San Diego that day, consider signing up.  Working with several high ranking and experienced judges and staff from all over the country is quite an experience.  This year’s goal is to get all of the category judging completed in the morning session, leaving the best of show judging for the afternoon and allowing folks to enjoy the Homebrew Expo or the San Diego craft brew scene.  Judging assignments will go to the highest ranking judges first, Grand Master, Master, and National in the past, but there is a chance that some Certified judges may be called upon. 

If you’ve already registered for the competition and had in entry in the first round you can sign up by logging into the NHC website here https://brewingcompetition.com/FINAL/index.php.  You can indicate your willingness to judge or steward by clicking on the Edit My Info link under the My Info and Entries menu item at the top of the screen.

If you were not a first round entrant you can sign up here https://brewingcompetition.com/FINAL/index.php?section=register&go=judge.

Hope to see a lot of you in San Diego!

Bruce Buerger
NHC Final Round Judge Coordinator
Hi all,

Unfortunately Bruce's directions have a minor mistake in them.  The only records in the Final Round app are the records of the advancing entrants, not everyone from the First Round.

If you had no advancing entries from the First Round competition, you will need to create your account in the Final Round app from scratch.  Got to the Final Round app and click on the link in the blue box.  You will need to create a username and password (you can probably use the same ones you had in the First Round) and then you can enter the information in your account.

Sorry for the confusion.  Thanks for volunteering!  I hope to see you in San Diego!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2nd Round Labels Question
« on: May 05, 2015, 10:24:27 AM »
Hi,

There was a problem with the Final Round labels if you printed them before 4 p.m. yesterday (5/4/2015).  If the bottle labels do not have a bar code and an entry number on them, you must log into your Final Round competition account and print the bottle labels again.  The AHA will be sending an e-mail with this information to all entrants today.  Sorry for the problem.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 27, 2015, 06:20:47 PM »
Still toying with the wording of a beer going into 23. My poor search skills can't locate this answer. When is the last day that you can edit your entries.
Hi,

March 11th.  Good luck!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:57:15 PM »
Have the judging dates for each of the sites been announced yet?  If so, where can I find them?

Hi WV Brewer,

The competitions are all registered with the BJCP, and can be found on the BJCP Competition Calendar.  The AHA Calendar also lists the judging locations and dates, since it is a direct RSS-feed from the BJCP web site.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:54:34 PM »
Hi Mac,

As with any competition that you have entered and also are volunteering to judge, you may not judge or steward any category in which you have an entry.

In the Final Round, a large number of BJCP-certified judges attend the conference, and we do not have very many problems getting enough highly qualified judges to volunteer.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC first round judging?
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:01:12 PM »
Hi,

We encourage everyone to get involved with the competition; however, the judge/steward registration will not be available until next week at the earliest.  When entrants are randomly placed in the competitions, they will be able to volunteer by logging into their account.  If you are not an entrant, or if you wish to volunteer in a competition other than the one in which you are entered, the separate Judge/Steward registration form will be available next week as well.  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:28:46 AM »
Hi Jaftak22,

If you filled out the application form, then we will treat your application the same as any other application.  There is no prerequisite for getting into the competition, except that you need to apply first.  Although, I should say that volunteers (staff, judges, and stewards) who helped make the 2014 NHC a success, will be placed in their primary judge centers before the rest of the applicants are randomly selected.  Good luck!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHCompetition Registration is Open
« on: February 02, 2015, 10:54:49 AM »
Hi all,

The glitch was fixed early this morning.  One thing to keep in mind is that you can log in to the application form 24/7, all week to edit your application.  Editing must be done by the end of February 8th.

Cheers,
Janis

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Hi Jim,

Also, keep in mind that the BJCP Style Guidelines have been changed several times since 2000 (2004, 2008, 2014), so it's possible that the category was accepting of fruit-added versions of that beer style in 1995.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 19, 2014, 04:33:48 PM »
Right.  And Austin looks like it will be March 13-15, 2015.  I will register this competition on Monday, 12/22/2014.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:42:31 PM »
Hi all,

No, there are no specific ship dates for each competition.  All entries are due at the same time.  Sorry.  If you knew what a monumental task it is to put this whole thing together, you would understand.  Possibly.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 15
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:10:48 AM »
most of the regions and dates are on the BJCP calendar, just fyi.

bummer no KC region, but they deserve a break.  Also sucks Easter is in the middle there and so many regions are on one weekend, but I suspect there's nothing else that could be done - the spring gets awfully busy with events/comps.  Still, those 4/10 regions are going to have to store entries for 5 weeks or so before they ever judge them.   :-\

cheers--
--Michael
Hi Michael,

Yeah, the competition dates for 2015 are March 13 to April 12, 2015.  Easter (4/5) and also the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland (4/13-18) kind of hurt the schedule a bit, but there isn't anything I can do about that.  I have 2 more competitions to register; Austin, TX and Saint Louis, MO.  I don't have dates or shipping/judging info for either right now.

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Icezilla SPAM?
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:52:30 PM »
Hi Denny,

Yes, we are all getting spammed with this.  Duncan thinks they are taking the addresses from the AHA GC page.

Cheers,
Janis

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