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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:52:40 PM »
They should probably move the Nashville site to a larger city. Maybe Atlanta. Atlanta could draw judges from Florida, the Carolinas, and the Deep South.

Judges from the south will drive to Atlanta just as easily as the would Nashville.

I think this region (the Deep South) likely has a smaller number of judges to draw from. Tennessee sits on top of Alabama and Mississippi. We just got legalized Homebrewing less than 3 years ago and we are in the Bible Belt.
Hi all,

The selection of the competition sites pretty much depends on having a core group of people step up (contact the AHA) to organize the competition locally.  Volunteers need to have an adequate pool of BJCP judges in the region for the competition.  Volunteers pick the judging date from a range of dates available (March through April), and they need to make sure they don't have competing competitions, festivals, beer week events, spring break, or other conflicts that could hurt their chances to complete the competition.

That being said, there will be site changes for the 2017 NHC, as there are inevitably every year.  Florida has requested to be an NHC First Round site next year, as has Kansas City.  Typically the AHA gives first right of refusal to the existing sites. 

Thanks to all of the people who have volunteered to put on the NHC over the last 10 years!  I really, really appreciate your enthusiasm, and effort, and most importantly, your time and devotion to homebrewing.  Cheers to you!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2016 NYC Score Sheets?
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:19:16 PM »
Hi Porter Pounder,

The score sheets have not been mailed yet for the NY competition.  I'd like to think the organizer was trying to save the AHA on postage, and waited for the price of stamps to drop, but in reality, I think the organizer is one of the hardest working people I know, and he is working on getting them out this week.  Thanks for your patience!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: April 11, 2016, 12:15:43 PM »
Hi Everyone,

Just FYI, Nashville is much closer to being done, but they still have some judging to do.  Thanks for your patience!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: COTY Rules
« on: April 01, 2016, 02:45:46 PM »
Thanks everyone!

Good discussion, and I like the support for the changes we are implementing.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: bottles for NHC
« on: April 01, 2016, 02:42:39 PM »
It is in here. Less than 9" in height, no more than 2.75 inch diameter. Storing bottles of different sizes causes trouble when you have 1500 bottles to store in limited space. Someone from AHA will need to clarify the raised letters.


https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/
Hi guys,

Raised lettering was only an issue back when bottles of that type were only locally or regionally available.  Once they became available across the USA, it is no longer an identifying mark on the bottle.  That is, anyone can use New Belgium bottles, because anyone can buy/get those bottles.  If you read the rules & regs for the NHC, it actually says something about this.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Remaining NHC sites
« on: April 01, 2016, 02:05:44 PM »
Hi Guys,

The way the dates are chosen for the 12 competitions in 12 different cities and states is this.  We have a 4 week (or 5 weeks with Easter) stretch, during which the competitions can take place.  It is completely up to the local organizers to select the weekend for their competition.  Typically, organizers avoid trying to judge on Easter weekend, and during a known spring break time, plus they also try to balance the date to not conflict with surrounding/regional competitions, etc.

In any given year, it is entirely possible that all 12 competition will occur on the same weekend.  If this is the organizers' choices, then that is the way the competition will happen.  Keep in mind that not all 12 competition winners lists will be posted simultaneously since the results must be verified by me and John Moorhead before each winners list is posted.

BTW, the competitions are all registered with the BJCP in December, so the dates of the different locations are available on the BJCP calendar well ahead of the competition registration process.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 10, 2016, 11:19:58 AM »
Edited and paid up for Indy.  Nice to get to hand carry to your LHBS.   8)

Now that you paid, can you still edit them?

Yes, you may edit until the end of the day on the shipping deadline, March 9, 2016.  Be sure to reprint your labels after editing.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 01, 2016, 10:36:43 AM »
Hi Dls5492,

The emails will go out in several groups today, in order to minimize the unnecessary rush to the Application form. 

Relax.  Please.  The Application form is available all day and night from this morning through February 7th.  It does NOT matter when you apply.  All applications received are treated the same.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 01, 2016, 09:25:02 AM »
Hi theDarkSide,

Excellent point.  The Application form is available starting today and all the way through Sunday Feb 7th.  It doesn't matter when you apply during this time.  You can fill out the application form today and change your mind about judge centers tomorrow, log back in and edit your application.  Just be sure to submit your application before the Application period is over.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:58:36 AM »
Hi GolfGod04,

The email is going out to all AHA members this morning.  In it you will find the link to the Application form, your membership number, and instructions.

Further instructions for the competition can be found on the Registration and Entry page: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/national-homebrew-competition-registration-entry-information/

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / NHC 2016 Style Guidelines Announced
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:46:26 AM »
Hi all,

Thanks for your patience; the new style guidelines for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) have been posted on the NHC Competition Information page http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/competition-information/ as a downloadable PDF.

Please read the discussion at the beginning of the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines as well as the Appendices with suggested rearrangement techniques for the new styles. http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php 

The AHA looked at the entry data from NHC 2014 and NHC 2015 to analyze the best adaptation of the new styles for the 2016 NHC.  Ultimately the decision was made to use Appendix A, Method 2 for sorting the styles into a modified version of the 2008 Guidelines.

Here are the pertinent changes to the NHC categories.
  • The number of categories has increased from 28 to 31.  Specifically, the categories with the most entries (American Ale, Stout, and IPA) have been split into two categories each to make the entry count across categories a little more even.
  • There are more subcategories in many of the categories (including the Specialty Beer category!) than there have been in the past.  The NHC restriction of one entry per subcategory still applies.
  • The categories requiring special ingredients have changed, so please read the category description for this requirement.
  • There is now a Specialty IPA subcategory; do NOT enter IPAs in the Specialty Beer category, use the Specialty IPA subcategory for these beers.
  • Each subcategory heading also includes a cross reference to the original BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf.  If you have questions, please refer to the original document.

Keep in mind that the entry numbers from two years of NHC entries were used to create the NHC 2016 Style Guidelines.  If the entry numbers in the 2016 NHC show the need to rearrange some styles for the following year, that will be addressed following the conclusion of the 2016 NHC.   

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pro-Am legalities in California
« on: October 22, 2015, 10:42:40 AM »
Hi Josh (?),

Someone else will have to address the current CA homebrew laws with regard to your plan.  I can address the scenario from the GABF Pro-Am Competition perspective.

Please have your Pro pay attention to the GABF registration dates which will probably be June/July.  They can register a Pro-Am entry even if they haven't picked the homebrew/homebrew recipe.  If they register the entry before they know what it is, they will need to be on top of it enough to edit the entry information when they know it.  The resulting beer must be commercially available (sold on tap/in bottles) before the entry shipping date (August/September).

Your Big Brew competition should be registered with the BJCP if possible.  The homebrewer with the winning entry must be an AHA member by the time the entry is registered (June/July 2016), and the membership must be valid when the GABF Pro-Am competition is judged (September/October 2016).  Be sure to read all of the rules for the Pro-Am, commercial and homebrewer (http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/brewers/competition-information/#11. The dates are for this year and will be updated, but the overall rules will be similar.

Good Luck with your competition and the GABF Pro-Am!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: August 06, 2015, 09:06:48 AM »
Hi all,

The AHA Governing Committee's Competition Subcommittee is reviewing the 2015 BJCP style guidelines using NHC entry information from 2015 and before, and a decision will be made and announced in August or September 2015 detailing the changes for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition styles.

The 2008 guidelines had 23 beer categories, 3 mead categories, and 2 cider categories.  I do not anticipate simply transitioning to the categories in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  Instead, we will use a modified version of the 2015 BJCP styles, with the possible addition of a few new styles.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:33:39 PM »
Hi all,

If you are willing to steward, then please sign up as a steward.  If you are willing to judge, then please sign up to judge.  If you are told you will not be needed to judge, then you can always offer your services to steward.

Thanks for volunteering!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Finals Shipping Address Confusion
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:56:34 PM »
Google has
AleSmith Brewing Company
9368 Cabot Dr, San Diego, CA 92126

Preprinted Label states...
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 Empire Street, San Diego, CA 92126

Entry Information states...
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court, San Diego, CA 92126

FedEx doesnt recognize AleSmith Ct. Empire St puts you 2 blocks away from the brewery. So where are we shipping entries? ??? I'm going with Cabot Dr if I dont hear otherwise in the next hr.
If the shipping company does not recognize the AleSmith Ct street name, use the EMPIRE Street address.  They are exactly the same place.

Follow the directions.

Do NOT take your entries to the Cabot address.

Cheers,
Janis

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