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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA First Round
« on: May 04, 2011, 08:32:09 AM »
Hi all,

So far, we have not passed the usual date (this Friday) for posting the First Round results of the NHC.  When creating the schedule for this year, I had hoped to get the results posted one week earlier, but this wasn't possible as it turns out.  Now, the delay in posting the results is as painful for me as it is for all of the entrants.  I need all 10 databases in order to create the database for the Final Round, and I can't assign Final Round entry numbers and create the entry labels to send to the First Round winners, etc. until I have the Final Round database.

If you already have your score sheets with comments, scores, and information about whether your entry placed, you are light years ahead of all the entrants who entered the Saratoga Springs competition.  If you wanted to re-brew, you have had every opportunity to do so since the competition began, or even before that. Otherwise, relax, don't worry, have a homebrew; we're all doing the best we can under the circumstances

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  Good luck to everyone qualifying for the Final Round!

Cheers,
   Janis

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Hi Centpa,

They were able to judge most of the remaining entries over the weekend, but they have a couple left to judge.  The organizer is trying to get those judged early this week.  They are almost done.

Thanks for your patience.

Cheers,
    Janis

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Hi everyone,

This weekend is the last weekend for the competition.  The Saratoga Springs organizers need judges for Saturday April 30th to finish the judging.  If anyone can help, please contact Jim Kehrer (Jim_Kehrer@nycap.rr.com) ASAP.

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered during this year's competitions!

Cheers,
    Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Madison Region Scoresheets?
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:20:15 AM »
Anyone receive their Madison region scoresheets yet? 
Hi Kcitti,

Thanks for entering the 20112 National Homebrew Competition!

I received a text from the Madison Organizer on Saturday afternoon that said all of the score sheet packages are in the mail.  That means he probably spent a couple of hours standing at the PO counter getting all 225 packages weighed, stamped and in the mail.  You should get your score sheets this week.

Cheers,
    Janis

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Hi all,

I just want to point out that Category 23 Specialty Ale had a HUGE jump in entries in the National Homebrew Competition all 9 US First Round competitions this year due to this fad style.  If I were to guess, I'd say the cat 23 entries were about double the number from last year. 

Cheers,
     Janis

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NASHVILLE UPDATE:

Evening judging sessions will take place tonight (4/20) and tomorrow night (4/21).  Judges and stewards interested in an evening session should contact Brandon Jones (nashvillenhc@gmail.com) or Jonathan Adams (bigjohn3957@gmail.com) to find out how they can help.  It's possible the evening judging sessions will finish the competition before April 30th, so contact Brandon or Jon soon.

Thanks!

Cheers,
    Janis

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Hi everyone,

We need JUDGES and STEWARDS to volunteer for judging on April 30th (not this weekend, next weekend).

Call for judges - NHC First Round! Final weekend of judging in NASHVILLE, TN, on April 30th.

WE NEED JUDGES and STEWARDS! We MUST judge 8 categories to finish the competition. Contact Brandon Jones (nashvillenhc@gmail.com) or Jonathan Adams (bigjohn3957@gmail.com) to volunteer to help get this competition finished!

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Call for judges - NHC First Round! Final weekend of judging in ALBANY, NY, on April 30th.

WE NEED JUDGES and STEWARDS! We MUST judge 5 categories to finish the competition. Contact Reed Antis (oosb@verizon.net) or Jim Kehrer (jim_kehrer@nycap.rr.com) to volunteer to help get this competition finished!

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THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERED IN THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR! 
With all 9 competitions hitting the maximum number of entries this year, the First Round competitions have been hard pressed to judge all of the entries.  If you can help out at all to finish these competitions next week, the AHA (Janis Gross, janis@brewersassociation.org) would totally appreciate your involvement. 

Thanks for any help you can give these hard working organizers!

As always, the progress for the competition can be found on the main NHC web page (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition.

Cheers,
     Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 16, 2011, 01:25:03 PM »
Hi everyone,

As I am sure you are all aware, every competition has its own background that can contribute to the problems of finishing of judging 750 entries in one weekend.  Dallas just finished the Bluebonnet competition in March. Having the NHC competition so soon after the Bluebonnet was a concern of mine in the decision to move the competition back to TX.  From what I understand, the local judges were not very involved in the first weekend of judging, but the out of town judges made a good run at the entries.  This weekend we are confident that the local judges will help to finish the competition before the April 23rd deadline.

In my experience, it is not an easy thing to devote two weekends in a row to judging, especially at this time of year.  Who among us doesn't have chores around the house and in the garden at this time?  Who among us doesn't have a neglected spouse and family and/or a job that demands equal or better time. I'm sure there is no one out there thinking the continuation of judging in any of these competitions is being done for any reason other than that there are still entries to be judged.

The organizers of the First Round NHC competitions are volunteers who take on a HUGE task for the benefit of the entrants and the AHA.  We couldn't put on this competition without these volunteers.  I think they are doing the best they can under the circumstances.  So, give them a break.  They all know you are waiting for your results.  Please try to be patient.

Cheers,
    Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / NHC First Round Needs Judges!
« on: April 15, 2011, 10:17:15 AM »
Hi everyone,

Attention all BJCP judges and also all experienced judges!

Out of 6 competitions started in the first two weekends, only 3 have finished. This weekend we are trying to finish the competitions in progress, as well as start and complete the last 3 competitions.  We need judging help to finish these 2 competitions:

Albany, NY Judging at the Albany Pump Station (http://www.evansale.com/) in Albany this weekend.  Food will be provided.  Contact Jim Kehrer (Jim_Kehrer@nycap.rr.com) or Reed Antis (oosb@verizon.net) to volunteer as a judge or steward.

Dallas, TX Judging at the Coors Distributing Co.(http://www.coorsfortworth.com/) in Fort Worth, TX this weekend.  Food will be provided.  Contact Jimmy Orkin (jimmy@orkinracing.com) or Leroy Gharis (lgharis@swbell.net) to volunteer as a judge or steward.

We also need volunteers to help with these competitions which are starting this weekend (April 15-17):

Nashville, TN Judging at the Courtyard Marriott (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnagv-courtyard-nashville-goodlettsville/) in Goodlettsville, TN this weekend.  Food will be provided.  Contact Jonathan Adams (bigjohn3957@gmail.com) or Brandon Jones (nashvillenhc@gmail.com) to volunteer as a judge or steward.

Indianapolis, IN Judging at the Sun King Brewing Co. (http://www.sunkingbrewing.com/) in Indianapolis this weekend.  Food will be provided.  Contact Ron Smith (ronsmith@marketwisesolutions.com) or Brian Steuerwald (blsteuerwald@aol.com) to volunteer as a judge or steward.

Lodi, CA Judging at the Lodi Beer Co. (http://www.lodibeercompany.com/) in Lodi, CA this weekend.  Food will be provided.  Contact Brian Cooper (brewerbrian@sbcglobal.net) to volunteer as a judge or steward.

Wondering whether your beer has been judged yet?  Check out the NHC First Round Competition status on the main NHC page (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition).  None of the competition results will be posted until the results of all 9 U.S. First Round competitions and the results of the Canadian qualifier competition can be posted simultaneously; so let's finish these competitions!  First Round results will be posted here: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/winners) within 2 weeks of the last competition finishing their judging.

THANKS FOR VOLUNTEERING!

Cheers,
    Janis

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: April 05, 2011, 04:19:01 PM »
Thanks for the positive update, Frank!
It sounds like Jeff is making progress again; that's fabulous news!

Keep working, Jeff!

Cheers,
   Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC results question
« on: April 05, 2011, 08:07:20 AM »
I may be just overlooking it, but I can't seem to find this info anywhere on the NHC page. 

I'm not expecting to win, I really just wanted a professional's opinion.  Will I still get my score results if I'm not one of the top 3 and don't qualify for a certificate?  Are there comments on the score card that are included also? 

Hi Green Dragon,

As with any AHA/BJCP Sanctioned Competition, you will receive score sheets from the First Round NHC competition within 1 to 2 weeks of the competition completion.  The comments on the score sheets should give you good feedback about your beer and perhaps suggestions about how to improve it.  Even if your entry does not qualify for a ribbon or a certificate, you will still receive a letter from the AHA.  This feedback will be sent in mid-May by me. 

If you have any questions about the competition, you can look in the Homebrew Competition board which is a child board under Events:http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?board=23.0.  If you don't see your question on that board, that is the place to ask it.

Thanks for entering the 2011 National Homebrew Competition!  Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
      Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:50:47 AM »
Some regions get the results in the hands of the entrants quickly some do not.  If it comes in the mail first, that is good.

As I said Janis will post the best reply.

Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: April 04, 2011, 06:49:39 AM »
Waiting for score sheets is expected, but will there be an on-line source for finding the first three advancing entries from each category? Perhaps something from each location posted as soon as the results are known. Anyone have the web addresses for individual sites or a central location?
Hi Tesquino,

You will get results from the competition two ways: on the web site http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/winners and through the mail.  The first two NHC competitions took place this weekend; one finished and the other needs more time.  The 9 competitions in the U.S. must be completed by April 25th.  The ALES Home Brew Open competition tales place April 11-16.  All competitions must return their databases to me for processing before any results will be posted on the web site.

Each competition's site director will send out score sheet results within one to two weeks of the completion of their competition.  If your competition started and finished early in the April 1-25 time frame, you may get your results by mail sooner than later.  The web results will be posted by the first week of May at the latest.

If you have an entry that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the First Round competition, you will be notified by mail from the AHA about how to submit your entries to the Final Round.  That mailing will go out around the second week of May.  The Final Round entry due date can be found on the main NHC web page, and you will need 3 bottles.  The AHA will send the bottle labels to use for the Final Round.

If you have further questions about the NHC you can e-mail me directly at janis@brewersassociation.org.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
    Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2011 NHC label requirements
« on: March 27, 2011, 11:34:03 AM »
Hi all,

I'm sorry I took down all of the links to the Online registrations program.  The link is http://www.brewingcompetition.com/NHC/nhc.php

I have added one live link on the Entry Shipping/Drop-off page: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/participate/entry-shipping-drop-off.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
    Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Entry Questions
« on: March 25, 2011, 03:52:46 PM »
My brewing buddy and I decided to enter an American Stout that we brewed last Oct. in the NHC.  We registrered and shipped it to Dallas on Monday.  If I'm not mistaken the judging in on April 9 for Dallas.  I've never entered a comp before and we were just curious what happens after that?  Do you get a score in the mail/e-mail?  How long does it usually take?  I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen but how do you know if you move on to the next round?
-J.K.L.   
Hi JKL,

Congratulations on entering your homebrew in the National Homebrew Competition!

At the competition, your beer will be judged in one of 5 or 6 flights of stouts (due to the number of entries in this category).  Two or three judges will each evaluate a sample of your beer and fill out a Score Sheet with their observations and suggestions.  The judges confer on the scores and arrive at a consensus score for the entry.  If the entry scores above 30 points (out of 50) and is one of the top three entries in the flight (out of ~10 entries), the remaining beer will be preserved by capping or corking the bottle so it can be judged in a mini-Best-of-Show (mini-BOS).  All 5 or 6 flights will submit the top 2 or 3 entries in their flight for the mini-BOS.  The highest ranking BJCP judges from the flights will then evaluate each of the beers in the mini-BOS. There could be 10 to 18 beers in the mini-BOS.  this time, the judges do not fill out a score sheet for each beer.  Instead they evaluate the beers and begin to reduce the number of beers by consensus.  Ultimately the judges arrive at a consensus decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the category.

When the competition is completed, the organizer and their staff will send out your score sheets with a letter stating that the AHA will send another mailing of ribbons for the winners and certificates for qualifying scores for the entrants.  The mailing from the AHA will take place in May.  If your entry places in the First Round, the mailing from the AHA contains the ribbon for your award and a certificate based on how the beer scored.  You will also get all the information needed to submit your entry to the Final Round of the competition.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
    Janis

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