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I see this is coming up next month.  There is a first round comp reasonably close and I could use the judging experience.  Or is it by invitation only?
Hi Tom Sawyer,

You can volunteer to judge or steward in the National Homebrew Competition First Round competitions by contacting the organizer/judge coordinators found on the Volunteering page http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/participate/volunteering.  I'm sure either of those two competitions would be glad to have you help out.

Cheers,
    Janis

167
Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Region Entries Tally
« on: February 25, 2011, 09:55:09 AM »
Probably a question for Janis, but is there any way to tell how many paid entries have been entered in a region at a particular time?  I would be looking for total entries per region, not in a specific category.

This is not an attempt to get through 1st round by sending to a region with less entries.  I'm not sure how many entries I will have ready until it gets closer to the closing date.  If something happens in my tight brewing schedule to screw things up ( family, weather, setting myself on fire during a brewday ), I'd rather not take an entry spot if it isn't needed.

If this can't be done, I'm definately ok with that.

Good luck to all in the comp.
Hi Stephen,
When you register yourself with the Online Registration System, you will have to choose the Judging Center to which you want to submit your entries.  In the area with all of the Judging Center choices, the running totals of paid entries for each Judging Center is displayed.  To check the running totals after you have already registered yourself, instead of logging in, you can click on the Register link as though you hadn't registered, and you can see the totals at the bottom of the page.  Don't try to register with the site more than once, but this is how you can see the totals.
Cheers,
    Janis

168
Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Rules question
« on: February 22, 2011, 05:42:52 PM »
Hi everyone,

I appreciate your continuing questions regarding the NHC Rules & Regulations.  My answer to Holzbrew still stands because it answers the specific question he asked about his entry.  If any of you have specific questions about your entries for the NHC this year, I would be happy to address them individually and answer them.

The AHA does not have enough people and time (or interest) to police the NHC entry database to disqualify entries based on the special ingredients voluntarily listed.  If you and your conscience are good with the product being your own homebrewed creation, then go ahead and enter it in the competition.  However, be forewarned that the Judging Center site organizers make the calls on disqualifications at their sites based on their own experience with competitions and using the Rules & Regulations for guidance.

I urge those of you who are concerned about this subject to contact the AHA Governing Committee Competition Sub-committee (ahagc-competition@brewersassociation.org) to voice your concerns and the sub-committee will consider your suggestions for next year's NHC Rules & Regulations.  Thanks and good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
    Janis

169
Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Rules question
« on: February 19, 2011, 08:08:04 PM »
Hi Holzbrew,
I'm glad to hear that!  Good luck in the competition!
Cheers,
     Janis

170
Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Rules question
« on: February 18, 2011, 11:35:45 AM »
A few months back I brewed a Belgian dark strong ale and in order to add a bit of fruitiness at bottling time I blended in a single bottle of lindeman's framboise.  would this beer be eligible for submittal into this year's NHC or would it be disqualified due to the blending of a commercial beer with the home brew?

Thanks!
Hi Holzbrew,

While it is O.K. to blend beers that you brewed for entry in the National Homebrew Competition (NHC), blending homebrew with a commercial beer is not allowed.  If you read the 2011 NHC Rules and Regulations, on page 5 you will see the Entry Limitations which includes the statement,

"(b) Your homebrew cannot have been brewed on equipment used to brew beverages for any commercial purpose, whether for commercial research, production or any other purpose, including equipment at brew-on-premises establishments."

While your homebrew was not brewed on equipment used to brew beverages for commercial purposes, the Lindeman's was.  If you had blended with your own homebrewed framboise, that would be another story.  Sorry.

Cheers,
   Janis

171
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Regionals...
« on: February 11, 2011, 05:36:19 PM »
Been a long time since I entered. I know the website will be updated soon with the entry info, but as I recall the first round is one bottle per entry? Trying to do some planning...

Time for another gold! (If I can stop drinking all my entries)

Hi Lonnie Mac,

Yes, the Rules & Regulations for 2011 have been posted on the web site.  The entry locations/shipping addresses are all updated for this year as well.  The online registration is currently being tested, but it should be up by next week (mid-February) as planned.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
     Janis

172
The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:43:53 AM »
Jeff's had a great couple of weeks.  He's back to making small daily gains.

With regards to insurance, WBZ did a story on Jeff: http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/02/10/family-of-eee-patient-fighting-to-keep-insurance-coverage/

(Mod edit to fix url)
Thanks for the update, Frank!
Jeff is making great progress, and I hope his wife and father can win the fight with BCBS.  Jeff and his family are in my thoughts.
Cheers,
    Janis

173
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rocket Rod Romanak
« on: February 07, 2011, 03:46:09 PM »
It is with a heavy heart that I bring news of the passing of Rocket Rod Romanak.  Rod passed away on February 4, 2011.  His passing is a great loss to the brewing community.  For those of you who don't know him, he owned Rocket Suds (brew shop) in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island.  Rod was very proud of having attended every National Homebrewers Conference.  He was crowned Homebrewer of the Year in 2004.  He will be missed by many.  R.I.P. Rocket Rod.

I was so sorry to hear this news.  I know it must be a blow to your brewing community and huge loss to all of Rod's friends and his family.  I first met Rod during my first time attending the National Homebrewers Conference, and I saw him at all of the conferences until about 2006.  I'm so glad Rod's son started homebrewing with him in recent years.  My thoughts are with Rod's family.

Cheers to Rocket Rod!

Janis

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I was trying to register for the NHC in San Diego but I can't seem to get member prices through the website.  I was wondering if anyone else is having these problems? 
--
Alex
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Hi Alex,

If you have entered your membership number  as a 9-digit number with the leading zeros, the prices shown for your registration will be the member prices.  If you are having difficulty with your registration. Please contact Kate Kingsbery (kingsbery@brewersassociation.org, or call 1-888-822-6273 x156) about your problem.  She will be able to help resolve your issue.

The number you have listed in your post is not your membership number; please check your AHA number again.  If you use your correct AHA membership number you probably won't encounter the problem getting the member discount when you register for the conference.

Cheers,
    Janis

175
General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trying to read a Hydrometer
« on: February 04, 2011, 01:27:06 PM »
THIS!  ^^^^^^^^^

+1

Thanks Janis...I learn something everyday here. I didn't realize there were instructions for this on the homebrewopedia.

I like to keep my hydrometer and thermometer together as I have forgotten to measure the temp of the wort prior to reading the hydrometer and the temp is required to correct the SG reading.

Hi Ron,
No worries, glad to help. 

Actually, I thought there was a video demonstration on the AHA web site, but not yet.  I believe we're asking for volunteers to make videos of brewing procedures like this that we can post on our Videos page (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/community/videos).  Check out the call for Volunteers (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/membership/volunteer).

Cheers,
   Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Trying to read a Hydrometer
« on: February 04, 2011, 12:05:04 PM »
in a previous post i said i was brewing my first batch, well now i am finished and i don't know how to read this hydrometer.  the paper inside the tube was not very helpful.  can anyone help please?  thanks


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Hi,

You should check out the AHA Homebrewopedia for procedures like this.  There is a procedure called Specific Gravity Measurements (http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/SpecificGravityMeasurements) that may help. 

Also, the AHA Homebrewopedia is a great way for homebrewers to pass on their expertise to those who are less experienced.  Check it out!

Cheers,
   Janis

Janis Gross
National Homebrew Competition Director
AHA Project Coordinator
janis@brewersassociation.org

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club at the Jersey Shore?
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:09:26 AM »
The only reference to a Homebrew Club here has a non-working phone number and the address looks to be someone's house. Anyone have any other info for the Toms River/Seaside/Lakewood/Bricktown area?

Hi Tony,
I assume you already looked for a club on the AHA Club List page (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/directories/find-a-club).  You should also check with your local homebrew supply store.  If you are still unable to find an existing club, it may be time for you to start a club.  You can find information about that in the AHA Club Resources wiki (http://ahaclubs.homebrewersassociation.org/NewClubs).  Good luck!

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: markings on caps
« on: January 26, 2011, 10:12:03 AM »
Just to make sure I'm clear...

I can mark my caps now and then when I send them in for the upcoming "National Homebrew Competition" for 2011 I can 'mark out' my identification on the caps... color it in is as black circle?

Thanks.
Hi The Real McCoy,

The reason for the blacked out cap is to remove identifying marks from the entry when it is sitting on the judges table at the competition.  If you can remove your marks with an alcohol wipe, that is only part of the problem.  If there is a logo on the cap, that must be blacked out too.  It would be best for you to black out the cap before sending your entry to the National Homebrew Competition (NHC), but the crews checking in the entries will have markers for that purpose too.

More importantly, if you black out the cap yourself, wait until you have the competition label attached to the bottle before you black out the cap.  That way you can verify that you have attached the correct label to the bottle.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
     Janis

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Hi,

I checked out a few of the recipes and I noticed there isn't any mention of # gallons on them.  Are all the recipes for 5 gallons?

Cheers,
   Janis

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The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: January 06, 2011, 11:26:21 AM »
Frank,

Thanks for letting us know.  I'm sure these changes in Jeff's condition have been extremely disheartening for all of you who have been taking care of him.  My thoughts are with Jeff and his family, including you.  Keep fighting the good fight, Jeff!

Cheers,
   Janis

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