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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 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

Good luck in the competition!


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

I have added one live link on the Entry Shipping/Drop-off page:

Good luck in the competition!


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?

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!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Small Duvel Bottles
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:26:51 AM »
Thanks, Ron!


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Region Rule
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:13:48 AM »
They want ALL entries from a member to go to the judging center,  That way you can't send the same beer to multiple centers to get medals.

If none of your entries are in I would think you should be able to send to another center.
Thanks, Fred.

It is possible to change your Judging Center designation, IF you have not already registered and/or paid for entries in the original Judging Center you chose when you created your account in the Online Registration system.  Please contact me directly about this issue, and I will deal with each situation separately.  Thanks.

Janis Gross,


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Competition submission
« on: March 10, 2011, 11:47:07 AM »
I have two cases of these hanging around, and the beer I want to enter is almost gone, and can't be re-bottled. I'll send it in anyway, and if it works, great; if it doesn't, I hope somebody drinks the beer as opposed to throwing it out. It's pretty good.
Hi Phil,

The bottle is slightly out of spec, but tell me to which Judging Center you are sending your entries, and I'll let the organizers know about the odd size.  Good luck in the competition!


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Competition submission
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:54:50 AM »
My apologies if this has been covered already, but if I want to enter the NHC competition, can I? I don't have a club (yet) nor am I anywhere near a 'regional' area. Where should I send my bottles, and how many should I send, etc? Pointing me to a link and telling me to RTFM is totally fine, btw.
Hi Phil,

Yes you can enter the NHC.  You don't need to be a member of a club.  You may choose any of the 9 Judging Centers for your entry.  You'll need to ship the entry by a private shipping company.  If you are entering from France, your entry will need to get through Customs.  The Canadian entrants to the Final Round also go through Customs, and they do not include the entry form or payment with the entries.  I'm not sure why.  

I have asked Harold Gulbransen for any words of advice he may have, since the San Diego Judging Center received foreign entries in previous years.

For all the details of the competition, RTFM should cover it.  Check the size of your bottles, as they may be slightly too big for the bottle requirements.  Good luck in the competition!


The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: March 09, 2011, 09:22:42 AM »
Come on, Jeff!
You've got to get out of that place for your own good.  Keep working hard to get back home and put this whole thing behind you!  We're rooting for you; you can do it!

Wow, Janis.  I see you have five gold stars now.  You must be famous!

Hey Jeff,
Better famous than infamous.   ;)

I plugged this recipe into pro-mash and found that the IBU's is 51.5 not 25 as stated in the recipe.

Am I doing something wrong?

MaiBock Fix
Recipe by George Fix from Big Brew 2002
Extract with grain
Ingredients for 5 Gallons:
8.5 lbs Extra Light Dry Malt Extract
0.5 lbs CaraVienna Malt
2.00 oz Hallertauer Mittelfruh Hop Pellets, 4.5% AA, 60 min
0.75 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker Hop Pellets, 4.75% AA, 30 min
0.75 oz Hallertauer Mittelfruh Hop Pellets, 4.5% AA, 15 min
Wyeast 2633 (if you can't find 2633, 2124 Bohemian Lager is a good second choice)
OG: 1.070-1.074
FG: 1.016-1.018
IBU: 25
Hi Mario,

Remember this recipe is from before 2002, so the ingredients and process may account for some differences.  More importantly, with an extract recipe it is assumed that you are doing a partial boil, so the utilization of the hop oils is reduced.  In your ProMash file, change the wort size to 3 gallons.  This will drop the IBUs some, but not all the way to 25.  This recipe was taken directly from the Big Brew recipes on the Homebrewopedia; feel free to make whatever adjustments you feel are necessary when you brew the recipe.


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  I'm sure either of those two competitions would be glad to have you help out.


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.

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 ( 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!


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!

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?

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.


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