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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Small Duvel Bottles
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:26:51 PM »
Thanks, Ron!


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Region Rule
« on: March 23, 2011, 03:13:48 PM »
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, 06:47:07 PM »
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, 04:54:50 PM »
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, 04:22:42 PM »
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, 04:55:09 PM »
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 23, 2011, 12:42:52 AM »
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 20, 2011, 03:08:04 AM »
Hi Holzbrew,
I'm glad to hear that!  Good luck in the competition!

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Rules question
« on: February 18, 2011, 06:35:45 PM »
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.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Regionals...
« on: February 12, 2011, 12:36:19 AM »
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!


The Pub / Re: Babalu
« on: February 11, 2011, 04:43:53 PM »
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:

(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.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Rocket Rod Romanak
« on: February 07, 2011, 10:46:09 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!


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