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Hi everyone,

Congratulations to all of the winners in the 2010 National Homebrew Competition!

The score sheets for those who made it to the Final Round were either handed out right after the Awards Ceremony (June 19th) or have been mailed by the local Minneapolis/Saint Paul competition organizers.  Almost everyone with entries in the final Round should already have their score sheets.

The truck with all of the AHA National Homebrewers Conference supplies, including the medals, trophies, and prizes arrived in Boulder on Friday, June 25th.  I will be working on sending out all of the prizes and medals beginning tomorrow (6/29) and continuing into next week.  If your entry placed in the Final Round of the competition and you did not attend the Grand Banquet and Awards Ceremony, your medal and prizes will be coming soon.

Cheers,
Janis

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

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brazil members
« on: June 23, 2010, 04:50:58 PM »
Hi Chris,
The AHA has had Big Brew sites in Brazil for the past few years, but we don't have any Brazilian homebrew clubs registered;otherwise, I would have pointed your to the Club List in the Directories section of the web site.  You should probably post your question to TechTalk since that is sent to AHA members directly.  Good luck!
Cheers,
Janis

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

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Events / Re: Looking for 1 ticket for Conferences in MN
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:37:08 PM »
My house got hit by a tornado Saturday night and the house is unliveable and I have got to find a new home so I most likely am not going to the conference and will have a ticket. I have no internet and have to go and borrow a computer to check my email so I will check in a few days. I have no idea how we sell the tickets that we purchased and it is the full package ticket? If someone knows how I can sell my ticket because I really need the money please post a reply and I will try to check this weekend. Thanks guys and I wish I was going to the NHC I am so mad that I can't go.

Hi Db,
Under these circumstances, the AHA will certainly refund your ticket.  Please contact Chris Williams at williams@brewersassociation.org or by phone 1-888-822-6273 x157 if you would like a refund.

I’m really sorry about your misfortune, and hope your life can return to normal soon.

Cheers,
   Janis

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


Hi Db,
Unfortunately I listed the wrong extension in the earlier post.  Chris Williams' extension is 125, not 157.
Cheers,
Janis

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

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Events / Re: Looking for 1 ticket for Conferences in MN
« on: June 11, 2010, 03:32:51 PM »
My house got hit by a tornado Saturday night and the house is unliveable and I have got to find a new home so I most likely am not going to the conference and will have a ticket. I have no internet and have to go and borrow a computer to check my email so I will check in a few days. I have no idea how we sell the tickets that we purchased and it is the full package ticket? If someone knows how I can sell my ticket because I really need the money please post a reply and I will try to check this weekend. Thanks guys and I wish I was going to the NHC I am so mad that I can't go.

Hi Db,
Under these circumstances, the AHA will certainly refund your ticket.  Please contact Chris Williams at williams@brewersassociation.org or by phone 1-888-822-6273 x157 if you would like a refund.

I’m really sorry about your misfortune, and hope your life can return to normal soon.

Cheers,
   Janis

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

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Consolation prizes?
« on: May 28, 2010, 03:07:59 PM »
So, I got my NHC judging sheets a few weeks ago.  They were much lower than I would have hoped or expected.  So, I figured I bombed pretty bad.

Today I got 2 silver certificates and 3 bronze certificates.  The only beer I did not get a certificate for was one that scored 20.  

So what do these mean exactly?  Is this just something everyone gets for participating so long as they score above 20?

Hi Dave,

Thanks for entering the 2010 National Homebrew Competition!

Certificates are awarded based on scoring ranges.  Here is the description from the National Homebrew Competition Rules & Regs;
"(2)  Certificates will be awarded to First Round brewers based on judges’ scoring and the following standards: Gold-Certificate winners have scores of 38-50, Silver-Certificate winners have scores of 30 to 37; Bronze-Certificate winners have scores of 25 to 29. Certificates are awarded separately from the ribbons and DO NOT indicate winning first, second or third place within a category or advancement to the Final Round."

Cheers,
    Janis

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


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Goofy NHC Entry/Recipe Form Link
« on: May 25, 2010, 11:28:30 PM »
Update:

We'll send an e-mail with the link to all advancing brewers on Wednesday (5/26/10).  When that happens, I'll take down the link on the main NHC page.

Cheers,
   Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Goofy NHC Entry/Recipe Form Link
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:05:29 PM »
I had no problems! ;D

Thanks for making my day!   ;D

Good luck in the Final Round!

Cheers,
    Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Goofy NHC Entry/Recipe Form Link
« on: May 25, 2010, 06:09:28 PM »
To all those whose First Round NHC entries have qualified for the Final Round of the National Homebrew Competition,

The link in the Instructions for Entering the Final Round page that was included in your package following the First Round is long and difficult to type in correctly.  If you have a typo, you will get a "page does not exist" error. I apologize for the trouble the link has caused.

The link is now posted on the Main NHC web page.  http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition

Good luck in the Final Round!

Cheers,
     Janis

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

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Packing and Shipping
« on: May 24, 2010, 06:04:26 PM »
Ric,
Thanks for starting a good thread!  This is all great information for people sending entries to homebrew competitions.
Cheers,
    Janis

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

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Events / Re: need NHC ticket
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:14:46 PM »
Hi Tim,

It would be a shame if you didn't take advantage of the conference in MN this year.  Please call Chris Williams (1-888-822-6273, williams@brewersassociation.org) to register for the Social package and to get wait listed for the seminars.  You're very lucky to have such an understanding partner.  I hope to see you at the conference!

Cheers,
   Janis

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

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Events / Re: Looking for 1 ticket for Conferences in MN
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:01:55 PM »
Hi Kevin,

I hope you have gotten your name on the wait list for the seminars.  If not, you should contact Chris Williams (williams@brewersassociation.org) to get your name on the list.  See you in MN!

Cheers,
   Janis

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

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC 2010 Final round entries
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:24:58 PM »
Does anyone know when to expect these instructions about submitting your brews for the final rounds?  The entry date is creeping up and I have not heard anything yet about how to submit my 1st place finisher in the East region.

Thanks,

Eric

Hi Eric,
The important dates and status updates for the National Homebrew Competition (NHC) are found on the main NHC web page: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/competitions/national-homebrew-competition.  The winners packages have been mailed Monday, Tuesday, and today.  The entry window is Monday May 24th through Monday June 7th.

Good luck in the Final Round of the competition!

Cheers,
    Janis

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

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Events / Mead Day 2010 Recipe
« on: May 13, 2010, 01:48:50 AM »
Hi everyone,

The recipe for mead Day has been posted on the AHA Homebrewopedia: http://wiki.americanhomebrewers.org/AHAMeadDay!  This year we're using the basic traditional mead recipe, but you have a choice of 5 types of fruit you can add to make a melomel style mead.

Mead Day is Saturday August 7th this year, so save the date and plan to make some mead with your family and friends!

Wassail!
    Janis

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

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Events / Re: NHC Admin Advance
« on: May 13, 2010, 01:41:21 AM »
Hi all,

I got my NHC results and on the cover sheet under place awarded, it says "Admin Advance".  My name isn't listed under the first round winners, but I'm curious if anybody know what this means?

Thanks,

Buz

Hi Steve,
Can you please e-mail me to tell me what region you are in?  Also, was your entry judged?  Thanks!
Cheers,
   Janis

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

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Hey all...

I just entered my first competition, and it was the NHC. I have checked the website, and saw that I didn't advance... I'm absolutely fine with that (as if I'd have a choice, right?), but what I really want is my scorecard... Having never seen one before, and not having received mine yet, what can I expect to see?

I've seen that the max score in my region for my category was 40, and the minimum was 18... What does this mean to me?

Thanks for all your help!

Hi M Foster,

Thanks for entering the 2010 National Homebrew Competition!  This year we had a record 6,281 entries submitted by a record 1,598 homebrewers!

As far as I know, all of the regions have mailed their score sheets to the entrants except for the Northeast Region which is planning to send them this weekend (May 8th).  When you get your score sheets, there will be a cover sheet with instructions and explanation about the score sheets.  You can find this form on the Beer Judge Certification Program web site (www.bjcp.org).  The actual score sheets will hopefully have a good description of your entry, with helpful information about ways you could make your beer even better.  Your score is listed on the cover sheet, and it is usually an average of the scores on the individual score sheets.

The max of 40 and min of 18 in the category is simply the highest scoring and lowest scoring entry in the category.  Because the number of entries in each category and in every region was typically greater than 10 entries, most categories needed to have multiple flights of entries judged by different sets of judges.  When this happens, the category must have a mini-Best-of-Show (BOS) to determine the category winners.  The judges in the flights will fill out the score sheets and decide on the entry score.  Entries scoring more than 30 are fitted with stoppers to preserve the quality of the entry for the mini-BOS.  When the flights have all been judged, each flight pushes their top 3 scoring entries to the mini-BOS.  The highest ranking judge from each flight participates in the mini-BOS.  During the mini-BOS the judges evaluate each entry on its own merits (without regard to the score) to pick the three that best exemplify the style, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place are consensus choices.  This method can be confusing to some people who aren't familiar with it, because it often happens that the highest scoring entry doesn't win 1st and may not place at all.  When you get your score sheets there is a box on the cover sheet to tell you if your entry was pushed to the mini-BOS.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
   Janis

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

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