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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:55:13 PM »
so uneventful.  what will I complain about?!?   ;D

although I kinda miss watching the numbers go up.  "17 minutes and Seattle is half full!"
If it helps at all, we've had ~800 entrants register today in a very leisurely way.  We expect about 3X that amount total for the competition by the end of the week.  I'm really happy about how well this has gone so far.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:48:40 PM »
Also had problems with adding alternate judging centers in Chrome on android, but it worked fine in Chrome on windows
Sorry James,

We didn't focus on making the site work on phones, so some of the functionality may be incomplete on a phone.
Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Shipping Map
« on: January 23, 2014, 10:09:01 AM »
Hi Stephen,

The incentive is for entrants to be the solution to the difficulties encountered as the competition grows.  Each year there are a few sites that are unable to draw the number of judges and stewards needed to complete the competition in one weekend.

If an organizer finds they have too many steward volunteers, and perhaps not enough judges, they may recruit some stewards as judges, or enlist them as cellar crew.  These are large competitions, and I think we should be able to accommodate a significant increase in volunteers.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Shipping Map
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:53:17 PM »
Hi Jeff,

Had you been able to judge/volunteer last year, you would have been assured of being in the competition this year.  This year we have 12 judging locations, so there are 9,000 entries possible.  I'm pretty sure everyone who registers for the competition will be able to enter this year (there were 2,187 entrants in 2013).

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Shipping Map
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:00:04 AM »
All of the first round judging centers are listed on this page under the entry shipping/drop off heading: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/competition-information/
Thanks, that was not up last I looked.
Hi Jeff,

It is up now.  Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:42:58 AM »
This year, I'm not sure I see much point in brewing specifically for something I might not even have a spot in. If I get in, great. I'll send what I have.
Hi Amanda,

As a competition judge and staffer from the 2013 NHC, you will have preference during the NHC Registration for the 2014 competition.  Make it count!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Seattle NHC
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:39:39 AM »
Can someone in the know fill me in on how it works? I'd like to go steward this year. Calendar shows Friday 4/4. Is that it, or does it last into Saturday? Cost etc would be helpful. A run down on what to expect would be awesome
Hi Jim,

Unfortunately when registering a competition with the BJCP, you can only enter one date for the entry deadline and one date for the competition date, so all of the AHA National Homebrew Competitions start on a Friday and continue into the weekend.  Hopefully the competitions can complete it in one weekend; if not, judging will continue until it is all completed.

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: adding zest after fermentation
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:38:23 AM »
Hi,

I have added 1.5 ounces of fresh orange zest to my orange ale in the secondary and also in the keg.  I prefer to use it in the secondary for about a week.  I use a vegetable peeler to peel the zest in strips that are big enough to not need a bag to contain them.  BTW, it takes 3 Valencia oranges to get 1.5 ounces of zest in my experience.  I have not tried the vodka tincture, but I don't think it's really necessary.  Good luck with your efforts!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 24, 2013, 03:21:19 PM »
Anybody think its ironic that a book about water is shipped from a place that just got flooded?
Totally.   :-\

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Water Book?
« on: September 24, 2013, 12:49:16 PM »
I ordered mine from Amazon (sorry Brewer's Publications) and just received an email that I'll receive mine on October 1st (as opposed to the Oct 9th original date). 

I did the same thing - the last two books I've bought during the pre-sale (Yeast and Hops) have arrived much later than the Amazon shipping for me.

Fool me twice, can't be fooled again!  ;)
LOL, Amanda!
You could have bought it when you visited the AHA last week.
Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Certificates
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:54:15 AM »
Should I be worried that I haven't gotten my score sheet back yet for the final round?  A friend of mine from my town got his a couple weeks ago...
Hi,

I have received a couple of returned envelopes because the address in the NHC competition database was out of date, or incorrect, etc.  I looked up the AHA members in our database, fixed the address problem and re-sent the score sheets.  The last of these went out last week.  If you still haven't received your score sheets, please e-mail me at janis@brewersassociation.org and we can figure out what happened.  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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Equipment and Software / Re: Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 14, 2013, 10:40:47 AM »
Thanks everyone for the great suggestions!

I actually looked at the kegerator at Costco, but thought the tap tower looked sketchy.  I had another person recommend Perlick taps, so Delo's set-up sounds like a good way to go. 

One reason I don't want to get another chest freezer is because lifting kegs and especially carboys into it was a two-person job with step ladders; not the safest scenario, that's for sure.  As Amanda put it, woman problem.

Thanks for the link Mtnrockhopper!

Cheers,
Janis

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Equipment and Software / Freezer Died; Kegerator Recommendations?
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:05:44 AM »
Hi guys,

My old chest freezer croaked recently and I'm thinking of moving to a kegerator arrangement.  I'd like one that is already set up for taps and can hold a couple of cornies and possibly some bottles.  Do you have any recommendations?  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 09, 2013, 08:51:31 AM »
Hi,

In that case, I'd chalk it up to the bottles being subjected to non-refrigerated conditions during shipping, and possibly any shaking up/agitation as the package was handled.

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Final Round Scores
« on: August 09, 2013, 08:08:44 AM »
I got my final round score cards today! First off, I am very thrilled and amazed that my beer made the final round. It was a tart cherry stout that was my second all grain recipe that was brewed last July. This was also my first competition. One judge scored it with a 37 (which was my first round overall score). The other judge scored it with a 40. I am completely happy with the scores, but what I'm concerned about is a common comment by them both. For flaws they both checked "gusher" and commented that it was over carbonated. One actually told me to check my other bottles. This is bizarre, because the other 45 bottles that have been opened from that batch are minimally carbonated. I drank the last 22oz tonight and it was perfectly fine. So, could any residual sugars from the cherries or whatever got stirred up in shipping? I didn't have any negative comments about the carbonation at the regional level. I'm just curious if anybody else had any experiences like this so that I can correct it next year. I shipped the three bottles in a fitting box. All of the bottles were wrapped in bubble wrap and then individually put into ziplock bags. Newspaper was then put around them. I do think they laid on their sides... But so did regional beers. Any input would be appreciated.
Hi,

Thanks for entering the National Homebrew Competition.  Congratulations on your great scores!

In my experience (with mead, but I think it happens with beer too), carbonation is different in 12 oz bottles than it will be in bomber bottles from the same batch.  In my mead I found the 12 oz bottle to have a higher carbonation level with much finer bubbles than the carbonation in the 22 oz bottles.  If the carbonation level is good in the bomber bottles, it probably was way more effervescent in the 12 oz bottles. You might want to split your batch and then add the bottling sugar in different amounts for the bombers and the 12 oz bottles.

Cheers,
Janis

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