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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 26, 2014, 01:26:19 PM »
Hi Michael,

We have cleared out the legacy information in the database, so you won't be seeing a "blonde ale with an Imperial Stout base aged on oak chips."  This info may be on the bottle labels, but has been cleared out from the database.

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:14:01 AM »
Hi guys,

If your labels were printing too small, the problem seemed to be tied to a down-level version of Internet Explorer.  The solution is to upgrade IE, or switch to Firefox or Chrome to print your labels.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Since its actually close to me I would like to sign up to judge for the experience but I'm not planning to attend the conference. Is that possible?
Hi Gmac,

Yes, people who are not attending the conference can volunteer to help with the competition.  I'm sorry you're not planning on attending the conference.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:16:55 AM »
How important is the wording in the "Special Ingredient / Classic Style" block? Is it transferred word for word to the judging sheet or is it paraphrased by the stewards or someone else?  Do the judges just get the classic style and ingredient and none of the verbal BS?

Asking because I went to clean up a silly description today and found the edit button is gone.
Hi Tesguino,

The edit capability was inadvertently disabled, but it should be available again now.  Please be as succinct as possible in your description.  Thanks for editing your entry. 

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:09:53 PM »
Hi guys,

We're looking into the browser-dependency issues.  Remember, if you edit your entry information, make sure you reprint the bottle labels with the latest information!

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Hi all,

Here's irony for you.  This afternoon we ran a 3rd lottery for the 124 to give them a chance to participate in the competition.  The spots we filled were in the 3 competitions that had not reached the 750 entry capacity.  Granted the 3 sites were not picked as alternative sites by any of those left out of the competition, but now they have a chance to be in the competition.  That's win-win in my book.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:11:58 PM »
Anyone try to print their labels/recipe forms yet? No matter what I try, the bottle label is only 2" by 1.5" and spacing between lines on the recipe form is just over 1/16".
Hi Gmwren,
This is from the NHC FAQ page (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/national-homebrew-competition-faq/):
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Q: I can’t find how to enter my recipe information; isn’t this required?

A: First Round of the competition, we do not ask for the recipe information. If your entry advances to the Final Round of the competition, you will be instructed to enter your recipe and be given instructions about how, when, and where to ship your three bottles.
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The only entry form needed for the First Round of the competition is the bottle label.  You can edit your entry information until the end of the shipping window, but be sure to print the most recent bottle labels for your entries.  Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:06:04 PM »
Hi all,

We have posted an NHC FAQ page to help answer various questions.  Please take a look http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/national-homebrew-competition-faq/.  Let me know if you think of any additions we should make to the page.  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Newb Question - bottle limitations
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:29:01 PM »
Just checking as a first time entrant to the NHC - can one use bottles that have raised lettering, like Sam Adams or Birra Moretti or Sam Smith has on them.  I haven't bottled 12 oz bottles in so long that I realize that most of mine have raised lettering and a buddy mentioned that a local competition required plain glass with no raised lettering on them.  I don't want to get bounced before I even get my swill tasted!
Hi,

This is all covered in the NHC Rules & Regulations http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/.  Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:26:46 PM »
Hi Michael,

We can't publish the information currently, since the second round of the lottery is still ongoing.  The AHA does plan to publish the entrants and entries counts once the dust settles.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:04:16 AM »
AHA, I would like to request a piece of data when this is all over:

of the total of 3500+, how many entrants put each of the 12 regions down as their first choice?  basically, a list of 1-12 with associated number of entrants.

thank you--
--Michael
Hi Michael,

I'm not clear about what you're asking; could you give me more information?  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:04:28 AM »
Hi all,

If you get an error when paying, look at the URL.  If the URL has a "www.", delete the "www." and hit refresh.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:56:46 PM »
Janis,

What happens if I decide to submit less entries? I planned on four, but life happened. I guess I still have a bit of time to throw a few batches together.
Hi Steve,

If you asked for 4, 5, or 6, and were granted 4, then you must pay for the four entries.  Hopefully you can send four to the competition.  Good luck!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:42:47 PM »
Janis,

Are the emails staggered alphabetically, by region, or some other random method?  I'm finding myself constantly clicking the "Send and Receive" button because I figure you must be near the "M"'s   ;D

Thanks.
Bwahahahahahahahaha, that's a good one! 

No, not alphabetically.  We are picking a competition from each time zone every 1 or 2 hours.  What we don't want to happen is to have everyone trying to log in immediately after work hours.  FYI, there will be 3 to 5 competitions-worth of entrants notified tonight and tomorrow too.  There are only so many hours in a day.....

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:37:54 PM »
I'm unable to pay for my entries. The site is giving me an error when I try to submit my payment:

SQLSTATE: 22001
code: 8152
message: [Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 11.0][SQL Server]String or binary data would be truncated.
SQLSTATE: 01000
code: 3621
message: [Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 11.0][SQL Server]The statement has been terminated.
Hi LineNoiz,

It should state that we only accept Visa, Master Card, and American Express.  If you are trying to pay with a card other than these three types, this is likely your problem.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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