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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:46:12 AM »
Hi all,

To be clear about this, even when the entry limit was 750 and all 11 competitions had that number registered last year (8,250), we ended up well below that number at 7,757.  That is 493 under the registered maximum, or almost 45 entries missing per competition.

This year we allowed 775 entries as the limit during the registration, because historically that means we'll end up with closer to 750.  There were 4 competitions that based on the preferred judging site were well under the 750 limit let alone the 775 limit.  These competitions were "filled up" by assigning the 124 entrants left out of the 2 rounds of the lottery.  Realistically about 40 to 50% of those people will accept our offer and ship to those competitions. So even though Kansas City (or Seattle, or Austin, or Saint Paul) looked like they had way more entries, the odds are that those will have well under 750 entries submitted.

These unrealized entries are opportunities that have been lost. Hopefully we'll get better at this next year.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:11:34 AM »
Hi guys,

The way it was set up this year was during the application phase for entrants to submit how many entries up to 6 they wanted to enter.  In the interest of getting a true count of the desired entries, we said that if you asked for 6 you would be held responsible to pay for 6 entries or the maximum entry limit to be determined.  This was done in the interest of fairness.  Those who applied but did not pay their entry fees (didn't follow through after the application phase), are the ones who have risked being banned in the 2015 competition.

If you asked for 4 you had to pay for 4.  If you asked for 4 and only have 2 beers bottled, you still had to pay for 4, but you could just send 2 or, if you wanted you could choose to not send any.  Sadly, it appears more than a few people took this route.

Cheers,
Janis

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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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