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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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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 12:33:02 PM »
The registration and payment went off without a hitch for me.  The only issue I am noticing is where I choose where I want to judge.  I don't want to judge in Chicago (where my entries are going) I want to judge in Zainsville... How can I register to do that?  The form only lists the Chicago judging sessions.  Thanks.

I recall reading something about this before.  After the entry deadline is closed I believe you will be able to sign up on your chosen site as a judge/steward.  I'm in the same boat as you, entering Sacramento but will judge in Seattle
Hi James & DKFick,

Thanks for volunteering!  Although you currently cannot enter in one competition and volunteer to judge or steward in another, or volunteer to judge/steward in multiple competitions, we are working on a solution.  For now, please focus on the tasks at hand, and we'll post and send out an e-mail when we have a solution.  Thanks!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:24:23 AM »
Janis, could you report on the typical number of entries that brewers were able to get in? I only entered one, so I was pretty sure to get it in.
Hi Martin,

I can say that the average number of entries requested when the choice was 1-6 was 3 in some competitions and 4 in others.  I don't think that really answers your question, but it gives you an idea.  For the random-pick lottery, people requesting more than 4 were capped at 4 and those requesting fewer got what they requested.

As a volunteer in the 2013 NHC, you were sure to make it in this year regardless of the number of entries (up to 6) you requested.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:24:20 AM »
Hi all,

Relax.  Really.  The e-mail notifications are being sent out in staggered groups so that not all 3000+ entrants start hitting the site at the same time.  If/when you get your notification, please log in and edit your entry slots to reflect the homebrews you are entering.  When you have finished editing, I suggest you pay for your entries, since the payment has a time limit on it. 

If you encounter slow response on the competition site, consider leaving it until later to try again; you'll have 3 days to pay the entry fees.  You may edit the entry style, name, additional brewers, and special ingredients until the end of the entry deadline, March 17.  If you do make additional edits, be sure to print the final version of the bottle labels to send to the competition.

Also be aware that this is not a mobile app, so you should be logging in from a computer or laptop.  In addition, you may have problems if you use an older version of Internet Explorer as your browser.

Good luck in the competition!

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 12:57:52 PM »
I'll just point out that the last tiebreaker is...
 
g-  The winner will be selected using a random selection method. A random method such as rock-paper-scissors, steel cage death match, or a coin flip will be applied at the discretion of the competition organizers to determine the winner.

We'll break that tie, even if it kills someone....    ;)

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 10:32:38 AM »
Hi all,

Thanks for pointing out the repeated rule in the Ninkasi Tiebreaker.  That has been fixed.  Thanks.  The tiebreaker list was the result of the AHA Governing Committee Competition Subcommittee discussions following the 2012 National Homebrew Competition.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:45:59 AM »
Hi all,

The tie-breaker rules for the Ninkasi Award are posted in the NHC Rules & Regulations (http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/competitions/national-homebrew-competition/rules-and-regulations/).  The tie-breaker criteria was expanded last year to account for the increased possibility of ties occurring.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:17:17 PM »
Hi Michael,

The response has been fairly steady all week.  Typically we see a bump in entries submitted in the area of last year's conference, and another bump from the areas around where this year's conference will be held, and that is holding true this year as well.  Apart from that there's not much I can say.

Cheers,
Janis

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:55:16 AM »
Thank you Janis; wouldn't mind seeing that number a couple more times this week if you get the time to post.

question about deadlines... 
I see the shipping deadline.  I see the period where we'll find out how many we can enter and have 3 days to pay.  What about the deadline to finalize your entries?  Since we are not finding out entry numbers until February, and since the maximum number is much smaller than it's ever been, a brewer needs to be really sure their beer is good.  With that in mind I'm vetting my many possible entries in another competition first.  Will I have time to get the results of that competition - in this case, Feb 22nd - before I have to finalize which of my entries are my best shot at fortune and glory?   ;D

thanks for all your hard work--
--Michael
Hi Michael,

Sorry about that; the communication piece has been HUGE this year, and some of the finer details haven't been expressed sufficiently apparently.

When you are notified that you're in the competition, which competition it is, and how many entries are allowed, you will have the link to the competition application.  Click on the link, and you should log in with your e-mail and AHA member number as your password.  The first thing I would do is go to My Info & Entries, scroll down to the entry table and edit each entry in the table to reflect your entries, give it your best guess.  Next, pay the entry fee to get that out of the way (3 day time limit). 

Then, bookmark the competition application, or save the confirmation e-mail so that you have the link to the competition.  You can edit the entry information and print the bottle labels all the way until the end of the shipping/drop-off deadline (March 17), if that is what you want to do.  I can't really say whether you'll get information from the other competition in a timely fashion.

Good luck in the competitions!

Cheers,
Janis

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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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