« on: June 16, 2015, 12:12:34 AM »
You know of all the years that I had to miss the AHA Members meeting - it was probably a good thing. I got the report afterwards and I can safely say that I know of no one on the GC that wasn't horrified at the story.
What was said was so far beyond the pale of anything that has ever slipped the surly tongues of any of the BN hosts. Of course, when you've modeled your schtick on Stern, you're going to get the same crappy response as some of Stern's fans.
On Justin's usefulness as a GC member - he's been pretty damn valuable and is a helluva lot more thoughtful than I think people would give him credit for.
On the subject of the BN as a Club or Not-A-Club - the question all hinges on how you want to define it. What's the minimum number of meetings? What's the threshold that one needs to cross. I don't know. I do know that the BN serves as a damn good feeder source for a great many homebrew clubs and the AHA out there. They've been an awfully fine gateway "drug" for getting folks hooked into the idea of being involved with a group.(Even with all the juvenalia)
Lots of different ideas tossed about with regards to levelling the playing field - without being grossly targeting. My one thought was to set the 1st round points on a per-capita basis levelling with 2nd round medals staying flat rate. E.g. the BN has 300 entries and places 100 points worth of medals earns them 30 points where QUAFF placing 80 points with 200 medals earns them 32 points and Joe's Homebrew Shack places 40 points with 35 entries earns them 46 points. After that in the second round, medals get added on a per medal basis (e.g 6 for each gold, 4 for silver,2 for bronze).
Or my personal favorite is reset the award importance and rename CotY to the AHA Habonde Club of the Year (or some such) for the most profligate brewers.
And to the yeasty one's point, when I gave my intro to the Radegast, I explained the rationale as one where competition just isn't the reason for being in a club or being a homebrewer for the vast majority of folks, so we wanted a way to recognize what is the important stuff to most of us.
Having said that, the competition is something people like and I think it will always be part of the convention because it's the one time you can gather that many judges together to handle the workload of the second round in one day.