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Homebrew Clubs / Re: BN Army wins club of the year.
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:07:28 PM »
I don't have a problem with BN in particular, but I would hope that BN can encourage members to join local clubs and be a part of that community.

As someone who listens to all the shows, this is done extensively, almost to the point of "ok we get it" and will be again on the next session I'm sure.

Does anyone know the total points yet?  If last year is any indication, then we are talking about the BN, DOZE, or Quaff being COTY.

That's all I really ask. I have so much stuff I listen to, I don't get around to BN as much as I would like. I also want to say I had worn myself out cheering for the cidermaker and homebrewer of the year awards, who were from Washington, and cleaning it up for the home state.

I haven't heard anything about total points, but Austin Zealots took a lot of points in the second round, so I would expect them to be up there as well.

I found this in the competition rules for 2011:
Homebrew Club of the Year will be awarded to the club that accumulates the most total
points in all categories of beer, mead and cider in the First and Final Rounds, as well as the
AHA Club-Only Competitions. In the First and Final Rounds, six points are awarded for a
first place, four points for a second place and two points for a third place. In the First
Round, a club may only receive points for a maximum of three awards per category, the
highest three awards shall be counted, not to exceed a 12-point maximum. In the AHA
Club-Only Competitions, points are awarded on a twelve-eight-four basis for each of the six
AHA Club-Only Competitions in the August to May cycle.

I think that it might be better if the second round points were doubled in NHC. Since there are 11 judging centers in the first round, I think that a bump to second round scores would help even out the "Large vs Small" debate, including the really huge local clubs, such as DOZE, QUAFF, the Zealots, and even Maltose Falcons.

Homebrew Clubs / Re: BN Army wins club of the year.
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:44:40 AM »

The advent of online clubs back a few years ago led to a rule that limits the number of points an organization can accrue from all regions to the maximum they could from a single region. (e.g. the points for 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). Then the second round works as it always does.

Drew, am I missing something here?  Is (6+4+2)*28 really the limitation on first round points?  336 just from the first round doesn't seem like much of a limitation!

I don't mind BN winning.  Without them only a few clubs are still in the running anyway.  So a few childish drunk people weren't very respectful.  Shocking.  No worse than the whiny blog post.  Maybe they should set up some regions within their organization and have some internal rivalry rather than complain about the strength of the accolades. 


The way I understand this to work is rather than the point total being the limiting factor, it is the actual beer. So even if a club took 2 golds in 1 style in 2 separate regions, only 1 gold would count. The points for the other gold would be lost.

I clapped, but I was not as enthusiastic as some other people. I am still torn on the idea of these big overarching national clubs. I think they are great for people who live out in the beer deserts, and can't find a club. However, I worry about the people who won't look for a local club, because they can just throw brewing network under their entry. I don't have a problem with BN in particular, but I would hope that BN can encourage members to join local clubs and be a part of that community. I learned at club night that there are 4-6 more homebrew clubs I could join within a 20 minute drive, so I am interested in meeting more people who love homebrew.

All Grain Brewing / Re: melanoidin in an amber?
« on: June 26, 2012, 10:48:24 AM »
I was looking at the same thing a few months ago, because I find a lot of American Ambers to have a bit too much "crystal malt character," which I don't find appealing. Rather than use melanoidin malt, I just upped the munich to 35% of the grain bill. I now have a nice, dry and refreshing amber, with nice hop flavor and a toasty malt backbone.

All Grain Brewing / Re: NHC Second Rounders...Batch or Fly Sparge?
« on: June 25, 2012, 10:31:50 AM »
Batch Sparge - Munich Helles

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That I rubbed your silver medal for! congrats again man.

Events / Re: NHC 2012 pics
« on: June 25, 2012, 10:12:54 AM »
I am the one in the middle on the second picture. I blame my confused look on the lack of beer in my glass. 8)

Events / Re: NHC 2012 pics
« on: June 24, 2012, 01:31:12 PM »
It was great to see all of the AHA forum people I met at NHC. Already planning my trip to Philly for next year.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:29:38 AM »
Alright, Now I am heading in. Traffic is gone, and SWMBO won't be angry about brewing stuff being strewn about the kitchen. See y'all in a half hour or so!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:07:57 AM »
That's very noble of you, but I think I can survive. I washed everything in the sink and have clothes drying everywhere. Makes me feel a little more alabama.  ;)

garc_mall, are you not at the conference? I'd buy you a beer if you got some time to spare Sunday.

I am going to drive over in a couple hours. Just taking care of some last minute business.

EDIT: That's not to say I am not up for a beer on Sunday, but I am sure I will see you around the whole weekend.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Crickets
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:51:12 AM »
If you need a washing machine, I have one 15 minutes north of you.

Events / Re: Forum Member NHC ID
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:41:58 AM »
I figured I would resurrect this post and see what, if anything, people were doing to identify themselves as forum users. I could run to the store and get round stickers, and drop them off at the sign in counter with a sharpie so people could write the 4M on there. I was planning on showing up early just in case another steward is needed for the first session.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ester Development in the Bottle
« on: June 19, 2012, 10:37:16 AM »
The character of a beer will certainly change over time and with conditioning. I assume the taste before conditioning was uncarbonated? carbonation will also drastically change the overall flavour profile of the beer, highlighting some flavour aspects while covering up others.


This is what I was thinking. I have noticed that esters are more pronounced once the beer is carbonated.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 19, 2012, 10:17:31 AM »
The Night Shift Lullaby - Magnolia Electric Co.

Events / Re: NHC Beers
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:13:53 AM »
So, my Triple M (Mocha Munich Mild) Ale will be at the hospitality suite on Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. You should all come by and try it.

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:10:26 AM »
May the Living be Dead (In Our Wake) - Flogging Molly

Events / Re: NHC Newbie Guide online
« on: June 18, 2012, 10:02:05 AM »
So what are some of the places around the Hotel people can go for good beer, some food, and more good beer?

I know there's a Rock Bottom and The Tap House Grill nearby, but maybe some locals can give a couple other suggestions.


My rough estimate is somewhere around 100 places to get food within 5 or so blocks. You will not go hungry.

For good beer that goes with good food, Munchbar in Lincoln Square (1 skybridge away) has both, MOD Pizza also has good food, and I have heard they have good food. Red Robin has good burgers and usually has some halfway decent beer.

I don't intend on buying beer anywhere this weekend though, I will get food and water.

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