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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:36:35 PM »
It was rainforest-level humidity when we got back Sunday night, but we had a week of unusually hot weather and a ton of rain.  If you're lucky, the mid-atlantic could be nice in early June.
I remember Philly being hot and humid, with a daily afternoon thunderstorm rolling through.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Date...
« on: June 19, 2015, 02:32:56 PM »
In MI the legislature passed a law requiring schools to start after Labor Day. Why? It was to give the tourism business in the northern part of the state one last big weekend. As a consequence the school year goes into June to get the required days into the year. The Hudecek brothers missed their first NHC since 2003 due to the schedules conflicting.

I remember spending many summer solstices inside, seeing very little sun at the NHC. There were always the grumbles about Father's Day.

Room rates are a big deal. At Philly, Gary Glass said they had locked in a good rate during the recession, and if they were to book again at that time, 2013, the rates would be doubled. The hotel rate is a deal breaker for many.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 18, 2015, 12:05:13 PM »
I still submit that the only numbers thst count are how many 1st round placers and 2nd round medalers a club has. Not mere sheer numbers. If its just sheer numbers, that does not speak well of the BJCP.

Jim, it's too early here. Helps. Can you explain how this looks bad on the BJCP? Legitimately curious.
The judges just judge the beers blind, so ???

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewers at White Labs
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:41:01 AM »
Somehow I did not return with a 2MBC sticker. Maybe I can pick one up driving through in October?

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:24:27 AM »
Baltimore. June 9-11.

I got a text or a Tweet (not sure which, it just showed up on my ipad) that said it's Philly next year.  :o
Yeah, I did too from the conference App, followed by "oops Baltimore!".

Not in Philly.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:19:48 AM »
GC members are elected at large, no regions for the elections. We do listen to the member input.

Fill out that survey. If you feel strongly about it, e-mail the AHA and the competition sub-committee.

Jeff,
I know the survey is mostly going to be looking for feedback from San Diego, but will there be one for the membership as a whole, especially if it provides feedback for future conference and competition rules.  I assume the survey you are talking about is only being sent to those who attended San Diego.

Thanks!
Yes, I was talking about the SD survey. There is usually a where would you want to see the conference question.

There will be more surveys, participate! One can always contact the AHA. Give your input to the staff or the committee chairs.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:02:56 PM »
GC members are elected at large, no regions for the elections. We do listen to the member input.

Fill out that survey. If you feel strongly about it, e-mail the AHA and the competition sub-committee.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:48:15 AM »
Isnt there like 30k members and like 4k enter?
There are just over 40k members, 3181 entered in 2014.

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Beer Travel / Re: River Cruising
« on: June 17, 2015, 01:14:25 AM »
The real advantage to the river cruise though is that one unpacks once.  Your motel (and restaurant if you don't want to eat ashore) goes with you.  I am very attracted to doing a cruise on the Danube.  Lots of wonderful places to see and things to do.  No it is probably not the best *beer* tour venue but still very attractive to me.  It is on my bucket list.
One can get on the Rhein around Koeln, go through the Altmuehltal that connects the Main to the Danube, and proceed down to Budapast or farther.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Brewers at White Labs
« on: June 17, 2015, 12:35:47 AM »
I knew about fermenting ales under top pressure, but I had never heard of anyone fermenting lagers at 65F using this method

From what I understand, it's SOP at many, if not most, of the macro lager breweries.
Jason Pratt from Miller Coors said they ferment at 2 bar! Those are some robust fermenters.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 17, 2015, 12:25:30 AM »
Baltimore. June 9-11.

Who actually votes on the locations?
You can vote for what cities you would consider in the survey if you went this year.

It is not popular vote, the AHA/BA decides. If it were a popular vote it would always be in a big city. Grand Rapids proved to be a good location. Someday Asheville or Austin might be good places.

Some where I said there are a list of criteria considered for possible locations, it goes into the process, and a decision is somehow arrived at later.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: June 16, 2015, 07:03:38 PM »
I didn't see Gordon after the banquet, I was going to ask him if he hears footsteps.
Especially impressive considering the more recent entry limit rules.
The 3 consecutive will stand.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:59:28 PM »
I have to say as someone who grew up in Indiana where every school played in the basketball tourney with no size categories (remember the movie Hoosiers?), the term Basketball State Champion was cheapened when they finally did go to a size based tourney. It ain't what it used to be, I don't follow it anymore. Just my $0.02.

I don't follow it anymore either, Jeff.  It ruined it.  I'd add though that Hickory High still got to play 5 against 5 when they played Muncie.
Bobby Plump's Last Shot was an institution in Broad Ripple, still there I think. An Indiana reference for sure.

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Events / Re: NHC 2016 Location
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:56:54 PM »
Just my speculation, but the last two conferences held in the South, Dallas and Orlando, were the biggest (maybe only) financial losses the NHC has ever had. The Orlando conference was widely skipped due to a very high cost of transportation for most of the country. I was there, and the Florida liquor laws made for a very awkward situation (no beer in the hallways, for instance).

The southern states have been slow to catch on to the craft beer movement, minus Asheville, and there are few major cities with enough breweries and craft bars to drive people to want to come out for a week of drinking. There are some good breweries across the region but the concentration just isn't the same yet. So I certainly understand why we have been left out of the NHC site list.

In 2002 Dallas had very little craft beer presence. I can't see why anybody would have wanted to come to Dallas at that time for the beer scene. There are longstanding homebrewing clubs but it's not like people go to NHC to hang out with the local clubs. In many ways we are still a long way off from many other metropolitan areas. For example, Dallas-Fort Worth is 2/3 the size of the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro area but we don't even have a fraction of the number of breweries listed by Mark. Things are changing and it may not be too long before Austin or DFW hosts an NHC in the future.

Austin was long rumored to be in the running for 2014, but fell off due to "legal issues". What those were is something I don't know. You might ask around, or contact the Conf. Sub Committee. If some law needs to be changed you could help with that.

Austin is a place I know due the family in TX. It and the area would a great location.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I like the Brewing Network, but....
« on: June 16, 2015, 06:32:35 PM »
Drew' suggestion to entry number weight the first round entries is good and workable.

Amanda's suggestion has attractiveness and would be workable. I have to say as someone who grew up in Indiana where every school played in the basketball tourney with no size categories (remember the movie Hoosiers?), the term Basketball State Champion was cheapened when they finally did go to a size based tourney. It ain't what it used to be, I don't follow it anymore. Just my $0.02.

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