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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 21, 2016, 06:13:15 PM »

This won't be a popular opinion, but I believe it is a near total crap shoot.

If you can GET to the Finals I think the results there are legit. But I do tend to agree with the statement as far as first round goes. 

I mean, if I call something my best beer ever, and strongly considered entering the same delicious 16 month old Vienna this year, yet it scored my lowest score of all time a year ago? What else can I say BUT crapshoot? Even the one entry I moved on last year had terrible scoresheets showing no cider knowledge. The more experienced people we can get to judge the better, but it'll always have a non-zero crapshoot quotient.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Are some sites more competitive
« on: March 19, 2016, 05:50:11 PM »
Other than St Paul with Mead, and a few other small pockets of elite talent, I don't think any region is CONSISTENTLY harder than others. But in a given year some are definitely harder in some categories than others. Not sure I've ever seen an amateur comp with 32 Pilseners before, for instance.  If I'd known that would happen I'd likely have a picked another region as that entry was by far the most important to me. But you can never tell how popular a category will be.

Full regions vs not full can make a difference too; I believe STL had almost 200 fewer entries than the biggest region last year?

Finally it matters who is in the region with you. Both other entrants and the skill/exp/workload of the judge pool. I knew Sandy had a lot of judges coming and even had Gary Awdey judging cider so it was an easy choice made easier as it was early region/can concentrate on other things now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Indy
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:07:53 PM »
0/3 beers. Will wait to see scores but hard not to be super disappointed.

Some regions got sheets before scores showed up online, others online first; depends on how fast they are mailed

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 18, 2016, 05:27:11 PM »
Well so much for winning all 4 major awards. I guess everyone makes Pils now.   :-\

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 17, 2016, 04:15:34 AM »
Ugh, the hype word...

Too often this just involves (over)doing what is popular. I think not participating in that ridiculousness is different than going stale.

Had a guy visit my basement a while back, mostly complimentary but just couldn't understand why I didn't want to oak age several of my beers. And why wasn't I doing "advanced" (his word) stuff with wild yeasts?? ...Tour over, ya know?

Post on HBT couple weeks back said everything was underwhelming and he was just mixing all his beers with bourbon, which was much better. Mkay.

I guess I'm saying the hype trains have historically included too many like those two guys. I appreciate subtlety. I appreciate clean beer, lack of batch variability, and freshness. If I had a brewery, and lost some previous "hype" over some wax dipped "rare" monstrosity, I'd say Good Riddance... Maybe then I could make what I fricking want.



Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: When "hot" breweries get stale
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:52:20 PM »
One really stood out to me here: AleSmith hasn't lost a damn thing IMO. Amazing beers, but maybe that's just me. (No. It isn't)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 14, 2016, 12:29:50 PM »
I am jealous for those of you that could just drop off your entries instead of shipping them.

There will be a lot of complaints over the next month about "unfair advantage" in early regions, but what you mentioned would be worth way more to me than more time to re-brew

I always skim now, and generally keep doing things that are working.  YMMV

Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2016 NHC
« on: March 10, 2016, 12:36:16 AM »
Hmm, mine still showing as on the truck, and the delivery location closed 30m ago.  ::)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:28:05 PM »
Judge more than a couple times, and you'll eventually decide that first beer that eventually "won" the flight shoulda maybe been a little higher. It is in our nature to try to leave room for that almost perfect beer to wow you. Re-tasting entries with similar scores separated by significant time is often a good idea.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 09, 2016, 05:03:57 PM »
The right team of two/three lead judges could still get through a 30 beer mini-BOS.  They'll go through it faster than one of those silly situations where every judge participates and we've got 6 people of widely varying knowledge levels arguing.

Biggest I've seen was 7 teams for 64 entries. 19 in mini-BOS. 3 judges got through it quickly, and immediately kicked the 49/50 scoring beer when the not-blind-to-diacetyl palates tasted it.

Other times, with 4 teams doing 31 beers and the wrong (slow) people assigned to mini-BOS the rest of the comp was still waiting for them 90 minutes after everyone else was done...

Events / Re: 2016 Homebrew Con
« on: March 08, 2016, 05:44:10 PM »
re: "CON" logo...I guess we are too cool to color between the lines.  or is the "off-center" beer in the glass a nod to Sam/DFH?


process was very smooth, thx.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Qued Judging
« on: March 08, 2016, 05:38:34 PM »
for the record, I don't agree with Mike, and the others who have had a fit when someone sent four.

Me?  No, I'm not sending 4.  But I'm a Grandmaster Judge.  I'm supposed to be the expert at the table.

I just have a hard time understanding the problem. 

I have had high ranking judges tell me I MUST push three, because maybe my third best beer is the third best overall.  Dude...Again, GM here.  If we cannot trust me when I say that our second best beer was a 21 and not medal worthy, then why are we bothering with a competition?!?

On the same note, I've had PLENTY of times where one team was very inexperienced.  I cannot judge all the beers, so if they have a hard time deciding between beers then I'll tell them to go ahead and push all 4.  I and the other lead judges can get through them quickly. 

Just judged with some newbies to cider, who pushed a loaded-with-vanilla C1A entry to mini-bos.  C'mon.  People should have more of a problem with THAT than if they had pushed 4.  An extra entry adds a minute to my mini-BOS.  Someone not sending the "your schwarzbier needs to be richer, more body, and more roast" to mini-BOS may rob someone of a medal.

Give the best beers a chance, and get the round over with as quickly and as smoothly as possible.  Not rocket surgery.



Is it acceptable to enter one beer in two different categories?

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Sure.  Tweener beers sometimes are a little like one style and a little like another.  Just don't expect it to dominate both...

yeah the people drinking my stuff for free never get why it isn't my job.  At least the ones that don't brew and don't know what's involved...

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