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Homebrew Competitions / Re: how much detail for category 23 entry?
« on: December 02, 2015, 01:17:48 PM »
I had a lesson with spice beers. A lot of it is in the wording and how you describe the beer. You are laying he foundation to how it will be judged. I had a Robust Porter that I added Chocolate and Coffee to. It scored a 36 in a comp and had some valuable feedback. I sent the beer off to another competition 2 weeks later and changed the description from "Porter, Chocolate and Coffee" to "Porter, Coffee and Cocoa" as the Coffee was more upfront and the Chocolate was more Cocoa like. It then scored a 46. I know it was a separate comp and different judges but I believe the wording played a part in how it was judged. Remember the beer is not being judged for how good it is or how much they like it...its being judged for how good of a Baltic Porter it is. List only what you want to be judged.

Thanks! For some reason these things have never been very obvious to me. Any spice notes on this beer are not outside of the baltic porter guidelines and not obvious as actual spices. Hopefully I don't misenter...

I don't want to dismiss what PORTERHAUS has said as I don't really disagree.  However, you'll find the judging will vary significantly so at some point it's not worth worrying about.  Give your beer the best shot you can, and then understand there's nothing else you can do.  I just got a gold medal for a beer that was destroyed in the NHC First Round.  In another comp the same weekend, it scored a 22.  Such is life.

remember giving me your garage code? 

Yeah, I may have switched the labels on your fermenters, so what you think you know, is totally backwards, sorry.


I like a sliding price for this service. You owe me $45, minus whatever I score your beer. So for 50 pt beers I'm giving you $5.  Seems fair.  8)

Obligatory "math is hard" - top .01% would suggest there are over a half million beer judges.  ;D

And what if someone named Matt was taking the money, collecting beers, and his friends who are GM are reviewing beers for him, in exchange for Subway or pizza.  Matt scans/mails the reviews, etc...

...just sayin', I see ways around aforementioned problems. *shrug*  if Brewers Cup wants to give me a stipend for my travel or AHA wants to give $ to exam graders who judge the Finals, I won't turn it down.

GM doesn't mean much, until I make GM, then it will mean a lot.  I feel the same about the Ninkasi award.  ;D

Antoch and Burkemper and I are going to undercut,
Act now, 3 / $100! each their own


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:57:00 AM »
Anticipating the split from APA I've been testing my moderately hoppy US amber in other comps. So far I've gotten 2x "needs more caramel" 2x "needs more hops" and 3x "this is really more of a red IPA".   ;D

...maybe I'll try my brown ale next.

Might give my Eng IPA a chance if they were with EPA but I'm not putting it up against the whole of Spec IPA

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 17, 2015, 02:55:54 PM »
I believe the American Wild were in a big Specialty Category.

If that is the case, I believe that the AHA and associated sub-committees are seriously underestimating the American Wild segment. I won't be wasting any of my American sours on NHC if they are up against big giant fruit/peanut butter/spice/coconut/etc bombs in a catch-all Speciality category.
I would generally agree, though it becomes fairly self-defeating of your prophecy if too many share your views and hold back their American Wild entries.  8)
At least there are 3 subcategories for Wild entrants now instead of one.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: how much detail for category 23 entry?
« on: November 17, 2015, 12:31:13 PM »
There are some judges who insist Baltic Porter be big/boozy, so I've had some success saying things that indicate they shouldn't be rigid, something like "base is somewhere between Baltic and impy Schwarz"
I also see no reason it can't be in 21a/30a if you do declare a base style.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 17, 2015, 12:04:22 PM »
When I talked to Sandy it looked like the '15 styles fit fairly well into '08-'15 categories, with the big 3 split up to make 31. So, APA would have own category, American Amber/Brown would have own category, small stouts split from bigger stouts, and AIPA its own cat too. I believe the American Wild were in a big Specialty Category.
I'm certain Historical Styles will be welcome, and will be judged by their existing guidelines where possible but also certain they won't have their own category - they'll either be in specialty, split up to categories they fit better, or more likely IMO, a combination of both.

As before, if the AHA could make this official, that'd be great.


The Pub / Re: I got press!
« on: November 06, 2015, 09:51:03 AM »
Fine, I'll be the one to say what everyone else is thinking:  "Man that porter sounds delicious!"   ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: Year old grains
« on: November 02, 2015, 10:22:15 AM »
I assume most brewers are not trying to make a "just good enough" beer.

Interesting.  While I feel this holds true on the AHA forum, if we're really talking about "most" brewers my feeling is exactly the opposite.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2016 NHC Medal Categories?
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:54:21 AM »
Hi all,

The AHA Governing Committee's Competition Subcommittee is reviewing the 2015 BJCP style guidelines using NHC entry information from 2015 and before, and a decision will be made and announced in August or September 2015 detailing the changes for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition styles.

The 2008 guidelines had 23 beer categories, 3 mead categories, and 2 cider categories.  I do not anticipate simply transitioning to the categories in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines.  Instead, we will use a modified version of the 2015 BJCP styles, with the possible addition of a few new styles.


So I talked with co-chair Sandy.  Sounds like this is decided; should work pretty well.
Now that it's November could the AHA make it official?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Swap-toberfest '15
« on: October 25, 2015, 04:20:18 PM »
In keeping with reporting back this weekend, here's my thoughts on Amanda's Geuze. Not only am i not sure if that spelling is truly correct, I also am not certain how to pronounce this style. My only previous experience with a gueuze was with a bottle of 2010 Boon Wedding Parfait Gueuze, which the missus and I enjoyed.

Just to piggyback the thread, I've also got a bottle of her gueuze open. Much better than previous, way less vinegar (not zero but quite low.) The honey, fruitiness, and a sort of hay type of barnyard are nice. Nothing enteric, thankfully, but a hint of smoke that detracts slightly.
My funk flag only flies at half mast when it comes to sour beer, and I think this is a very good effort.

Good job AB!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: The Hop You Hate
« on: October 16, 2015, 07:33:11 AM »
Mostly doing the same Dave. Other than NHC, and maybe a couple MWHBOTY comps, maybe if I've got something great and see someone offering a sweet BOS prize, maybe I send it in.
Medals are nice but I prefer beer and money.

Anyway, back to the hop hatin'

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