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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:05:04 AM »
I just hope some clarification of the word "lottery" is forthcoming.

as long as less people register for the contest than they have entry slots, we can't really be mad, right?  I mean, I'd like to enter a bunch, but I recognize the inclusion and fairness of giving everyone possible a shot.  if 8-10K people register, we've got enough spots to give everyone one.  But maybe I'm underestimating the interest level, and as said previously it will be good to find out what it is.

contrast with finding out that your name wasn't picked from a lottery and you don't get to enter at all while others get multiple entries? - I think that would just change the uproar we experienced this year, not actually reduce it.   

I guess we'll find out...

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:22:25 PM »
mid 60's yesterday, mid 60's tomorrow.  33F at the moment.

went on a beer/BBQ run to KC today.
drove through a blizzard for about 50 miles starting in Emporia on the way back.  Since we seem to be focused on Hawaii, let's just call it an "okole squeezer"


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:57:08 PM »
to me it would appear that the AHA is interested in answering one of the questions we know they have asked:  "What is the interest level?"  I don't disagree with wanting this information, I just fear the number is really large...

we know they have filled up.  We don't know exactly how many people have missed out.
So open "registration" and find out the interest level.  Maybe it is 27K entries among 6K entrants.  Then announce that the limit (that I suspect they know, or will soon) is 11.25K, or whatever the real number is.  They'll try to please as many people as possible and truncate entries/person above that point.

just my guess.   :-\

Events / Re: GABF Roll Call - Sat PM?
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:44:26 AM »
I won't be there, but they will be pouring my beer at the pro am booth.  See if you can guess which one it is.
(I don't think I'm allowed to promote it.)

That's cool and I'll check it out!
OK, I think I can say that I am really stoked about this:  try the Poblano Wit at the Pro Am booth.  It took the gold medal!

that is awesome; congrats! 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:27:30 PM »
It would be nice to know any entry limits or significant changes a bit earlier for 2014.  I believe we found out on January 24th this year?  I had been preparing for months by that point.  If the entry limit is going to be 3, I can probably stop now.   ;)

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:04:08 AM »
"Due to the overwhelming demand for the competition, drastic changes will be required for the next year."

well that seems rather ominous, but I guess we'll see. 
I'll wait until we've been given at least, say, 35% of the new information before I freak out.   ;D

good luck guys; keep up updated!


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:10:02 PM »

Wow! Would someone actually send in entries if it cost $30 each?  That is steep, but clearly the demand is high and the amount of support the AHA can provide to the judges is limited. $15 may be a little low, but $30 is really pushing it.   I do think that pricing should be increased to help moderate the demand and allow the AHA to better support the judges that otherwise donate everything to do this 'service' to their fellow homebrewers. 

man I hope not.  It was $12 this year and I think $15 is about as high as I'll go.  $20? - yeah I'm out.  Maybe $20+ makes sense to me if we ever have to go to three rounds.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:29:09 AM »
I believe I responded to the survey that I thought a modest decrease in max entries to about 12 was OK.  One of the questions they've asked in the last year was how important Ninkasi is.  I think I responded that it was fairly important right now.  But it is only important when meaningful, and I don't think low limits on entries make Ninkasi very meaningful.  No one wants a 23-way tie.

I guess we'll see how important the rest of the membership thinks Ninkasi is.

Janis acknowledged in the latest Zymurgy that there was now room to grow the Final Round from a judge standpoint, and thus add more First Round regions.  Ignoring for the moment whether she can find more crazy dedicated clubs to organize a region, I think competition growth coupled with no more than a modest decrease in max entries/person would do for at least one year.


P.S. - thanks for the info Denny.  There's some very passionate people here and we really appreciate any updates.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:43:25 AM »
if we include mead and cider I had at least 40 things to pick from last year.  Getting it down to 8 (as much $ as I was willing to spend) took weeks of intensive taste testing.   ;D 

Even if they don't have the information now, it would be great if the AHA could give us some dates on when certain decisions would be made/information would be released.  limits, costs, first round locations, 2015 NHC site, etc.  Or even just release some results of the various surveys they've taken.

...just my two cents.


Other Fermentables / Re: Yeast nutient questions?
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:21:06 AM »
I never add nutrient of any kind.  Traditional cidermaking tries to slow down fermentation as much as possible, and many great ciders are made with low-N fruit from unfertilized orchards.
I would agree to a point. I've made great cider with no nutrients and underpitched yeast with slow, cold fermentation. But I've made cider with commercial yeast fermented warm and fast where the lack of nutrients stressed the yeast to the point they produced significant sulfur which didn't age out.

this has been my experience as well, with only a few exceptions.


I was gonna fill it out, but great grandpa-dawg went to Cumberland.  Family is still pissed.   ;D

The Pub / Re: Other hobbies?
« on: September 09, 2013, 05:38:23 PM »
saltwater aquariums I suppose are at the top of my other hobbies, though I've slacked a bit as my brewing obsession peaked.

spend a little time actual gardening between aquatic gardening, and then fill what time I've got left with this little monster.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Quick Beer?
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:14:34 PM »
I've never used San Fran Lager that warm.  Generally 57-60.  Is it still clean at 68?  If so, I'll add that to my tool box...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who Uses a Blow-Off Tube and When?
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:08:26 AM »
I make small batches with usually tons of head space.  So 3787/530 is about the only time.  It seems to love to try to escape right before it is done working.

Events / Re: NHC Awards Dinner
« on: August 12, 2013, 10:38:30 AM »
Sounds disappointing but good to know the award dinner should probably be skipped in the future.

Last year's dinner in Seattle was fantastic (they served salmon, and I am not a fish eater).

I wish I could remember more of the details, but I was, uh, drinking.  It was great though.
various root vegetable mash, a mushroom bisque, and a sort of coffee/chocolate/donut trifle?

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