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Events / Re: NHC 2015: good eating nearby?
« on: June 09, 2015, 12:15:28 PM »
Just arrived at T&C trying to pick my first target now... Lol. I have to wait on the 'big' ones until Tracy gets here our she'll yell at me for going without her lol

its better to ask forgiveness than ask permission. 

...(says the guy whose wife isn't travelling with him)   ;D

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 11:37:56 AM »
The Baltimore rumor might have started because some judges who registered to judge in the final round without final round entries are seeing the draft of the "final round letter" that will eventually go out to entrants. Here's a clip from the letter I see when I log in:

[obligatory "I wasn't able to see this letter" humblebrag]   ;)

see ya soon Dennis!

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: June 08, 2015, 06:42:23 AM »
are we guessing at this point?  OK, I'll guess somewhere with a 'ville...and then Baltimore in '17. 

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 24, 2015, 06:16:02 AM »

1. Well I guess that was better than Friday's "let's treat Amanda like a child" post. Perhaps you'll delete this one too?
2. If my good friend and top-notch judge Mac is paying to go to the conference, he isn't paying anything extra to judge.  And any opportunity cost is outside of the conference.  Keep saying people are paying to judge if you like, but you sound ridiculous.
3.  Philly had something like 197 judges in the morning, the most ever.  Almost 50% were National+  - We need at least 224 judges to finish 28 categories in the morning, and if we go 3 per team like we did prior to '14, we're at up to 336.  Last year my flight had one person who wasn't even BJCP; I paired him with the highest ranking person on the flight, myself.  Multiple R and C judges worked the category.  Point is, I don't see any way we don't need/can't use Certified Judges, but go ahead and assume you're being left out before it happens if you really want to.
4.  After you failed your first BJCP exam, your attitude sucked.  You mentioned you got a talking-to, and it definitely improved.  It seems like it has worn off.
5.  It seems like maybe, just maybe, 2-3 weeks before the competition isn't the best time to suggest an overhaul of judging Nationals.  They are trying to get volunteers right now - has even one of your posts helped with that?  Maybe take the BJCP exam rants to the BJCP page?


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Final Round Sign Up
« on: May 22, 2015, 06:10:03 AM »
I arrive late Tuesday; if Bruce needed me to give up the BJCP event on Wednesday I would.  If I had to stay late on Thursday and missed the start of Pro Night, I would.  If requested last minute to judge the SHiV's, I would.  Well, maybe not those.   ;) 

Whatever Bruce needs.

Club Night has some cool beers.  I always learn something in a seminar.  Hoping to walk up to Janis to collect a medal is nerve-wracking but awesome.  But nothing is as important to me as working with a huge collection of highly-ranked judges to give out some significant accolades.  I'm higher ranked than most but I learn a ton.  Every. Single. Year.

This is the defacto National Championship.  The closest thing we've got to it.  I love beer, and love to taste what people do with these styles.  I'm always surprised, usually pleasantly so.

I am not missing anything else at the conference by donating my Thursday morning.  I suppose I am missing some June Gloom down at the beach when I am judging.  Beer is the raison d`etre for me at NHC, and I'll immerse myself in as much of the experience as possible.

If this is work, then someone pile some more upon my desk.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Shipping Considerations
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:39:02 AM »
K, get that Dortmunder to me and I'll add it to my 2-day box.

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 18, 2015, 09:14:11 AM »

the split between commercial and homebrew reminds me:  Let's try to not let the extra bottles of NHC Finals entries go to waste!  Can we arrange them to be put in one of the "homebrew rooms"...?  Shared among the banquet line?  something else?

(Friday at lunch in the San Diego Room would be one way to ensure a good turnout for the AHA meetup, haha!)

Events / Re: NHC forum meetup
« on: May 13, 2015, 11:36:16 AM »
gonna bottle some stuff in still-labelled Undercover Shutdown bottles. 

"that's weird; I'm not sure why these caps are gold either"   ;D 

Saazer-type is covered in the glossary.

I'd like to remind people that its about an impression. How does the beer taste, smell, look, feel. It isn't about what the ingredients are, not while you're judging it. (Obvious specialty info exceptions aside.)

Remember, commercial examples are now supposed to be listed in alphabetical order; do not take anything else from what is listed first.


What are Drew and I, chopped liver?  ;)

well, no, just your book.
            Tyrannasaurus REKT!
               [Link to list of US Burn Centers]
(sorry, thought I was on r/homebrewing for a second.  love you guys!)    ;D

It will be interesting to see who will be the first major competition to use the new guidelines and how smooth it goes.  I'm guessing that NHC2016 will be using the new guidelines then?

yeah we've talked about how the increase in number of categories could be problematic for NHC - assuming your max size is set by the max size of the Final Round, that trickles down to only 8-ish First Round regions if you have 40 categories.

I would hope they use a modified alternate categorization, similar to #2, from page 72, with at least two exceptions:  Make Specialty IPA and American Wild Ale their own categories.  Going from 23 to 25 beer categories wouldn't be nearly so painful, and those 2 categories will be extremely popular. 

(My name is on the front page!  "Things are going to start happening to me now!")   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Pics of recent brews?
« on: May 06, 2015, 05:47:56 AM »

Hefe, turning Kristallwiezen :(

strange how the only beers that seem to clear quickly are the ones you want to stay cloudy, isn't it?!   ;D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 2nd Round Labels Question
« on: May 05, 2015, 10:27:54 AM »
currently logged in; my entry # shows up right under the bar code. 

...everything looks good. 

Beer Recipes / Re: Dunkel and Schwarzbier recipes differences
« on: April 29, 2015, 10:50:29 AM »
yeah bread crust and toast/nuts in a Dunkel.  Rich but not as much as a bock.  I like a *bit* of coffee and especially chocolate, and do well going that route.  Decidedly balanced towards malt; hops stay out of the way.

Lighter in body, and the character malts are darker, for schwarz.  Some hops are welcome, and they are much closer to balanced with malt.  Super drinkable.  However it's not a porter.  The people that keep telling me to make mine bigger, richer, more body, and -my favorite- "add 10% roast malt" are not really getting it.  What they've been asking me for seems like, if I keep or even increase my current hops, more of a Czech Dark.

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