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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, 12:47:56 PM »

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, 05:27:54 PM »
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, 05:50:29 PM »
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.

Other Fermentables / Re: freezing apple juice
« on: April 29, 2015, 01:48:46 PM »
yeah sometimes I just ferment a blend of what I've got, but other times I don't have the apples I want on hand and the juice in question isn't something i use alone (say, Yarlington Mill).  Freezing works great.  I think it loses something, but not much, with the time frames I'm using it within.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:32:11 PM »
is the can't enter same beer twice thing new?  I mean, if Hop Fu can take first and second in San Diego in '14 and '13...

Those are two different years, two different competitions. This is the same beer entered twice, in the same region/competition.

*shrug* - that's not the way the Zymurgy article from last year reads, and I do see he finished first and second last year - first round results from '13 not available online.  *edit* - yes, they are.
He took first and second both years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:35:11 PM »
is the can't enter same beer twice thing new?  I mean, if Hop Fu can take first and second in San Diego in '14 and '13...

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Double Milk Stout
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:03:44 AM »
Need a little more info. "Double" - does it refer just to gravity or did you double the lactose or something?
Check out 13D of the tropical variety and see if it fits. Depends on hops too, and if alcohol is not obtrusive 13B could be best bet.

The fortunate part is that long delays like this are outliers, just as there are some exams that are turned around in 2-3 months. You just usually don't see people posting online about how quickly their exam came back (I administered an exam set in Jan. that took only 3 months to get the grades back). No matter what people are talking about, you tend to see more complaints online than positives. It obviously sucks to be part of an outlier on the slow end of things, so hang in there OP.
Just finished up grading an exam that was taken on 2/28. We sent the EGF and RTPs to the AD on 4/20. Hopefully those people will have their exams back soon!

and it'd be faster than that if you could stop gardening for a few minutes!  And also if your 2nd grader had been less pedantic, but, mostly the first.

Events / Re: NHC Thursday night?
« on: April 23, 2015, 02:14:23 PM »

As for NHC2016, thanks anyways...I guess I really on need to wait a few more weeks to find out for sure.

a reasonable question might be, will we know '16 location, at '15 NHC?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 11:35:17 PM »
re-brewing is overrated anyway.  And judging by the amount of green beer I've tasted in the Finals, happens all too often.

3 medals in 2 years with 1.050-1.054 gravities, all brewed between Thanksgiving and New Years.  My "advantage" is I know how to keep my beer in good condition.

Some styles age better than others.  Advantage?  Some regions have better judge pools.  Advantage?  Last year, and before, people present at regions heard unofficial results verbally announced.  Advantage?

We can talk about this stuff all night.  If I was interested in re-brewing something it would be on my brew plan to do so, and in all but a couple of styles my re-brew date would be before I'd receive notification of any regions.  Gimme results today, and I'm re-brewing IPA or hefeweizen tomorrow.  That's it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 10:18:36 PM »

I wanted early results so I selected an early region...

Crazy how that worked out.

Edit - also tired of the one-sided complaints; why did the late regions get a few weeks of cold conditioning mine didn't?!?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 20, 2015, 05:36:44 PM »
wow, I wasn't expecting any results today.  You know, with the AHA being in Boulder and it being 4/20 and all.   ;D

Maybe we should have some snacks delivered?

I've absolutely ruined Better Bottles with PBW (I know you don't believe me Leos but that's for another time) but as others have said that is nowhere near the kind of failure I'd expect from it. 

The Pub / Re: 10 days to exam
« on: April 15, 2015, 01:50:17 PM »
does "zero prep" mean haven't studied guidelines and drank beer while thinking of how they fit the styles?

If so, yeah that would be difficult.

if however you've been doing those things, and just haven't been filling out scoresheets, no biggie.  You can pass with just a few practice sheets, timing yourself over the next week, and remembering to fully fill out the sheet and offer specific, helpful feedback.

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