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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 20, 2014, 04:37:24 PM »
I understand the limitations you're under; that's why I said "when this is all over" in my first post.  ;)


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:23:04 AM »
the 3500+ registrants all selected a region as their first choice.

what is the breakdown among the 12 regions for that first choice?

region 1: 476 people
region 2: 450 people
region 12: 206 people
total:  3557

...or something like that.  basically I would like to see how well the regions are doing at filling the demand.  Perhaps if clubs in the West Coast or Northeast or anywhere where there was a huge number of interested people saw that there was a great deal of unmet demand in their region they'd step up by offering to organize an additional 1st Round site next year.

*edit* - if the numbers are all fairly even then we know the regions are doing the best they can, which also answers my question.

sorry I was not clearer earlier.  keep up the great work--

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: my first logger ?s
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:32:11 AM »
If you haven't bought the yeast yet, maybe try 2112. I use it at 55° for American Lager, Vienna Lager, and Oktoberfest. Others will poopoo that, but I've been quite pleased.

I won't be one of them. 
got an NHC medal last year with 2112 in a dark lager.  It's a great yeast.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:16:15 AM »
AHA, I would like to request a piece of data when this is all over:

of the total of 3500+, how many entrants put each of the 12 regions down as their first choice?  basically, a list of 1-12 with associated number of entrants.

thank you--

Events / Re: NHC 2014 List of Speakers is Up
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:54:33 AM »
holy crap.  there's way too many to attend!   :'(

Cider!  yes!  I hope we see a professional cidermaker or two serving their stuff sometime during the conference too...

either way, looks like we're gonna get learnt reel good this year!
registering now.


Judging started last night at Cinder Block Brewery. Good luck guys!
Can I accept my medal now or should I wait until the weekend?  ;D

I didn't enter any more than two in any category, so I suppose Bronze *IS* still available.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: State Championships
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:47:05 PM »
that is awesome.  there's more great beer in Florida than I expected, and it gets better every time I go back.  Any movement on the weird <32 or >128 growler law?

I do hope we can eventually do a KS state championship, but until we can legally remove said beer from our home I figure we've got bigger fish to fry.  :(


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:00:03 AM »
Great post by wingnut.

I especially agree with #4, and am mystified by #2.  Everyone I know that put Kansas City as "would ship" got in.  There's still 143 empty spots if I remember correctly.

We know who volunteered by June.  We know the approximate level of interest.  Let's have this lottery way in advance.

Pimp My System / Re: Redbird Brewhouse - There's Always a Project
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:19:32 AM »
 ...dat sink!  *want*

Good job Amanda!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC Newb Question - bottle limitations
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:54:47 PM »
I wouldn't use something too distinctive or rare, but SA bottles at least are going to be fine.  I see dozens of those in each competition it seems.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:54:12 PM »
Good points, Jonathan. I recently stopped drinking coffee during the week. I guess I'm a caffeholic since I'm

"Hi, I'm Michael, and caffeineholic.  It's been 6 hours since my last Diet Dr Pepper."

wow, feels good to share.  8)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:31:56 PM »
I've always found it strange that so many seem to be passionate about Craft Beer yet unwilling to set aside the ridiculous concept of "Alcohol Abuse."  Looks of scorn or shock when I mention how little of my stuff I actually drink

...this is *my* homebrew.  I give away what I can but that's not always possible.  I taste it, tweak it, blend it, learn from it, and even sometimes when it is great I dump it to move on to something else.  Deal with it!   ;)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:53:09 AM »
ISO FW Pivo Pils!

Interesting.  As a prolific homebrewer I don't encounter this problem very often, as I can brew what I like, which is pilsner, kolsch, ordinary bitter, BPA, etc.  But it is annoying on those rare times I go out to a craft beer bar.  "Hey that sounds interesting...ah, crap, thanks"

after doing this a few hundred times I realize I like brewing a lot more than I like alcohol.  *shrug*
good article, and I'm glad he brought it up.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:18:04 AM »
I still wish we could have gotten everyone in...   :-\

...but I can only feel so bad when there are four regions with empty slots left.

Seems like the message is:  If you want this bad enough, you'll ship anywhere.


I always force carbonate my entries. Mostly because it's easiest for me to do it that way. I used to bottle condition my comp entries but I often got hit on appearance and flavor from suspended yeast. Remember you never know what kind of handling your bottles will receive...

In my opinion, those were crappy judges.

I've found it to be more of a problem in mini-BOS on the re-pour.  In that case it's not that the judge is bad, but just that the beer doesn't present the same.  It's hard to take another judge's word that "this beer was way better earlier" when what is in front of you is anything but impressive.

on a side note, I'll reiterate that going to two bottles for the first round of NHC last year is the best change that has been made in years.  Getting a fresh second bottle was awesome.

to the OP, I prefer to force carb if possible, but the longer/warmer the wait between when the beer is filled and when it is judged is, the more my bottle conditioned beers tend to dominate.  It's hard to get all that O2 out of there filling off the keg.

that said though, I believe timing your brewing so that your beers are coming into peak form for a certain competition makes a bigger difference than packaging.

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