<---greedy bastard. I asked for 6.
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Road trip from Grand Rapids?
Hey all I have entered some comps also. My first at an Octoberfest in 2012 and got a first and best of show for a chili ale and got a free entry into the national Comp in Philly last year. didn't do as well in the one in Philly but the feed back was priceless in helping me develop my Chile ale more. Also have entered a few others with varing results but my best I think was a comp in Philly last fall for a milk stout that got me a first and best of show and is going to be brewed at Nodding Head in Philly in a few weeks.
BIAB definitely comes with way, way more trub. It's especially a problem if you mill too finely and get a lot of flour in your grist. I don't know what the magical solution is, I'm still thinking through it, but it seems building in the loss to deadspace in the recipe and leaving behind what settles out in the kettle will help out with that process.
Non long necks should be ok. A long as if fits "correctly" in the case box. Judges will make a mental note if you use anything other than a long neck that matches what you buy at the home brew store (you may have just lost a point). Some judges will even make a "I didn't know anchor made a xyz beer" comment. A passive aggressive way of saying this is nationals, bring it strong, don't cheap out, no excuses.
If a judge is taking a point off because of bottle type someone needs to slap them around a bit
I sometimes make a note of the bottle or cap type, mostly to give the entrant confirmation that it is indeed his beer that I am judging. It's got nothing to do with score.
I agree that it probably won't change the minds of these people... Many of them are seemingly irrationally angry about changes the AHA has gone through. But I think it could benefit potential new members who hear all the negative things but maybe not as much positive things about the AHA... Just food for thought it all. I really just figured it already existed and I could just brush up on it... But then I couldn't find much info.
I agree that they do these things... I'm just saying I would like (and I think some people demand) to see the things they do actually stated vs having to sift through 100 pages on the site to draw inference as to what they do.
So... you basically want to see the Membership Benefits page? Or am I reading that wrong?