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The Pub / Re: Oops
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:34:46 PM »
bit of a zero tolerance tangent, but wondering how you guys feel about the kid in Tennessee suspended after a random search of his dad's truck (that the kid had driven to school) turned up a fishing knife between the seat and console no one knew was there.

they reduced the suspension (and *whew!* he can now go to prom!) but oh yeah still facing a weapons charge...

you should contact the organizer and offer apologies.  People are generally pretty nice.  (stuff) happens.  Someone is always entering their first competition and it happens more than you think.  I suspect the organizing crew will curse you out a bit and do whatever they can to remove the labels.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:08:10 PM »
Yeah you can't change hands on the ticket without going through them... I wouldn't really see there being a difference between this year and last as far as that goes... assuming roughly the same percentage of people will change their plans etc... Registration had the same amount of leeway.  I guess there could be a case made for buyers remorse over the week after they applied and when they have to pay... But odds are the same people last year would have bought then had to sell them then too.

got my 2013 ticket in May from an unfortunate soul who had not cleared it with his wife... 
(Mike, you still alive?)   ;D

side note: I appreciate how easy the AHA made it for him to sell me his ticket and inform them of the change. obviously I wasn't talking about how the tickets change hands.  Just the perception that a lot of people registered that aren't that serious about it yet.  No credit card numbers taken yet.  No implied punishment for not following through and paying like with the competition.

we'll see...I have a feeling that we'll have a lottery but everyone on the wait list will get a spot either when others decide not to pay, or like I did last year.  So it'll work out.


Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:27:48 PM »
I feel like if there's a lottery necessary we're going to have a ton of tickets changing hands.

I keep seeing forum/fb/etc comments from people to the effect of "I registered but I'm not sure yet if I can go."
...and they're talking about finances, vacation days, or just plain desire to go, not about making it through a lottery.

Kinda sucks when there are plenty of us in the "Shut up and take my money!" boat but I don't know what else can be done.   :-\


I've drank StarSan solution.  (some who know me are nodding with an "ah, that explains it!)   ;D

I would taste it and short of a flavor experience that makes you hear angels sing, I'd dump it and try again.  Life's too short to drink bad beer.

Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:39:59 PM »
from conference web site..."Participating in Club Night does not secure you or your fellow club members a spot at the conference, please apply to register for the conference before February 28, 2014 if you plan to attend."

might wanna fix that date just to keep people happy that you've been consistent.

*edit* - a date by when a club needs to commit to Club Night would be great too, though I see no need for it yet.

if the OP's registration reflects that they would ship anywhere, and somehow despite some regions not being full they did not get in, then they have my sympathy, and deserve an explanation.  If this is a glitch then it needs to be worked out.

If, however, they put that they would ship to certain regions, and not to others, then I do not feel bad for them.
Everyone that registered has already had the chance to say where they are willing to send entries.  Offering them empty spots in regions they weren't willing to ship to is silly.  How about offering me one of those empty spots, since I said I was willing to send more than 4?!

Furthermore, a previous Zymurgy article said that there was room to expand the First Round by up to THREE, to 14 regionals.  It expanded by ONE.  Though we haven't been told where the biggest demand is located, I think we all know where it is.  Clubs in those areas are welcome to step up and organize additional First Round locations. 

124 is not a big number.  In the AHA's shoes I might have contacted the regions and inquired whether they were willing to expand from 750 to 800 or some other similar small increase to try to accommodate additional entrants.


Thanks Amanda...I just followed.  Of course I'm going to be at a brewfest on Saturday in Portsmouth, NH so there may be some drunken retweets. :)

congrats on the cider gold.  Briefly thought I had you beat.  ;)
Hope to see some of your cider at NHC.

Amanda is quite inebriated right now but she did an amazing job on this comp.  I recommend this competition to anyone.


Events / Re: NHC 2014 - Lottery System for Registration?
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:59:38 AM »
A change this year, ALL attendees must be AHA members.   I signed my wife up with a household membership for this reason.
Each member applying to register may request ONE guest registration.
Additional registration fees are required for a guest.
All guests must also be members of the AHA.
A valid 9-digit AHA member number for each registrant and guest will be required.

Wow.  Did not know that.  Thought I could just pay for a banquet ticket for her since she doesn't want to join AHA.

it's unfortunate, but not really a new thing.  They haven't had ala carte banquet tix for a while.  I asked about them both last year and the year before.  And, as long as we've got a huge conference with more than enough attendees to fill up the banquet, I admit it makes sense.

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.

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