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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.

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!   ;)

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