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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:42:00 AM »
well, for the record the pull sheets still had some extra specialty information on there, but by including directions to ignore it in the judge instructions it wasn't really a problem.  As usual people putting things in the wrong category was a fairly common error.

*edit* - really disappointed that we only had something like 570 entries in KC.  A lot of people didn't ship, or didn't use all the entries they paid for.  I'd like to see some sort of contingency plan to get these spots to people who will use them, but it is what is.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Consensus while judging?
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:38:01 AM »
disagree on which should win a gold medal to the point that a third judge has to come in?  sure.

waaay apart on score and neither can convince the other to budge?  this is where I'd expect myself and the other know-it-alls to come in and do some educatin'....but I've never seen it happen.  Sometimes it has happened when a new judge didn't understand/didn't like the style but always they admitted their score was too low or high.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:24:18 PM »
During check-in in KC a couple weeks ago, I saw beers with specialty information on the label for styles that have no specialty information.  Cat 13, for instance.  I'm betting those people switched from a "specialty" style to a non-specialty style, and didn't notice the additional info because it doesn't show up.
Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who will enter a specialty style in a standard category because they don't know any better.
I think he means an issue with the software specifically.  I was going to enter a mead.  I created it and typed in the specialty ingredients and honey varietal, etc... Then I changed my mind and entered a beer instead... On the label it still had all that info for the mead on the beer category.  I did change it back to a mead and put an 'x' in the specialty ingredients section and then switched it back to a beer... so on the label it just has an extra line with my 'x' on it...

both happened. 
also saw some beers entered with names that suggested they were in the wrong style, but whatever.  No system is perfect, and it sounds like the AHA has done what they can.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:29:07 PM »
great, thanks Janis.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:22:32 PM »
I really hope the competition software fixes the "specialty" issue snafu at some point.

if anyone judged Cat 27 in the Finals last year, I had the entry that said "hydromel."
at one point in the registration process I had entered a mead, before switching to Cat 27A.  Once you check the appropriate "hydromel/standard/sack" box it was impossible to un-check.  you could only switch to one of the other two.

During check-in in KC a couple weeks ago, I saw beers with specialty information on the label for styles that have no specialty information.  Cat 13, for instance.  I'm betting those people switched from a "specialty" style to a non-specialty style, and didn't notice the additional info because it doesn't show up. this point I would assume that we are to just ignore any specialty information in places it should not be?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrew Competition Rules
« on: March 26, 2014, 01:38:11 PM »
I kinda thought that might a deterrent for the judges.  What about a tiered system for competitions?  Where the entrants have their brews judged in a separate class.  Non-judges, judges, etc.
Since entrant classes are usually based on ability (like amateur vs pro), I think this would create the impression that judges are by definition better brewers than non-judges. This isn't necessarily true.

and if it WERE true I would find it silly that the the non-trained judges would be judging the best beers while the actual BJCP judges would be judging the inferior beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: PicoBrew Zymatic?
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:41:00 PM »!Basel

New article about the picobrew. It notes that Annie Johnson has been hired on.

"...and purists are pissed!"

guess I'm not a purist.  I thought I was, but my reaction was "That's nice" so I guess not.   ::)

We just posted an Action Alert regarding a Florida bill that if passed would be very bad for Florida's craft breweries:  If you live in Florida, please contact your state Senator.

“anything not specifically authorized . . . is prohibited unless otherwise authorized under the Beverage Law.”

I am Michael's complete lack of surprise.  *sigh*
This entire bill is full of terrible ideas.  Good Luck, Florida...

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:39:27 PM »
>90% homebrew for me.
making 4-5x as much as I drink is ridiculous enough.  if I bought much more commercial beer I might as well stop brewing.
side note:  picked up some Tocobago on Dec 26th that had been canned Dec 24th.  Great, great hoppy amber!

bunch of amendments with nothing to do with homebrewing added onto our bill in Senate Committee today.  Also so glad they clarified what a "guest" is.   ::)

progress, I guess.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 20, 2014, 03:12:44 PM »
On a somewhat related topic, does anybody else feel that it should not be against the rules to have the style number written on the caps?  I leave it on in spite of the rules for two reasons: 1) it verifies that the cellar people don't mix up the entries I send in and 2) in every competition in this state, a label immediately goes onto the cap.

I have stickers with style number on all my caps at home.  sometimes I remove them, sometimes I leave them on.  They are easily removable.  At KCBM AmandaK and co just put their sticker right over the top of mine - no harm done.

so, I agree with you.  it is one more way to make sure beers are in the correct category too.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone Go To IPA
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:09:04 AM »
Just tried it.  I'm as big a hophead as anyone, but this isn't for me.  It's hop juice. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Inspire me.
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:45:18 PM »
I committed to brew for our housewarming party at the end of April, so I should really get on it.

No one's gonna actually go in the house.  This is where the party will be.   ;D

Homebrew Competitions / question for comp organizers/staff
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:56:04 PM »
the software that most everyone uses seems to include a default for packing that goes something like this:

"Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Do not over pack! Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Your package should weigh less than 25 pounds. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose your each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which beer has broken if there is damage during shipment."

unpacking almost 1000 bottles yesterday we had ONE that was leaking.  None broken. 
my question to organizers/staff has to do with the "small zip-top bag" around each bottle label.  It seems like this creates a lot of work, when bottle breakage is very rare.  As a new competitor some years ago I asked several organizers if they wanted the ziplocs.  Everyone said no.  Since then I've never used a trash bag or zip-tops. 

So, are the zip-tops something organizers/staff truly want?


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: printing labels for 2014 nhc
« on: March 16, 2014, 11:54:57 PM »
as someone who packed away about 400 entries today, let me say that there are plenty of you with teeny labels and they were still easily readable.  No worries.

good luck...

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