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I'm coming into my 9th (and final) year on the GC. 

you're gonna run against next year though, right?
Boo term limits
Yay Denny.
"Three More Years!"

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Home beer and wine survey- results?
« on: November 12, 2013, 02:11:05 PM »
I wonder what % WERE highly affluent until getting hooked into homebrewing?   ;D

Zymurgy / Re: Cider yeast article - more info wanted
« on: November 11, 2013, 01:34:02 PM »
While I don't think the intent of the research or its funding is to produce peer-reviewed articles, I think the requested data should be shared as a condition of funding.

while the requested information would be handy, it seems to me like they met their statement of purpose.  And since this happened several months ago, I assume they've already been paid for the 35 gallons of Costco apple juice.

I make a ton of cider.  "How's it smell/taste?" - that's what I care about.  I had come to similar conclusions on my own, but I was happy to see the results and found the study useful.


The Pub / Re: Trick-or-treat
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:20:40 AM »
we don't get many kids - 18 this year, 15 last year - but for the third year in a row I noted that not one said thank you.

I think I'll just leave the lights off next year.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:47:22 AM »

Last year the final round was judged in a single session, for beer anyway.  There is already room there so long as that many good judges keep attending the conference. 

If they go with a lottery system and I get shut out, this National judge will be staying home.  I likely won't volunteer my time to judge at a first round judging site either. Don't piss off your judges and volunteers by excluding them or the whole thing will collapse quickly.

There are hundreds of competitions around the country for people that "just want quality feedback".  NHC should not be one of those competitions because the demand to enter is to high.

I tend to agree with your bolded statement, though I'll still show up to NHC/Final Round judging if I'm not picked. Wait, unless threatening not to show up will get me on the list?  ;D

I think there are reasonably fair ways to give preferential treatment to winners/volunteers and give everyone else an equal chance.  Lots of them have been mentioned here, and I think all have some merit.

lottery of 100% of spots will lead to different uproar, not less uproar than last year, IMO.  Taking quality of the average competition beer into account I don't consider 100% lottery an improvement at all.


145 gallons of can't-remove-it-from-of-my-home creations this year.   ;)

turn the poll results 90 degrees counter-clockwise and it approximates my feelings towards the KS ABC.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:56:59 AM »
Gordon, how many judge experience points have ya got?

would "When 900 XP you have, look as good, you will not!" be a close approximation?   ;D

based on successes/attempts, for me it is Southern English Brown. 0/4.  Low OG, low alcohol, fairly high FG and sweetness?  Haven't come close without getting out of style size-wise. 
I suspect stabilizing and back-sweetening is the way to go.  No thanks; doesn't seem like my style anyway so no attempt #5.

otherwise, yeah, lagers.  Especially non-hop-forward ones.  I've fooled a few judges with a mediocre overhopped German Pils, but otherwise there's few places to hide.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:51:17 AM »
Again, as long as the number of registrants is less than the number of entry slots this year, I see no reason to not give everyone a shot with the remaining spots by lottery.  But that's a short-term solution at best and maybe not even possible this year depending on interest level.  Really curious to see just how popular this hobby/contest is!

Amanda's statement on mediocre scores plus my own experience judging in NHC makes me wonder about equal access for everyone.  On one hand it is the most fair, but on the other hand I want the best competition with the highest level beers possible.  I know he's not competing, but imagine if Gordon Strong's name wasn't picked out of the proverbial hat - sorry, you don't get to enter.  The competition loses some luster without people like that IMO.

I would give an entry spot to everyone that volunteered in each region the previous year.  I'd give another one to each medal winner.  And I'd give another one to each of the major individual award winners.  So by helping in the finals, winning two medals, and Ninkasi, dbarber would get at least 4 entry spots held for him, more if he helped out on the first round anywhere.  Maybe it isn't "equal" but at least the spots would have been EARNED, volunteerism would have been encouraged, and there will still be leftover spots to give out by lottery.

just my two (more) cents.

Ask the Experts / Re: Ask the Experts: Gordon Strong
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:44:25 AM »

Has there been any discussion regarding increasing the catagories for sour and wild fermentation beers.    It seems like Belgian Specialty and Catagory 23 are too broad for all of the great beers that can be made with wild yeast and 100% Brett fermentation.


Michael Crane

piggybacking on Mr Crane's excellent questions...
what if any significant changes would you like to see made to the style guidelines?  Any styles in particular that need updating?  Any styles in particular that need to be added?  We know the cider guidelines are getting a much-needed update; anything else?

I keep seeing contests loaded with 16E entries that seem to have more in common with Cat 17, 18, 20, 23 than witbier or BPA.  Any ideas on what you'd like to see done with this category?


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 10:28:11 AM »

This great hobby has become ever so popular. We've reached the point where change is inevitable. The demand for NHC registrations has become more and more difficult to manage. We must change our strategy in an effort to overcome this ever increasing demand for entries. A lottery sytem will allow for everyone to have the same odds of participation. All AHA members will have an opportunity to compete. More details on the lottery will be forthcoming.

Thank you for the reply Ron.

I'll say this:  I brew FOR NHC, yet I'll be done brewing for 2014 before the AHA tells me whether I even get to compete.
...Therefore I have no real incentive to brew for NHC.  With this information I'm cancelling at least half of my Nov/Dec brew days.  If I enter anything it won't be my best, but whatever I've got sitting around.  But hey I guess if that's what we've gotta do...

If there's going to be a lottery for access, at least make it early enough that people have time to actually brew in response to getting in. 

*shrug* - just my two cents.  Again, I appreciate the response.


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 21, 2013, 09:05:04 AM »
I just hope some clarification of the word "lottery" is forthcoming.

as long as less people register for the contest than they have entry slots, we can't really be mad, right?  I mean, I'd like to enter a bunch, but I recognize the inclusion and fairness of giving everyone possible a shot.  if 8-10K people register, we've got enough spots to give everyone one.  But maybe I'm underestimating the interest level, and as said previously it will be good to find out what it is.

contrast with finding out that your name wasn't picked from a lottery and you don't get to enter at all while others get multiple entries? - I think that would just change the uproar we experienced this year, not actually reduce it.   

I guess we'll find out...

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:22:25 PM »
mid 60's yesterday, mid 60's tomorrow.  33F at the moment.

went on a beer/BBQ run to KC today.
drove through a blizzard for about 50 miles starting in Emporia on the way back.  Since we seem to be focused on Hawaii, let's just call it an "okole squeezer"


Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Entry Limits for 2014
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:57:08 PM »
to me it would appear that the AHA is interested in answering one of the questions we know they have asked:  "What is the interest level?"  I don't disagree with wanting this information, I just fear the number is really large...

we know they have filled up.  We don't know exactly how many people have missed out.
So open "registration" and find out the interest level.  Maybe it is 27K entries among 6K entrants.  Then announce that the limit (that I suspect they know, or will soon) is 11.25K, or whatever the real number is.  They'll try to please as many people as possible and truncate entries/person above that point.

just my guess.   :-\

Events / Re: GABF Roll Call - Sat PM?
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:44:26 AM »
I won't be there, but they will be pouring my beer at the pro am booth.  See if you can guess which one it is.
(I don't think I'm allowed to promote it.)

That's cool and I'll check it out!
OK, I think I can say that I am really stoked about this:  try the Poblano Wit at the Pro Am booth.  It took the gold medal!

that is awesome; congrats! 

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