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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:06:21 PM »

Today is a cutoff for the first day's emails so hopefully you'll get some good news soon. 
I'm in since I judged last year. I know some that aren't though.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:04:24 PM »
I still wish we could have gotten everyone in...   :-\

...but I can only feel so bad when there are four regions with empty slots left.

Seems like the message is:  If you want this bad enough, you'll ship anywhere.
I did not know that. I wonder how many would enter anywhere knowing now that they didn't get in. A lot I bet.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 12:01:59 PM »
I believe the wait is to see who doesn't register and pay for their entries. Once that number is figured out I think they may be sweeping back through to say: "Didn't get in on the first pass - now's your chance" to the next group. Hence, no notification until they know for certain that you're not getting in.
Yes, open slots will be filled next week. I'm just saying that not communicating is going to make those members feel left in the dark. Causing some stress that AHA is specifically trying to avoid.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Ambient vs Actual (sort of)
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:21:15 AM »
Looks good. Just keep an eye on them since you have three going. If the one with the probe were really active and warm, the freezer might cool the others too much.

The Pub / Re: Luge
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:11:49 AM »
Yeah, it's insane!
Or skeleton - Hey, let's do this head first!

The Pub / What your favorite beer says about you
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:10:34 AM »

Beer Recipes / Re: Ah ha moment
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:09:01 AM »
So, I think it was comparison palate fatigue. I just poured another glass, first beer of the night, and it's fine. I'd probably like it better a bit drier, but it's not neatly as sweetly perceived as it was following two hop bombs last night. Either way, I'm cutting the specialty grains next time. I think I'll drop the carared.
Your west coast palette probably can't handle strong malt flavors.  ;D

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 13, 2014, 07:00:29 AM »
If they log into with their email and aha number and don't get in or see anything, I think it's safe to say they didn't get in this first go around.  Doesn't easy the pain but at least they are not wondering if their email got lost somewhere along the way.

I assume if there are some that don't pay and they start filling those, the entries would show up on their login.
Yeah, if you lost the lottery and try to log in, it says your email is not recognized. Not really the most decisive answer. I'm more concerned about bad PR for AHA by not communicating with some unlucky members. I think they'll feel left out and that AHA doesn't care. (And I know that's not at all true).

Tough to say without tasting it. Since you say it's subtle, I think it might be OK in 16A. There is some leeway in the spice/herb character in witbier. The style says "Other spices may be used for complexity but are much less prominent".  On the other hand, if entered in SHV the elderflower better be noticeable.

Homebrew Competitions / NHC Lottery Limbo
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:12:45 PM »
I know the plan is to notify entrants not picked in the lottery next week, after selecting some of them to fill unpaid spots. I think this plan is causing a bit of stress by leaving some contestants in limbo. They know emails have gone out, they don't know if they all went out, and they're being left to slooooowly come to the realization that they didn't get in.
I think it would be better/kinder/more humane to let the unlucky ones know for sure what their status is. They can be reminded that they might get another chance if some don't pay. It won't make the news better, but at least they won't be left in agony wondering.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Who got in?
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:54:48 PM »
I did. I judged at the final round last year so it was guaranteed. Everybody in the lottery got what they asked for, capped at 4, so I guess you asked for less than the cap?  Good luck!

I suppose it's good that there are lots of candidates since there are 8 seats open. I counted 7 whose names I recognize from here and I'll bet there are others. Lots of interesting and diverse qualifications. I like that there are some (including Morticai) with IT experience, since that's an important issue for AHA right now.

And holy poop is that a lot of folks! :)
Great googly moogly!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Thank You AHA community
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:43:10 AM »
Maybe this year we can arrange a more formal AHA Forum meetup at NHC and put faces to names.

Just like the past two years, my forum name will be on my badge

I think it would be fun if our avatars were printed on our name badges.
I may have to full on dork out and make a t-shirt.
If I get to "Official Poobah of No Life" by then, that's going on a T-shirt.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:35:22 AM »
Not using Discover Card are you?
No... It won't even load the payment page without an error. I click "continue to payment form" and get this...
HTTP Error 404. The requested resource is not found.

Do Discover Cards still exist?!?
Only in children's books.

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