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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Sixth Annual Midwinter Homebrew Competition
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:23:52 PM »
Registration is now open!

Updates - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place category winners will also receive gift certificates to Northern Brewer.

We've also added a few categories in anticipation of the new BJCP style guidelines. 
German Leichtbier
Kellerbier
Australian Sparkling Ale
Specialty IPA
Historical Beer
Specialty Sour and Brett Beers

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Clubs and Competitions
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:37:09 AM »
Anything you want. One, the other, both, neither. There is no rule around this. Only time where you might be restricted is if competition participation is limited to certain clubs or if the registration system has a drop down list for selecting a club.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Membership Cards
« on: December 21, 2014, 11:33:42 PM »
This is how we do it. Just business cards through a Office Depot card laminator.
Thanks.  I see you have a printed name and "member since" statement on the card.  How do you guys do that?  Does someone print them at home?

We send them to a local printer ahead of time.  Those that were members in the past have their name and membership year pre printed.  We also print up some blank ones for new members.  This year we also picked up some plastic holders that we could drop the cards into so we could use them as name tags at meetings.  We have around 100 attendees per a meeting so it helps.

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Homebrew Competitions / Sixth Annual Midwinter Homebrew Competition
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:28:23 PM »

Hello fellow Home Brewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee are very pleased to announce the sixth annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition will be taking place on February 20th and 21st, 2015. This competition is held in conjunction with the 18th annual Midwinter Brew Fest at the Milwaukee Ale House, and is a circuit qualifying event for both the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers (MCAB) and the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year.  The competition will be limited to 850 entries.  All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges, Professional Brewers, or Mead Judges.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://www.midwinterhbc.com.  Entries will be accepted January 3rd through February 7th at 11 different locations in WI, IL, & MN.  Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI.  Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category.  Each award will consist of a medal and a prize.  Beer Best of Show, Beer Best of Show Runner-Up, Mead Best of Show, and Cider Best of Show will receive engraved barrel head awards. 

This year we are very happy to have two professional ramp ups and a pro am qualifier affiliated with the competition.  One of the Extra Special / Strong Bitter entries (BJCP category 8C) will be chosen to be ramped up by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House.  Also one Mead entry (BJCP categories 25 A-C, 26A, & 26C) will be chosen by Moonlight Meadery to qualify for their 2015 Pro Am Competition.  Finally the Water Street Brewery will choose one cider entry (BJCP categories 27 & 28) to be made at their brewery.

The awards ceremony will again take place at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern on February 21st at 6:30 PM central time.  The awards ceremony is open to the public.  Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities can be found on the Volunteers page at http://midwinterhbc.com/volunteers. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://midwinterhbc.com/contact


Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!
Bruce Buerger - Competition Coordinator

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Paid positions for club board members
« on: December 14, 2014, 03:19:09 PM »
It's just a bad idea and it can get out of control quickly.  Our club runs 3 to 4 competitions a year, a beer festival, monthly meetings, a club picnic, a club holiday party, participate in 3 to 4 beer festivals ran by others, run buses to other beer festivals, put on educational events, maintain a scholarship program, etc.  Depending on how much we do a year our total revenue has been between $55K to $80K.  That might not be as much as what your club is drawing in, but it's still a sizable amount.  Our officer's don't have to pay their annual membership dues ($20 a year) but that's it.  Everyone else pays their membership dues, entrance fees, admission, etc.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Club Membership Cards
« on: December 13, 2014, 12:58:49 PM »
This is how we do it. Just business cards through a Office Depot card laminator.


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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Second Annual Schnapp Hans Cup
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:07:06 AM »
Registration is now open!

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For our competitions we have an office staff of three that audit the score sheet math, cover sheets, and info on the summary sheets as the judging flight concludes.  After all the double checks they then stuff the score sheets into the pre-labeled participant mailing envelopes.  One person gets the flight summary sheets and updates BCOE&M with the scores.  During the award ceremony if the person isn't there to get their medal the same office staff folks immediately stuff the medal in the envelope.  Score sheets usually get mailed out on the Tuesday or Wednesday following the competition and participants usually have them back by the weekend.

Suggestions:
  • Get the 9x12 envelopes that open along the long side for easier stuffing.
  • Put the number of paid & received entries for the participant on the mailing label so the office folks know the score sheet count for the envelope.
  • Print two sets of address labels with the number of entries on them.  One goes on the outside of the envelope for mailing, the other goes on the inside lip so the office staff can easily access to the envelope and see the participant name.
  • Give the office staff a spreadsheet that they can sort by judging number, entry number, participant name, etc.  Can be used for many things by the office staff while judging is going on.

Regarding scanning the sheets - I've yet to find a cost and time effective solution.  I used to implement Electronic Medical Records systems and a part of that was implementing high capacity scanners (scan a patient paper chart in seconds), so I know a little about this.  In order to do this you either need a decent scanner and someone that can manually save each scan with some kind of naming convention (i.e. judging number, participant name, etc.) or a scanner with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities so a scanning software program can read data off of a scanned sheet and automatically name the document for you.  The first option is a time killer because of the scan time and the time it would take us to email 100 plus participants.  The second option would require some costly equipment, can produce some rather large PDF files, and then there would be those 100 plus emails.  I know some competitions have farmed out the scanning to a service after the competition has completed, but history has proven that volunteers tend to disappear into the woodwork once competitions are over.  Yeah we could do a Google Drive or Dropbox folder share instead of emails but then that involves tech support to 100 plus participants. 

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be able to do this but I've never had the budget and I've never had the volunteer time to pull it off.  I'm in the stick them in the envelope and mail them off camp.  Good luck with your competition!


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Homebrew Competitions / Second Annual Schnapp Hans Cup
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:26:20 PM »


Hello fellow Home Brewers!

I'm very pleased to announce that the 2014 Delafield Brewhaus Schnapp Hans Cup Competition will be taking place on October 11, 2014. The focus of this beer only competition is on base styles.  No Specialty, Spice Herb Vegetable, Fruit, or Sour beers will be accepted.  This competition will be limited to 300 entries.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://schnapphanscup.com/.  Entries will be accepted August 23rd through September 27th at 3 different locations in WI.  Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI.  Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category.  The Best of Show will take home the coveted Schnapp Hans Cup and the winning recipe will be brewed at the Delafield Brewhaus!

Awards will be announced and presented to participants at the Delafield Brewhaus on October 11th.  Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.  Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities will be posted shortly. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://schnapphanscup.com/contact

Prosit, Sláinte, Salute, Na Zdravi, Cheers! - Bruce Buerger
Competition Coordinator

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What Amanda said.  Also be sure to set how you want to handle your Best of Show structure in the Style Types section (Admin, Preparing, Manage/View, Style Types).  This is where you set if you'll have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc Best of Show Award for Beer, Mead, and Cider.

For others that might read this thread - custom categories in BCOE&M are custom style categories.  They get assigned to tables just like regular style categories. 

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Insurance
« on: June 30, 2014, 05:15:32 AM »
It's been a pretty important topic for the past few years. I'm betting a post to the forums here, a write up on the AHA website, and possibly an email blast to the AHA Membership.

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Time for the White Stout movement to start up.   ::)

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Insurance
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:47:48 AM »
Yeah the $3.50 per a member price that Crispy announced would end up being about $300.00 less a year than what we're paying for all of our insurance as well.  Kudos to those that were able to get this program lined up.  Looking forward to it getting rolled out.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Homebrew Competition Presentation
« on: June 23, 2014, 07:07:28 PM »
How many judges do you think you can get? Also how many Sessions are you planning for Friday and Saturday?

Planning 1 session with 30 judges, so assume 15 tables with worse case 10 beers per flight would be 150 max.

Really trying control as much as possible to ensure first one goes off smooth, so if we get 150 entries and it goes perfect, we happy.

Part of an event were we have to be done at set time for an awards ceremony.
 
Thoughts?

30 judges for 150 entries should be enough but doing it in one single shot is what might make it tricky.

Few things come to mind:
  • What Amanda said.  There are always a few that don't show or cancel shortly before.  Count on it.
  • Also consider that you will probably not have flights that are divided by 10 so if you have a flight of 25 entries you'll have to make a choice of assigning 2 sets of judges (13 & 12) or 3 sets (9, 8, & 8 ).
  • I'm assuming that you'll have to do a Best of Show flight at the end.  Make sure the BoS judges are not on a judging flight of with more than 8 entries otherwise they will be fried for BoS.

If you're tight for time on the judging day I'd suggest doing a couple of flights on a week night at someone's home.  That should help you knock out 20 to 30 entries and help to take the pressure off a bit.

Aside from judging, if you haven't already recruit someone to compile the scores as the flights conclude and the sheets come in.  Get someone to stuff the score sheets in envelopes as well.  That will help with your turn around time before the awards ceremony and the entrants at the ceremony can get their sheets right away (which saves on postage).

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Homebrew Competition Presentation
« on: June 20, 2014, 04:55:11 PM »
How many judges do you think you can get? Also how many Sessions are you planning for Friday and Saturday?

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