« on: March 07, 2014, 02:50:53 PM »
I think you can also take the BJCP scheduled exams as well without attending the conference. Follow up with Sandy though - http://www.bjcp.org/exams.php
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I rarely bottle, but when I do, I have used German half liters - great strong bottles, but not permitted in the NHC. If Sam Adams is too light of a bottle, which commercial brewer uses a strong bottle as you have suggested?
Just checking as a first time entrant to the NHC - can one use bottles that have raised lettering, like Sam Adams or Birra Moretti or Sam Smith has on them. I haven't bottled 12 oz bottles in so long that I realize that most of mine have raised lettering and a buddy mentioned that a local competition required plain glass with no raised lettering on them. I don't want to get bounced before I even get my swill tasted!Just a suggestion from someone who has run a first round competition and a few others, spend a few bucks on a six pack or two of beer that comes with some strong bottles. We are already spending a little bit on entry fees, transportation, and packaging so a few extra bucks on sturdy bottles is not out of the question. I've seen some of the previously mentioned bottles come through broken. Buy some beer for their bottles and have a chili party with beer bread.
I'll say it time and time again... why not Drew? (Vote for your vice chairman today and your beer will improve!)On that note, why not Bru.... ce?
Actually, we recently got invited to do a joint tasting with a brewery as a fund raiser. That should help us a lot.That's awesome! The homebrew will add some character to the event and the brewery won't have to supply all of the beer. Win-win! Just be prepared in case your beer is better than the breweries. That happened at a fest I was pouring at a couple of years ago. We had a Watermelon Wheat that people were lined up to get. The brewery next to us also had a Watermelon Wheat but had very few takers.