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New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:07 pm

Hi All,

Made this account to promote the UK National Homebrew Competition (thanks Jim) as there is a new team running it. The previous organiser has emigrated and a group of Bristol folks have taken it on. The competition is on 16th Feb at New Bristol Brewery this year after a fallow 2018, which we needed to get our shiz together. If you've managed to get an entry in, congrats! Entry slots maxed out in less than a day and we have 401 confirmed and paid entries for this year.

Why are you telling us this after the fact I (probably don't) hear you cry? Well in truth, we're just finding our feet and have not promoted the comp that heavily thus far and didn't want to bite off more than we could chew...

What we are clear on though, is that we want the comp to be more inclusive than it perhaps has been in previous years, and to give the homebrew community a stake in how it grows/develops (only if you want to mind). There's no reason the comp can't grow/evolve in years to come, therefore we welcome new faces and ideas and any offers of assistance. In particular we would like to hear more from homebrew clubs around the country and see if we can resurrect some interest in the interclub competition that we ran for a couple of years (we can't let those London boys keep scooping up all the prizes, can we?!).

Anyway, enough waffle. You can find us on facebook @nationalhomebrewcompetition twitter @UKNHC or if you fancy signing up as a judge or steward at the website www.nationalhomebrewcompetition.org.uk

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by richard080561 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:18 pm

I was too late to enter anything but have registered and ticked the boxes for "Volunteer" and "Steward". Does anyone know what the difference is?
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:31 am

Hi Richard, thanks for registering. There's no real difference between volunteer and steward on the day. You get assigned a table of judges and it's your job to fetch and open the numbered entry bottles they ask for from their list, then dispose of what's left when they're done with it.

You get to sample pretty much whatever is being judged and will get an insight into the judging process and criteria, plus tips on where the judge thinks the brewer has gone right or wrong.

We do need volunteers in the week before the comp to help with unpacking and sorting entries and will be mostly reliant on local people for that, but Cardiff isn't too far, and if you fancy getting involved a bit more, then email one of us (details on website).

Cheers and look forward to seeing you on the day!

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by LeeH » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:42 pm

Shame the location isn’t a little more central.


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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by johnnyboy1965 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:20 pm

I will register for a volunteer/steward. I have loads of experience in judging cookery competitions, just not BJCP standards of brewing, so I know the logistics of running such a competition.
Just read through the rules. It states ....."engraved or embossed bottles will be accepted, but should be avoided".
JMHO...I dont agree with this. Im more interested in whats inside the bottle, not the bottle itself. Recycling bottles should be encouraged, as long as the bottle is clean, clearly labelled and well presented, thats all that matters to me.
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by orlando » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:06 pm

johnnyboy1965 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:20 pm
I will register for a volunteer/steward. I have loads of experience in judging cookery competitions, just not BJCP standards of brewing, so I know the logistics of running such a competition.
Just read through the rules. It states ....."engraved or embossed bottles will be accepted, but should be avoided".
JMHO...I dont agree with this. Im more interested in whats inside the bottle, not the bottle itself. Recycling bottles should be encouraged, as long as the bottle is clean, clearly labelled and well presented, thats all that matters to me.
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by john luc » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:25 pm

congratulations on getting up and running. We over here in Ireland are now into our annual National competition since 2010. One piece of advice is to encourage your judges to give good feedback and clear writing :roll: .
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by WalesAles » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:18 pm

UKNHBC wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:31 am
it's your job to fetch and open the numbered entry bottles they ask for from their list, then dispose of what's left when they're done with it.
You get to sample pretty much whatever is being judged
UK,
That sound`s like my kind of `JOB` :D :D =D> =D>

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by Jocky » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:59 pm

Good work guys. I'm registered to judge but need to book my travel.

It would be a good idea to get some info out to the registered volunteers as to what the plans are for the day.
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:03 pm

[quote=LeeH post_id=840468 time=1547034129 user_id=9365]
Shame the location isn’t a little more central.
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Hi Lee

The comp is in Bristol for the time being as that was where it was conceived of and in the early years where the majority of UK based BJCP judges were located. New judges are qualifying all over the country (and across Europe) and it could make sense to move it at some point in the future.

Currently we the organisers are all based in Bristol so it would be daft to move it while that is the case, but there seems to be plenty of appetite for these comps (all 400 entries to this year's comp were registered within a few hours of opening) so there's no reason not to set up another regional comp in the Midlands. Plenty of support and help is available from us, the London comps and the Welsh national if you fancy it.

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:14 pm

[quote=Jocky post_id=840477 time=1547071179 user_id=8935]
Good work guys. I'm registered to judge but need to book my travel.

It would be a good idea to get some info out to the registered volunteers as to what the plans are for the day.
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Hi Jocky,
This is a good point that several others have brought up. Broadly we plan to brief judges and stewards at 9am and start judging the first set of flights at 9.30. After a break for lunch (@pickledbrisket) we'll crack on with the second set of flights, aiming to finish judging by 4pm. Best of show judging and clear up after that, followed by announcing winners etc. New Bristol Brewery will have their bar open in the evening and there will be tunes and hopefully more food. Anyone still standing after that can head on to nearby pubs.

Also as is traditional, we'll be having a Friday night meet up for judges and stewards at Small Bar on Kings Street from around 7.30.

This is all provisional and will be finalised in the next week or two. Keep an eye on your emails and/or Twitter and Facebook.

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:16 pm

[quote="john luc" post_id=840475 time=1547065534 user_id=6073]
congratulations on getting up and running. We over here in Ireland are now into our annual National competition since 2010. One piece of advice is to encourage your judges to give good feedback and clear writing :roll: .
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We've had trouble with bad judges in years past - they don't get invited back! It's all about good feedback man. 8)

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by UKNHBC » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:20 pm

Hmmmm why can't I get the hang of this quoting previous replies malarkey? Do I need tapatalk?

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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by orlando » Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:28 pm

UKNHBC wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:20 pm
Hmmmm why can't I get the hang of this quoting previous replies malarkey? Do I need tapatalk?
Should only have to hit the quote button and type away underneath, as you can see. Haven't spotted what you are doing wrong yet.
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Re: New team running UK National Homebrew Competition

Post by Jim » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:02 pm

orlando wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:28 pm
UKNHBC wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:20 pm
Hmmmm why can't I get the hang of this quoting previous replies malarkey? Do I need tapatalk?
Should only have to hit the quote button and type away underneath, as you can see. Haven't spotted what you are doing wrong yet.
It's the 6 posts thing. The next one will work. :)
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