Homebrew Con 2022 - Who is going?

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Homebrew Con 2022 is about 6 weeks away. Who is going? Are you bringing any beers?

I plan on being there. Since it is drivable for me (Northern VA to Pittsburgh) I plan to bring along some beers. I am not sure if I will bring along anything in kegs or just bottles. My supply of homebrew has been running low lately, so I am debating about brewing something this weekend targeted to Homebrew Con. I did recently keg a Simcoe Pale Ale and bottle a Dubbel and I have a Saison in the fermenter now, but those are all 2.5 gallon batches.

I have never been to a Homebrew Con. I had planned to attend in Nashville. I would be up for meeting up with some forum members and tasting homebrews.
 

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I'm going with my son.. taking the train from western mass.. would love to find a time to have a beer with fellow HBT ers. I get in on Weds, leave Sunday..
Also entering a blended gueze into the comp that I might find my way to bringing a bottle or two..
 

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There is usually a scheduled HBT meetup/social or two during the conference. There will be a schedule of events and probably a phone app coming soon if it’s anything like previous years. It is a fun time. I am judging in NHC then sticking around for HBC. Bring beer by all means if you want, but between the three nights (Local, Club Night, Knockout Party and the afterparty) which are all essentially beer festivals, and samples available all afternoon in the Expo/Vendor Hall, you really dont need to bring anything except a refillable water bottle and comfy shoes.
 
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between the three nights (Local, Club Night, Knockout Party and the afterparty) which are all essentially beer festivals, and samples available all afternoon in the Expo/Vendor Hall, you really dont need to bring anything except a refillable water bottle and comfy shoes.

Yeah, I figure there will be no shortage of beer there and the bigger challenge is likely moderation. I will keep an eye out for a HBT meetup.
 

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If you are flying to Pittsburgh, pack an empty duffel bag inside your suitcase or pack a roll-on size suitcase w/ your clothes inside a bigger suitcase to check. Then fill your checked bag on the way home w/ swag. Some of the swag will be liquid items from vendors. There is a lot of great swag
 

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They sort/pack/pallet the entries in CO then they get shipped to PA for judging Tues-Thurs before HBC. Hopefully they use a reefer truck. Who knows?
Why not just have all entries shipped to PA? Makes no sense to me. Better be a refrigerated truck!
 

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Why not just have all entries shipped to PA? Makes no sense to me. Better be a refrigerated truck!
Overall, it is probably logistically easier to use the BA warehouse and refrigeration space and use local volunteers who helped last year as well with the same process for GABF. Especially as entries trickle in over a week. I helped for a few years organizing and doing database work for a regional round in the past and I can see why, all-in, this method has its advantages.
 
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Overall, it is probably logistically easier to use the BA warehouse and refrigeration space and use local volunteers who helped last year as well with the same process for GABF.
Logistics feels like a good explanation.

When looking externally into a competition, one of the opaque processes is 'bottle sort'. How does the competition take a large number of small packages (perhaps containing two or three different styles) and organize them so the all the beers of the same style are in the same place and labeled for tracking purposes? There are also some 'unhappy' paths in the process (bottles that break, are the wrong size, are missing labels, ... )

In the 2013-2018 timeframe, I participated in couple of 500+ entry bottle sorts as well as an NHC finals bottle sort. It's an amazing process - starting from 'nothing', over the course of a month, collect / store the bottles, sort them, reuse / recycle packaging material, store the bottles again, then transport the competition site.
 
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