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Old 06-13-2012, 03:30 AM   #361
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So I'm seriously considering entering this beer into a few competitions. I'm wondering what style I would call it though. It's listed as a Robust Porter on here but I'm not sure it technically is according to the BJCP guidelines.

The 2008 BJCP guidelines don't mention the use of adjuncts as being acceptable so I'm thinking I should enter it as a Category 23 - Experimental Beer

What do you guys think?

Note:This is hands down the best beer I have brewed to date. In terms of quality of beer and complexity of flavor, it's incredible. I highly recommend this one!
I was knocked out with a 13/50 @ Celebrewtion this year when i entered into Robust Porter.
Same Beer, same Catogory i got a 39/50 with last year and placed. It really depends on the experience of the judging panel.

Specialty or Wood aged seem to be the way to go if you dont want to take your chances with inexperienced judges. It does fit the Robust Porter category but it does push the boundaries. If the Vanilla and oak'iness is subtle than go for it. If you can taste ANY whiskey go with Specialty...
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #362
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I haven't seen the judging sheets, but the results are up on the website. I got first place in the specialty beer category out of 17 entries I'm looking forward to reading the notes and seeing the score!
Wow congrats man! And congrats to the others.

How did you get your beer to the competition? Being in northeast LA, we don't have anything beer-related close at all and I'm going to have to ship. Did you go this route?
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:13 PM   #363
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How did you get your beer to the competition? Being in northeast LA, we don't have anything beer-related close at all and I'm going to have to ship. Did you go this route?
There are plenty of competitions in the California bay area, usually held by brew clubs, so I usually pick one or two a year and just drop beer off for those. There are threads on here about how to ship, I've only done that once to enter an organic-only competition.
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Old 06-14-2012, 02:55 PM   #364
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Oh ok. Well I'm going to find some boxes today and find a couple comps to enter.

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Old 06-16-2012, 09:22 PM   #365
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Oh ok. Well I'm going to find some boxes today and find a couple comps to enter.
I went back and looked at my notes for my brew since it had been awhile. I had totally forgotten that the FG stuck at 1.030, and that I tried raising the temp to get it unstuck. It never went below 1.030 though... I thought that would be a disaster but I guess it ended up working out OK for me
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:26 AM   #366
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Wow! I've had this in primary for a little bit over month and just took my first sample. This is unbelievable before the vanilla/oak/bourbon. I'm really excited to try the end result.

OG 1.076
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ABV ~8.4%

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Forgot to mention that I used S-05 for the yeast.

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Old 06-26-2012, 02:09 AM   #368
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has anyone tried cutting all of the grainbill in half to possibly get a really nice session porter?
Wouldn't be a bad idea. Probably would be a pretty good mild.
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it could still be a porter at 4.5% (75% efficiency) before bourbon added
Sure, I wouldn't just halve all of grains though. You'd probably want to increase the specialty malt percentages.

But yes, if you keep it in the 4%ish range, I'd still call it a porter.
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ah, your right, even though the percentages are the same for all the grains, the SRM drops to 21 (verus 31 in the orginal)
And you probably want to bring out more of the un-fermentables in a smaller beer to keep it from getting too thin. You'll also want to increase the mash temp to mid/upper 150s IMO.
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