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Old 12-05-2012, 06:12 PM   #241
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Pick a category, say 6D, and all send to the same competition?
The only caveat being that we use Belma as the dominant hop.

Maybe one of the AHA Club-Only competitions. (Pretty sure HBT is a AHA club.)

Then post score sheets and recipes in a new thread here on HBT.
Plus we'd get to see how we do as a club.
The only drawback to entering it in a "Club only competiton" like the one that you listed is each club is limited to just one entry. The club I belong to enters all of the "Club Only Comps", but we have our own contest internal to the club to determine which beer is going to be sent.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:41 PM   #242
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The only drawback to entering it in a "Club only competiton" like the one that you listed is each club is limited to just one entry.
Oops! Should have read the rules first.

Suppose we could pick another AHA sanctioned competition off the calendar to send to.

Anyone know of a good one that would work for us?
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #243
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If we slated it for 2 or 3 months out I could easily be in.
That would probably be for the best, no? Give everyone time to get a handle on what Belma brings to the table.

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One idea would be to agree on a similar recipe so we can try different takes on it. Allow everyone a little wiggle room on actual grains and yeast. Like say all should use some variation of california ale yeast (S05/1065/001/Denny's etc) or maybe an English yeast. Aim for +/- 5 points on a 1.060 beer. 85% 2-row (from Marris Otter to Pilsner) with the remaining 15% open to interpretation.
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Pick a category, say 6D, and all send to the same competition?
The only caveat being that we use Belma as the dominant hop.
Not a fan of this idea. The idea of doing a Belma bottle swap is cool because it allows everyone to get creative, so we get to see everyone's individual interpretation of the hop and get a feel for how it works in different applications. The idea of getting to try one person's IPA and then another person's saison, then another person's stout tickles my fancy. The idea of trying three samey wheat ales/pale ales/whatever does not.

I would be all for having a single hop restriction on a Belma bottle swap, but after that let people go nuts and brew whatever they feel like.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:16 PM   #244
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^so you want to send out bottles to multiple participants? I'm down with that, but shipping might start adding up.

I'm cool with different styles and single hop too!

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Hm, that's true. Depending on how many people are interested in doing a bottle swap maybe limit this to 3 (or whatever, arbitrary number) bottles from every individual person? Might require a little extra coordinating, but I think it would be worth it.

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:52 PM   #246
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Hm, that's true. Depending on how many people are interested in doing a bottle swap maybe limit this to 3 (or whatever, arbitrary number) bottles from every individual person? Might require a little extra coordinating, but I think it would be worth it.
We are doing this for the 12 beers of Christmas. Three beers to everyone on the list. I just sent out 9 boxes and it was $103 for shipping, ranging from $9- $16 depending where people are located.

Just thought I would share some info, since this seems like something I would like to do as well.
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Did the belma whole hop thing. DIPA was the intent.

15# two row
1#crystal 40
.5 cara pils
2 oz magnum 60
1oz belma @30
1oz belma 15
1oz Belma 10
1oz Belma 5
1oz Belma flame out
2 oz Belma secondary

Came out ok, Berry'ish kinda wine/strawberry/berry aroma, same strawberry/berry/mute pineapple/sweet taste. Kinda weak for how much I used. But, its liked and totally drinkable, just not a centennial/cascade type pungent hop.

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:40 AM   #248
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Just dry hopped today. Doing 3 oz Belma for two weeks since reports are that it's weak. I'll lose a little beer, but oh well.

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Just dry hopped today. Doing 3 oz Belma for two weeks since reports are that it's weak. I'll lose a little beer, but oh well.
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All right, "Velma" went into the keg last night. Huuuuuge strawberries and cream aroma when I racked it out of the bucket, the entire basement smelled like it for at least a half hour. Also pretty strong grassy smell but I'm hoping that subsides within the first 2 weeks to smooth out to a creamy, fruity, malty beer.

The difference in my late-hopped Rye IPA between Day 7 and Day 14 was night-and-day in terms of hop flavor vs. grassiness, so I'm hoping the same holds true for this batch.

Update in another week or two weeks, once it has found its feet.

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