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Old 01-25-2010, 10:02 PM   #101
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Why are people even debating blending a commercial beer with a homebrew? Boy, if there was ever a better example of a strawman argument, I don't know what the hell it would be.
I think the OP left it pretty vague. Some people took it to mean blending with commercial (which everyone agrees is bad). The mere 30 out of 134 people that think any sort of blending is bad keep this thread going. Whats with these rediculously long argument threads the past few days? I throw in the towel. Blending and kegging beer are both the most horrible things you can do to beer.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:04 PM   #102
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Right now I have a blended beer on tap. A Roggen I brewed had a heavy mouth feel and the rye may have been a bit too much for style. I blended it with a Heffy and it came out great. I wouldn't enter it in a competition, but I will share it with friends and take what I learned and try to brew a better beer for next time.

But that's just me. You obviously have the right to do what ever you want as long as it's not against the rules and as far as I know submitting a blended beer is legal.



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You have an American ale club only competition coming up and you have an IPA that is pretty good in its own right but it dried out just a touch too much.
For a club only comp? Sure, I'd bring the blended beer and proudly tell my friends how I got the results. Let them decide. A BJCP comp where you're being judged to style is another story.

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Ok, same beer. It's been amazing for the last few weeks but as you get closer to the comp, you notice that the hop nose is lacking due to age. Is dropping a second dry hop in the keg before filling the bottles the same kind of cheat?
Hops, no problem. Like I said above, it's when "beer" becomes the ingredient that I personally have a problem. That doesn't mean I expect anyone else to feel the same way or follow my personal standards.

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Just knowing when a beer needs work is a killer skill for a homebrewer to have. Knowing how to fix it is even harder.
Totally agree, but yet again, when that fix means adding another beer, it crosses the line for me.

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I'm just trying to show how hair-splitting your position is.
Yeah, I guess it is splitting hairs, but we all have to set our own limits.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:09 PM   #103
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so adding more wort to the primary or secondary would be....?

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Hops, no problem. Like I said above, it's when "beer" becomes the ingredient that I personally have a problem
Why? I can go through the style guidelines, and almost every single one of them has a commercial example listed that's blended. Almost every style.

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Clearly you do. You're saying we're being unethical by blending comp beers.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:12 PM   #105
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The line that YOU have defined because you don't like something.

Saying that I think you're being ridiculous is not a personal attack. You've presented absolutely no reason why blending is "wrong" other than that you think its cheating.

How is adding a starter to wort not "using beer as an ingredient"?
I've been trolled.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:16 PM   #106
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I'm not trolling you.

I'm trying to figure out where exactly this line you've drawn is.

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Uh, oh. now we're starting to attack one another. I'm tapping out.
*leaves to go dilute his Kolsch by blending in some water*

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I don't think we need to give the only guy defending (actively) that point of view the third degree. You can voice your arguments to the other point of view without directing it at someone.

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ahem. I'd like some credit for playing Devils advocate as well...

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ahem. I'd like some credit for playing Devils advocate as well...
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