Originally Posted by JLem
Like I said, just needed to complain a little.
The worst part is that you REALLY loved this brew until the comp, now you are dissecting it. This is the number 1 reason I dislike comps, because I am sure that I would have been in the same boat as you...lol.
Instead of trying to "win a comp" why not try to brew a beer that YOU love? or why not try to find a lot of comps all happening in the same period of time and send out an entire 5 gallon batch for judging to different events? At least then you would have a baseline for data instead of fretting over what a small handful of people thought of it!
It may be time to adopt the "more for me" attitude. I can understand the need/want to improve a process or recipe but it seems like you are now trying to please everyone and that just will not happen...ever. My recipes and process always get tweaked just a bit after each batch to MY taste. I seriously hope the folks I give my beer to also like my brews but if not...More for me!