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Old 09-29-2009, 04:14 AM   #1
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Default How many brewing competitions do you enter per year?

I started brewing all-grain this past spring and have entered 2 competitions so far and was pleased with the results. So, I started to think about entering more brewing competitions, not so much for the prizes but for the feedback. That led me to wonder how many competitions the average brewer enters. So, this is my question. How many comps do you enter per year on average?

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Old 09-29-2009, 04:24 AM   #2
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I know this sounds counter-intuitive... but if you have a beer that really SUCKS... and you don't know WHY... send it into a comp. You will get valuable feedback. It's worth it.

I send my best and worst brews into comps. The best hoping to compete, and the worst to figure out what I can do to improve.

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I haven't entered any yet so I didn't vote. I plan to start entering them when I feel more confident and start to repeat brewing different beers.

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I know this sounds counter-intuitive... but if you have a beer that really SUCKS... and you don't know WHY... send it into a comp. You will get valuable feedback. It's worth it.

I send my best and worst brews into comps. The best hoping to compete, and the worst to figure out what I can do to improve.
This question is to those that are BJCP certified. Do you get mad when someone sends in a "loaded" sample in hopes to figure out what is wrong with it? Just curious as it would be a great way refine your brewing.
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I know this sounds counter-intuitive... but if you have a beer that really SUCKS... and you don't know WHY... send it into a comp. You will get valuable feedback. It's worth it.

I send my best and worst brews into comps. The best hoping to compete, and the worst to figure out what I can do to improve.
It'd be even better if you could watch the judges when they're tasting. Send in something totally infected and funky and watch their reactions. "Yup... they just got to mine!"
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Though I'm not a judge, I bet they taste plenty of bad beer. Some brewers are proud of their creations despite the flaws. Others just want help identifying the flaws. It'd be tough to accurately pinpoint the motivation for an entry without interviewing the brewer.

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The only thing I don't like about competitions, is waiting for the next one to start.

It really gets addictive.

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It'd be even better if you could watch the judges when they're tasting. Send in something totally infected and funky and watch their reactions. "Yup... they just got to mine!"
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Though I'm not a judge, I bet they taste plenty of bad beer. Some brewers are proud of their creations despite the flaws. Others just want help identifying the flaws. It'd be tough to accurately pinpoint the motivation for an entry without interviewing the brewer.
Yeah I realize it would be next to impossible to tell the motivation behind someones entry. I simply thought they might not appreciate tasting all this "bad" beer. Also, the next beer they sample might taste better and score better than it normally would. Just thoughts and curious how judges actually feel about it.
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I've only entered one. Nobody that had tasted my beer knows more about beer than me. I really wanted some feedback. I'm still waiting on score sheets but I think they are good. I've got three ribbons coming with them. I might send some into the NHC next year. There will not be any local competitions here. I can't see ever entering much more than one a year.

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I have never entered a competition. I would really love to though. the idea is starting to grow on me.

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