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Old 01-16-2010, 03:35 AM   #1
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I was looking at the info on the NHC and was curious about the timing. With over 2 months between the first and final rounds and many beers having a "peak" where they're best, do people rebrew after the first round and submit to each round from a different batch? Or should you make sure to submit beer from the same batch as your first rounders if that's what won your way into the final round? Is there a rule about this?

I know that with many beers it won't matter, but say you have a hef that really drops off in quality after a month or so in the bottle? What do you do when you enter a comp like this that has a wide time window between rounds?

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Depends on the style. With Hefes like you mentioned, and maybe even APAs and the like, I would probably rebrew, but do it very soon after I submit to the first round, rather than wait for the results of the first round. With big beers, obviously just let 'em ride.

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Thanks. I wasn't sure if it was considered bad form to not submit a beer from the same batch as the first round. Not that I'm assuming I'll need anything after the first round, but was trying to figure out when to brew what over the next couple months.

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Yeah, that is just what I have heard one of the competition masters, Mike McDole talk about, since he regularly brews and advances hoppy beers. I am pretty sure I heard him talk about rebrewing right after the first submission. Then if he advances, he can decide at the time of the second submission whether or not to roll with the original or new beer. If rebrewed, you also have an outlet for blending the resubmission.

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