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Old 01-04-2012, 11:42 PM   #11
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There is a is a competition in the boneyard?? I'm there!

EDIT: Eh. Not what I thought it was...


Yep, that's what got my attention too.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:03 AM   #12
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I had some brews sitting around, Cider, Cyser, and High Gravity category (fortified mead) and it's fairly close for shipping.
Oh nice. I opted out of the High Gravity category... I didn't know if I could enter the same brew in the regular and HG competitions.

And shipping wasn't that bad, surprisingly. $17 for almost 10lbs. Got some discounts for being AAA members and University of Nevada students.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:17 PM   #13
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That's some cheap shipping, I think with UPS it cost me $12 to get it there via ground, and it's only 3 hours away.

I read another thread on HBT from last year's, which I skipped, but it sounded like a Black IPA took the Best of Show, and they had some really good meads, so I guess we'll see how it goes.



http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f20/did-...ew-off-123160/ The thread started from two years ago, but some from last year I think.

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:39 PM   #14
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Yeah I used UPS ground. Still amazed at the price... but it's nice that they give you a tracking number. I have a handy little parcel tracking app on my phone that gives me notifications when it hits certain check-points.

Also I mentioned it was glassware and asked if he could put a FRAGILE sticker on the box. Dude proceeded to put a sticker on every side, a couple of the sides getting two. So I'm feeling good about the safety of the bottles.

I wrapped each bottled individually in bubble-wrap, stuffed torn up Raley's paper bags in the bottom, laid down three bottles, stuffed in more torn up bag, put in the last three bottles (laying perpendicular to the bottom row), stuffed all of the sides with more bag and then packed bag into the top until the lid HAD to be tapped shut. Those suckers aren't moving at all...... I hope.....

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Old 01-05-2012, 05:44 PM   #15
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Nice! Competition from someone else on the West Coast (i.e. the best coast )

Using a purely objective approach, what would you judge your beers in the proper BJCP fashion?
I live on the other west coast - of florida (we use that term here too). Best, it is.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:28 PM   #16
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I live on the other west coast - of florida (we use that term here too). Best, it is.
Nice




And dang, I thought I posted my reviews of the beers I entered. Here we go:

Pumpkin Ale (21A. Spice/Herb/Veggie)
- A stronger beer with just a touch of alcohol bite/warmth, spice presence is there but not dominant, body is medium, toasty/nuttiness is starting to fade but it's still there. It's a crystal clear orangey-gold, good head retention. I'm hoping for around a 40 on this one


Chocolate Peppermint Sweet Stout (23. Specialty Beer)
- Stronger (still considerably moderate strength), medium-heavy body due to lactose and high temp mash, roastiness from dark malts is subdued, bitterness and flavor of chocolate is there but not prominent. Peppermint is not like smelling a candy cane but a hint of it at the end of the drink. Low carbonation. Not my best but still is quality. I'm hoping to be in the 30's.


American Amber Ale (10B. American Amber Ale)
- Creative name, right? Nice sweet malt backbone from crystal, nice refreshing hop bitterness, explosion of hop aroma and a bold hop flavor from late boil additions. Higher carbonation but not so much so add a bite. I'm hoping for some good scores on this one but I'm not really sure.
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Yeah I wrapped my stuff super heavy since I just got a call from my parents, who I had bought some wine for and sent via Fed Ex. They were wrapped in bubble wrap that toner comes in, more bubble wrap, newspaper and little air packs. 2 out of 3 bottles were broken and the box it was shipped in was completely smashed with a plastic bag around it because the wine was dripping out of it. F U FedEx, I did file a claim with them, we'll see.

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I always end up second guessing myself when they ask for the ingredients or style, for example on my cider I had used robust molasses and put it on oak for a while, but it never really got any major oak or mollasses character to it, so should I have just not mentioned it? I've never judged so maybe my taste buds just aren't good enough to pick up on the little things.

I've never done better than a 3rd place, so it would be cool to make a top two, but I don't want to jinx myself. I'm really fond of my fortified cyser and I hope it at least scores well, fortified with brandy and spiced a little with cinnamon and cloves and some oak aging.

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Less than two days away! I can't wait to get the results of my first competition.

Now time to initiate the obligatory trash-talk:

*Ahem* You brew like your mother...... unless your mother is an excellent homebrewer, in which case you brew nothing like her.


Yup, I went there....

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I sent in a Vienna Lager and a Bock. My first two lagers and they tasted delicious. Sadly, the Vienna is no longer with us. I'm interested to see how the judges rank the first two lagers I've ever made.

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