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Old 10-29-2012, 09:11 PM   #31
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Congrats. My beer turned out alot more tart than I planned. Not expecting an email.

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:09 PM   #32
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I also got an email saying I made the final table. Now I can't wait for Sunday!

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:23 PM   #33
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I also got an email saying I made the final table. Now I can't wait for Sunday!
What'd you make? I did a Black RyePA and used Belgian yeast instead of my old IPA standby Cal Ale.

Edit: I just saw you answered that question 6 weeks and 5 posts ago. Did you end up using the Jager or did your Nelson SMaSH make it?
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:34 AM   #34
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I actually didn't end up using any oak chips at all. I made a smoked brown ale fermented with Irish ale yeast, and it turned out really tasty so I didn't want to mess with it any further. The Nelson SMaSH turned out well too, but I thought the smoked brown had a better shot in the competition. It seems to me in this competition they want not just a good beer, but an interesting one too. See you there Sunday, hopefully one of us has a reason to celebrate! Even if it's only one of the runner up prizes - brewing my beer at Bell's would be a dream, but a gift certificate to the store wouldn't be too shabby either.

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Old 10-31-2012, 02:01 PM   #35
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I actually didn't end up using any oak chips at all. I made a smoked brown ale fermented with Irish ale yeast, and it turned out really tasty so I didn't want to mess with it any further. The Nelson SMaSH turned out well too, but I thought the smoked brown had a better shot in the competition. It seems to me in this competition they want not just a good beer, but an interesting one too. See you there Sunday, hopefully one of us has a reason to celebrate! Even if it's only one of the runner up prizes - brewing my beer at Bell's would be a dream, but a gift certificate to the store wouldn't be too shabby either.
That was the exact mindset I had, a good beer might win a comp with style guidelines, but you probably need to think outside the box a bit to win a comp like this. I thought combining three different IPA styles (Black, Rye, Belgian) would be fun to try and I thought it turned out pretty good, though I feel lucky that it actually worked. Glad they thought so too. Good luck to you, I'm rooting for you to come in second!
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:38 PM   #36
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Just got back from the Bell's store on a supply run. I was told only 10 beers made it to the final table.

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:21 AM   #37
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I really wonder how many entries they had. I'd guess 250ish signed up based of the line but I guarantee a good chunk of them never turned in their entry since there is no fee and the wort is free. I suppose if you thought you had something worthwhile, most would make the effort to drop some bottles off.

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Old 11-01-2012, 04:05 AM   #38
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Yeah, a good portion of those who get wort don't end up turning anything in. I think I remember hearing last year that only 90 or so turned in beers out of over 200 who got wort. Some people just want the free wort, but I think a lot more just don't turn them in if their beers don't turn out that well because either (A)a lot of people try strange and crazy things that don't end up well, or (B)they came from a ways away and don't want to make the trip to drop off if they know their beer is not worthy of winning.

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:02 AM   #39
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Got the email as well. Almost didn't enter because I wasn't totally happy with the end product. Who says you can't make a decent sour in a month

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Old 11-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #40
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Got the email as well. Almost didn't enter because I wasn't totally happy with the end product. Who says you can't make a decent sour in a month
Wow, must be pretty good if it got chosen when it was this young. What'd you strain did you use to sour it?
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