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Old 07-30-2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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My county's fair is coming up after Labor Day... and I'm sorely tempted to enter. I figure, entry fee of $10... couldn't hurt to get some solid input from judges on my beer.

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Old 07-30-2008, 05:57 PM   #12
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I didn't realize til yesterday that the deadline for entering beers in the Mich. State Fair Hombrew Comp is this Saturday...I thought I had at least another 2 weeks to let my Old Bog Road Brown Ale Condition.

I'm planning to enter that in the Amrican Brown Ale Category as Well as the "First Timer" category, for those who have never entered the State Fair.

I'm also entering my "El Hombre Muerte" deadguy clone in the specialty beer category, since it is not a true maibok since it is not a lager, but is instead my interpretation as an ale and fermented with bottle harvested pacman yeast.

I bottled both of those beers in pints but reserved a sixer of each for the comp. The Pints are now finally coming into their own...so I'm sort of praying that the 12's are a little further along in terms of conditioning...

I chilled down a 12 ouncer of each, and will test them tonight...*crossing fingers*
I've never entered anything before...I doubt that I will place in any category considering that over 800 beers were entered last year...but who knows? It probably really depends on who/what gets entered in any given category. If Brown Ales are popular this year, then mine will probably be lost among the crowd....I don't know how they judge the n00b category, since it appears that all the beers entered will compete against each other.

And who knows what will be in the specialty beer category...Maybe mine will stand out because of it's simplicity...It may be a welcome relief after prune/parmigian or whatever gets entered in that category...

At least I'll get Bjcp scoresheets, if I can set my easily bruised ego aside I'm sure I'll get insights as to how to improve my beers....

I'm planning to drop them off tomorrow after work...EEEK!!

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Old 07-30-2008, 06:07 PM   #13
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I'm planning to drop them off tomorrow after work...EEEK!!
Good luck there, Revvy!

Now, I'm off to bottle my prune/parmasan porter...
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:11 PM   #14
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I entered my first competition ever last month, the Orange County Fair. It was only $3 and two bottles, so I figured I had nothing to lose. There is also a private beer appreciation party for anyone that participates in the competition (which was awesome by the way).

I entered an ESB, it was one of the last extract batches I did, and wasn't anything special in my opinion.

Turns out I placed 2nd in Category 8 (English Pale Ale). Pretty cool stuff.

So go enter competitions, it is fun.

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Old 07-30-2008, 06:26 PM   #15
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I'd recommend that everyone do this at least a couple of times. The cost is minimal and it's a cheap way to get (usually) expert feedback on your beers.

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My county's fair is coming up after Labor Day... and I'm sorely tempted to enter. I figure, entry fee of $10... couldn't hurt to get some solid input from judges on my beer.
You should check to see if you get a free pass or at least a discount on getting into the fair. My local county fair is $5 to enter the comp and you get a free pass. If you go to the gate to buy a pass its $10 a person.

So not only do you get some feedback, potential to win some ribbons and cash, you get into the fair for only 5 bucks.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:28 PM   #17
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I've been wanting to enter comps for a while now. I finally feel that my beers are good enough to have at least a shot of placing. I'm seriously thinking of sending out each batch I brew from now on if I can find enough competitions. It would be nice to get some feedback positive or otherwise.

I'm very happy that the locals like my beer, but I'd like to get some unbiased professional feedback. Anything to help me move forward in my brewing.

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I've been wanting to enter comps for a while now. I finally feel that my beers are good enough to have at least a shot of placing. I'm seriously thinking of sending out each batch I brew from now on if I can find enough competitions. It would be nice to get some feedback positive or otherwise.

I'm very happy that the locals like my beer, but I'd like to get some unbiased professional feedback. Anything to help me move forward in my brewing.
You will get some good feedback, don't be surprised or upset if you also get some pretty crappy feedback.

Some judges are better than others at judging or writing feedback, and there are also a lot of factors in competitions that can influence palates.
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I'm not scared of critisism as long as it is constructive. If it can help me brew better beer then bring it on.

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I'm not scared of critisism as long as it is constructive. If it can help me brew better beer then bring it on.
That's what I mean, you might not get very good feedback at all. They like them to fill out all the lines with lots of descriptive things, but sometimes they just don't do that. You might get sheets back that really don't help you at all.
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