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Old 03-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #511
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I'm def not a medal whore but I think I've made the same recipe twice in all my batches. Doesn't matter how good it was the first time, I almost always change something (sometimes not intentionally!).

I only entered 3 comps last year; HBT (actually that may have been '09 IIRC), NHC, and my homebrew club-sponsored comp. The only one I have to pay shipping for is HBT, for NHC I just drop them off somewhere local and the homebrew club bulk ships them.

Both of my entries are styles that I have virtually never tasted the 'real' thing (Mild and Scotch Ale). Hard to hit a target when you don't really know what the target is.

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Old 03-16-2011, 05:22 PM   #512
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Woo Hoo mine has been delivered and signed for McLaughlin!

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Old 03-16-2011, 05:37 PM   #513
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So you medal whores out there, a question. Do you just have one good recipe that you submit over and over again? Which is fine, just wondering. And with the price of postage, why not just buy a bunch of homebrew medals?

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If there is a very specific style and result I am shooting for I may make the same recipe, but for many broader categories like Amer IPA I am always mixing new hops together or combining aspects of different known good recipes to see what comes out of it.

The postage can definitely be a bummer, but I mostly participate on the local contest circuit, and I can hand deliver 90% of these to drop off locations so incur no postage. It's nice to get confirmation that you are doing something right. Also by gauging your performance over time against senior brewers you can track your improvement as a brewer over time. WA state also tracks all the registered home brewers in a state wide data base for points so the competitive aspect and bragging rights in the HB community is fun as well. In the bigger competitions you can end up winning some nice gear as well.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:13 PM   #514
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All good answers, but I still see some guy's (not here) winning medal after medal after medal in the same 2 or 3 categories. Good grief, how much confirmation do you need? We get it, your one recipe is great. Seems a tad needy to me.

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All good answers, but I still see some guy's (not here) winning medal after medal after medal in the same 2 or 3 categories. Good grief, how much confirmation do you need? We get it, your one recipe is great. Seems a tad needy to me.

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Crap, I totally spaced the timeline on this. Wonder if its too late to send them?

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All good answers, but I still see some guy's (not here) winning medal after medal after medal in the same 2 or 3 categories. Good grief, how much confirmation do you need? We get it, your one recipe is great. Seems a tad needy to me.

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FWIW, I know some medal whores that brew; say, an American Premium Lager. They bottle those as-is and enter as an American Premium Lager. Then they add 1 ounce (for example) of water to some bottles and top with the 'Premium Lager' to get a Standard American Lager and then use 2 ounces (example) of water for a Light American Lager. Three entries from one 'batch'.
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FWIW, I know some medal whores that brew; say, an American Premium Lager. They bottle those as-is and enter as an American Premium Lager. Then they add 1 ounce (for example) of water to some bottles and top with the 'Premium Lager' to get a Standard American Lager and then use 2 ounces (example) of water for a Light American Lager. Three entries from one 'batch'.
Just plain embarrassing.

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Just plain embarrassing.

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I broke down and entered a couple of beers. I hope they do well, as one is actually pretty good.

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