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Old 02-20-2013, 03:48 PM   #291
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I'll be at WOTW. Because it's my job.... see you guys there. Gonna be a crazy long day. I'm judging the morning session.

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:50 PM   #292
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I'm not going to make it to WOTW this weekend, I did submit 2 beers though. Instead I am just going to take a little old trip to Brussels and Brugge for a few days, ho-hum. I leave tomorrow night, cant wait.
well, that's a good excuse! Enjoy!!

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Over the river and through the woods.

Plan on being there. Always a good time.
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I'm just back from a long weekend in Vegas with work. Was sooooo nice to be wearing shorts & t-shirt during the day!
I hear that!! It sucked having to put on pants, shoes (damn flip flops/barefeet is sooo much nicer), and a second layer this morning!
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:53 PM   #293
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I hear ya! Although being out in shorts/tshirt and then the sun going down wasn't much fun! Could literally feel the temp gauge dropping every minute!

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:10 PM   #294
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So how did you all do at the WotW last night? My foreign extra stout didn't place but I scored a 38, so I was pretty happy with that. Anxious to get my scoresheet back.

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38 is a great score. My wife and I took 2nd in the Strong Ales with an American Barleywine. Not bad out of 39 entries at the table! Some of those categories were brutal. We got a 38.5 on a bretted IPA, and didn't get a wif of anything in the Specialty category. Apparantly that was loaded with Black IPA's, and enough that there are pretty much two different Black IPA styles (at least as evident from the submissions). Either it's an IPA with a little bit of Carafa put in it to darken it, or it's a West Coast Stout that's been hopped all to hell. Either way, I'd be happy if they made that another category, or sub categories to IPA. And alot of people are playing around with bretted styles that aren't normally soured. Would like to see a category/sub category for that. Though that could be tough, if you screwed up a beer you could just put it in a "soured" collect all. i guess I can see that.

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38 is a great score. My wife and I took 2nd in the Strong Ales with an American Barleywine. Not bad out of 39 entries at the table!
Congrats. This my first ever comp, so I was unsure what to expect. If you don't mind me asking, what score did you get? Or...what kind of score usually places?
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:00 PM   #297
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Congrats. This my first ever comp, so I was unsure what to expect. If you don't mind me asking, what score did you get? Or...what kind of score usually places?
In a lot of smaller competitions a 38 would place if not win. I judged the specialty category yesterday and it was really intense. We had a ton of Rye IPAs as well as Black IPAs. I don't think it's remotely fair those two styles of IPA are in specialty category. That section should be reserved for beers with specialty ingredients as it was intended. I had a great day at WOTW even though I was working. I stood outside for 2 hours directing traffic. It was nice and quiet out there.

I finally had some free time to myself today so I worked on my kegorator. Went from a single tap tower to this....



Need to paint the tubing but whatever. I can finally pour all four beers the kegorator holds. I also sold one of my kettles and picked up one of the new Bayou Classic 64qt Deluxe kettles we started carrying at Keystone. They come with a pretty nice falso bottom system. I'll be using it as my direct fire mash tun. No pics of the kettle. It's still in the box...
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Congrats. This my first ever comp, so I was unsure what to expect. If you don't mind me asking, what score did you get? Or...what kind of score usually places?
The actual score doesn't seem to matter much when it comes to placing. I've placed as low as 30 and missed out as high as 42. It doesn't seem to matter how big or small the comp is, either. At an 850 entry competition recently, I had a German pils score a 40 and not place. My American IPA scored a 35 and took second place. Go figure.
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We got a 38.5 on a bretted IPA, and didn't get a wif of anything in the Specialty category. Apparantly that was loaded with Black IPA's, and enough that there are pretty much two different Black IPA styles (at least as evident from the submissions). Either it's an IPA with a little bit of Carafa put in it to darken it, or it's a West Coast Stout that's been hopped all to hell. Either way, I'd be happy if they made that another category, or sub categories to IPA.
No kidding. At the last comp I judged, I did cat 23, and fully a third of the entries were black IPAs. I hope they get their own subcategory under IPA soon.
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Has anyone ever been to McKenzie Brew House in Berwyn? I pass it going to/from work and checked it out online. Pics of it look good but was wondering if anyone had been before?

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