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Old 07-17-2013, 07:16 PM   #11
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All that said, I do have a few things going that are not totally straightforward, either--a 100% brett saison, a made-up Kentuckyish common infulenced thing, a Belgian dark strong, and an RIS. If those turn out well, I'll enter them. So if they all wind up weird, I will probably make something hoppy at the last minute (that is, the first week of August) and hope for the best!
I agree that well-brewed beers should come out on top. If there is some part of the rating that is for 'originality', it is probably a smaller percentage and may end up being the tie-breaker.

What are you using in your saison? Commercial yeast or dregs? I've only used 3711 so far and am interested in trying out other yeast options for saisons.


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Old 08-20-2013, 10:42 PM   #12
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The date's coming up. You guys know what you are entering?

I'm still bummed I had to back out, but looking forward to the next round already.



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Yeah, the date is coming up. I am 80% sure that I'll be entering a Belgian dark strong I brewed in June and July, but I'm a little nervous because (for the first time ever) I had a bottle bomb. It was just one bottle, but I am not excited about the prospect of (1) transporting or (2) serving such potentially overcarbonated beer. I think I may have miscalculated my sugar amount, though I have to go back and look at my notes from bottling. Rookie mistake! I do have a backup plan, which is a Belgian IPA.

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:07 PM   #14
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Hm, have you checked/tasted other bottles to see how carbonated they are? Haven't brewed a BDSA before, but I thought they are generally aged longer than that.

I had my first bottle bomb recently too, but it wasn't my fault. Brewed a Belgian Wit with a buddy, but he bottles it on his own. Brew is really tasty, it's too bad..

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Actually, I did just check another bottle, and it was not at all over-carbed--if anything, it was a little flat. I think it may just be that, in using old bottles, I used a slightly compromised one. But I'm feeling better now that I am pretty sure it's not an epidemic.

I think many Belgian dark strongs are often aged for a while, but because this one is neither extremely strong (~8.5%) nor extremely dark, I think it'll still offer good drinking right away. The flavors are pretty well integrated from what I can tell, not that I have much experience with aged vs young beers of this type. I did very lightly oak it, too, which initially made me think it'd need some more aging, but the oak is subtle enough that it's not a problem.

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Never a poster on HBT, mostly a lurker but saw this thread and since (1) I'm competing in the Brooklyn Wort and (2) my buddy FreshBrew was in here for a minute figured I'd wish you gentlemen/women best of luck next weekend. My first competition as well so I'm looking forward to it. Having just switched over to brewing all grain full time in April I brewed up a bunch of fairly straightforward beers for this back in June/July and decided to enter an American Stout based on JZ's recipe in Brewing Classic Styles. Maybe not as sexy for the "weirdness" factor but I just wanted something good and I think I succeeded to my liking. Ended up with a few cases of decent IPA, Amber and Blonde as a result so no complaints here! We'll see how it shakes out but I'm just looking forward to hanging out and meeting a few folks like yourselves.

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Hey, well good luck to you! I also made a few different things, but I ultimately settled on this dark strong. I definitely learned a thing or two about my process and recipe formulation while doing it, not to mention the massive quantity of beer I now have stockpiled. I have no illusions that I'll win anything, but I'm excited to see the range of great homebrew--and to meet nerds, of course!

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Sooo, how was it??

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Not going to lie, it was awesome, sorry the timing didn't work out for you but congrats on getting married! I guess it didn't hurt that I got 2nd place in "best of show" and great feedback from the judges and crowd at my first competition. Met motorneuron and enjoyed a dark belgian strong ale as well as many other fine beers, the turn out was great, lots of nice folks and tasty beers! Can't wait until the next competition...cheeers

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Hey, congrats on the second place!! I don't know if we actually met--did you meet my girlfriend and co-brewer? My memory might just be dimmed by all the beers I tried. There were some really impressive ones, though I wish I had gotten to try more--personal highlights for me were a rye IPA and the sour wit from up front. I am also happy with the feedback I got from the judges; the scores were pretty good, and they gave me some tips that I agree with. Plus it was a great time! My voice was almost gone by the end, not to mention my palate.



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