Originally Posted by SamHain
I am relatively new to brewing and have not yet ventured into all grain. This sounds fun though. Is it even worth entering a Partial Mash Brew? Im not expecting much.
SamHain - all-grain has little to do with competitions (some might argue this, but all-extract and partial-mash recipes have won in national competitions quite frequently). Competitions are more about (1) brewing accurately within a particular style's guidelines and (2) quality of your brew. A poorly-made all-grain recipe will always get skunked by an all-extract with proper sanitation and good technique. But the best all-grain super-awesome-craziest beer in the world will also lose if it doesn't fit the style that it was entered in.
For most of us, competitions are more about getting useful feedback on our beers.....and a social experience at some.......actually winning something is more of a nice bonus.