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Old 09-03-2009, 06:29 PM   #11
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So it is not about 4 months later......what were the results????

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Old 09-17-2009, 01:26 PM   #12
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The results:

If the contest was to see who made the worst beer, we won

Honestly, had it not been for the hop bitterness, it wouldn't have been so bad. Lot of fruity esters and a nice medium mouthfeel, but the hops were just too damn much. It would have taken three years for all that bitterness to drop out.

So lesson learned kids! Don't be tempted by that big bag of hops sitting on your table. You're going to want to use them all...don't do it!

On the flip side of the coin, I'm glad it didn't turn out good. If it did, we would never be able to make it again The next contest is a bit more normal, BJCP catagory 11 English Brown ale. Maybe this time we'll be able to prove we actually do know how to brew.

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Old 09-17-2009, 01:35 PM   #13
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Still sounds like a good time. I brewed last night with my roomates (we are still noobs) and they asked me if we can just buy ingredients instead of kits. Soon we will make that jump, until then, I am learning from all you guys.

You should start a thread on the next contest.

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Old 09-17-2009, 01:53 PM   #14
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This next one isn't a big deal, the style is pretty laid out and the recipes aren't very difficult. The Farmer Brown recipe in my sig is the one we just did. Personally, when I first started all grain we simply brewed other peoples recipes, then made adjustments once we learned what those recipes tasted like. It's a good jumping off point.

I noticed you're in CT, what homebrew shop do you use? We use Brew and Wine Hobby in East Hartford. It's small but Dennis and Rich are great guys, very willing to answer questions and help.

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Old 09-17-2009, 03:20 PM   #15
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I am in the Stamford area and I believe the closest shop is in Norwalk, but have been using Northern Brewer. I want to get up to Norwalk to check out the shop, but I have not found the time.

You know of any that are closer?

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Maltose Express in Monroe is the only other one I know of, but that's a good drive. Another online shop to check out is Brewmasters Warehouse, they give discounts to HBT members and they have a great recipe software that you can use to build your recipe, then it automatically puts the recipe into your cart.

jeez, hijacked my own thread

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:03 PM   #17
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I'm curious what they charged you for a sack of random crap they weren't able to sell.

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Mike, thanks for the info, I will have to look into that. Monroe is not too bad, but a little further than Norwalk.

Is this competition through your LHBS?

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Old 09-17-2009, 05:47 PM   #19
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I'm curious what they charged you for a sack of random crap they weren't able to sell.
Heheh, I got the entire grain bill, hops, and yeast for a song and a dance. The song was I Would Do Anything For Love, and the dance was the Running Man.

Yes, the comp is just a couple people getting together and trying some beers. We're trying to get better at using the BJCP judging sheets, so we figured brewing to a specific style would be a good way to learn how to use them.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:24 PM   #20
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Sounds fun.

We've all gotta brew some time.

I won't be back in CT till summer though :\

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