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Old 10-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #1
Mar 2009
Oakland, CA
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Got back the results from my first entered beer - got a 28.7 for roughly following the extract recipe from Papazian's recipe.

The main learnings:
fermented too warm = alcohol/astringent tastes. The judges picked this out, I knew it was coming - when I bottled the beer was at 79 degrees. I don't have a temperature control system set up (not even a swamp cooler). It really only gets warm 2 months a year here. I guess I either don't brew those 2 months or figure out the temp control.

Low carbonation: I didn't leave enough time to carb. 3 weeks in the bottle and it was still carbing. Next time I do this earlier before the competition...

Some other things i need to do more research on: one judge said no hops, one judge said too much hops bitterness. one judge said missing "melanoidan" - I don't know what that is. One judge recommended using lighter extracts and then adjusting color with grains rather than darker extracts. Got marked for a "plastic adhesive strip" aroma.

Fun stuff. I actually don't really like the beer that much myself, but I'm giving it more time in the bottle before I decide if I'm going to end up drinking it or not. I'm looking forward to getting the results for a porter next week.

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Old 10-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #2
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Mar 2009
, Indiana
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Good work putting your beer out there, and being willing to learn!
Some stuff I've made: Odell's 90 Shilling Clone, Abbey Weiss Pottsville Common, Simple Mead, Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Clone, Rye IPA, Maibock, Scrapper's Quaffable Irish Red, Short Sleep Blueberry Ale, Lazy Magnolia Pecan Nut Brown Ale Clone, Graff, Apfelwein, Cascades Orange Pale, Orfy's Mild Ale, Vagabond Gingered Ale
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Old 10-12-2009, 12:04 AM   #3
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congrats man
Primary Dusseldorf Alt
Secondary Russian Imperial Stout
Bottle Conditioning Janet Brown, Russian Imperial Stout.
On Deck Ryed Up Kolsch

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