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Old 08-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hi, new to the forum. I've only been brewing for a few months, so this is more of a question for the future. How many of you compete? Compared to the $200-250 fees for KCBS (barbecue) competitions (they are a killer to any BBQers), homebrew competitions seem to cost $5-10 plus shipping, yet I don't see a forum devoted to the subject. Do a lot of you compete or is it more for the love of the hobby? I'd love to get into competitions soon.

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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I compete to get feedback on my beers. I'm looking get better and learn more about beer. I even decided to take the BJCP exam. I learned a ton about beer, brewing, and my palate during the process. I recommend it if for nothing more than to get a better understanding of your own beer.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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I too am interested in this. I think that entering a brew that I created into a competition would be an EXCELLENT way to learn and see how my recipes contend with other people's.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Never done it, but will be in the next year. I'm looking forward to critical review of my beers. I brew well enough that I get praised by family and friends - needing some more 'critical' review to see where I'm at and what else I can do to improve. I'm also at a stage where recipe creation and fine tuning is going to be the theme and competitions will help me in that process.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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I've entered many comps and judged at many more. it's a great way to get feedback on your beer. The caveat is that you shouldn't listen exclusively to any single judge or comp. Enter the same beer into several and get a good overview from more than a few judges. And be careful what category you enter the bee into. Enter it as what it tastes like, not what you brewed it to be. For example, a coffee stout should be entered as a specialty beer, not a stout.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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I entered my first comp at the beginning of this month just to get the feedback on my beer so I know where I stand and what I can do to improve it. I'm still waiting on the scoresheets.

 
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:51 PM   #7
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I just entered my first comp, for the feedback. I got a 16 one one of my beers, I entered it as a style I brewed it to be, not what it was best suited to be as Denny said. It was a wonderful beer on draught, but was undercarbonated in the bottle. It had lost much of its hop presence. At first I was slightly discouraged by the score, but it forced me to look critically at my beer. In the end I had to agree with how the judges scored it.

Still a good beer to me!
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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I am thinking about entering a competition or two next year. I don't feel like most of my recipes are at a point I think they are so flawless I need outside opinions, except my lambic but I don't feel like sharing any with strangers.

 
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It's also important to save some of the beer to drink while you read through the scoresheets. Really helps to understand the judges comments.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:47 PM   #10
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I just entered my first comp, for the feedback. I got a 16 one one of my beers, I entered it as a style I brewed it to be, not what it was best suited to be as Denny said. It was a wonderful beer on draught, but was undercarbonated in the bottle. It had lost much of its hop presence. At first I was slightly discouraged by the score, but it forced me to look critically at my beer. In the end I had to agree with how the judges scored it.
And that is what it's all about!

I entered a bunch of comps over a period of about a year. I won a bunch of ribbons, including some golds. It was very motivating. Then I quit entering them, just basically got busy. Gotta get back into it.

The hardest part for me is the packaging and shipping. Clubs almost always have a competition coordinator who will help out a lot there. I stopped going to my club and that was a mistake.
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