But what's the best you can do? I'll have to enter a contest some day but for now I'll just be the judge (BTW, I got first place in my last solo contest)
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The only batch I've entered into a comp scored 37 (34 and 39.)I've never entered a contest. Is that good or bad?
Make sure it doesn't have any "stuff" in it that you wouldn't want in your beer.Hey, you're the one growing the 3rd arm. If I grew a tail, it would be handy for brushing away all these pesky flies...
If you're always overshoothing though, you might want to take a look at how you're coming up with your recipes and make an adjustment.Recipe???
If you scaled back to 5 gallons, you can just pitch both vials and be done with it. That is way more than enough yeast for 5 gallons of 4-4.5% beer.
What kind of efficiency do you get? Because unless you're down around 60% you're going to overshoot your target ABV. Or did your target change?
I'd say be prepared to tell him that the beer won't be ready in time. You might make it, but if it's not ready do you really want to serve sub par beer?I think my beers still a bit sub par anyway but that's probably the best advice. I'll get a starter going and brew another day. Also haven't brewed in a while and I just picked up a whole bunch of supplies so I'm keen to do a batch too.
Popcorn works too but adds a slight biscuity toast flavor.Popped or unpopped?