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In a few days the registration page will be opening for the Domras Cup Mead Competition.  In its 18th year, the event should be bigger and better than ever continuing at our new venue on the marsh, an expanded oyster roast/low country boil, entertainment, and of course lots of mead to judge.  Please pass this on to any fellow mead lovers.

•   Competition Date: Saturday, February 6, 2015. 
•   Entry window:  January 4 to January 28, 2015.

We are now part of the East Coast Meadmakers Alliance competition series (https://www.facebook.com/East-Coast-Meadmaker-of-the-Year-1156889417657729/?fref=ts) and the Southeastern Homebrewers Association competition series (https://www.facebook.com/groups/541112192714779/ ).  A donation will be made to the Ronald McDonald house from the proceeds.

Why enter?
We have a core group of certified mead judges to provide great feedback on your mead.  Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards).  We know your mead is a precious thing.  You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything else (10-16 oz.), and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round.  Ribbons and lots of great prizes - from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), several commercial meaderies, and Savannah Homebrew Shoppe. The cost is $8 per entry.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and mead aficionados for judging and stewarding.  We have a dozen local certified mead judges, but always need help.  Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass or some other local swag.  Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order.  Breakfast will be available before we start and snacks in between.  Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us.  We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two smaller rounds.  BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally).  If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from another area.  Just let us know in advance to discuss any special arrangements needed.  Registration will be open through January 28.  Unless you are bringing your entries (and have made arrangements for such), all entries should be delivered by the 28th.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to the Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

As we say, we're only second oldest, not nearly the largest, but we think we are the funnest mead-only competition in the world.

Cheers!

Chris Stovall

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In a few days the registration page will be opening for the Domras Cup Mead Competition.  In its 18th year, the event should be bigger and better than ever continuing at our new venue on the marsh, an expanded oyster roast/low country boil, entertainment, and of course lots of mead to judge.  Please pass this on to any fellow mead lovers.

  Competition Date: Saturday, February 6, 2015. 
•   Entry window:  January 4 to January 28, 2015.

We are now part of the East Coast Meadmakers Alliance competition series (https://www.facebook.com/East-Coast-Meadmaker-of-the-Year-1156889417657729/?fref=ts) and the Southeastern Homebrewers Association competition series (https://www.facebook.com/groups/541112192714779/ ).  A donation will be made to the Ronald McDonald house from the proceeds.

Why enter?
We have a core group of certified mead judges to provide great feedback on your mead.  Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards).  We know your mead is a precious thing.  You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything else (10-16 oz.), and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round.  Ribbons and lots of great prizes - from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), several commercial meaderies, and Savannah Homebrew Shoppe. The cost is $8 per entry.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and mead aficionados for judging and stewarding.  We have a dozen local certified mead judges, but always need help.  Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass or some other local swag.  Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order.  Breakfast will be available before we start and snacks in between.  Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us.  We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two smaller rounds.  BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally).  If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from another area.  Just let us know in advance to discuss any special arrangements needed.  Registration will be open through January 28.  Unless you are bringing your entries (and have made arrangements for such), all entries should be delivered by the 28th.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to the Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

As we say, we're only second oldest, not nearly the largest, but we think we are the funnest mead-only competition in the world.

Cheers!

Chris Stovall

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Howdy Guys & Gals-

The Savannah Brewers League is hosting a new homebrew competition, dubbed Merica's Mug. It will only include the 2015 BJCP Guidelines' US beer styles as follows:
1A. American Light Lager
1B. American Lager
1C. Cream Ale
1D. American Wheat Beer
18A. Blonde Ale
18B. American Pale Ale
19A. American Amber Ale
19B. California Common
19C. American Brown Ale
20A. American Porter
20B. American Stout
21A. American IPA
21B. Specialty IPA (all of ‘em)
22A. Double IPA
22B. American Strong Ale
22C. American Barleywine
22D. Wheatwine
27. Historical Beer (Kentucky Common)
27. Historical Beer (Pre-Pro Lager)
27. Historical Beer (Pre-Pro Porter)

Entry window will be open October 15 through November 4.

Show your 'Merican spirit and enter!

for more info, go to http://www.savannahbrewers.com/mericasmug.php

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The 17th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition is coming up.  Hope things are well with you and yours during this holiday season.  This should be the biggest and best Domras ever with a new venue, our annual oyster roast, entertainment, and of course lots of mead to judge.  Please pass this on to any fellow mead lovers.

The Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup Mead Competition.
•   Competition Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015. 
•   Entry window:  January 1 to January 28, 2013.

Why enter?
The cost is just $7 for first entry and $6 per additional entry.  Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards).  We know your mead is a precious thing.  You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything 10-16 oz., and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round.  Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), several commercial mead products, and Savannah Homebrew Shop will be provided to winners.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and mead aficionados for judging and stewarding.  We have a dozen local certified mead judges, but always need help.  Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass and look for some of our new SBL “crimp-less” bottle openers to be available as well.  Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order.  Bagels, etc. will be available before we start and snacks in between.  Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us.  We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two small rounds.  BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally) where club members pick up the entries.  If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from an area.  We’ll leave that up to each club.  Just let us know in advance about any special arrangements needed.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

Cheers!
Chris Stovall

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Homebrew Competitions / 2014 Summer Suds in Savannah - August 23
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:44:57 AM »
The 2014 Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition is on!  Entries will be accepted until August 18 (registered, paid, and on-site).  The competition will be held August 23.  That is indeed a week earlier than in the past because it blows holding on Thursday & Friday before the Savannah Craft Brew Fest.  Prizes/ribbons to be announced/handed out at SCBF for any attending.

This will be a smaller comp this year with a 150 entry limit.  So get your entries in asap.  $7 per entry.  Beers and ciders only.

FYI next year we will likely go to a Sessions style competition in the vein of the original Summer Suds.  Also, our traditional Domras Cup Mead Competition will go on as planned in February.

If you would like to judge or steward, please use the registration page, even if not planning to enter beers.  I'll be back in touch with volunteers the week before the comp.  Breakfast, lunch, swag provided to volunteers.

Info/registration here:  http://www.savannahbrewers.com/summersuds.php


Cheers,
Chris Stovall
Head Judge??

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16th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition - Feb 1 in Savannah

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Starting to get the word out on the 16th Annual Domras Cup  Mead Competition. Hope things are well with you and yours during this holiday season. Our 16th straight meading on “the Saturday before the Superbowl” is close at hand.  Please pass this on to fellow  mead lovers.

The Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup  Mead Competition.
• Competition Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014.
• Entry window: January 1, 2014 to January 23, 2014.

Why enter?
The cost is just $6 per entry. Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards). We know your  mead is a precious thing. You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything smaller, and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round. Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), Redstone Meadery products, and Savannah Homebrew Shop will be provided to winners.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and  mead aficionados for judging and stewarding. We have a dozen local certified  mead judges, but always need help. Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass and look for some of our new SBL “crimp-less” bottle openers to be available as well. Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order. Bagels, etc. will be available before we start and snacks in between. Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us. We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two small rounds. BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally) where club members pick up the entries. If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from an area. We’ll leave that up to each club. Just let us know in advance about any special arrangements needed.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

Cheers!
Chris Stovall
Domras Cup Judge Director

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16th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition - Feb 1 in Savannah

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Starting to get the word out on the 16th Annual Domras Cup  Mead Competition. Hope things are well with you and yours during this holiday season. Our 16th straight meading on “the Saturday before the Superbowl” is close at hand.  Please pass this on to fellow  mead lovers.

The Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup  Mead Competition.
• Competition Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014.
• Entry window: January 1, 2014 to January 23, 2014.

Why enter?
The cost is just $6 per entry. Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards). We know your  mead is a precious thing. You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything smaller, and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round. Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), Redstone Meadery products, and Savannah Homebrew Shop will be provided to winners.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and  mead aficionados for judging and stewarding. We have a dozen local certified  mead judges, but always need help. Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass and look for some of our new SBL “crimp-less” bottle openers to be available as well. Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order. Bagels, etc. will be available before we start and snacks in between. Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us. We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two small rounds. BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally) where club members pick up the entries. If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from an area. We’ll leave that up to each club. Just let us know in advance about any special arrangements needed.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

Cheers!
Chris Stovall
Domras Cup Judge Director

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Folks,
Forgot to post an announcement here, but always better late than never.  The 2013 Summer Suds in Savannah will be held on August 30 in conjunction with the Savannah Craftbrew Fest.  The registration window is open through August 19.  Cost is $7 per entry and slots are filling up quickly in this entry-limited competition. 

Great prizes and ribbons to winners.  Lots of swag for judges/volunteers.  Go to the registration page for for more inforamation and to register at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/summersuds.php


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Starting to get the word out on the 15th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition.  Hope things are well with you and yours during this holiday season.  Hard to believe we are at 15 years straight meeting on “the Saturday before the Superbowl”.  We are planning for the biggest and best Domras ever.  Please pass this on to any fellow mead lovers.

The Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup Mead Competition.
•   Competition Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013.
•   Entry window:  December 26, 2012 to January 23, 2013.

Why enter?
The cost is just $6 per entry.  Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards).  We know your mead is a precious thing.  You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything smaller, and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round.  Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), Redstone Meadery products, and Savannah Homebrew Shop will be provided to winners.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and mead aficionados for judging and stewarding.  We have a dozen local certified mead judges, but always need help.  Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass and look for some of our new SBL “crimp-less” bottle openers to be available as well.  Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order.  Bagels, etc. will be available before we start and snacks in between.  Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us.  We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two small rounds.  BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally) where club members pick up the entries.  If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from an area.  We’ll leave that up to each club.  Just let us know in advance about any special arrangements needed.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

Cheers!
Chris Stovall
Domras Cup Judge Director

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Starting to get the word out on the 15th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition.  Hope things are well with you and yours during this holiday season.  Hard to believe we are at 15 years straight meeting on “the Saturday before the Superbowl”.  We are planning for the biggest and best Domras ever.  Please pass this on to any fellow mead lovers.

The Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup Mead Competition.
•   Competition Date: Saturday, February 2, 2013.
•   Entry window:  December 26, 2012 to January 23, 2013.

Why enter?
The cost is just $6 per entry.  Any size bottle is acceptable (meads will be served “blind” by our experienced stewards).  We know your mead is a precious thing.  You can send any number of bottles you want, but we do recommend a minimum of one 750ml, two of anything smaller, and two if carbonated to ensure a fresh bottle for the BOS round.  Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company (can you say 100 lbs of regional honey!), Redstone Meadery products, and Savannah Homebrew Shop will be provided to winners.

Why join us?
We can use certified judges and mead aficionados for judging and stewarding.  We have a dozen local certified mead judges, but always need help.  Each volunteer will get an etched Domras wine tasting glass and look for some of our new SBL “crimp-less” bottle openers to be available as well.  Drawings for a door prize or two will be in order.  Bagels, etc. will be available before we start and snacks in between.  Immediately following judging, we hold our epic post-party and oyster roast that is a time not to be missed, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us.  We generally try to finish in one round though a few folks may have to do two small rounds.  BOS should start by early afternoon.

At this point we don’t have plans for drop-off locations (except locally) where club members pick up the entries.  If entries are registered and paid for and at proper condition, however, we can accept the entries the morning of the competition if someone is planning to come judge from an area.  We’ll leave that up to each club.  Just let us know in advance about any special arrangements needed.

For more information please visit the SBL website at http://www.savannahbrewers.com/domrascup.php . The direct link to Domras Cup on-line registration page is http://domras.homebrewcomp.com

Cheers!
Chris Stovall
Domras Cup Judge Director

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Yeast and Fermentation / 34/70 fermented at ale temps??
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:21:40 AM »
Anyone have any data points on how their beers turned out using 34/70 at 68F or so?

My Whitbread starter did not start up, so I opted to use my backup dry yeasts.  Ended up, though, only having 34/70 in the bin.  What, the heck, I pitched it.

Was wondering if anyone else has fermented with it at higher temps and what I should expect.  It has shot off a ton of sulfur so far.  Not getting much fruitiness yet (day 3) but the sulfur could be masking it.

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Homebrew Competitions / 2012 Summer Suds in Savannah hb comp - Aug 31
« on: July 11, 2012, 04:26:22 AM »
Sending out an early note about the Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition to take place Aug 31 & Sept 1 in conjunction with the Savannah Craft Brew Fest (http://savannahcraftbrewfest.com/index) over Labor Day weekend. All beer and cider styles will be accepted, plus again this year we will have a Special Category 29 "Low Country Ale/Lager".

Judges are needed as well and we should have a few Fest tix available either free or at a reduced cost for volunteers. Also working on t-shirts or Silipints like last year.

The entry window will be August 1-20 and cost is $7 per entry. Great prizes and ribbons to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place category winners. HUGE BOS prizes (last year 1st BOS was a $650+ 22-gal stainless conical fermenter from Brewhemoth! - go to our FB page to see a pic of last year's winner http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=10150309363423155&set=a.10150309358448155.335131.165339298154&type=3&theater). The Best of Show beer will also be brewed at Moon River Brewing Company (eventually as schedule allows).

Visit http://www.savannahbrewers.com/summersuds.php for more info.

Cheers,
Christo

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This is an early announcement that the Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup Mead Competition to be held Saturday, February 4, 2012. The entry window will be open from January 5-25, 2012. Cost is $6 per entry. After the event, we hold a post-party and oyster roast, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us. Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company, Redstone Meadery, and Savannah Homebrew Shop.

For more information please visit the SBL website. The direct link to Domras Cup info is

http://www.savannahbrewers.com/index_files/DomrasMead.htm

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This is an early announcement that the Savannah Brewers League will once again be sponsoring the Domras Cup Mead Competition to be held Saturday, February 4, 2012. The entry window will be open from January 5-25, 2012. Cost is $6 per entry. After the event, we hold a post-party and oyster roast, so if interested in helping to judge or steward, please sign up on the registration page and come join us. Ribbons and lots of great prizes from the Savannah Bee Company, Redstone Meadery, and Savannah Homebrew Shop.

For more information please visit the SBL website. The direct link to Domras Cup info is

http://www.savannahbrewers.com/index_files/DomrasMead.htm

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Homebrew Competitions / Summer Suds in Savannah hb comp - Sept 1-2
« on: July 17, 2011, 05:50:02 PM »
Sending out an early note about the Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition to take place Sept 1-2 in conjunction with the Savannah Craft Brew Fest over Labor Day weekend. All beer and cider styles will be accepted, plus this year we will have a Special Category 29 "Low Country Ale/Lager". Judges are needed as well and we should have a few Fest tix available either free or at a reduced cost for volunteers.

The entry window will be August 5-24 and cost is just $6 per entry. The Best of Show beer will be brewed at Moon River Brewing Company.

Vist http://www.savannahbrewers.com/index_files/SummerSuds.htm for more info (best viewed in IE).

FYI, Summer Suds now takes the place of our old annual comp, the Bay Street Bash.

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