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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

. . . best viewed in IE.

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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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Dear Georgia Beer Enthusiasts,
With your help we have a last minute, fighting chance of getting a bit of Georgia Law changed to help Georgia brewpubs.

House Bill 472 seeks to raise the limit a Georgia brewpub can sell to a wholesaler from 500 to 5000 Bbl/ year and to strike the current brewpub restriction of "draft only." IF THE BILL ISN'T ACTED ON BY TOMORROW MORNING, IT WILL DIE FOR THIS YEAR.

If you'd like to find bottles of your favorite Brewpub's beer available in stores, please immediately email Rules Committee Chairman, John Meadows (john.meadows@house.ga.gov) with the following simple message:

"Georgia Breweries = Georgia Tourism + Georgia Jobs + Georgia Economic Development. Give HB472 a vote!"

Please act IMMEDIATELY or it will be too late. Thanks for your support,

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild

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Other Fermentables / Water Profile for Mead
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:42:58 AM »
In discussing aspects of mazering with fellow Mead Judge classmates, a question has arisen on which there does not seem to be lots of available data.  A check of Schramm's book provides only a few lines devoted to water.  Not really much on the web either.

So, what type of water is best suited for making mead?

From what I have gleaned, the primary and maybe only factor most mead makers use is pH.  If the combination of water and fermenting honey get a pH around 3.8, you don't need to make any changes.  Kind of like with extract brewing, if the water is good to drink, then it will make good mead.  But what about great mead?

It seems there are some prerequisites for the water profile of mead:  Sufficient Ca for yeast health and clarity, sufficient CO3 to offset the gluconic acid produced during fermentation and the low pH of natural honey, the need to keep levels of Na, Cl, and metals in check so not to highlight any off-flavors, and reduction of chlorine/chloramines is a given.  It seems that with proper nutrient additions, much of these basic items can be provided, thus killing two birds with one stone.

There has been countless hours of effort devoted to classic brewing cities water profiles for beer production and the various nuances provided by different ions in the brew water.  What else is worth worrying about for mead?

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The 13th Annual Domras Cup Mead Competition, sponsored by the Savannah Brewers League, will take place February 5, 2011, beginning at 9 a.m. All mead styles (24,25,26) will be accepted. The on-line entry window will be open January 5 - 27. All entries are due by the 29th. Entry price is only $6. Great prizes from Redstone Meadery and Savannah Bee Company.

We're only second oldest, not nearly as prestigious, but possibly the funnest mead-only competition in the land. As always, we will hold our annual oyster roast afterward in celebration of a great mead day, so come out and enjoy the fun!

Please go to www.savannahbrewers.com for more information (fyi best to view site in IE).

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Homebrew Competitions / 2010 Bay Street Bash hb comp - Nov 6
« on: September 20, 2010, 07:03:33 AM »
Once again it is time for the The Bay Street Bash homebrew competition to be held on Saturday, November 6. Entries will be received from October 7 – 27. The competition will include all beer and cider categories, Styles 1-23, 27-28 (we hold a separate mead-only competition in February so plan to enter it as well). As in the past, the winning Best of Show beer will be “guest-brewed” and put on tap at Moon River Brewing Company in addition to other prizes, ribbons and accolades bestowed upon all the winners.

As with last year, we will plan to have drop-offs at local homebrew shops in Atlanta GA, Columbia SC, Charleston SC, and Jacksonville FL.

We also need certified judges, so if available sign up on the online registration system when you enter beers.  We will be using PayPal as the preferred payment option.

The Bash will again be held at The Distillery, 416 West Liberty Street, downtown and near the Roundhouse and all the other action. They have a great selection of beers for socializing after the Bash.

For more info on the Bash, go to http://www.savannahbrewers.com/index_files/BayStreetBash.htm

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Homebrew Competitions / Summer Suds in Savannah - Sept 3
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:57:36 AM »
In conjunction with the Savannah Craft Brew Fest taking place over Labor Day weekend, the Savannah Brewers League will be hosting the Summer Suds in Savannah homebrew competition on Friday, September 3rd.  This will be a summer "session-style" competition with entries limited to styles with OG=1.060 or less (as published in the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines).  The on-line entry window will be open August 10 - 25th.  

For more information, visit http://www.savannahbrewers.com/index_files/SummerSuds.htm (fyi the site is best viewed in Microsoft Explorer)

Chris Stovall
Savannah Brewers League


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