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Homebrew Competitions / 2014 Peak-to-Peak ProAm Homebrew Competition
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:01:13 PM »
2014 Peak-to-Peak ProAm Homebrew Competition
organized by the Indian Peaks Alers

Registration is now open!
Submit your entries electronically at http://peaktopeak.brewcomp.com, and pay by paypal online.
In addition to home brewers, we are also looking for volunteers to make this year's competition a success.   If you are interested in stewarding, volunteering or judging, register on the competition site as well.

Entry Submission:
Online: Window closes Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM MDT
Entry is complete upon payment thru Paypal.  At the completion of payment, click ‘Return to ipa.treas@gmail.com...’

Drop-off/Shipping:
Friday, Feb 28 through Friday, March 14, 2014
Location details are available on the competition website.

Judging:
Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Oddfellows Lodge in Longmont
beginning at 9am
Note: Some categories may be judged prior to Saturday to facilitate timely judging.

Award Ceremony
The award ceremony this year will be held in conjunction with Left Hand Brewing’s Hops & Handrails festival on March 29th.  The award ceremony will begin at approximately 3pm, but the schedule hasn’t been confirmed just yet.  Check out the competition site or www.indianpeaksalers.org for more detail when we get closer to the event date.
Left Hand Brewing
1265 Boston Ave.  Longmont CO  80501

Awards and prizes and scoresheets will be distributed to winners or representatives in attendance.   Remaining score sheets will be distributed by local pick-up or by mail as necessary

We look forward to having your beers in this year’s competition!


Cheers
Don Blake
Competition Coordinator
Indian Peaks Alers

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: 1st round NHC results
« on: May 02, 2012, 08:21:35 PM »
Howdy Folks..

First things first - Denver scoresheets will be mailing tomorrow.   Sorry for the delay, but there were a few things that necessitated a re-check of all envelopes and I was out of volunteers.

I just read thru this entire thread and have a couple of comments (some were also mentioned at the regional judging)

Judging
The number of judges needed to tackle 750 beers is quite large.  Out here in Colorado's Front Range, there are a lot of judges, but also a lot of other competitions.  Conflicts are inevitable and when they do, certain judges are lost to other competitions, thus reducing the judge pool.  There's two ways to fix this - regional competition coordination and to get more judges involved.   If you aren't satisfied with your scoresheets and have a legitamate gripe with a judge's comments (e.g. too vague, not detailed enough, etc) then you should e-mail them and let them know!  Also, become part of the solution and join the ranks of the BJCP.   The new exam format should help speed up the certification process substantially.

Entry Cap by brewer
I personally like this idea.   The lion's share of Denver Regional entrants had 1-3 beers, but there were only three or four entrants who had more than 9, so the arbitrary cap of 10 might not help much.   I think that if a cap were set, the Ninkasi could still be realistic, just formulated differently.   If someone who entered 70 beers placed 8 and another who entered 8 placed 8, who is the better brewer?

Entry cap by time (everyone gets a day to enter at most 1 or 2 beers, then it's open)
This is another one that I like a lot.  I didn't get an entry logged in soon enough and had to ship my entries to Minnesota....and I was the regional organizer for Denver, so that sorta bugged me that I had to pay for shipping when I was visiting the judging site regularly.   

NHC second round
Since the conference filled up so quickly, I think there's a very large likelihood that judges qualified and interested in the second round judging were turned away.   There should be some avenue for folks who are intending on participating in the second round judging to get a head start on conference registration.

Allright that's it for now.   Again, sorry for the delay in getting scoresheets mailed out, but you all should be seeing them by early next week.
Congrats to the folks who advanced and good luck in Seattle.
Thanks to all who participated as an entrant, and especially those who helped by volunteering!

Cheers
Don Blake



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Homebrew Competitions / Re: 2012 Peak-to-peak ProAm
« on: March 03, 2012, 09:30:31 AM »
The entry window for the Peak-to-Peak ProAm is now OPEN!
Visit the link below to log your entries and sign up to judge or steward

http://peak2peak.brewcompetition.com/index.php

The physical drop-off window opens on March 12 and closes on March 23.   

Good luck!

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Homebrew Competitions / 2012 Peak-to-peak ProAm
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:34:27 PM »
The Indian Peaks Alers homebrew club is proud to announce the 2012 Peak-to-Peak ProAm Homebrew Competition.  The competition will be open to all BJCP beer styles as defined in the 2008 guidelines, however as we're limiting the competition scope to beers, no meads or ciders will be accepted.

Entries will be accepted between March 12th and 23rd and the Judging will be conducted at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, CO on March 31st.  We will have medals for the top three beers in each flight as well as prizes.  The awards ceremony will follow the competition and that's where the competition and Pro-Am winners will be announced. 

We are excited to announce that several of Colorado's Front Range brewers will be on hand to judge and will be selecting entries for the 2012 GABF Pro-Am competition.  We currently have commits from Left Hand, the Pumphouse, Oskar Blues, and Crabtree Brewing, with others expected.

Check out our website   www.indianpeaksalers.org    for the complete list of participating brewers and the competition rules, entry forms, etc.

We hope that you'll be interested in participating as an entrant in this year’s competition. 

We are also looking for volunteers to make this year's competition a success.   
If you are interested in stewarding, please contact   ipa.compdir@gmail.com 
If you are interested in judging please contact  ipa.judgedir@gmail.com   

Cheers
Mark Spaulding
Competition coordinator
Indian Peaks Alers

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Can't re-attach corny posts - pics included
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:38:30 AM »
Sometimes the dip tubes have little protrusions on them that go into matching slots on the ID of the keg fitting.  Try rotating the tube back and forth to make the features mate.  You might have to reach into the keg to be able to rotate the dip tube.
Good luck

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's Brewing This Weekend - 9/23 Edition
« on: September 26, 2011, 11:35:20 AM »
Made 10 gal of American IPA yesterday.   5 will be fermented with WLP007 (Dry English Ale) and the other 5 with LWP565 (Saison).

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Homebrew Competitions / 2011 Peak to Peak ProAm results
« on: March 21, 2011, 11:40:55 AM »
We had a stellar turnout for the 2011 Peak to Peak proam homebrew competition held on March 19th at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont Colorado. We had 269 entries this year, up from 210 last year.

Hearty congrats to Ryan Scott who took Best of Show and to everyone who participated and medalled.

The full results, including pro-am picks from the four participating breweries can be found at http://www.indianpeaksalers.org/


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Homebrew Competitions / 2011 Peak to Peak ProAm coming soon
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:50:00 PM »
Competition Announcement!

The Indian Peaks Alers homebrew club is proud to announce the 2011 Peak-to-Peak ProAm Homebrew Competition.  The competition will be open to all BJCP beer styles as defined in the 2008 guidelines, however as we're limiting the competition scope to beers, no meads or ciders will be accepted.

Entries will be accepted between March 1st and 11th and the Judging will be conducted at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, CO on March 19th.  We will have medals for the top three beers in each flight as well as prizes.  The awards ceremony will follow the competition and that's where the competition and Pro-Am winners will be announced. 

We are excited to announce that several of Colorado's Front Range brewers will be on hand to judge and will be selecting entries for the 2011 GABF Pro-Am competition.  We currently have commits from Left Hand, the Pumphouse, Oskar Blues, and Crabtree Brewing.

Check out our website   www.indianpeaksalers.org    for the complete list of participating brewers and the competition rules, entry forms, etc.

We are also looking for volunteers to make this year's competition a success.   
If you are interested in stewarding, please contact   ipa.compdir@gmail.com 
If you are interested in judging  please contact  ipa.judgedir@gmail.com   

Cheers
Don Blake
Competition coordinator, Vice President
Indian Peaks Alers

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Zymurgy / Re: SMaSH Beers
« on: November 15, 2010, 08:20:06 AM »
I made a Maris Otter / Cascade SMASH yesterday.   I think I put a bit too much Cascade in as the hydrometer sample was rather hoppy, but we'll see after fermentation.   I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Made a maris otter and Cascade SMASH pale ale.   Looking forward to the results

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oskar Blues ...
« on: September 23, 2010, 07:44:03 AM »
Oskar Blues was indeed the first craft beer in a can.
While I love just about all of their beers (and they're just up the road in Longmont/Lyons), I haven't really enjoyed Gubna yet.  It was first described to me as intensely citrusy, but, all I got was that garlic/onion thing that everyone else has been mentioning.  Perhaps it was just a particular year's worth of Summit hops that gave it more of a garlic/onion vs citrus character?   

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Brewed a hefeweizen (Hausfrau Hefe)

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I'm planning on making a split batch of pale ale.  5-gal will have a british ale yeast, the other will have cry havoc.   So it'll be a neat comparison

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There's also the notion of Pro-am competitions.  Having that extra bottle gets the commercial brewers a fresh sample after the BOS round.   And not to mention, if you have a large competition with several flights the BOS may even be split into a mini-BOS format (half of the judges get half the BOS beers and eliminate obvious ones, then the best from both panels go for the final BOS judging).   I was judging recently and we had barely enough for everyone.   If we had a third bottle, we could have had fresh pours for the final BOS judging.   

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Beer Travel / Re: Bahamas Vacation
« on: May 26, 2010, 11:03:47 AM »
Short answer, no

Kalik is what I remember to be ubiquitous down there.   They do have a 'strong' version which packs 7 or 8 % into a light lager (malt liquor?)
I believe that there's another 'national' brand down there, but expect a light lager.

All that being said, in the tropical clime, the light lager is quite refreshing.   
But you're gonna like the rum drinks (try this:  equal parts dark rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice).


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