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Only two weeks left to enter.

One note on if you plan to enter the "Other Fruit Mead" or "Open Mead" category and have not shipped your meads.  Providing three bottles will ensure we have enough for the likely mini-BOS round.  Don't worry if you have already shipped only two, we will take care to ration samples.

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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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FYI, I couldn't wait (or more aptly didn't think I would remember to do it at midnight on the 1st) so the entry window is now open.

As an added announcement, we will have Michael Fairbrother of Moonlight Meadery attending the event as our Special Guest.  Stay tuned to more info later.  Should be a great time.

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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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Results for the top 3's and BOS are now posted at:

http://domras.homebrewcomp.com/welcome.php

Scoresheets should be available for download in 10-14 days.

Thanks for entering and to all those who helped out.  A special thanks to Savannah Bee Company for hosting our competition and oyster roast.   The after-party was epic.

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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 / Re: 34/70 fermented at ale temps??
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:24:11 AM »
Racked both the Amber lager and the IPA lager to kegs yesterday.  No esters and no sulfur left either.

Biggest thing is the clarity.  Both are super bright to brilliant.  They look like they have been lagering for a few months right out of the carboy.

The hops do seem to stand out with the clean yeast profile.  I was a little concerned originally that the lager yeast may not attenuate as much as I wanted, but actually both are on the dry side.  The Amber went from 1.052 to 1.012 and the IPA went from 1.070 to 1.014. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 34/70 fermented at ale temps??
« on: September 17, 2012, 04:59:55 AM »
Well, so that anyone else who might have this situation arise, here is my data point.

The 34/70 kicked out tons of sulfur during a very vigorous ferment.  I sampled at Day 6 and while it had a distinct sulfur aroma and flavor, there were no esters to speak of and I noted that the hops were really shining well (I used Willamette at 60, 30, & 10).  Gravity had already dropped from 1.050 to 1.012.  I racked on Day 9 and the sulfur had already dropped about 1/2 in intensity and gravity was at 1.011.  This allowed for a bit better chance to taste the underlaying features, and again, no esters, just a tingle of alchohol, malt and hops again really shine with a cleaner yeast (even though there is still yeast in suspension).  I believe this will be a good option for a Cal Common.  In any event, the 34/70 seems quite clean even when fermented at 65-68F.

I used 1/2 the cake for an IPA, so we'll see how it fares with a bigger beer.  I'm hoping it can attenuate ok.  It blew off 1/4 gallon with a fast and furious first day. 

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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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The entry window is open.  Good luck everyone!

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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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