Amanda and I have decided this thread is full of liars.
at the very least you guys are entering competitions a lot less frequently than those making the infected stuff I keep running into at the judging table.
Sure, I've tossed batches. Certainly more because of oxidation or just being tired of it, but infections happen. Occasionally the effect is lovely, and sometimes others don't even notice it. Friends couldn't detect the mouse in a batch of cider, but it was there, and I didn't keep that **** another day.
That's probably a good working theory.
For what it's worth I have never entered a competition. Just isn't my idea of fun.
I was told once by an owner of a brewery here in Des Moines that he thought my beers were awesome. Didn't find out who the guy was until weeks later so that's the sum total of the appraisal.
I'm sure some have had infections but they were not so obviously terrible they got thrown out but I would never intentionally tell you guys lies.