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My house beer is an oatmeal pale ale that uses about 9% malted oats in the grist. I'm sending it in to competition and am trying to decide on which category I should enter the beer. From reading the BJCP guidelines it would seem like I should probably enter the beer in category 23 since oatmeal is not a "normal" adjunct but since it's malted oats, the beer doesn't really carry the same oatmeal characteristic as using unmalted oats in an oatmeal stout.

I'm trying to decide if I should enter the beer as a Category 10A (American Pale Ale) since it fits all the criteria for that style except for the use of malted oats or if I should use Category 23 (Specialty) since it uses a non-standard adjunct.

I'm guessing the best answer is to send it to both and see where it gets judged better but why waste a couple bottles of good beer to only get scoresheets back saying "you should have entered this in the other category."

Thoughts?

David

ps: the recipe is here

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Ingredients / Fun Fermentables
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:37:46 PM »
I'm giving a talk next month at our homebrew club meeting on fermentables. Besides the obvious ... I wanted to include stories of interesting things other members have fermented. My wildest "non-standard" was bananas in an English mild.

So I'd like to know what is the wildest thing you ever fermented...

David

ps: I'm reminded of the joke ... "You know you're a homebrewer if ..."

My favorite response? You know you're a homebrewer if you go to the grocery store and find yourself saying "I could ferment that. I could ferment that. I could ...."

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