Got mine for Christmas and love it too.
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Amber Balanced works pretty nicely IMO.Thanks! That's what I'm going to use.
New personal low score of 15.5...on a beer that medalled last year. LOL
currently drinking a liter of it since I don't have to save it for finals.
Hopefully your scoresheets will have some indication why it was scored so low. That sucks...I've had entries judged in the same day that won a gold in one comp and got a 25 in another.
Struck out again.
made the mistake of having very hot tacos last night. 2am heartburn from hell and couldn't go back to sleep.
so, figured why not start the brew day around 3am. all done and yeast pitched by about 8am for my northern german pils.
now i think nap time is calling
It is always fun to advance to the second round. Fingers crossed!
It's fun advancing until you have to sit there, at the banquet or listening to the BN, every year, waiting for your name to be called only for someone else to be called for first place.
This is the fourth year in a row I've advanced something (and two last year). The last 3 years, the beers have gone to mini-BOS at Nationals. No purple banded medals in my house though. Dang. So close every time.
Congrats to the winners!One per subcategory.
I see some double wins in categories. I thought you could only submit one entry per style?
No, I've taped the sensor to the side of the fermenter. I suppose it's actually measuring air temp though as fast as it's changing.
I realize that it won't have that normal 'apa' character which is fine with me...
Don't worry about that - I've made many APAs and IPAs blended with Mt Hood, a Hallertau offshoot, with good results. Remember too, that blending doesn't have to mean 50/50 - use more Sterling than the other one (if it's a stronger one).
Yeah that's a good point. My hop skills are lacking thus I have abandoned my normal APA recipe to start experimenting more.