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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 05, 2015, 08:06:46 AM »
Thanks everyone.

Both judges replied and were super friendly. They have even offered to meet and try the beer again if I wanted to. I wanted additional feedback but soon realized that I didn't really need any. I am confident this beer would have scored better in the correct category with proper carbonation. Who would have thunk...

It was my first lager and I didn't seem to get dinged for any fermentation issues which makes me happy.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 05:10:14 PM »
It was a pretty big error on my part. It is basically a 'lightly spiced' schwarzbier that I entered into 4C instead of 23. I was light handed with the spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, white pepper, and sage) but it is noticeable. Both scoresheets mentioned the phenolic aroma. Not sure what I was thinking when I filled out the entry form...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: First Competition
« on: March 04, 2015, 04:02:23 PM »
+1

I have only entered a few and have had varying results. Don't get too caught up in the score. I was disappointed with my most recent score which still falls in the 'very good' range although you wouldn't think so by some of the comments and just the x/50 score.

I somehow got 1st place in my category once and that gave me a false sense of confidence. I would go into it with the attitude that you just want feedback on how to improve your beers. Anything else positive is gravy...

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:22:49 PM »
Thanks! I emailed both of them. If they respond and are willing, I will get the necessary information.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 03:11:59 PM »
Yeah I was kind of thinking that. Wasn't sure if they held on to copies of scoresheets which might help them remember.

I know I've never walked away from judging with copies of the scoresheets.  I have had people call me to ask further questions and I generally haven't been able to help them.

Thanks. Sounds promising...haha

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: cleaning bottles
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:50:59 PM »
Cleaning - rinse well after drinking. short dishwasher cycle with 1 oz of starsan in the detergent reservoir

Labels - soak bottles in warm ammonia & water mixture overnight. stubborn labels may need to scrub with iron wool

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:42:07 PM »
I see the section now where it explains the final score. Is it in bad taste to email the judges to get additional feedback? I basically want to see what they would have thought of it if I entered it into the correct category.

It's not in bad taste, but it's a crapshoot if they'll remember the beer and be able to give you any further feedback.

Yeah I was kind of thinking that. Wasn't sure if they held on to copies of scoresheets which might help them remember.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:15:43 PM »
I see the section now where it explains the final score. Is it in bad taste to email the judges to get additional feedback? I basically want to see what they would have thought of it if I entered it into the correct category.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:10:22 PM »
Ok thanks. I looked it over very quickly.

I entered it in the wrong category so that and the fact that it was undercarbed explains my score. The 36 makes me feel better so I will just pretend that is the score ;)

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Homebrew Competitions / Help me understand my score
« on: March 04, 2015, 01:48:07 PM »
My beer got a 29 and a 36. Why is the overall score a 30? It makes sense that it would be a 33 or 34. Maybe I should read the fine print...haha

As feared, I had carbonation issues after bottling from the keg...

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:51:58 AM »
I don't trust this recipe. 1.22 oz of 6% ahtanum isn't going to contribute 23 IBUs. I am obviously missing something. Website says magnum not Columbus for bittering...

I guess I would just adjust up accordingly to get in the ballpark...

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:44:41 AM »
Maybe I am missing something but those hop figures don't get me anywhere close to 50 IBUs

Did you count the Columbus addition as 90 minutes ?

Yep. I get 27.29 IBUs with Brewer's Friend and a batch volume of 5.35 gallons which is what I average on my system.

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:36:27 AM »
Maybe I am missing something but those hop figures don't get me anywhere close to 50 IBUs. I also see on their website that they list Magnum instead of Columbus?

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Beer Recipes / Re: stone pale ale clone
« on: March 04, 2015, 11:09:26 AM »
I think I will give a try at some point since it is being replaced soon. I will probably sub in S04 and I don't think I will follow that fermentation schedule with my system. I guess it would be a Stone'ish' Pale Ale

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