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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judge experience
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:43:17 PM »
Good to hear others feedback. I am in no way disparaging any judges but just thought it was an interesting occurrence. It is likely just the pair of judges I got. It seems that as I have become a better brewer, my scores have gotten worse which is a bit frustrating. I don't think I will truly ever understand competitions but that's okay.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Judge experience
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:46:21 PM »
Thanks all. The only reason I enter comps is to get feedback. The most frustrating part lately is even decent scores get more negative feedback than positive.

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Homebrew Competitions / Judge experience
« on: August 14, 2018, 05:51:00 PM »
Lately I seem to notice a trend in comps I enter where I have two judges of different experience levels. The less experienced judges seem to give me scores that are about 4-6 points lower than the more experienced judges. Has any one else experienced this? What would be the explanation?

The only thing that makes sense is that the less experienced judges are looking for more flaws to prove they know what they are doing. It's almost they are looking for the good parts of a beer secondarily or as an afterthought. It's been very frustrating for me so I pretty much ignore those scores even though the two scores get averaged for my final.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Citra/Ekuanot IPA
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:56:57 PM »
It's a great combo. I would probably go with a 1:1 ratio to start with and I think your schedule looks good. My house IPA is Equinox, Citra, Comet, and a bit of Simcoe

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Beer Recipes / Re: Farmhouse ales
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:57:00 PM »
Apparently the 3726 stall is related to pressure. I believe some have been doing semi open fermentations with good results.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Farmhouse ales
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:24:42 PM »
Yea. I usually have to ramp up the temp for 3711 to finish out. Usually it stalls out around 1.020 when I’ve used it, on more than one account.
Now I’m just in the habit of wrapping my carboy and setting the temp to 85*.
It’s been recommended to me that I try an open fermentation next time I use the strain, but I’ve been using imperial Napoleon instead.

Interesting I have always had the opposite experience with 3711. It finishes between 1.003-1.005 quickly and without sugar. I have always read of 3726 stalling for some.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Farmhouse ales
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:21:56 AM »
I’ve been using 3711 or imperial Napoleon.
Generally I am also 60-70 pils, then either wheat, rye, Vienna, Munich.
The word was this strain (rustic or wyeast3726) doesn’t stall the way 3711 does. And most recommended sugar.

I plan on using mittelfrüh, but saaz is also something I have.

I think I have misread this. Are you saying you get a stall from 3711?

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Beer Recipes / Re: German Altbier & Irish Ale Hybrid
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:43:31 AM »
I like the direction. I would personally avoid k97. I have used it many time oz and us05 would work better for an alt as far as fermentis dry yeast is concerned.

Actually, for a dry yeast 34/70 would probably be the best choice.  Way better than 05 IMO.

Agree to disagree. I know you don’t care for 05 but I think it would work fine though 34/70 would be fine too.

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Beer Recipes / Re: German Altbier & Irish Ale Hybrid
« on: July 16, 2018, 04:41:45 AM »
I like the direction. I would personally avoid k97. I have used it many time oz and us05 would work better for an alt as far as fermentis dry yeast is concerned.

I haven't used K-97 yet but I do have a pack in my fridge based on tons of positive feedback I have seen on it.  Eventually I'll give it a go.  What don't you like about it exactly?
It’s not clean. It throws an ester that has a bit of a wang to it. Not a good description I know. To me it reminds me of a more flocculant wheat beer strain (as compared to WLP320.)


- formerly alestateyall.

This is pretty much the exact same experience I have had with k97. Not clean with a funky twang that works better for lighter wheat type styles. Very disappointing for what I thought it would be.

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Beer Recipes / Re: German Altbier & Irish Ale Hybrid
« on: July 15, 2018, 02:26:46 AM »
I like the direction. I would personally avoid k97. I have used it many time oz and us05 would work better for an alt as far as fermentis dry yeast is concerned.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch or Cream Ale?
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:02:59 PM »
Had a full pour last night. This is definitely a kolsch. Thanks for entertaining my doubt. Apparently it changed significantly after a couple days and I was evaluating too soon.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch or Cream Ale?
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:39:59 PM »
Enter it in both?

Now that's a great idea! I need 3 bottles per entry and these were bottle conditioned after transferring during kegging. My process for bottling from the keg needs some work but I will consider it.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch or Cream Ale?
« on: July 11, 2018, 08:05:34 PM »
Thanks for all of the help guys. The funny thing is I bet Kolsch and Cream Ale end up getting grouped together as part of Light Hybrid Ales. I will wait a couple more weeks before the deadline to evaluate further and make a choice.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch or Cream Ale?
« on: July 11, 2018, 07:36:31 PM »
I think you may want to look into your hops for how you submit this. Cream ale has low to none in the aroma but the mittelfrüh you used is probably acceptable in the flavor. If you get more citrus I would enter it as a kölsch. Grainy is also ok for a kölsch.  It might come off as too bitter for a cream ale, even though it is at the maximum of the threshold.
Personally I think your primary starting fermentation was to low and not enough esters produced before you ramped up the temp. I have tricked ale yeasts into being more like a lager by fermenting at low temperatures (the very bottom of the threshold, as dmtaylor is talking about.

Thanks for your input.

There is little to no hop flavor/aroma. I would say the character is very balanced between bitterness and malt.

I was given the fermentation schedule and yeast strain by a local brewery that does a kolsch that I love. I was hoping to get the character they do. Next time, I probably would ferment higher. It had a lemon thing going on when it was young (that I assume was a byproduct of fermentation) and has since dissipated completely.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Kolsch or Cream Ale?
« on: July 11, 2018, 05:48:37 PM »
Maybe it's a helles.  If it is very clean, not fruity, not winey, maybe it's a helles.  Doesn't matter that you didn't use a lager yeast -- if it doesn't taste like an ale, then for the purposes of entering comps, maybe it will score best as a lager.  I've gone the opposite direction before, entered a lager as an ale, and it medaled.

Good thought. It looks like they aren't accepting Helles so I guess I don't have to worry about that.

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