« on: February 15, 2014, 12:54:47 PM »
I wouldn't use something too distinctive or rare, but SA bottles at least are going to be fine. I see dozens of those in each competition it seems.
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Good points, Jonathan. I recently stopped drinking coffee during the week. I guess I'm a caffeholic since I'm
I always force carbonate my entries. Mostly because it's easiest for me to do it that way. I used to bottle condition my comp entries but I often got hit on appearance and flavor from suspended yeast. Remember you never know what kind of handling your bottles will receive...
In my opinion, those were crappy judges.
4 in for St Paul......now to decide what 4 to enter.
It's color right? But they don't contribute to flavor?
In any event I used the wrong word. Then I had to figure out where I got that from. BJCP Scottish guide states kettle caramelizing gets mistaken for Diacetyl...my apologies. Product of distance learning and too eager to share what was not fully learned. I'll keep an eye on that. Stick to what I know, rather than heard.
Frank, how many IBU are you targeting?
Denny, I went against the grain of best practice and quit measuring IBUs. I always found that the measurements that I would calculate never satisfied my hop liking. So, I'm looking for a butt load of IBUs... enough so that there will be a solid hop presence after a year of aging.
What about dry hopping after a year? Anybody ever done that?
Also, I'm thinking about stretching the boil out to 2 hours so that I can thin the mash out by about a half gallon.
Yes you can dry hop after a year, and I have done that.
I will say that I'd like to see any random selection methods avoided at all costs.I agree. Winning by a coin toss will take away some of the coolness. If I were the winner, I'd rather they just declare it a tie. Or at least recognize all the tied winners and use the coin toss to pick who gets the trophy, but officially call it a tie. It'll work out - in the end we're all making beer!
It does make sense though. Two way tie with four golds each, except one of them only sent four and the other had one that was a 13...I agree it's a fine tiebreaker. But this year the other will not have sent 13. Far more likely to have 4 golds each, and they each sent the max of 5 beers.
Edit: If you send 5 beers to NHC and win 4 gold medals, you're OK in my book.