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importance of volume of beer for competition
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:08:37 PM »
I filled 2 bottles from the keg and had quite a hard time. They both came up short of 12 oz once the foam subsided after capping. I let them overflow in attempt to get rid of foam but had little luck. Will having less than 12 oz in each bottle effect my entry for a competition?
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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 08:11:13 PM »
Most comps that I've entered list a minimum of 10 oz.
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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 08:12:04 PM »
It won't matter in the slightest unless you get really crummy judges.  FWIW, I short fill all my bottles to about 10.5 oz because my bottling wand leaves that much space.  It just doesn't matter.  Some judges care, but if they do then they're idiots.

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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 08:13:48 PM »
Ok cool. The beer level sits right about at the base of the neck. Normally my bottled beers are about halfway up the neck. I hope it is sufficiently carbonated...
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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2015, 08:33:02 PM »
Judges shouldn't care about the amount of beer in the bottle and it certainly should not effect the scoring.
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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2015, 10:24:50 PM »
Judges shouldn't care about the amount of beer in the bottle and it certainly should not effect the scoring.

The volume should not matter at all.  However, if you fill a bottle and there is a lot of foaming and the volume is low, I would be a little concerned about carbonation level possibly.  The "Fill" itself should not be an issue, but if there are other issues as a result of the filling - like oxidation or low carb - that would have the potential to impact it.

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Re: importance of volume of beer for competition
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2015, 10:28:46 PM »
Indeed. Low fill, high fill, rusty cap, old label glue, etc are not an indicator of the beer inside.

But if the beer inside the bottle is flat, infected, or has some other defect... Then sure it won't do so well.
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