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Offline tommymorris

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First Competition
« Reply #15 on: March 24, 2015, 07:14:44 pm »
My most common mistake is not brewing to style. BJCP contests aren't people's choice contests. They judge on how well you hit your target style.

My beers peek at 6-7 weeks from brew day. So I would give myself that much time minimum. Yours may peek sooner. My beers take time to clear and always taste better when they do.
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Re: First Competition
« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2015, 07:43:06 pm »
It depends a lot on how you package, bottle conditioned or kegged.  I find that bottle conditioned beers are at their peak after 5 or 6 weeks, but kegged beers can be sent off to competitions within a week.
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Re: First Competition
« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2015, 07:55:20 pm »
Just to clarify, I'm asking about the brew date to the judging date.

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Re: First Competition
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2015, 09:21:25 pm »
Just to clarify, I'm asking about the brew date to the judging date.
Are you bottle conditioning?

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Re: First Competition
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2015, 05:48:33 am »
Yes

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Re: First Competition
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2015, 06:16:47 am »
I know there's a lot of importance put on hop aroma freshness,  but in my opinion a super fresh smelling beer that is under carbonated is not going to fly. Personally, I would plan on brewing it at least 8 weeks out from shipping day.

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Re: First Competition
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2015, 07:18:36 am »
What are your thoughts on scheduling a pale ale ahead of a competition? 6 weeks?
Depends on bottle conditioned vs. kegged.  I keg, so I would probably brew a category 10 beer about 3 weeks before shipping (putting it at 4-5 weeks at judging more than likely).  You would want to add a couple weeks to that if bottle conditioning, IMO.