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First all grain brew going into competition
« on: September 14, 2016, 12:21:44 AM »
A year of research had me build a beautiful IPA. Here goes. Wish me luck. I hit all my numbers on the dot. This is day 1 & 2 of ferment. I'll keep those interested updated. I'd like to reveal more details but I dont want to in case competition is lurking. I'll just say its going to be a great 21A American IPA.

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2016, 01:10:26 AM »
Looks like a winner to me...maybe a best of show...for sure...
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2016, 01:13:07 AM »
Thanks man. I think she's going to clear up well. I'll make another batch and send ya a bottle, sound good?

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2016, 01:53:16 AM »
Sounds good...I'll trade you  an ESB, a Pilsner, and a Saison (all kegged and clear) for 3 BOS's...
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2016, 01:57:22 AM »
Awesome. We will be in touch sir.

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2016, 02:11:01 AM »
Most of us have a bit of a setback going over to AG after brewing extract.  Sounds like you didn't.  Great job & Good Luck!
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2016, 02:21:19 AM »
Thank you much. It was a wayyyyy smoother transition than expected. But like I said a year of planning. A year of YouTube videos, books and magazines. Thanks for the support so far. I'm going to post daily updates until that medal is around my neck!

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2016, 02:23:45 AM »
You should get your next couple batches done while you are waiting for this one to mature.
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2016, 02:28:01 AM »
Agreed. I have a 1.5 year old daughter that makes it tough. I had to plan my last Sunday brew day months in advance with my wife lol!

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2016, 06:22:39 PM »
Good luck, but don't worry about the medals - sometimes it hits the right chord with the judges and sometimes you just have to rely upon the compliments from friends and family.  But who knows... With a year of prep it may all come your way.  Be meticulous with fermentation temperature control and cleanliness at bottling and enter it fresh!  As a judge, I know that bottling and post bottling handling and conditions affect competition brews way more than the entrants expect.  Keep up the brewing!
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2016, 10:55:25 PM »
Thanks. I'm personally not that concerned about a medal, however I think it'd be some validation but this baby is holding steady at 68°F and doing quite well. I think I'm just excited about how far I've come as a brewer and I've been applying to every brewery within 40 miles. I love this hobby and if it were a job I'd be happy until I died. I dont want to be stuck in some dead end 9-5, I'd rather be brewing!

Here's day three for those interested.

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2016, 11:23:38 AM »
Now if you don't win a medal we are all going to shame you.... jfwu good luck man.

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2016, 11:29:39 AM »
Lol. Thanks for the support. An update. As of Sunday FG had dropped to 1.030 from a start of 1.062 using 1056. On its way to 1.008.

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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2016, 12:20:15 PM »
When you bottle for the competition, save one or two and keep cold. When you get your score sheets, set down with a glass of one of those and read the sheets. See if you pick up what the judges are smelling and tasting. Read the suggestions for improvements.

This has opened my eyes several times, and helped the process. Sometimes I just don't get what they are getting, and have done all of their suggestions as part of my procedure.
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Re: First all grain brew going into competition
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2016, 12:37:24 PM »
Will absolutely do.

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