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Offline Ace_Atlas

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1st Competition
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:41:54 AM »
This will be my first year entering competitions (I have been brewing for about 1.5 years). I was wondering if anyone had advice for entering competitions? Any advice at all will be helpful.

Also I am having some difficulties finding what category I should be in. I brewed a Wild Blackberry Blonde and used honey as my priming sugar. Would that put me into the 29C Specialty Fruit Beer or the 29A Fruit Beer Category.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: 1st Competition
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 03:18:35 PM »
I assume the "wild" refers to the blackberries and not some kind of wild fermentation?

you enter it how it tastes. So if it tastes like a blonde ale with blackberries, that's what you write in Specialty Information for 29A. However that is a fairly flavorful fruit, and a fairly low character style. Is the base style overwhelmed by the fruit? Do they work well together? If you read the guidelines for Blonde ale, do you get the characters it is talking about under the fruit? If not, don't expect it to do that well. Just a warning and preparation for some frustration.
I wouldn't worry about the honey as you didn't add much and some to almost all of the character will ferment out, depending on the honey. It's not an unheard of flavor in blonde ale anyway.

good luck, and welcome to the madness.
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Re: 1st Competition
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 03:13:51 AM »
Thanks for the advice!

The blackberries are wild yes and I pureed 2 lbs of them to fermenter. I will look over the style guide lines for blonde ales again and see what I can come up with.

Cheers!
Logan

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Re: 1st Competition
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 03:18:21 AM »
Of course you could always ship us each a sample

Then we could REALLY help