Official Braggin' Rights

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Official Braggin' Rights

Postby BillyBock » Fri Apr 02, 2004 7:05 pm

Well, it's official....

My stout placed 3rd in the 18th Annual Bluebonnet Brew-off held here in Irving, TX! I'm pretty pleased with myself. I'm waiting for the scoresheets to come back so I can see how my other 3 beers faired.

Woohoo!
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You da man!

Postby Freon12 » Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:38 am

I have been a little tentative to enter anything, maybe you can help me in the courage department.

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Way to go BB!

Postby BarleyMan » Sun Apr 04, 2004 9:28 pm

I too have been interested in entering some competition, but don't know much about the process. I don't know of anything within a few hours of here either, and that hampers my entry. As for your placing, I think there's no greater or more pleasing event for a brewer than to have his/her brew appreciated by folks who know beer. Congrats.
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when and how

Postby fitz » Mon Apr 05, 2004 3:52 pm

When and how do we get a tasdte of this award winning beer?
I think we need to start a beer by mail swap. I'm sure we can find a way to do this.
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It's All Gone (sniff sniff)

Postby BillyBock » Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:58 pm

Alas...'tis all gone. But fear not, I shall resurrect it once again....bwa ha ha ha ha!!! (insert background lightning & thunder).

The shelf life I achieved is a testament to Star-San and purging kegs of oxygen. She was brewed last July, counterpressure filled in mid February, and evaluated in March. Eight months for a beer with an OG of only 1.058 and IBU=45! So if anyone's ever wondered, will my beer last? Yep, just rack without oxygen pickup and sanitize well.
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All in Perspective

Postby BillyBock » Tue Apr 06, 2004 11:18 pm

Hey, Freon: I entered with no intention of winning--if you set your sights low, you can only go up, right? Friends & neighbors are critical to my process :-) My approach to selecting contest entries is simple...enter only those beers that they rave over (not just like), but truly have a "religious experience" while drinking. Although they enjoyed the other 3 I entered, the stout is the one they raved over. And my anecdotal evidence bears out my hypotehsis.

I simply wanted to get feedback from the BCJP judges. If I won, great, if I didn't at least I'd get an analysis so I knew what to "fix". It's all part of my master plan to run a micro one day. This recipe has reached "keeper" status after 4 incarnations...it's getting tweaked no more. It went from dry stout to imperial stout back to dry stout, and finally to foreign extra stout.

Counterpressure filling from the keg was an experience. It took me quite a few bottles to get the hang of it. In the meantime, I sprayed myself and the walls with beer. You wouldn't believe how far beer can shoot under 10psi :-)

You can do it, Freon...be at one with the grain, grasshopper. :-)
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Thanks BarleyMan

Postby BillyBock » Tue Apr 06, 2004 11:28 pm

My local homebrew store was instrumental in the whole process. Here in TX the LHBSs are really involved with the contests. They gathered the entries and entry fees and delivered them to the judging location. Check with your LHBS and see if they help out.

I think most contests are pretty similar in that they want 3 bottles per entry. Each bottle must be plain (no raised lettering) and crimped with a plain cap (no designs). Each bottle is affixed with a label that's rubber-banded on. And you need not be present to win either--I couldn't make it to the festivities. So my LHBS was gracious enough to accept it for me and gave it to me on my next trip to the store.

Here's the link if you want to check out the rules--it should give you a good idea of what most contests are like.
http://www.bluebonnetbrewoff.com/index.php

Thanks again.

v/r
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Congratulations Billy

Postby Azorean Brewer » Tue Apr 13, 2004 12:29 pm

Hey Bill,

You keep us going, the first one to jump into the cold water always says "Come on in, the water is great" LOL ...

I'll be entering in September in the Asheville Brew off, need to lock down a couple of good recipes first,

Way to go,

Regards,

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