May competition - American Pale Ales

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  1. Jun 11, 2019 at 1:57 PM #41

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    Hey, do these run each month?

    Would be interested in getting some feedback on my brews!! Pkus it's an excuse to brew more athumb..
     
  2. Jun 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM #42

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    I'm interested in playing. Just need to get on top of the brews and figure out how to bottle from the keg. Don't give up!!
     
  3. Jun 11, 2019 at 2:26 PM #43

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    I know the categories have been generalised already, but what if there were only 3 categories, light, dark, and freestyle? Too general?
     
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    Well, I'm new here and once I'm up to speed and have beers ready for dishing out... I will definitely be joining in.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:15 PM #45

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    Or just no styles at all? Everything freestyle?

    I must admit, for someone who doesn't get to brew too frequently, having the right style available at the right time can be a bit tricky. Fortunately my BIPA fits either the May or June categories!
     
  6. Jun 11, 2019 at 3:38 PM #46

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    I have shared my thoughts with the administration and hopefully we hear back soon.

    I must have sent my address to a dozen people but only 3 entries and two of those would have sent me their beers anyway.

    At the beginning of the year I asked via a poll what did everyone want and they said they wanted it to remain the same.

    Personnally I think we should be looking at bi monthly or quarterly.
     
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  7. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:08 PM #47

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    I agree with reducing the frequency. That way it would allow people to brew a beer in those 3/4 months that could go into a comp and also increase the entry rate and make the competition a bit more "special" if you know what i mean?

    I think keeping the styles more general is the right thing, then with it being quarterly, you would get a 2019 Dark Beer, English Beer American IPA/Pale ale champ of the year. Much more kudos!!!
     
  8. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:32 PM #48

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    Was planning to enter this month but wasn't 100% happy with how my IPA turned out, it's not bad, but not really competition-worthy unfortunately!

    Definitely keen to see this continue one way or another, the feedback I got from a previous entry was helpful, and I'm trying to keep a few bottles by for future months (e.g make sure I've not drunk it all by the time the right style comes around! :laugh8:)

    Congrats to those that did enter :cheers3:
     
  9. Jun 11, 2019 at 5:52 PM #49

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    This would make it easier to have something ready to enter, as I don't think anyone brews specifically to enter the forum comps. But may make judging harder as you'd be comparing very different beers
     
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    I've noticed we don't seem to get many kit or extract beers entered - maybe specific comps for these groups would open the comps up to more folks?
     
  11. Jun 11, 2019 at 8:09 PM #51

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    Perhaps loss the word competition and make it more about reviewing beers.
     
  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 6:28 AM #52

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    Wouldn't that be just like a bottle swap without getting a beer back in return?
    I think the big summer/xmas swaps are so popular because you get a chance to try someone elses beer and I wonder if the comps could be organised in a way where entrants get a chance to see for themselves how their beer stacks up against someone elses??
    A few (probably not very practical) ideas are:

    Judges have to send a bottle back to each entrant - could have a cap on number of entries per judge to keep costs limited, which could also possibly allow for more judges to get involved.

    A round robin type comp - send a beer to next person on the list and rate it against you own

    Smashoff style comp - send and receive a bottle to and from everyone in a group (say 5 max - £15 postage) and all judge each others. Group winners could go on to 'grand final'
     
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    I'm a little daunted by the idea of judging other people's beer as the people who have been judging seem to know so much about beer.

    You're all like, I can taste the chinook in this one but would have suggested adding it slightly later in the boil. I'm also getting a hint of Vienna malt flavour.

    I'm like, I think this is either an APA or a bitter. It tastes nice.
     
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    Haha, I was a bit like that before judging the January comp. But it really isn't that serious, and I really enjoyed judging.

    I keep meaning to enter comps but either don't have something suitable at the time or life gets in the way....
     
  15. Jun 12, 2019 at 7:09 AM #55

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    Some good ideas. All 3 entrants this month will have a bottle returned
     
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    Leon I posted my pale ale today. A bit late for the competition but an honest review is good enough for me. Just couldn't make the cut of date. Hope you enjoy :beer1:
     
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  17. Jun 13, 2019 at 3:17 PM #57

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    Thank you. Once arrived I will give it a couple of days in the fridge and let you know what I think.
     
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    Thanks for judging @Leon103 and for the feedback, appreciate it a lot!

    Well done @Hoddy and @dan125!

    I have to agree, three entrants into the competition for “likely” the most popular craft beer style is poor...

    For me, it’s all about the feedback - which is why I do bottle swaps with other members where I can. A competition is just another means of feedback, but with a wee bonus of feeling good about yourself too. Potentially of course.

    Genuinely don’t know what could be done to encourage more entrants. The only perceivable thing I can see that may put folk off is packaging and labelling for posting?

    We seem to have plenty members actively brewing - so I find it surprising they’re not wanting honest feedback on their beers. It costs just a couple of quid to post one.
     
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    My beer is wrapped in bubble wrap and put in an old shoe box. It cost 3.55 first class which I thought was cheap.
     
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  20. Jun 13, 2019 at 5:41 PM #60

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    Second class via RM is only £2.90 athumb..
     
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