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Chet
09/28/05 10:26 AM  
Belgian/French homebrew comp
For those contest oriented homebrewers on the board:

http://www.mhtg.org/contests/FBCC2005Flyer.pdf

Belgian/French beers (2004 bjcp cat 16 - 18) only, entry deadline Oct. 31st; $5 & 2 bottles per entry.

Any interest in participating as a group? List "club" as Burgundian Babble Belt, see if we can "represent"?

SteveG
09/28/05 04:01 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I might take a stab at that. Not real heavily ladden with Belgian styles right now (the SoB wiped me out!) but I have a couple things that might be sendable.
Chet
09/29/05 09:27 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I may send either my Belgian Pale ale w/Brett or my brown ale w/Brett for the specialty category.

I've a wit beer that's about tapped, but it's nothing special. Maybe take a sample of the plambic that's about a year or so along...if it's good, bottle just a couple & top off the carboy.

Doesn't appear to be a thundering herd of interested HB Babblers though... When's the next Sob? Maybe that would draw more interest?

SteveG
09/29/05 01:14 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I'm afraid the HomeBBBrew board just has not evolved into a thundering herd kinda place at this point. Oh well, neither was the BBB after a few months.

The SoB is done at approximately 5 year intervals. If you make the next one you will see why the extensive gap, the job they do is beyond belief.

SteveG
10/25/05 04:02 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Hi Chet, FYI a box from me went out today. I don't think I have any winning brew going out, but at least I am supporting the good cause with two entries!
Chet
10/25/05 05:01 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
What did you send, Steve?

I put one of my Brett beers into the specialty category...I sent it to a Chicago competition, and it didn't place (don't have score sheets back, so who knows how it scored).

Any thoughts on the next swap?

SteveG
10/27/05 12:12 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I shipped out an oud bruin and a saison. Both are pretty good but I don't really expect any accolades. Gotta help people trying to pull off a contest like this though.
SteveG
11/10/05 09:27 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Hey Chet, did you have any luck at your Franco-Belgian Challenge Cup?
Chet
11/11/05 09:07 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
There's nothing up at the site yet...it does say that they'll post the results within a week, so we'll see....

I'm not expecting anything (always a good way to go!); hopefully they'll send out the score sheets within a reasonable time.

Chet
11/14/05 12:48 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Results are up - congrats Steve! You got a 3rd for your Oud Bruin...

http://www.mhtg.org/contests/FCC2005wrapup.html

SteveG
11/14/05 01:40 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Wow, very isolated results - 9 places taken by 5 people. That Bill Rogers guy must be quite the brewers, anybody know him?
SteveG
11/14/05 01:44 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Hey Chet, I see Rick Theiner was a judge. Do you know him? I got my introduction to running a BB by serving under him as VP (back in in '98) of a club run through the CompuServe homebrew forum.
Chet
11/14/05 02:04 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I don't know him - isn't he the guy behind Logic, inc.; makes cleaning and sanitizing agents (one step, maybe?)

It didn't say how many entries they had. A couple of double winners as well as the trifecta from B. Rogers...

SteveG
11/14/05 05:09 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
<<I don't know him - isn't he the guy behind Logic, inc.; makes cleaning and sanitizing agents (one step, maybe?)>>

Righto, thats the guy. Met him twice in Baltimore during the equivelent of a CompuServe babblefest. Well, the best we did could barely stand up to a mini babblefest, but there he was anyway. Beat my ass at pool one night.

bill6beers
04/15/06 01:00 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Steve, fwiw...

Bill Rogers = bill6beers

Rick Theiner, also a Madison Homebrewer, is the Straight-A cleaner guy. Formerly from NC, now Wisconsin, soon-to-be Ohio I hear.

I was in Belium with Chuck Cook, touring Rochefort, La Trappe, Achel, Seraphim, Kerkom, etc and so couldn't make it to judge the Franco-Belgian, though as you saw I did pretty well in it this year. When the "Brew like a monk" book came out it validated many of the things I've been working on over the last couple years with my homebrew.

Bill

SteveG
04/15/06 06:56 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Bill - YOU'RE Bill Rogers!?! That is so funny, with posting handles you can know somebody and not even know it! Well congrats Bill, fantastic job!
Chet
04/15/06 09:57 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Belated congrats Bill! Are you in on the candy syrup swap?
SteveG
10/05/06 09:03 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Its back again. A neat premise for a competition, there arn't a lot out there that focus on Belgian styles. Anyone up for it this time around? I might have 4 that I can send. Hope its not just me!

www.mhtg.org/contests/FBCC-2006.html

SebastianP
10/06/06 12:38 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
<< Hope its not just me!>>

I might be in for a couple.

SteveG
10/06/06 05:41 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Sebastian, I saw one unusual thing in the rules that may interest you. As usual they want 2 10-12oz bottles. But alternatively you can send 1 750. I'm not so sure I've ever seen that before.
SebastianP
10/06/06 12:11 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
yep I noticed that, which is why I actually could submit some bottles.
JoeFleischman
10/10/06 08:41 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Hey, I'll send in two entries: a Belgian specialty and a saison. Thank God for the 750ml! I think all contests should allow that as I personally believe 750's taste better.

SteveG
10/23/06 10:16 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Sending out 4 entries today, a triple, quad, unblended sorta lambic and oud bruin. I am not affiliated with a club, so on that part of the form I'm putting "no HB club/burgundian babble belt". If anyone out there is entering and has no club feel free to do the same! Good luck to all...
Ross Lunato
10/23/06 04:58 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I'm sending out a Saison and a Pale ale on Wednesday. Being a newbie, I'm just hoping to get some constructive feed back from the judges. Good luck everyone!
JoeFleischman
10/25/06 08:26 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Sent my two yesterday, a saison and a Belgian specialty.
Dave I
10/25/06 11:47 AM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Cool! I just noticed that this is taking place in Madison! I'm going to grad school down there and might be able to enter one or two. My Westvleteren 12 clone is a bit young but I've been drinking it so might enter it for kicks.

My Rochefort 10 clone that got out of hand and ended up with a 1.120 OG is sitting in a carboy but I could force-carbonate it in a keg and enter a couple of bottles. It will turn five months old a day before the competition. Is it even worth entering that one, or should I wait until next year for that beer?

-Cheers

Cisco
10/25/06 12:17 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I'll be entering 4, a saison, tripel and two dark strongs.
JoeFleischman
10/25/06 12:22 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Enter it! It's only 5 bucks per entry, and you probably won't even have to ship it.
SteveG
10/25/06 12:29 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
I suspect you're the kind of brewer who could dominate a competition Cisco, best of luck!
TedJ
10/25/06 01:02 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
Dave, I think it is worth entering almost any competition, as long as you have the beer, like the concept of the contest, and can do it at a reasonable cost. This is not based on whether or not you may score high or win a prize, but based on supporting the effort of the organizers, the other brewers who enter and helping judges to become better judges. Generally a bigger event makes people feel more successful and the event more worthwhile. Judges get a wider range of beers to judge and can learn more. Organizers cover costs or raise funds to support other activies. Of course bigger events can be hard on organizers and judges, but I would rather bust ass judging all day long, than show up and find just a handfull of weak beers that don't challenge my skills.

If you have a decent beer that may not be at its peak yet, or even if you have a poor beer and want some feedback on, then support the homebrewing community and enter. If you support the good competitions now, then next year when you have an outstanding beer, then the competition will be there and you can kick butt.

Of course, be prepared for some poor results, either deserved or not (there are some bad judges and good judges have some bad days). These are not highly paid professionals.

ErikH
10/27/06 08:06 PM  
Re: Belgian/French homebrew comp
OK, you intrepid folks have inspired me! I've never done anything like this before, so in the interest of at least getting some objective feedback, I'm off to FedEx with a Saison and a Belgian Specialty Ale.
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