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Wm John Ivey
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Username: Fat_elvis

Post Number: 237
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm thinking of entering the pricklypear fruit wheat beer I brewed in the next state comp. here in AZ this Oct. I am torn between putting it in Fruit Beers or Experimental. The fruit favor of the cactus is good, but most people cannot place it and I wonder if I will lose points due to the unsual profile. Placing it in Historical/experimental I hear is a gamble due to mish-mash of types. What would yall do besides spending the extra 6 ducks and using both catagories
John
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 379
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 02:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I agree with your last suggestion. Enter the beer is both categories. Six dollars is not a lot to spend and you may learn something about the prejudices of the judges.
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 88
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 02:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think if you can really tell the wheat portion is true to style and the fruit is a harmonious balance to the wheat then you can't go wrong with entering as a fruit beer. You mentioned an issue with color on another thread. The judges may ding you for that, but that is only a 3 point category.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 3377
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 03:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And make sure to specify the base style! I've had to ding too many beers in comps that somebody entered as something like "Pepper beer".
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Wm John Ivey
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Username: Fat_elvis

Post Number: 238
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Geoff, in fruit beers are color varations allowed or are the jugdes more concerned with the overall balance? Should it be more wheaty with the slight sweetness of the fruit or should the presence of fruit be readly discernable.?
John
 

Geoff Buschur
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Username: Avmech

Post Number: 89
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 05:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Your beer is essentially going to be judged twice. Once for the base style, as Denny mentioned, and second on the harmonious balance of fruit flavor added to the base style.

You are in a tricky situation with the appearance. The color is acceptable, but haze is not desired. In your case your base beer is wheat, where cloudiness is ok. It will be interesting to see how the judges interpret it.

The color should be similar to the fruit color. I thought this is what you mentioned in another thread as being off or strange looking. If it is in the color range of a prickly pear then you should be ok.

I suggest you print off the guidelines for fruit beer and specialty beer at http://www.bjcp.org/ and sit down with your beer tonight. While you drink up read though the style guidelines and see where it fits best. Hopefully it will become obvious what category you should go for.
 

Okierat
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Username: Okierat

Post Number: 48
Registered: 05-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You can always enter it in the FAOM Cup

www.alemakers.com

I know cheap plug, buy hey, we need the entries
 

Bill Aimonetti
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Username: Zuchinnicat

Post Number: 226
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 08:26 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The entry deadline for the cactus challenge in Lubbock TX is right around the corner. I would guess they would know what to expect from a cactus beer