I hate filling in contest entry forms, mostly the writer’s cramp they cause. Anyway, four entries into the Arapahoe County Fair completed this evening. They’re my German flight, a Schwarzbier, a Maerzen, a Koelsch an a Hefeweizen. All are excellent beers. Here’s what they have in common:
– In each case, I controlled the Residual Alkalinity of the water to the range indicated by style or color.
– In each case, I used a decoction mash.
– In each case, I had fairly precise control over fermentation temperatures.
– In each case, I used gelatin fining (Reinheitsgebot be damned) where applicable.
These are all middle-of-the-road, stylistically correct beers. We’ll see how they do.
And yes, I’m slowly establishing my location in the Denver metro area.