hist-brewing: Harrison's Beer AHA class
smize at prime.imagin.net
Fri Dec 5 06:50:34 PST 1997
Scott Mills wrote:
> At 10:19 PM 11/24/97 -0800, you wrote:
Sorry, I don't know who "you" was, I assume this will get to him/her.
> >What modern day AHA class would be most proper to enter with Harrison's
> >Beer? It doesn't have the herbs for an herb beer, and I don't think a
> >Belgian Pale is right either.
> >Specialty Beer is too broad for a good showing.
First, decide what you want. Do you want a prize, or feedback on your
beer's quality and flaws? If you want prizes, brew what people
already know and like. If you want feedback, Scott is right:
> The KEY is to make sure that you properly document any and all special
> ingredients and procedures used for the judges AND to make sure that
[the info gets to]
> the judges.
This lets the judges tell you their observations and ideas about your
beer, based on what you were TRYING to do.
> As far as styles for a historical recipe, unless it fits one of the defined
> styles very closely you don't have a chance in really winning.
Scott also said:
> First, let me comment of the remark another gentle made about the AHA styles
> being screwed up. I agree that they aren't perfect but they do give us a
> place to start and a common frame of reference.
AHA seems, these days, to be responsive to substantive issues with the
guidelines. Some concerns were raised about one of the styles on
Homebrew Digest -- I think it was a German regional style -- and an
AHA person replied, discussed it, and we found out that the style was
indeed changing in the next year's guidelines.
AHA is still a service organization, not a member-run association.
However, they do seem to be listening and responding to the members
> For people like me that just brew good beer I have a "Just Beer" category in
> my competition. The category is judges on lack of perceivable flaws and
> overall drinkability. I ask that any special ingredients be listed so the
> judge has something to work with. It is a tough category to judge but I
> like the idea that these beers have a place to go.
Scott, have you posted this to Homebrew Digest? Someone there was asking
for suggestions about a "not by style" category a few weeks ago.
Samuel Mize -- smize at imagin.net -- Team Ada
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