hist-brewing: Harrison's Beer AHA class

Wylie A. & Gail D. Smith wyliesmith at isomedia.com
Mon Dec 8 13:01:42 PST 1997

I took a gruit beer to where it would be most appreciated, an SCA event
(Society for Creative Anachronists), and it won best of show (albeit a small
competition). I enjoy the recognition, and sharing too, so I will keep
Harrison's Beer for the next SCA competition.

-----Original Message-----
From: Samuel Mize <smize at prime.imagin.net>
To: hist-brewing at pbm.com <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Date: Friday, December 05, 1997 8:20 AM
Subject: Re: hist-brewing: Harrison's Beer AHA class

>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
>> 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
>> 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
>right now.
>> For people like me that just brew good beer I have a "Just Beer" category
>> my competition.  The category is judges on lack of perceivable flaws and
>> overall drinkability.  I ask that any special ingredients be listed so
>> 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.
>Sam Mize
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