I got my first score sheet back from the Brooklyn Wort preliminary round and I’m happy with the results. My Strawberry Wheat beer scored 38/50.
“Looks great, pours nice, with thick lingering head. Strawberries come through. Well carbonated. No noticeable flaws. Even more carbonation would improve it. It does have a slightly sweet aftertaste that makes me think it might be better if it was even more dry.”
Not bad, I’d say. Sounds like the only problems that were found were things that are easily corrected. Next iteration of this beer will be mashed at a lower temperature and carbonation boosted somewhat.
The decent rating for this beer really gives me confidence that I can brew a beer that can compete for the top prizes in the finals. Whichever beer that becomes, I will have to start brewing it in the next week or so… but, before that happens, I’m brewing up a special experimental batch that is pretty far out there.
Details of that beer to come very soon… It has a high chance of coming out horribly, but I have to try it anyways. Besides, a one gallon batch isn’t going to ruin my life if it doesn’t come out wonderfully.