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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by oceanic_brew » Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:59 pm

We brewed ours on the 10th. A decently complex NEIPA and very simple low ABV Saison dry hopped with amarillo.

Now the question is what to do about the friggin green tea and ginger. I can see it playing well if used very sparingly with the saison but with the NEIPA I think it would take a little random luck.

I feel like it really shouldn’t matter if it’s used or not but I like the challenge of having that x ingredient in there it’s just a gamble because it could ruin an otherwise great beer.




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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by oceanic_brew » Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:04 pm

We brewed ours on the 10th. A decently complex NEIPA and very simple low ABV Saison dry hopped with amarillo.

Now the question is what to do about the friggin green tea and ginger. I can see it playing well if used very sparingly with the saison but with the NEIPA I think it would take a little random luck.

I feel like it really shouldn’t matter if it’s used or not but I like the challenge of having that x ingredient in there it’s just a gamble because it could ruin an otherwise great beer.




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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by Fishcoppop » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:01 pm

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Just bubbling away, can’t wait to see what everyone has created!


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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by ackes » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:34 am

Kegged mine up today. Gotta print off my brew day pictures sometime this week.


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Post by mckay75 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:05 pm

I managed to squeeze 3 - 5 gal batches out of all the ingredients. The first one I brewed is kegged and carbed...very happy with how it turned out. 2nd I kegged and am dry hopping now...waiting to see how this one is when it is carbed before I decide which one I'll submit. I brewed a 3rd one last night for shits and giggles. It won't be even remotely close to being ready for submitting...but I wanted to make the most out of all the ingredients that came with the challenge. Dare say I got my $$$ worth.

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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by mumblecrunch » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:33 pm

ackes wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:34 am
Kegged mine up today. Gotta print off my brew day pictures sometime this week.
Printing out pictures sounds expensive. I know that last year I did no such thing; I provided a link to an iCloud photo album or a Google Drive folder or something. Now I'm curious whether other people printed or are printing actual pictures.
mckay75 wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:05 pm
I managed to squeeze 3 - 5 gal batches out of all the ingredients. The first one I brewed is kegged and carbed...very happy with how it turned out. 2nd I kegged and am dry hopping now...waiting to see how this one is when it is carbed before I decide which one I'll submit. I brewed a 3rd one last night for shits and giggles. It won't be even remotely close to being ready for submitting...but I wanted to make the most out of all the ingredients that came with the challenge. Dare say I got my $$$ worth.
I didn't get my entry brewed until last Sunday so who knows if it'll even be worth entering. But I can say that I've got another recipe all queued up in Beersmith called "Money's Worth APA" :D

I know I felt like I was dumping money last year when I found the leftover grain six months later and had to throw it out.

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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by ackes » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:02 pm

mumblecrunch wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:33 pm
ackes wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:34 am
Kegged mine up today. Gotta print off my brew day pictures sometime this week.
Printing out pictures sounds expensive. I know that last year I did no such thing; I provided a link to an iCloud photo album or a Google Drive folder or something. Now I'm curious whether other people printed or are printing actual pictures.

I e-mailed BR yesterday - because, being a newbie - I wasn't sure if we could just e-mail pictures / google drive OR they preferred them printed. Henry got back to me and said that they prefer them printed since there are a couple different judges.
I guess it makes it easier to keep the beers and pictures all together?
But this is proving more difficult that I thought - I was gonna use the Kodak machine at the SS out by me (St. Margaret's Bay) to print them right from my phone - but they just friggin got rid of em. Guess I'll have to check Wally World or a different SS.
Kegged: Cranberry Saison (other 1/2 of BR HBC), Oat of Control (OPA), Mango Berliner Weisse, Maple Pecan Brown Ale, Hop Buy.P.A
Fermenting: Honey Wheat,
On deck: Another Sour, mango / pineapple this time (el dorado dry hopped)
In the hole:: Milkshake IPA , RIS

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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by mumblecrunch » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:16 pm

ackes wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:02 pm
mumblecrunch wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:33 pm

Printing out pictures sounds expensive. I know that last year I did no such thing; I provided a link to an iCloud photo album or a Google Drive folder or something. Now I'm curious whether other people printed or are printing actual pictures.
I e-mailed BR yesterday - because, being a newbie - I wasn't sure if we could just e-mail pictures / google drive OR they preferred them printed. Henry got back to me and said that they prefer them printed since there are a couple different judges.
I guess it makes it easier to keep the beers and pictures all together?
But this is proving more difficult that I thought - I was gonna use the Kodak machine at the SS out by me (St. Margaret's Bay) to print them right from my phone - but they just friggin got rid of em. Guess I'll have to check Wally World or a different SS.
Thanks for looking into that with Henry!

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Post by jacinthebox » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:39 pm

Had a sample of ours tonight. Man it's good
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Post by sgrhyno » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:45 am

Kegged 'em both last night. Man does the IPA smell good, cant wait to get some bubbles in there. Probably going to have to go buy a decent saison to mine compare to; and suggestions? Not sure which to submit.

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Post by jacinthebox » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:06 am

Going to try to get down to stillwells today to drop off our entries
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Post by mckay75 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:52 am

Bottled mine last night. Happy with the outcome...although the green tea faded pretty quickly. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing as i hate the damn shit. I sampled the carbed version of the 2nd beer I made for the comp last night and am now torn on which one to submit. It is a session IPA that I fermented with US05 at 10C. Very juicy...lots of peach. I may be doing another bottling session tonight lol.

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Post by jacinthebox » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:29 am

Happy with our entry...it's a beer style we all enjoy and brew often...as soon as we saw the grain/hop list we knew what we were brewing lol
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Post by Celiacbrew » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:37 pm

Mine isn’t going to win an award for taste but man is it pretty.
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Post by mckay75 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:27 am

Good luck everyone!

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Post by jacinthebox » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:32 am

should hear the results of this one by weeks end/start of the week is my guess. the event is on the 25th and top 6 have to write a song and learn to play the guitar lol
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Post by LiverDance » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:44 am

judging takes place on monday evening
"Twenty years ago — a time, by the way, that hops such as Simcoe and Citra were already being developed, but weren’t about to find immediate popularity — there wasn’t a brewer on earth who would have gone to the annual Hop Growers of American convention and said, “I’m going to have a beer that we make 4,000 barrels of, one time a year. It flies off the shelf at damn near $20 a six-pack, and you know what it smells like? It smells like your cat ate your weed and then pissed in the Christmas tree.” - Bell’s Brewery Director of Operations John Mallet on the scent of their popular Hopslam.

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Re: Black Box Challenge

Post by Woody » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:46 am

jacinthebox wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:32 am
should hear the results of this one by weeks end/start of the week is my guess. the event is on the 25th and top 6 have to write a song and learn to play the guitar lol
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Post by Fishcoppop » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:46 pm

I heard they are doing the first round of judging on Monday.


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Black Box Challenge

Post by SFR709 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:35 pm

Liverdance said the same above.


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Post by mckay75 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:48 am

The day of judgement is upon us. Good luck everyone!

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Post by jacinthebox » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:50 am

cheers...good luck
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Good luck!


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Post by Lisa J » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:57 pm

Good luck all!
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