The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down, A Wine Making Challenge!
Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:58 PM
anyone have any suggestions as to other restrictions we should make for the contest to be more evenly competitive? or should we go no-holds-barred?
Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:07 PM
Cranberry's just about as good at 3 months as a year. And it's as good from juice as it is from fresh berries.
Cherry would also be delicious in a short time, sweetened.
Go for a bold delicious fruit and sweeten it back to about the sweetness of the fruit.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:14 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 05:56 PM
what's brewing; 9gal local plum 6gal triple hopped American lager 3gal very stout 6gal summer shandy lager 6gal pom/blueberry
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:02 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:49 PM
start sept 1, judge around x-mas
x dollar limit on ingredients(probably under $100 or it'll be a frozen pail contest)
no artificial flavors
6 gallon batch
judge panel made of wine experts and amateurs
no fortifying or blending with previously made wine
Curt, not a good selection of fresh local fruits(good idea for another contest!)
Doyle, if we could get 'em, I bet we could make 'em drinkable, we are really getting good at that, but we'll use frozen.
Wade, good Ideas, but I picked up some better ones at a non-related festival where drinking was a side sport
Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:47 AM
- 32.00 per can
- no artificial flavor
- 6 gallon batch (use two or three cans) - I would check the forums for peoples experience for the amount
- Should be ready by Christmas
You could also do a Vintners Harvest (fruit) or an Island Mist kit
Bottled: Cranberry Apple, Spiced Apple, Apple, Peach, Pear, Mango, Blueberry 2011, Strawberry, Raspberry Melomel, Cranberry, Pomegranate Zin, Riesling, Blueberry, Peach, Stawberry, White Zin
Posted 11 July 2012 - 07:59 AM
I have considered doing the same similar thing for our amateur group---at each meeting, each person in attendance puts in their "entry", then each quarter or twice a year a random entry is drawn out---and for all those members who "opt in" we judge said wine ONE year later. They can opt to make one gallon, three, five, six, whatever. Wines will be judged by random panel and prize(s) awarded.(I am a great collector of awards!).
You call can send me a bottle of each and I will gladly judge, since you will be kicking this event off on my birthday (9/1), it is only fitting!!
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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:22 AM
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 12:19 PM
Agree on a certain kit, buy 2 of them, and go for it.
Maybe allow any tweeking, or limit tweeking of the contents and receipe.
This would remove possible partiality to a certain flavor wine. This way it could also be a blind testing.
Best of luck. Sounds like fun.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:14 PM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:21 PM
This is sort of like a very extended version of Food TV's Chopped or Iron Chef... instead of 30 minutes to prepare a dish, you have about 4 months to put together a wine... fun!
This forum helps me understand how very little I actually know.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:35 PM
Are you going to let everyone know how it turns out
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