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Mazer Cup International 2011

epetkus

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Thanks gents!

I'm running "low" on competition worthy mead (due to self and friends consumption!), so I'm simply trying to optimize.

I'll see what I can do...!

Eric
 

AToE

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I've taken to bottling at least 8 beer bottles for every mead I do, not just for the sake of competitions, but so that I can sample smaller amounts as it continues to age - in cases where I've bottled early this has saved me a lot of wasted mead!
 

capoeirista13

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I'm not sure I want the reviews... I know what I like and that's what I try to make, but I don't have a particularly discerning palate and I'm worried that I'd be like a cafeteria cook ending up on Hell's Kitchen... I thought it was great, but nobody else liked it...
I did it last year, first time I ever sent something in, and it was nothing BUT helpful and constructive criticism. If you made something and you think it's good, send it on in!

On a different note, what's the deal with going to this if you aren't a judge?
 

danidiver

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Check out the volunteer link on www.mazercup.com. There are a numer of other roles where help is needed for both the home and commercial competition.

The only public event is the paired tasting and that should be worth a trip all by iteself :)

Dani
 

wayneb

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To amplify on what Dani said, we aren't a "full public" event; only the Paired Tasting is open to the public. But we're definitely in need of volunteers, so if you're willing to sign up (and show up) as a volunteer in any of the listed capacities on the volunteers form, then you get to attend the rest of the show!
 

AToE

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Does it generally take a while to be contacted if you signed up to volunteer? I'm not really concerned, but haven't been contacted yet so I figured I'd bring it up while we're talking about it.
 

capoeirista13

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I think I will actually be done school in time for this, though I don't know the area and I am not qualified to judge, so I suppose that leaves the setup, paperwork, cleaning-type duties. Hm, I think I may just volunteer for this after all once I double check my schedule.
 

Oskaar

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We will be contacting people as soon as we have a better sense of the number of volunteers and where they will be placed.

Thanks for your patience.

Oskaar
 

TheAlchemist

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I've taken to bottling at least 8 beer bottles for every mead I do, not just for the sake of competitions, but so that I can sample smaller amounts as it continues to age - in cases where I've bottled early this has saved me a lot of wasted mead!
Brilliant!

I should try this...but I don't have any beer bottles...plus, how am I gonna cap 'em? I only have a corker.
 

Oskaar

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We generally break out berry melomels because there are so many entries in this category. The other fruit entries aren't quite as numerous and stand a better chance at a fair evaluation against each other as opposed to berries. Strawberries, while not actually a berry can be entered as a berry 25D.
 

AToE

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Brilliant!

I should try this...but I don't have any beer bottles...plus, how am I gonna cap 'em? I only have a corker.
I just borrow a capper from the local home brew store, they give it out free. Make sure to use the beer bottles with a thick lip (the ones that require a cap remover, not the twist off) as they make a better seal.
 

wildoates

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Good to know...when I get 'round to bottling my largess, I'll put at least 3 or 4 bottles worth of each batch into identical beer bottles in case I end up wanting to send them off to next year's MCI. Plan ahead, I always say.

I don't always do it, but I at least say it. :rolleyes:
 

yabodie

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7 entries should be at your door step on Monday Wayne.

I had extras of the three entries I submitted last year, including the really good mead from Mead Free or Die, and the other really good mead for Mazers Cup. I hope they aged well in the bottle and if not oh well.

Moderated by Oskaar
 

Oskaar

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7 entries should be at your door step on Monday Wayne.

I had extras of the three entries I submitted last year, including the really good mead from Mead Free or Die, and the other really good mead for Mazers Cup. I hope they aged well in the bottle and if not oh well.

Moderated by Oskaar
Heya Yabodie!

I had to moderate your post so that the other judges that frequent Got Mead wouldn't know what meads you are entering and have any pre-disposition one way or another toward what they may end up judging.

adTHANKSvance,

Oskaar
 

wayneb

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Glad you saw it before I did, Oskaar, or I might have had to disqualify myself from judging those categories. :rolleyes:

Seriously, we take that kind of thing very seriously at the Mazer Cup event. In order to preserve absolute anonymity, once the meads arrive here at my place, I will unpack them, but other folks will sort and tag the bottles with random numbers, so that I can't see what numbers go with what meads. We have to preserve the integrity of our judge pool.