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Old 03-20-2017, 07:35 AM
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I'm submitting some two of my meads for the Cactus Challenge, but i have never submitted before, is there any useful advice y'all can give?
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:01 AM
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I'm submitting some two of my meads for the Cactus Challenge, but i have never submitted before, is there any useful advice y'all can give?
Read the rules. Follow the Rules. Read the rules again. Then have someone else read you the rules. Entering is very easy, but many people forget or misread the rules and it can cause problems.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:54 AM
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Be extremely thoughtful as to what category and which descriptors you use when you enter. If you have any doubts at all, get a second opinion. Lots of entries that could have placed do not just because they were entered in the wrong category, or because they were entered as still when they should have been petillant.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:59 AM
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Be extremely thoughtful as to what category and which descriptors you use when you enter. If you have any doubts at all, get a second opinion. Lots of entries that could have placed do not just because they were entered in the wrong category, or because they were entered as still when they should have been petillant.
I'll 2nd this one. I've judged meads and ciders and it surprises me how many people declare the wrong carbonation or sweetness level. Just know what it is (open a bottle and drink it!) before finalizing those details.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:04 PM
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Be very careful when it comes to any of your meads that have fruit vegetables and or spices

Oh and feel free to post generic questions to get clarification. Example where do I enter a mead with a Varietal Honey, 2 fruits and 1 vegitable sweet still standard strength
Just try to avoid saying the exact ingredients on the forum in case someone judges the competition

Other advice is to email me if you are not sure where to enter.

And do what everyone else said, read the rules BBO got very specific with some of the categories even more specific to BJCP
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:05 PM
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So, I have one traditional, i know where it belongs and it's descriptors, but i have a mead i made with brewed herbal tea, does that belong in M3B: Spice, Herb, Vegetable?
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:54 AM
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It might be best to enter the Herbal Tea as M4C Experimental Mead.

Also, bubble wrap & packing peanuts are your friend. If you can hear you liquids jostling & feel the bottles moving, add more peanuts.

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Old 03-21-2017, 11:10 AM
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Tea goes in Spice Herb Vegitable (explicitly listed in guidelines). Keep in mind only declare the Tea if you can smell and taste it. Tea is often used in meads to add tannins for balance and often never detected.

Sorry Chris not trying to argue. NO PEANUTS. Rubberband the label. Wrap in bubble wrap do not tape or rubber and the bubble wrap. Pack them tight so no glass can touch Ball up newspaper can fill void.
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