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    Howdy Everybody!

    After a very long moratorium on entering competitions I decided to enter two of my meads in the 2006 Orange County Fair, and the 2006 California State fair as a reality check. Over time we can get very focused on what we like and objectivity seems to fade when we're drinking our own product.

    Like I said this was a reality check in the real world away from Gotmead, the SCA, and my own little world where I think I know what the hell I'm doing. I wanted feed back from people from a beer judging perspective because I've received favorable feedback from other mead makers and wine makers on my meads and wines, but haven't really had the opportunity to see what the beer crowd thought.

    I was very surprised and thrilled when I got the following results back this week from the OC and State Fair Judging Committees:

    California State Fair 2006 Homebrew results


    Best of Show - Peter Bakulich, for a Traditional Mead, Sweet Mead

    1st Peter Bakulich Traditional Mead Sweet Mead-Oaked Orange Blossom
    3rd Peter Bakulich Other Mead Open Dry Still Standard-Oaked New Year Cyser

    Orange County Fair 2006 Homebrew results:
    1st Peter Bakulich - 624 Traditional Mead C - Sweet Mead-Un-oaked traditional sweet mead
    3rd Peter Bakulich - 625 Melomel (Fruit Mead) C - Other Fruit Melomel-Oaked Mutiny on the Bounty Cyser

    I didn't know what to expect, but needless to say I'm out of my mind happy with the results. Four different meads, four medals and a best of show. I'm takin that one to the grave with me!

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskaar
    I was very surprised and thrilled when I got the following results back this week from the OC and State Fair Judging Committees:

    California State Fair 2006 Homebrew results


    Best of Show - Peter Bakulich, for a Traditional Mead, Sweet Mead

    1st Peter Bakulich Traditional Mead Sweet Mead-Oaked Orange Blossom
    Was that your 2005 Oak aged Sweet Mead? I told you I thought if you had entered it it was worthy of Best of Show, and now I see The California State Fair Agrees.
    Again, thanks so much for sharing that delightful mead with me, and...

    Congratulations Dude!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oskaar
    I'm takin that one to the grave with me!
    Don't do that - you will encourage grave robbing!!

    TOP RESULTS!! Congratulations

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    Congrats dude, that’s insanely cool, I don’t even know what else to say except...what was the recipe for that Sweet Mead-Oaked Orange Blossom again?

    I wish there were mead related hallmark cards for occasions like this!

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    Oskaar, That is awesome!!!

    Congratulations!!


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    Oskaar,

    Fantabulous! Now remember that all-important rule: share, share -- that's fair!

    (Get it? 'Cause you entered them in a couple of fairs? Do ya get it? Fairs? Do you get it? You don't get it.)

    -David

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    I got it...I got it...I don't got it. LOL

    Seriously though, I have a LARGE quantity of this stuff going now. It seems to be the big four that I make mostly. I love making trads because they're so freakin challenging and so unforgiving if your techniques aren't just right.

    Anyhow, more on the queue coming up.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Thats great Oskaar!

    Dmntd

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    Looks like your ability to hoarde honey is only surpassed by your ability horde medals.

    Congrats!

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    Way to go man! That is awesome, not just for you, but for all of us out here learning from you and your methods.

    Congratulations!!!


    Angus

    Recipe perhaps in the Patrons only section?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angus
    ... snip

    Recipe perhaps in the Patrons only section?
    Count on it!

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Congratulations!

    Couldn't have happened to a more well deserving guy.

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    Dude, you know I've been doing the Mead Happy Dance for you these last several days. 'Course, there was never a doubt in my mind you'd clean up, LOL. I've *had* that mead, and it would have been a surprise if it *didn't* take a prize.....

    So, I should be watching the mail for a bottle, right? ::ducking::

    Once I get the new recipe software up and running (waiting on a modification), we'll put it in the Prize Winning Meads section along with all the prize winners I have stashed to load when its done......
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
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    The recipe for the 2006 CA State Fair BOS winner has been posted in the patrons section under recipes.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Nice recipe!

    I need to find a nice orange blossum honey and can't wait to try it out.

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    Ditto.

    I am drooling thinking about it. Most definitely good things come to those who wait. Patience is key, at least that is what I am telling myself…


    Oskaar,
    Seriously, thanks for posting these recipes so we can all learn from you and give a try at an award winning recipe!!

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    Also just posted my 1st Place 2006 OC Fair Un-Oaked Traditional Sweet Mead Recipe in the patrons section.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Here's my suggested label for Oskaarz Precious Oak aged Sweet Mead...



    Wrathwilde

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    Anyone other than me not seeing a pic. I have my security wound down pretty tight so it might be my settings.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
    Is it tasty . . . precious?

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    Oskaar,
    I expect it will be back up soon, it's the same server I always use and generally very reliable. They have gone to document storage as well... growing pains? I think you'll like it, a self portrait suitable for all occasions, unless it's a lunch with idle copyright lawyers.
    Here's an alternate link...

    [img width=300 height=450]http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d179/wrathwilde/OskaarzPrecious.jpg[/img]

    Wrathwilde

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