Well I just received my scoring sheets in the mail on Friday from the Iowa State Fair, and I have some very good news. My final judging scores were high enough that I received two bronze and one silver ribbon from the state fair.
And in reading the scoring sheets, the most surprising thing that I noticed was that the cider that I thought was the worst of the bunch, which was the one that used the Lalvin yeast scored the highest of the three entries that I submitted, winning a silver ribbon. While the cider that used the Premier Cuvee yeast scored the lowest of the three, which I thought was the best of the three. So go figure. But this is most certainly motivation for next year, to work on my brewing techniques.
So here is the breakdown of the final scoring:
21A – Vegetable Beer – Pumpkin Ale – Final Score: 29.5/50
27A – Common Cider – Final Score: 28.5/50
Yeast: Premier Cuvee
27B – English Cider – Final Score: 37/50
Yeast: Lalvin 71B-1122