First off, please do allow me to thank everyone who entered. I said this before, but there were quite a few entries that legitimately deserved to win. Pruning the seventy-six entries down to the seven finalists was extremely difficult; further pruning those down to three winners was even harder. If you'd like to see, there is a map representing all of the entries.
Thank you to everyone who voted. All told, we ended up with a truly impressive total of one hundred and seventy-six votes cast, which is about twice what I was expecting given the number of participants.
To recap, my plan was to select one winner on my own, to allow the votes to select one winner, and to then compare the two lists to come up with a third winner. As it so happens, one winner not only jumped out as the most deserving to my way of thinking, but also happend to win the largest percentage of the votes - by quite a fair margin. That winner is Bret of Warsaw, Poland.
Bret did not submit a recipe idea; instead, his submission was that he would like to pick up the yeast when he returns to the US in a couple of weeks. He will then take the yeast back with him to Poland, where he will share it with other homebrewers there. According to Bret, they do not have access to Conan yeast in Poland, so this would be a real boon to them.
So, I decided to count the person with the second most votes as the community's choice of a winner. That person would be Ryan of Yardley, PA. I got several comments about the quality of Ryan's beer; I suspect that his local homebrew club organized to help him with the voting, but regardless,...
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