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Homebrew Competitions / 2014 Skirmish in the Triad
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:09:25 PM »
Please go HERE for more information and to register for the event.

The Battleground Brewers Guild is proud to announce the 2014 Skirmish in the Triad. The competition will take place on Nov 8th at the Hamilton Lake Swim and Tennis Center in Greensboro, NC. This is a BJCP sanctioned event and will cover all 23 BCJP Beer styles along with Ciders and Meads.
Registration will open September 26th and will close October 24th. Please be sure to sign up to Judge or Steward when you register. No experience is necessary to Steward  but we ask that you have at least Stewarded a Homebrew Competition if you would like to Judge.
The Skirmish in the Triad is a sanctioned BJCP event and uses the 2008 BJCP style guidelines for judging. Entrants may send in an unlimited number of entries but are limited to one entry per sub-category. BBG reserves the right to combine style categories for judging and awards. All of the sub-categories of each category will be judged only with other subcategories of the same category. Categories will not be split among flights.
We are very excited to announce this year there is a chance for two Pro-Am collaborations. The   highest scoring Belgian Golden or Dark Strong Ale will have the chance to brew their recipe with Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company and the Best Of Show Beer will be brewed at Pig Pounder Brewery The beer will be brewed on their commercial system and the winning brewer will participate in the brew day. Both Pig Pounder Brewery and Gibbs Hundred reserve the right to alter the recipe to fit their system and ingredient requirements. 
$7 per entry for all entries.
Entrants may send in an unlimited number of entries but are limited to one entry per sub-category.
Important dates:
9/26/14 Registration Opens
10/24/14 Registration Closes at 11:59 EST. Last day for receiving entries at the shipping address and at alternate drop off locations. Last day for completing the payment transactions for entry fees.
11/8/14 The date of The Skirmish. The competition concludes with an awards ceremony and hand-out of scoresheets.
11/9/14 Results will be posted on the BBG Website
11/10/14 Remaining scoresheets will be mailed to entrants.
Two Twelve ounce brown longnecks with plain silver or gold caps are required. The bottles must have no raised markings or labels except the rubber-band attached competition label. Grolsch-type swing tops, growlers, 22 oz. or any other types of bottles are not acceptable. We will be unable to return any bottles or shipping materials.
To enter please register on line HERE. Please prepare your bottles and affix the labels to the bottles using a plastic sandwich bag and a rubber band. PLEASE do not glue or tape the labels to your bottles. Please make your payments using PayPal when registering your entires. We will ensure the safety of your entries once they been received.
This year shipping location will be Big Dan's Shed and the satellite drop off locations will be Bull City Homebrew in Durham, Atlantic Brew Supply in Raleigh and Alternative Beverage in Belmont NC. For those individuals dropping off their beers at Alternative Beverage if you spend $20 or more when you drop off Alternative Beverage will take $5 dollars off you purchase.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: Overnighting NHC entries
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:19:39 AM »
Thanks for the advice, if I had sent it out Tuesday or Wednesday I would have had no problem with 2 day but the only option was a Saturday delivery and I wasn't sure of the Breweries hours on Saturday.

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Events / Re: Ride Share - Airport/Conference 2014
« on: May 29, 2014, 10:01:07 AM »
I'm landing in GR on the 11th at 1135am if anyone is interested in sharing a cab.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Overnighting NHC entries
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:26:08 AM »
There was a Saturday Delivery but I wasn't sure if the brewery would have been open.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Overnighting NHC entries
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:24:55 AM »
Thanks, it's was a major spurge but I was either that or FedEx Ground which would have arrived Monday. Four days on a truck was a bit too much in the June heat.

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Homebrew Competitions / Overnighting NHC entries
« on: May 29, 2014, 08:17:28 AM »
Has anyone had a problem with sending your beers with Overnight Shipping? I shipped my entries Overnight FedEx, I'm not too worried about breakage just pressure change during transit. I'm sure it's fine just a bit nervous for the Final Round.


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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brett Non Fermentation
« on: December 24, 2012, 10:42:17 AM »
I let the starter to about five days, and there was doubling of the visible cells at the bottom.  If I had to do it again I would step up the starter over a week.  I do not check the gravity of the starter at pitching, that a great tip I never thought to.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brett Non Fermentation
« on: December 24, 2012, 05:14:34 AM »
Yes I used my hydro for the FG, and I added two minutes of pure O2 right before pitching.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brett Non Fermentation
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:29:03 PM »
Sorry the OG was 1055 and is currently reading 1051.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brett Non Fermentation
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:27:02 PM »
The recipe was a pretty standard Belgian Pale Ale: recipe 6.5 lb Pils 6.5 lb Belgian Pale Malt 1 lb Wheat with 1 oz Golding @ 60.  The brew went well cooled to 70 F then pitched a decanted 3L starter of brett b..  I used foil instead of air lock so i cant speak to air lock activity but there wasn't any krausen/pelical for four days.  After the fourth day a thin white splotchy film formed and is still present.  The sample is sweet, is tastes like unfermented fresh wort.  There isn't a moldy/funky/sour taste which is why I thought I could pitch some yeast to salvage the batch.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:04:45 PM »
Thanks Guys for the response.  I have already judged a few comps, that is what inspired me to take the exam.   

General Homebrew Discussion / Brett Non Fermentation
« on: December 23, 2012, 08:01:16 PM »
So I have a 100% Brett Beer that has been sitting in the primary for two weeks, I took a sample tonight and the Brett has only taken the beer down four points. I know that Brett takes a bit of time time to take off but this does not seem right. The sample still tastes "clean" no sourness or off flavor. Could I pitch a packet of dry yeast (Saf Ale 05) to get fermentation started; then rack the beer to secondary with new pitch of Brett to condition in the bottle? Thanks all I hope you have a great holiday.

General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP Tasting Exam
« on: December 23, 2012, 01:59:10 PM »
It's a Christmas Miracle, I passed the BJCP entrance exam. For those who have taken the tasting exam; how did you find the exam and what was preferred study method? I wasn't able get in on a formal study group so I plan on rereading "Brewing Classic Styles" and writing out score sheets for judged from the AHA.



General Homebrew Discussion / One Week beer
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:27:44 PM »
Hello All,

I just got a call for my dad and he will be hosting Japanese clients at a cookout on July 11th and asked if I could provide some home brew for the event. I have a few home brews kegged or will be kegged by the time of the event but I was wondering if I could push a brew out on Monday July 2nd and have it ready and nice for the event.  I think it would be pretty cool if I could make an Asian/Pacific hopped Golden ale for the event.  It would obviously be low gravity without dry hops, but I worry that 9 days is not enough time to brew a great example of homebrew.  If it was for a friend I think I would push it and warn them in advance but this is a work function and I want the present something cool to impress these guy.  I posted the recipe i was thinking about below.  Thanks a lot I look forward to your advice.

Recipe: Rising Sun Golden Ale
Style: 6B-Light Hybrid Beer-Blonde Ale

Recipe Overview
Wort Volume Before Boil: 7.50 US gals
Wort Volume After Boil: 6.00 US gals
Volume Transferred: 5.50 US gals
Water Added: 0.00 US gals
Volume At Pitching: 5.50 US gals
Final Batch Volume: 5.02 US gals
Expected Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.031 SG
Expected OG: 1.039 SG
Expected FG: 1.010 SG
Expected ABV: 3.9 %
Expected ABW: 3.1 %
Expected IBU (using Tinseth): 33.2
Expected Color: 2.8 SRM
Apparent Attenuation: 74.9 %
Mash Efficiency: 75.0 %
Boil Duration: 90.0 mins
Fermentation Temperature: 68degF

US 2-Row Malt (Cargill) 8lb 0oz (97.0 %) In Mash/Steeped
US Carapils Malt 4.00 oz (3.0 %) In Mash/Steeped

NZ Pacific Jade (13.0 % alpha) 0.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 60 Min From End
NZ Pacific Jade (13.0 % alpha) 0.50 oz Loose Pellet Hops used 10 Min From End
Sorachi Ace (14.0 % alpha) 1.00 oz Loose Pellet Hops used At turn off

Other Ingredients
Whirlfloc Tablet 0.50 oz used In Boil
Yeast Nutrient 0.20 oz used In Boil

Yeast: Wyeast 1056-American Ale

Mash Schedule
Mash Type: Full Mash
Schedule Name:Single Step Infusion (68C/154F)
Step: Rest at 154 degF for 60 mins

Recipe Notes

The Pub / Re: Guinness Ad
« on: March 16, 2012, 03:31:39 PM »
Very nice, thanks for the post.

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