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The Keg Ran Out Club of Broomfield, Colorado invites you to enter our Great American Beer Challenge homebrew competition to be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual KROC World Brewers Forum. This year's competition judging will be held on September 17th, and the awards presented at the World Brewers Forum on September 29th at the Marriott City Center, Denver, CO. We have two great speakers for the World Brewers Forum, Gordon Strong, President of BJCP, and Gerrett Marrero, Founder of Maui Brewing Company. We will also be serving KROC beers, have a silent auction, and drawings for prizes! See http://www.kroc.org for more information.

Besides the regular "American" styles for this competition, we have two special categories this year, Cascadian Dark Ales (CDA's) and American Sours.

Entry fee is $6 per entry, two bottles required.

Entry window for drop off and mailing is September 3rd through September 10th.

Entry deadline is September 10th.

We also need Judges and Stewards for the competition!!

To enter a beer or register as a judge/steward, please go to http://kroc.brewcompetition.com. REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!!

Categories Accepted

All the styles will be grouped into flights based on number of entries, and ribbons will be awarded for the top three positions in each flight. Only entries in the categories and subcategories below will be accepted.

1 A, B, C (Lite, Standard and Premium American Light Lager)
2 C (Classic American Pilsner)
4 A (Dark American Lager)
6 A, B, D (Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, American Wheat or Rye)
7 B (California Common)
10 A, B, C (American Pale, Amber and Brown Ale)
12 B (Robust Porter)
13 E (American Stout)
14 B, C (American IPA, Imperial IPA)
19 C (American Barleywine)
20 (Fruit Beer - based on another enterable American style only)
21 A, B (Spice Herb Vegetable, Winter Specialty Beer - American focused)
22 B, C (Other Smoked, Wood Aged Beer - both based on another enterable American style only)
23 (Specialty – American focused)
29 Cascadian Dark Ale
30 American Sour – (American focused)

Cheers,
Rick Bobbitt
KROC Competition Coordinator
Broomfield, CO

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Equipment and Software / Draining the boil kettle....
« on: November 24, 2009, 02:55:39 PM »
I have had problems draining the wort from my boil kettle.

Everything I try seems to have problems of either not filtering out hops and trub, or if I use a screen, screen gets clogged.

I use a 15 gal SS Megapot.



I have tried a bazooka screen and a Hop Stopper screen, but each with limited success so I have had to use hop bags to keep keep the screens clear from clogging.

I could go with no screen and whirlpool, and drain from the side, but I haven't had much luck in creating the mythical "cone of debris" in the center. Even if I chilled the wort in the kettle, then whirlpooled, it didn't seem to help much.

How do most people drain / filter from a boil kettle? Do you use hop bags? Screen? Whirlpool?


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General Homebrew Discussion / Which craft beers are pasteurized?
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:30:48 AM »
This question came up during a recent BJCP prep class.

Which craft beers are pasteurized?

We were mostly talking about bottled (and canned) versions. What about kegged craft beers? Imports?

I know some beers are bottled conditioned, so those won't be pasteurized, but what about the rest?

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