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Homebrew Competitions / BABBLE Leap Beer 2012
« on: January 28, 2012, 02:25:55 AM »
BABBLE is pleased to present Leap Beer 2012.  In 2004 BABBLE held it's first competetion, Leap Beer (Brew-Off in non-leap years).  Over the years the competetion has grown to be one of the larger competitions in Illinois.  Entries are recieved across the United States and have even had international entires.

In 2012, RAM Restaurant and Brewery in Wheeling, IL will be our host.  In addition, RAM will brew the Best of Show winner for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival Pro/Am.  The competition will be held Saturday, February 25th.  Entries will be accepted February 1st through the 18th.  Several drop off sites through out the Chicago area have been arranged.  See rules and website for full details.

We are also in need to stewards and judges.  Judging will start at 9:00 am.  Those interested in volunteering can reach the Leap Beer committee at:

Thank you to all the past participants, volunteers and sponsors.  Best of luck to all of the 2012 entrants!


Homebrew Competitions / Mundelein American Cup Homebrew Competition
« on: June 01, 2011, 03:01:48 AM »
The village of Mundelein, IL and BABBLE Homebrewers of Lake County are proud to present the 2nd Annual Mundelein American Cup Homebrew Competition.  Judging will take place on Saturday June 25, 2011 at the new Tighthead Brewing Company located at 161 N. Archer Ave in Mundelein.  Judging will begin at 9:00 am

This competition is open to only "American styles."  BJCP categories accepted are:  1A, 1B, 1C, 2C, 4A, 6A, 6D, 7B, 10A, 10B, 10C, 13E, 14B, 14C, 19C, 20, 21A, 21B, 22B, 22C, and 23.  20-23 must have base in the American style.

The award ceremony will be held Sunday July 3, 2011 as part of the Mundelein Community Days festival.  There will be a special tasting event from 4-8 pm on that same Sunday.  Results will not be posted until after the award ceremony.

Entries will be accepted June 4th through the 18th.  Cost $7 for first entry and $5 for each additional entry.  Entries can be shipped to:

Tighthead Brewing Company
c/o American Cup
161 N. Archer Ave
Mundelein, IL  60060

Other local drop off sites in the Chicago metro area can be found in the rules.

Those interested in judging or stewarding should contact the American Cup staff at:

Rules and entry form should be avialable by June 4th on the BABBLE website:

Cheers and Best of Luck,
Dan Morey
Mundelein American Cup Organizer 2011

Yeast and Fermentation / Flammable Fermentation!
« on: October 15, 2010, 12:53:36 AM »
I just brewed a no boil Berliner Weisse ten days ago.  I let the wort spontaneously ferment for two days beore adding #1007 German Ale.  The OG was 1.031, close to target.  Yesterday a new fermentation become very active.  The large krausen is made of large thin bubbles.  The krausen is blowing out the airlock.  The krausen is stringy and muscul like and has a very pungent sour aroma that is not pleasent.  This is were it gets weird.  I removed the airlock and cleaned it.  I also cleaned the carboy with water.  The aroma from the carboy was much better the the funky mucus coming out.  It was fruit and sour.  Before replacing the air lock, I flamed the top of the carboy.  THE KRAUSEN BURNS!  The flame continued down into the carboy and lasted a few seconds before it was snuffed out by lack of oxygen.  So what ever is fermenting in there must be producing methane or other flammable gas.  I've been brewing since 1992, but this is my first no boil beer.  I never seen anything like this.  I skimmed Wild Brews, but there were no clues in there.  Any ideas what might be working in there and what the byproduct of the fermentation are?

Events / Mundelein Days American Cup Homebrew Competition
« on: June 16, 2010, 01:18:10 AM »
Entries are now being accepted for the Inagural Mundelein Days American Cup Homebrew Competition. This compeition is open to American styles. Judging will take place Jul 3rd. Rules and entry forms can be found at:

In addition, there will be a homebrew demonstration and tasting open to the public July 3rd from 1:00-5:00 pm.

We are still in need of volunteers to judge and steward. Interested parties should contact:

Cheers, Dan

Homebrew Competitions / BABBLE Brew-Off 2010
« on: January 20, 2010, 01:31:41 AM »
This is an invitation to participate in the BABBLE Brew-Off 2010 Saturday, February 27, 2010 at DiCarlo's Fine Wines & Spirits in Mundelein, IL.  Entries will be accepted starting February 1st.

BABBLE is proud to announce that the Brew-Off will again be a stop on the Midwest Homebrewer of the Year circuit

We are also pleased to bring you our Entrant Appreciation Drawing. The name of one participant will be selected at random and this person will win a special gift package. Each entry qualifies you in the drawing, so the more you submit the better your chances at winning!

There will be a separate best of show judging for Meads and Ciders. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd best of show in these categories so dust off some of those bottles and take a chance on winning more ribbons.
Rules and entry forms can be found on the BABBLE website

If you are interested in Judging, please contact Bruce Dir and Stewarding, Steve Pavlovich.  You can contact both by emailing brewoff @ (just eliminate the spaces).

We have many fine sponsors which can also be found on our website.

Cheers, Dan

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