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Homebrew Competitions / Don't Miss Out on 2013 Slurp & Burp Open
« on: February 20, 2013, 07:30:34 PM »
Time is running out to enter the 16th Annual Slurp & Burp Open.  Deadline for entries is next Friday, March 1st at 5PM.  Competition date is March 9th at Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard, OR.
Judges are still needed as well.  If you've never been to Portland OR and you like beer (which I KNOW you do), you owe it to yourself to visit Beervana.

You can register your entries and register to judge Slurp & Burp online at our competition website.

Paul Johnson
Strange Brew Homebrew Club
2013 Slurp & Burp Competition Coordinator

The 16th Annual Slurp & Burp Open homebrew competition is live and accepting entries online at
That's right, Slurp & Burp is ONLINE!
You can register your entries, pay for your entries, and sign up to judge all online.
Entry deadline is March 1st at 5PM.
Entries can be dropped off at all HB shops in the PDX metro & beyond.
You can also mail your entries to Brew Brothers Hombrew Products if you're outside the Portland area.
Judging will take place on March 9th at Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard, OR.
Come out and join us for Slurp & Burp and take part in the largest raffle of homebrew products and beer related items in the NW.

Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC Competition question...
« on: January 26, 2013, 08:29:10 PM »
As a past NHC 1st Round Judge Coordinator, I welcome the decision to have two bottles in the 1st Round.
I understand the challenges of handling 1500 bottles, but the objective of any homebrew competition is to give entrants good quality feedback on their creations and recognize their efforts with the accolades they deserve.  I'm confident having two bottles in 1st Round will increase the quality of the results, by reducing errors and advancing the most deserving entries to the 2nd Round. 

Homebrew Competitions / 16th Annual Slurp & Burp Open - March 9th, 2013
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:28:25 AM »
Strange Brew Homebrew Club invites you to enter your best homebrew and join us for the NW favorite Slurp & Burp Open Homebrew Competition.  Slurp & Burp will be held at Max's Fanno Creek Brew Pub in Tigard, OR on March 9, 2013.  Deadline for entries is March 1st.
Check our website for more information on entering and judging at Slurp & Burp.

For questions about Slurp & Burp contact:
Paul Johnson
Competition Coordinator

Ingredients / Re: Coffee Addition into Secondary
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:29:40 PM »
I make a coffee porter.
I cold brew ground coffee in boiled and cooled water over night.
Then run through a french press to remove the grounds and filter through coffee filters until all the sediment is gone.
It takes numerous passess through paper filters.
I add about a quart of the cold pressed coffee to a 5 gal corney keg.
Seems to work well.

Ingredients / Re: Palm Sugar?
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:10:05 PM »
The palm sugar that I used had a nice creamy sweetness to it and a hint of coconut.
I didn't get any molasses aroma or flavors.

At what point in the boil should you add palm sugar, or any unrefined sugars?
I was trying to preserve the aromatics, so I put it in 10 min before flame out.
Could it be I didn't boil it long enough?

Ingredients / Palm Sugar?
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:14:42 PM »
I bought some palm sugar at an Indian grocery and used it in a Belgian Blonde.
The stuff I bought was sort of oily & pressed into little "pucks" and came from Thailand.
It had interesting aromatics and left a nice residual sweetness to the finished beer.
However, because of the oily nature of the sugar the finished beer has a hazy clarity.
And as someone noted in an ealier post, it also contributes a bit of a buttery slickness to the beer.

My question is:
Is this sugar the same thing as Jaggery?
If not, how does Jaggery differ from the palm sugar that I used?


Homebrew Competitions / Slurp & Burp 2012- March 10th
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:30:28 AM »
Save the date!
The ever popular Slurp & Burp Open will be held in Estacada, OR at Fearless Brewing on March 10th (not 3/3 as posted earlier).
This is one of the NW's biggest homebrew competitions and this is our 15th year.

Hosted by Fearless Brewing and put on by Strange Brew Homebrewing Club.

We hope to see you and/or your entries at Slurp & Burp.

Paul Johnson
Slurp & Burp Judge Coordinator

Homebrew Competitions / 2012 NHC 1st Round - NW Region - April 21st
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:18:29 PM »
Save this date!

1st Round entries for the NW Region will be judged at Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland OR on April 21st.

Stay tuned for details on entry deadlines and judging information.

Paul Johnson
NW Region Judge Coordinator

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