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September 15 2012 will see this years UK National Homebrew Competition.

The competition will be run using BJCP style guidelines for the second year running, with an added category for New Zealand Pale Ales.

The competition will be held at the St Werburghs Community Centre in Bristol. The competition will be judged on the day, with a separate hospitality area setup where homebrew may be sampled. Entrants should feel free to bring beer for sampling (in addition to judging), and may bring guests. Beer will only be consumed in 'festival' glasses, which all entrants will receive free on the day with additional glasses available for purchase. A social will follow judging at approximately 4pm, with the announcement of winners award of prizes and drawing of the raffle. It is anticipated that there will be food available on the day.

All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP. Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible.

Categories: All beer, cider and mead will be judged as per the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. For full guidelines, go to: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Entry fee: £6 first entry, £4 each additional entry. UK CBA members will receive a rebate for every third entry on confirmation of membership (i.e. 3 entries costs £14, but you get £4 back).
Online Registration only: http://www.nationalhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
Paypal payment is preferable and can be made online, cheques will be accepted by arrangement with the competition organisers.

Entries: For each entry, the brewer must submit the following:
• A completed competition entry form, available online when you register;
• Two 330-568ml brown or green glass bottles. Bottles must be free of labels, and any other identifying marks must be blacked out. Bottles will not be returned. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering should be avoided but are acceptable.
• Bottle labels, attached securely to each bottle with a rubber band. Labels secured by
tape, glue, or other means will result in a non-refundable disqualification.
• The appropriate fee, based on the total number of entries. Paypal or cheque only.


Entries should be submitted no earlier than 20 August 2021 and no later than 5:00 PM
on 7 September 2012. Register entries online at any time before 5pm on 7 September, at http://www.nationalhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
For a full list of entry drop-off points, and our mail in location, go to the site (these will be updated).

Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of at least two judges, where possible with at
least one of whom has achieved a minimum rank of Recognized by the BJCP. The
first round of judging will determine the top three entries in each award category. Rosettes will be awarded for each of the top three entries in each category.
The first-place entry in each award category will then compete for Best of Show.

Rosettes and certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category.
The 1st place in each category will then compete for Best of Show (BoS).
BoS prizes and ribbons will be awarded for1st, 2nd and 3rd place from the BoS judging.
Particpants from clubs will accrue points based on placings in categories (1st - 6; 2nd - 4; 3rd - 2; HM - 1). Those points will go towards the competition for the Club of the Year Trophy.

Large prizes will not be posted - the winner must be present.

Judges and stewards will be needed on the day (lunch provided). Please contact the organisers or register online.

More details at http://www.nationalhomebrewcompetition.org.uk

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Ingredients / Chipotle
« on: October 13, 2011, 04:02:21 PM »
I brewed a smoked porter earlier this week, some of which I'd like to add some chipotle to.

My question is - should I make a tincture with vodka and add the chipotle goodness that way, or should I just 'dry chipotle' in secondary.

Oh, and any advice on how much to use would be appreciated.

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A quick announcement that a BJCP exam is being scheduled for October 2012 in Bristol UK. This will be the second BJCP exam in Europe. Those interested in taking it should contact me.

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September 3rd 2011 will see the UK's first BJCP sanctioned National Homebrew Competition.

The competition will be held at the Tobacco Factory in Southville, Bristol.

All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP. Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible.

Categories: All beer, cider and mead will be judged as per the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. For full guidelines, go to: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Entry fee: £5 first entry, £3 each additional entry.
Online Registration only: http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
Paypal payment is preferable and can be made online, cheques will be accepted by arrangement with the competition organisers.

Entries: For each entry, the brewer must submit the following:
• A completed competition entry form, available online when you register;
• Two 330-568ml brown or green glass bottles. Bottles must be free of labels, and any other identifying marks must be blacked out. Bottles will not be returned. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering should be avoided but are acceptable.
• Bottle labels, attached securely to each bottle with a rubber band. Labels secured by
tape, glue, or other means will result in a non-refundable disqualification.
• The appropriate fee, based on the total number of entries. Paypal or cheque only.


Entries should be submitted no earlier than 4 August 2011 and no later than 5:00 PM
on 26 August 2011. Register entries online at any time before 5pm on 26 August, at http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
For a full list of entry drop-off points, and our mail in location, go here:
http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.o ... poffs.html

Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of at least two judges, where possible with at
least one of whom has achieved a minimum rank of Recognized by the BJCP. The
first round of judging will determine the top three entries in each award category. Rosettes will be awarded for each of the top three entries in each category.
The first-place entry in each award category will then compete for Best of Show.

There will be a club trophy based on points for placings.

It should be stressed that this is a competition NOT a festival and no tastings of entries will be offered.

Judges and stewards will be needed on the day (lunch and beer provided). Please contact the organisers or register online.



The competition is sponsored by:

Bristol Beer Factory
Warminster Maltings
The Malt Miller
Barley Bottom
BrewUK
Danstar
Wyeast
White Labs
Dogfish Head
Sharps
RCH Brewery
Brew Your Own Magazine
Victory Brewing Company


[astute listeners will have noticed that this was the Bristol Homebrew Competition. As a result of the failure of the national body to organise a competition, this has now taken its place]

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The Pub / Ant Hayes
« on: May 04, 2011, 03:25:24 PM »
I've just heard that Ant Hayes has passed away. I know that a few people on the boards will have known him, and that he presented at the last NHC where some of you might have seen him. He also wrote in Zymurgy on ocassion.

In the UK, where he ended up, he founded London Amateur Brewers, and got the first UK BJCP exam together last January. I was privileged to be one of those who took that exam.

It's sad. He was a great guy, and a great brewer.

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Equipment and Software / Growlers
« on: April 23, 2011, 12:05:02 AM »
Does anyone know where to get hold of growlers in Europe. I am aware that the flip top style with the pewter handle are made in Germany, but am completely unable to find them anywhere.

Can someone help?

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September 3rd 2011 will see Bristol's first BJCP sanctioned Homebrew Competition.

The location is as yet to be confirmed.

All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP. Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew-on-premise establishments, are not eligible.

Categories: All beer, cider and mead will be judged as per the 2008 BJCP style guidelines. For full guidelines, go to: http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php
Judges and competition organizers will not reclassify entries so please choose styles carefully. Styles may be collapsed and combined at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Entry fee: £5 first entry, £3 each additional entry.
Online Registration only: http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
Paypal payment is preferable and can be made online, cheques will be accepted by arrangement with the competition organisers.

Entries: For each entry, the brewer must submit the following:
• A completed competition entry form, available online when you register;
• Two 330-568ml brown or green glass bottles. Bottles must be free of labels, and any other identifying marks must be blacked out. Bottles will not be returned. Bottles with engraved or embossed lettering should be avoided but are acceptable.
• Bottle labels, attached securely to each bottle with a rubber band. Labels secured by
tape, glue, or other means will result in a non-refundable disqualification.
• The appropriate fee, based on the total number of entries. Paypal or cheque only.


Entries should be submitted no earlier than 4 August 2011 and no later than 5:00 PM
on 26 August 2011. Register entries online at any time before 5pm on 26 August, at http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk
For a full list of entry drop-off points, and our mail in location, go here:
http://www.bristolhomebrewcompetition.org.uk.dropoffs.html

Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of at least two judges, where possible with at
least one of whom has achieved a minimum rank of Recognized by the BJCP. The
first round of judging will determine the top three entries in each award category. Rosettes will be awarded for each of the top three entries in each category.
The first-place entry in each award category will then compete for Best of Show.


Judges and stewards will be needed on the day (lunch provided). Please contact the organisers or register online.



The competition is sponsored by:

Warminster Maltings
The Malt Miller
BrewUK

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Homebrew Competitions / Homebrew Competition Software
« on: March 23, 2011, 12:37:06 AM »
I'm organizing a homebrew competition this fall in Bristol, UK. One of the things that would be useful would be to have a website via which entrants and judges can sign up. I am aware that there are several packages out there for free that could be used, but wondered if anyone had any advice as to which works best.

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Ingredients / Water and input to Beer Alchemy
« on: February 16, 2011, 12:23:23 PM »
So, I have my water report, and I have Beeralchemy, but I'm a little confused.

I have multiple figures for things and I need to unpick them:

Alkalinity HCO3 - 161
Hardness as HCO3 - 240
Calcium as CaCO3 - 206
Calcium as Ca - 82.4

The rest is all pretty clear cut, but what should be going in the Bicarbonate and Calcium fields.

I also don't quite get whether Beeralchemy accounts for the hardness of my water or just the alkanlintiy, and what the difference might be.

Can someone help?

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Beer Recipes / Peanut Butter
« on: February 14, 2011, 02:37:21 PM »
I just learnt of a Peanut Butter Porter. The recipe says to use the oil off the top of a jar of natural peanut butter.

I wonder about the wisdom of using peanut oil as a flavouring agent....

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Ingredients / CDA Carafa Special Use
« on: February 09, 2011, 12:02:20 PM »
I've been reading up on the Cascadian Dark Ale thing. I want to brew one, not least as they are only starting to emerge in the UK. There's some suggestion of only adding the Carafa Special at the start of sparging, and that the sparge temps tend to be quite low. I can see that this might be to avoid too much roast coming through (although I would quite like a Schwarzbier-esque roastiness), but I have a few queries:

1. Will adding at the start of sparging only allow for colour, and actually contribute little to gravity or flavor?
2. Is there going to be a significant difference between fly and batch sparging on this?
3. Should I just relax and throw it in the mash at the start?

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Ingredients / Reuisng dry hops in boil?
« on: February 04, 2011, 12:46:46 AM »
I went to a meeting of a new club in my area last night, and one of the guys there was explaining that he reuses his dry hops as a bittering charge in the boil. His thinking here is that there is no isomerization of alpha acids during dry hopping, so they'd be ok to use again in this way.

If this works it's certainly a way to economize on hop usage. Anyone done this?

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General Homebrew Discussion / BJCP exam - vital statistics needed?
« on: January 20, 2011, 06:41:55 AM »
I'm due to take my BJCP exam in just over a week's time, and I have a query about what is required in a full answer. The Study guide does not suggest that it is necessary to give vital statistics for styles, but I looked at Gordon Strong's presentation from a few years back that suggested that you do.  Which is it?

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Equipment and Software / Getting Better Bottles Clean
« on: November 28, 2010, 12:23:02 PM »
I'm having trouble getting residue of my better bottle carboy.  I can get most of it off, but I have some stubborn dried on krausen (well braune hefe to be precise).  I don't want to use a brush for fear of srcratching the plastic, and I've tired swirling a soft wet cloth around, but it doesn't shift them.

Any advice?

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Other Fermentables / Pyment - yeast suggestions please
« on: November 07, 2010, 02:08:40 AM »
I got given (rather told to go and press at the orchard) some white grape juice yesterday. I plan to use it to make a pyment, but can't make up my mind which yeast I should use. I've never made pyment before, and am not sure what would be most suitable.

I have Montpellier, Champagne, Riesling, Tokay, and Sherry on hand, so it would be from these that I would make my choice.

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