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Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« on: June 29, 2015, 02:15:26 PM »
This has been a great week for the 2015 BrewUnited Challenge.  We are officially BJCP sanctioned now (comp #204116), we are being sponsored by the AHA, and some other neat pieces have fallen into place behind the scenes.  In two days, we officially open for entries!

In the meantime, I wanted to share the fantastic prize list we have compiled so far (nearly $2500 worth!) - and what's better, I'm certain that we will pick up at least a few more prizes before all is said and done.

Anyway, check it out.  :)

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2015, 05:45:44 PM »
Hah.  Since I posted this, we've added another $200 in prizes, including a "Build Your Own" jockey box from Keg Connection!

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2015, 03:40:57 AM »
Looks great.
Where is it?  Folks might be interested in entering, helping to judge, steward or otherwise volunteer, but we don't even have a clue which continent it's on.

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2015, 03:53:09 AM »
The original announcement, linked in the prize post I made above, describes this, but you do have to read down a bit.

The competition is open to anyone who can legally ship beer in the USA.  There are three divisions, each of which will be happy to have volunteers!

Hoppy Beers - Fresno, California
Malty Beers - Chicago, Illinois
Balanced Beers - Austin, Texas

The competition entry form will have a section to allow those interested in judging, stewarding, or simply volunteering, to do so.

Thanks!

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2015, 05:12:07 AM »
Nice!

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2015, 01:53:31 PM »
Ah, this is the comp that Matt was asking me about a couple weeks ago.  I may accept the challenge to brew a 9E from that limited malt and hop bill.  That will truly be a feat.

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2015, 02:10:47 PM »
Hah, probably so.  There are two Matts who are very involved in this thing.

It's funny - I've had a couple of other brewers (including one I really respect) tell me that it's impossible to brew a Wee Heavy (especially with this grain bill) and have it ready in three and a half months.  We feel like it's doable - you will surely have to do some sort of really long boil, reduce some runnings to syrup, perhaps sacrifice a chicken - but it's doable.

I get a lot of "I don't want to brew an X with even a single grain of C60", "how can I brew Y without hop Z" and the sort.  That's sort of the point.  Do something a little out of the ordinary, a little out of your comfort zone. 

Otherwise, the "Challenge" part doesn't exactly apply.  :)

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2015, 02:29:46 PM »
Wow.  BrewerShirts just got back to me.  They are contributing $200 more of prizes than I had anticipated - all of our division winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each), plus the grand prize winner, will get certificates from them.  All told, we're now up to $2900 in prizes!

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2015, 02:43:03 PM »
Hah, probably so.  There are two Matts who are very involved in this thing.
Chrispen.
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It's funny - I've had a couple of other brewers (including one I really respect) tell me that it's impossible to brew a Wee Heavy (especially with this grain bill) and have it ready in three and a half months.  We feel like it's doable - you will surely have to do some sort of really long boil, reduce some runnings to syrup, perhaps sacrifice a chicken - but it's doable.

I get a lot of "I don't want to brew an X with even a single grain of C60", "how can I brew Y without hop Z" and the sort.  That's sort of the point.  Do something a little out of the ordinary, a little out of your comfort zone. 

Otherwise, the "Challenge" part doesn't exactly apply.  :)
Considering that I already brew my way heavy with a grain bill that people don't believe, I think it's probably doable too.

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2015, 02:54:16 PM »
Matt Chrispen.  AKA the judge director for our Balanced division.  He's been invaluable - has put in tons of work on this, has helped keep us on task and organized, has put a lot of creative energy in, too.  The Homebrew Hero idea is 100% his. 

And yeah, I'm sure that it's doable.  I've also heard "it can't age long enough"... but the more that I brew, the less convinced I am that long aging is absolutely necessary to making a great beer of any style.


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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2015, 04:42:14 PM »
Matt Chrispen.  AKA the judge director for our Balanced division.  He's been invaluable - has put in tons of work on this, has helped keep us on task and organized, has put a lot of creative energy in, too.  The Homebrew Hero idea is 100% his. 
Yeah, I'll probably stay out of the Balanced categories or at least limit myself to one in order to help judge.
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And yeah, I'm sure that it's doable.  I've also heard "it can't age long enough"... but the more that I brew, the less convinced I am that long aging is absolutely necessary to making a great beer of any style.
Long aging is not absolutely necessary.  Some of the oxidation effects (the dark fruit and sherry-like qualities of a good one) will certainly add complexity and I find mine hits its peak around 6-9 months in, but a really good scotch ale will still be a really good scotch ale even straight out of the fermenter.  Personally my biggest challenge is going to be remapping my brew calendar.

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Re: Fantastic brewing competition prizes...
« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2015, 04:58:42 PM »
Ah, you must be one of the cool judges he mentioned hoping to nail down.  We'd be glad to have you!

I agree, you can't get the oxidation effects that quickly, but I'm finding more and more that a good beer is good pretty quickly.