Pro-Am contest results and other news

My entry in the Golden Road Pro-Am competition was not selected to go to the second round, which did not surprise me. It’s not the best beer I’ve ever made, and there were a number of problems with the process. If I had to do it all again, I’d probably go extract or partial mash, and instead of focusing on just one hop like I did, I’d go ahead and use some other hops for bittering. It scored an average of 31 on the judges forms, which isn’t bad, and the feedback I got was very useful. I learned a lot from the experience, and it really was a whole lot of fun, and I can’t wait to enter more beers into more competitions.

I went on a buying bonanza recently, and took advantage of some sales at Northern Brewer. If you want to see what’s in my queue, it’s in the sticky at the top of the main page. A couple of days ago, I brewed their Dead Ringer IPA, partially because Anne and I love IPAs, but mostly because I harvested a bunch of yeast from Batch 31 (which finished a little sweet at about 5%, but tastes amazing and is on draft in my office right now) and I wanted to repitch it into something new. Dead Ringer calls for US05 or 1056, but my yeast was harvested WLP001, so that’s what I used. I’m pretty excited to see how it turns out, since it should theoretically be comfortable with my water and brewhouse conditions. It’s also the first time I’ve used an aerator, which was pretty neat, and the shortest lag I’ve ever had, right about 2 hours.

I was hoping to celebrate today’s Big Brew Day by making a Saison this afternoon, but it’s also Free Comic Book Day, and I don’t think there’s going to be time, so I’ll celebrate it tomorrow. For the first time this year, I’m hoping it stays warm so I can really let that Saison yeast go nuts at 80+°.

I also bought myself a three-keg draft system that will be delivered on Monday. I can not begin to describe how excited I am to have multiple homebrews on tap to share with my friends!

Finally, I found a really great guide for new homebrewers at Homebrew Finds that I wanted to share with the world.

Happy Homebrewing, everyone!


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