Competitions

Competition Brewing Series: Shipping

The shipping window for NHC has come and gone, but don’t worry! There will always be a need to ship your beer. When it comes to shipping, there are some important things to keep in mind – even before your start wrapping up your bottles to put in a box for shipping. Follow the Rules! …

Competitions

Competition Brewing Series: Bottling

In previous posts, we’ve talked about why  we submit our beers to competitions and we’ve discussed judging feedback and how to plan ahead. The shipping deadline for the competition you’re entering is getting closer and, if you’re kegger, it’s time to put that beer into bottles. If you’re a bottle conditioner then you get to skip …

Competitions

Competition Brewing Series: Evaluating Feedback and Planning Ahead

Evaluating Feedback In the previous post we talked about asking ourselves why we enter homebrew competitions. Some of us are motivated by the hardware and some of us are motivated by the judge’s feedback. Applying that honest and unbiased feedback to your brewing process or recipe is what will eventually lead to more consistent (and …

Competitions

Competition Brewing Series: Why Do We Compete?

Since the 2018 homebrew competition season is in full swing, and since the NHC first round shipping deadline is just around the corner, I’ve decided to write a series of posts with competition tips a tricks. The first topic I’ll cover is what I’ll call “competition philosophy”. Why are we entering these competition? The answer …

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“CRYO JUICE” NEIPA: My First Attempt at the “Style”

There’s a ton of hype surrounding the “New England IPA” style, and I decided to try my hand at brewing one with CRYO hops (something else I have no experience with). Now that I think of it – this is my first IPA…period. The breweries in my area haven’t really gotten into the style. I’m …

Brew Day, Competition Beers, Lagers

I Brewed My First Helles….and It’s For NHC!

I’ve been brewing for about a year and a year and a half and I think it’s time to send a few beers to the National Homebrew Competition. This competition is held every year and people from all over the world submit their homebrewed beer, cider and mead to be evaluated in multiple rounds of …

Ales, Brew Day

Kölsch Brew Day v1.0

Session beers are a big part of my homebrewing repertoire. While the Kölsch is a simple recipe it can be very difficult to brew. Like any “light yellow” beer, there is nowhere to hide flaws. A clean fermentation is critical in order to avoidn ester production. My number one goal for my brewing currently is …

Reviews

Tilt Hydrometer Review

I love gadgets. I love tech. And I love homebrewing. That said, I’m especially excited when I come across a product that marries all of those things together. I recently acquired a TILT Hydrometer, a device that floats in your fermenting homebrew and uses bluetooth low energy technology to wirelessly transmit temperature and specific gravity …

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Cinnamon Pop Tart Sweet Stout Brew Day

  It’s that time of year…spiced beer season! I’ve been seeing a lot of cereal beers lately. Count Chocula Stouts, Corn Flake Cream Ales, Fruity Pebble IPAs. I figured I would try something in line with the breakfast food theme that seems to be trending currently. I remember hearing that 21st Amendment did a Pop …