Friday, September 12, 2008

Are you ready for the first ever Podcast-based homebrew competition? Well, you know the Brew Bubbas are a little “different.” So why shouldn’t their Homebrew Contest be “different”? Here’s what we’re looking for:

All beers must have a starting gravity of at least 1.070. If you’re brewing “to style,” you have 24 categories to focus on:

Maibock/Helles bock, Traditional Bock, Eisbock, Dopplebock, Strong Scotch Ale, Baltic Porter, Foreign Extra Stout, American Stout, Russian Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA, American IPA, India Pale Ale, Weizenbock, Biere de Garde, Flanders Brown Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, Belgian Dubbel, Belgian Tripel, Belgian Golden Stong Ale, Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Old Ale, English Barley Wine, American Barley Wine, Anything in category 23: "Specialty Beer". This can include imperial anything! Your Choice!

We strongly recommend that you review the style guidelines for these big beers if you’re not sure what we’re looking for. Please go to the BJCP Guidelines for additional clarification. Pick your favorite and get brewing!

These big beers need time to mature. That’s why we’re announcing the contest now and starting the judging in August! The contest will run for six months straight: August 2008 - January 2009. The first place beers from each month will go head-to-head to determine the Best of Show!

All beers will be judged by BJCP Certified Judges and score sheets will be sent for each beer entered.

The beers that place 1st, 2nd & 3rd each month will be awarded a medal and a gift.
Each first place winner will receive:
•The latest brewing software from Beer Smith.
Four ounces of hops, courtesy of Hop Union

BEST OF SHOW??? How’s this sound to you?
•8 Gallon Conical from Hobby Beverage
•$100 Gift Certificate from Northern Brewer (They are also offering a $50.00 Gift Certificate for 2nd place and a $25.00 Gift Certificate for 3rd Place)
•$50.00 Gift Certificate from Cap N Cork
•$50.00 Gift Certificate from Hopman’s
•The Beer Gun, from Blichmann Engineering
•5 gallon Ice Blanket & Insulated Sleeve from KEGlove
•Something from Hop Union (details to follow)
Autographed copy of Brewing Classic Styles signed by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer
•Heavy-Duty Hoodie compliments of White Labs (2 place will receive a White Labs ball cap, 3rd - 5th place to receive White Labs yeast coupons

•The winning beer will be brewed at Kuhnhenn’s Brewery and put on tap at the pub
•The winner will also receive five gallons of this beer for themselves
•The winner will be allowed to brew this beer with the brewers themselves
•The winner will receive a $300 travel voucher if he (or she) doesn’t live within driving distance to Kuhnhen’s

There will be more details (and prizes) to be announced shortly, but since we’ve already mentioned some of the details on Episode 40, we figured we better start sharing what we know at this point.

Entry forms and contest rules are posted above. Just click to download either a Word doc or in PDF format.

What are you waiting for??? GET BREWING!!!

August Results:

1st Place: John McKissack’s Strong Ale with 41-point average (Vidor, TX)
2nd Place: Mike Krawszak’s Weizenbock with 34.5-point average (Royal Oak, MI)
3rd Place: Joe Vrabel’s Imperial ESB with 32.5-point average (Warren, MI)
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