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Ron Pattinson
12/30/06 09:33 AM  
Homebrew challenge - big prizes
Iīm proud to announce my first (and possibly last) homebrew challenge.

Iīve got tired of trying to guess what old beers would have tasted like by looking at the recipes. The obvious solution would be to brew them myself. But thereīs one slight problem with that: Iīm a crap brewer. So I thought: "why not get someone else to do it for you?".

I learnt long ago that you donīt get anything for nothing in this world. You need an incentive.

Hereīs what the lucky winner will receive:

- free beer for one day in Wildeman

- 10 bottles of their choice from my cellar

- 50 euros to spend in De Bierkoning

"What do I have to do to win this wonderful prize?" I hear you ask. Donīt worry, no sacrificing of first borns is required. You just have to brew two beers.

Not any two beers, obviously. One Porter and one Stout. Brewed to specs for the 19th century beers that I have here:

www.europeanbeerguide.net/beerale.htm#griffingrist

www.europeanbeerguide.net/beerale.htm#barclaygrist

www.europeanbeerguide.net/beerale.htm#meuxgrist

One Porter and one Stout from the same brewery and from the same year. For example, Griffin Brewery Rg Porter and SSS Stout from 1867. Or Barclay Perkins TT Porter and Brown Stout (BSt) from 1812.

The rules are:

- the malt percentages must be as listed

- OG must be as listed (within a point or two)

- the only hops allowed are Goldings

- no ingredients allowed other than malt, hops, water and yeast, except for sugar to prime the bottles

The first person to present me with beers that meet these criteria wins.

The competiton is open to anyone, anywhere. You just have to get the bottles to Amsterdam.

Christian
12/30/06 10:34 AM  
Re: Homebrew challenge - big prizes
Hi Ron,

What a cool idea!

Does the competition apply to commercial brewers as well?

Should the "stale/keeping" versions of the beers be aged with wild yeast (brett) to make them close in flavor to their ancestors?

Why two dark beers instead of for instance a porter/stout and an IPA?

-Christian

BTW, thanks for the beers you brought me from Brouwerij ’t IJ. I enjoyed them immensely. Especially the IJwit and the Columbus.

Ron Pattinson
01/13/07 04:11 PM  
Re: Homebrew challenge ... big prizes
Christian,

The competition is open to absolutely anyone. If any commercial brewers (such as yourself) want to try, no problem.

"Should the "stale/keeping" versions of the beers be aged with wild yeast (brett) to make them close in flavor to their ancestors?"

The keeping versions, I would say in principle yes, but I can understand why people might not want to go down the brett route. Without is OK by me.

"Why two dark beers instead of for instance a porter/stout and an IPA?"

Because I specifically want to compare a Porter and a Stout to see what the difference is. Look, I don't believe the BJCP stuff abot Stout being roasty and Porter not. I'm interested in tasting what the difference was in the 19th century. I know the beers won't be exact replicas of Victorian brews, but they should demonstrate the differences between the two styles. That's also why the recipes have to be from the same year.

I'm glad you liked the Ij beers. I was at the brewery last night and the Struis was very bretty. In a nice way, if you like that sort of thing, as I do. A couple of years in the bottle and it would probably smooth out really nicely.

Maybe I'll make it back to Copenhagen again soon. If I do, I'll be sure to bring some more beer along.

Ron Pattinson
01/16/07 03:16 PM  
Re: Homebrew challenge - amended rules
As it looks like I'll be definitely at least 2 entries, I've decided judging them against each other rather than first past the post is fairer.

These are the amended rulkes:

The rules are: the malt percentages must be as listed

the hopping rate 25% less than listed (to take into account the fact usually at least 30%, and sometimes more than 50%, of the hops were 2, 3 or even 11 years old)

- OG must be as listed (within a point or two)

- the only hops allowed are Goldings

- no ingredients allowed other than malt, hops, water and yeast, except for sugar to prime the bottles

- closing date May 31st 2006

- judging Saturday 2nd May 2006

- judging by a panel of myself and at least one other judge

winner to be determined by:

a. general beer quality, using my usual scoring system (75%)

b. how well, in my opinion, the beers fit with the specs (25%)

For mashing temperatures, etc I would suggest sticking to what Loftus recommends. Whitbread or Guinness would be my choice, but any British ale yeast is OK.

The competiton is open to anyone (professional brewers, too), anywhere. You just have to get the bottles to Amsterdam.

Ron Pattinson
01/16/07 03:37 PM  
Re: Homebrew challenge - big prizes
Sorry that should read:

- judging Saturday 2nd June

 
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