Here is the results for my third competition! I am really impressed at how well I have done and how far I have come since I started brewing 2 years ago! Thank you to all the judges for your outstanding feedback, I know that it will greatly improve my brewing and I look forward to submitting more entry’s next year!
*note – Score is out of a total of 50 points
Broken Truck – (Belgian Special 16E) – 30/29/34
All Grain Recipe built with help from Happy Homebrewer
This beer was doomed from the start and was supposed to be a pale ale but I ran into mechanical trouble with the truck and was forced to figure that out while brewing. So I entered it in a local competition and a couple judges recommended entering it as a different style as it did not fit the pale ale category at all but had some interesting saison/Belgian notes to it. Definitely goes to show there is never a terrible beer just miss understood/categorized. I do have my notes and will definitely brew this one again and tweak the recipe a bit because i did find it to be quite enjoyable and it will only get better with me in more control of the brew process.
Toy Soldier Stout – (American Stout 13E) – 32/31
All Grain Recipe Kit from www.OntarioBeerKegs.com
This all grain kit was purchased from OBK with the proceeds going to a very worthy cause I fully support. It scored very well from both judges and they both seem to agree that it just needs a few adjustments with the hop schedule and it had some slightly over powering roasty notes to it. Over all it was very good and just needs a little work on the recipe with a awesome compliment from one judge “This was a great beer! I really enjoyed the roasted coffee character”
OXO Porter – (Robust Porter 12B) – 17/18/20
Recipe from Happy Homebrewer
This beer did horrible, and was to be expected unfortunately. This was the very first beer I made with my new mash tun and ran into problems learning how to use the new toys. On a positive note one of the judges is a professional brewer and he nailed me to the wall on this one completely with a full break down of the flaws which is good and I will take his recommendations into great consideration. However at the end of the score sheet after nailing me to the wall he made a note of a overall score of 1/10 and found the beer unpleasant at best which seems a little harsh all things considered, the other judges agreed that the beer was not a good representation of the style or even beer for that fact but they gave solid advice, constructive criticism and did not attack me or the process.
I expect better from a professional brewer because I think one day I would love to work in a craft brewery and I know I would certainly give a more solid constructive criticism.
I will definitely brew this again and continue to hone my ability
Willamette & 2 row SMaSH – (American Pale Ale) – 26/29
Recipe by Myself
I am unable to read one of the score sheets for the most part, but they both seem to touch on this needing a little more punch in the bittering addition, and a little more complexity in the malt. Overall recommendation is to check the yeast strain and perhaps a little more malt complexity.