At the start of the year I set out my homebrew goals for 2017
So far, I’ll be honest, I’m missing the mark on a lot of them. The usual excuses like time and motivation mean I haven’t brewed as much as I wanted or kept this blog as up to date as I would have liked. Something which I’m looking to fix.
One of the goals I am set to achieve though is entering a homebrew competition! I missed the London and South East brewers entry window (that thing fills up fast!) and I missed the UK nationals but I was ready for the Welsh nationals and have managed to sneak in there with my two entries.
Stupidly, I’ve gone for what I imagine is one of the hardest categories – IPA. Over a year ago I shared a recipe on the Grainfather website for a beer I called Grapefruit Juice, an American pale ale with Galaxy and Ella. Since then loads of people have brewed it and I’ve had some really positive feedback. For my competition entry I’m making Grapefruit Juice II. Higher ABV, more (and different) hops and hopefully all round bigger and better. I’ve ordered the ingredients for it with the plan to brew it on the bank holiday weekend (14th – 17th April). The only problem is, that’s 11 weeks from the competition which may be a little bit long for an IPA. With it being just under 7% and having a decent hop charge I’m hoping what I lose in hop aroma/flavour I make up for in overall balance. We’ll see if it pays off!
My second entry is a porter which will be an adaptation of my robust smoked porter. I probably should have brewed this one first but I act before I think and I really like making IPA’s. The porter is going to forego the smoke and hopefully aim for silky smooth chocolate flavours.
Judging is on 1st of July so I’ll have plenty of time and I will get the brew days up on here as soon as I can as well as posting my results from my first ever competition. I’m really just hoping for some useful feedback on my brewing but there are a lot less entries in this competition than in some of the bigger ones so my chances at a prize are hopefully higher – you never know! Watch this space…
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