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On Saturday 15th of September the UK’s National Homebrew Competition took place (Hashtag #uknhc for Twitter).
163 Homebrewers had entered 460 beers and Ali-Kocho and the guys from Bristol Homebrew did the amazing job of making it all come together, this was their second year running this National event which was held in St. Werburghs Community Center this year.

Here come the photos… I’d love some help in putting some names to photos (Real name or Forum / Twitter etc), leave me a comment or Tweet me. I’m generally crap with names and the few that have stuck in my head I’ve either met before or have talked to on Twitter, so I totally apologise in advance for not remembering.

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Ali & @Quadrangularus1 in the background, @stevewright1976 inspecting his beer,ย  Light blue shirt, 2nd in is Paul Henderson, Simon Ashdown is front corner.
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Moustache and pinny is @_Michael_Palmer (top food! “Bastard Hot Wings”), Bed Fields @Alsothings middle front with white T-shirt.

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@NeilRimmer1005 over the back in the Blue/grey top and next to him is Mr Lard from JBK/THBF in the stripy t-shirt, the guy in the purple shirt sitting and bent over bottles is Paul Spearman the LAB chairman.
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@Des De Moor & @Marisotter then at the top right the middle beard wearer is Capn Ahab (JBK)/@zymurgeeza – also part of the food team!
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@TheMaltMiller with the red striped sleeve
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Steve Syson & SteveWright’s head, @BrettJEllis of forthcoming brewery Wild Beer
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Tony Barnsley/Aleman (From JBK / THBF) in the dark blue top and cap, Chairman of the Craft Brewers Association don’t ya know ๐Ÿ™‚
White haired judge with Glasses in bottom left is Mike Carter from LAB
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@BrettJEllis with the funky facial hair opposite brown baseball cap is Pete Hughes @SwaziPete (pokerswazi from JBK) I’d spotted a crate with Swazi written on it and half made a connection with the accent, I should have said hi ๐Ÿ™‚
White haired judge with Glasses in bottom left is Mike Carter from LAB
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Just some of the entries Mmmm Beer ๐Ÿ™‚
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Steve & Tom
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To the right is one of the Justin’s from @DrinkMoorBeer
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Stephen Sykes standing and @GraemeCoates judging, Graeme is going to Norway for his Best in Show! @SamTait to Graeme’s right.
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In the red top, the other Justin from @DrinkMoorBeer
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Paul (Vacant on JBK) far left, Middle is Barney (JBK) Wayne then Stephen (Alix101 on JBK) on the right
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Ali and Tom
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Best in Show judging getting set up, standing behind Steve in grey shirt is Roger @trunky_bristol
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Steve (in the red shirt) is doing his PHD on beer judging some proceedings were recorded on multiple media!

We arrived at the venue just after the Stewards briefing, slapped wrists, and I was sent to help with the Belgian Ales and I spent the morning being a bit of a spare part but got to try a fair few Belgian & Strong Ales. After a lunch of BBQ Sausage sandwiches it was back to work and Ali got me to steward for the German Bock category and English Brown Ales, this was interesting listening to Steve Syson & Steve Wright doing the judging, I got to try all the beers and some of those in the Smoked & Spice/Veg category too which were being judged on the same table.
The judging finally finished with the raffle and prize giving after 9pm, a long but enjoyable day.

In case I missed copy/pasting any of the code from Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/pdtnc/sets/72157631555793596/

Congratulations to everyone that won a prize and all the Honorable Mentions.

Results – UK National Homebrew Competition

Best of Show

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Graeme Coates Cauchy – Schwarz Inequality 4C: Schwarzbier Oxford Brewers
2nd Steve Syson Debaser 14C: Imperial IPA Midlands Craft Brewers
3rd Dave Halse Mystrawraspb 20A: Fruit Beer London Amateur Brewers

Categories:

Porter (26 entries)
1st Jacob Griffin Zombier Baltic Porter –
2nd Chris Lewis Rigor Porteris Robust Porter
3rd Steve Crawshaw Waggoner Porter Robust Porter Bristol Craft Brewers

Stout (43 entries)
1st Ben Hislop Big Black Imperial Stout Scottish Craft Brewers
2nd Tim Daly Oatmeal Sweet Stout Sweet Stout Oxford Brewers
3rd Bryan Spooner Sadako Imperial Stout Imperial Stout London Amature Brewers (lab)
HM David Budd Heacham Russian Imperial Stout Imperial Stout North Devon Craft Brewers

Specialty Beer (27 entries)
1st Ali Kocho-williams Indian Ink Specialty Beer Bristol Brewing Circle/bristol Craft Brewers/pembrokeshire Union Of Brewers
2nd Ben Hislop Long Black Cloud Specialty Beer Scottish Craft Brewers
3rd Jacob Griffin Black Tiger Rye Pa Specialty Beer –

Strong Ales (14 entries)
1st Ross Harper Backbreaker Barleywine American Barleywine Red Earth Brewers
2nd Dave Halse Mybarleywine English Barleywine London Amateur Brewers
3rd Andrew Jardine Cave Adsum American Barleywine Boohs

Belgian And French Ales (45 entries)
1st Matthew Barker Disconnecty Belgian Ipa Belgian Specialty Ale London Amateur Brewers
2nd Robert Petterson Robert Petterson Witbier
3rd Ali Kocho-williams Black Monk Belgian Specialty Ale Bristol Brewing Circle/bristol Craft Brewers/pembrokeshire Union Of Brewers
HM Matt Bunn Duckfight 2012 Belgian Specialty Ale

Belgian Strong Ales (28 entries)
1st Ken Winter Velvet Tankard Belgian Dark Strong Ale
2nd Steve Syson Tripel Trubbel Belgian Tripel Midlands Craft Brewers
3rd Ron Allison Kiwi Dubbel Belgian Dubbel Midlands Craft Brewers
HM Daniel Van Der Zee 055 DSA Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Light Hybrids (16 entries)
1st Ali Kocho-williams Amarillo Wheat American Wheat or Rye Beer Bristol Brewing Circle/bristol Craft Brewers/pembrokeshire Union Of Brewers
2nd Stephen Sykes Stephen Sykes Kolsch Northern Craft Brewers
3rd Mark Grundy Eau De Cologne Kolsch Bristol Brewing Circle
HM Shane O’beirne Bruntsfield Blonde Blonde Ale

English Pale Ales (57 entries)
1st Steve Osborne English Pale Ale Special/Best/Premium Bitter Midland Craft Brewers
2nd Ron Allison Golden Bitter Standard/Ordinary Bitter Midlands Craft Brewers
3rd Richard Pearce Strong Bitter Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) London Amateur Brewers
HM Rob Marchington Croft Hsb Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) Cambridge Craft Brewers

American Ales (37 entries)
1st David Barker Citra Amber Ale American Amber Ale None
2nd Matthew Barker Prodigal American Pale Ale American Pale Ale London Amateur Brewers
3rd Tom Greasley The Red Scare American Amber Ale London Amateur Brewers

IPA (58 entries)
1st Steve Syson Debaser Imperial IPA Midlands Craft Brewers
2nd Steve Syson Stoned IPA American IPA Midlands Craft Brewers
3rd Ron Allison Classic Pale Ale English IPA Midlands Craft Brewers
HM Graeme Coates Emerald American IPA Oxford Brewers

Bock (5 entries)
1st Vladimir Kaznakov Bock Traditional Bock
2nd Rob Marchington Bob’s Your Dunkel Traditional Bock Cambridge Craft Brewers
3rd Richard Caller Bona Dea Maibock/Helles Bock Northern Craft Brewers

Scottish and Irish Ale (7 entries)
1st Karl Clark Claymore Strong Scotch Ale Northern Craft Brewers Association
2nd Aled Murphy Aittin 80/- Scottish Export 80/- Scottish Craft Brewers
3rd Steven Crump Start A War Strong Scotch Ale

German Wheat And Rye Beer (15 entries)
1st Graeme Coates Vital Signs Weizenbock Oxford Brewers
2nd Steve Wright KiWi-zen Weizen/Weissbier Northern Craft Brewer’s Assoication
3rd Ben Hislop Hefe Schwartz Dunkelweizen Scottish Craft Brewers
HM Richard Poole Druid Fluid Weizen/Weissbier Bristol Craft Brewers

Smoke And Wood Aged Beer (16 entries)
1st Paul Mills Butt-head Wood-Aged Beer Primary Fermenters Brewers And Vintners Of Minnesota (eastern League)
2nd Mike Tonks Saxon Smokey Porter Other Smoked Beer Bristol Brewing Circle
3rd Dave Halse Mysmokedporter Other Smoked Beer London Amateur Brewers
HM Bryan Spooner Sadako Imperial Stout – Oaked Wood-Aged Beer London Amature Brewers (lab)

New Zealand Pale Ale (11 entries)
1st Steve Syson Kiwi Pale Ale New Zealand Pale Ale Midlands Craft Brewers
2nd Mark Charlwood Summer Pale New Zealand Pale Ale London Amateur Brewers
3rd Ron Allison Kiwi Gold New Zealand Pale Ale Midlands Craft Brewers

Spice Herb And Vegetable Beer (17 entries)
1st Ken Bazley Kulao Porter Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer London Amateur Brewers
2nd Matt Bunn Snapdragon Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rd Andrew Jardine Bandit Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Boohs
HM Kieran Wall Thackrey Stout Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

Amber Hybrids (8 entries)
1st Matthew Hicks Ardley Easter California Common Beer
2nd Tony Milner Alt Northern German Altbier Boohs
3rd Ken Bazley Altbier Northern German Altbier London Amateur Brewers

Sour Ale, Fruit Beer (10 entries)
1st Dave Halse Mystrawraspb Fruit Beer London Amateur Brewers
2nd Brett Ellis Lambic Straight (Unblended) Lambic
3rd Richard Caller Rode Koe With Raspberry Fruit Beer Northern Craft Brewers
HM Richard Caller White Walls Raspberry Fruit Beer Northern Craft Brewers

Light Lager, Pilsner, European Amber Lager, Dark Lager (15 entries)
1st Graeme Coates Cauchy – Schwarz Inequality Schwarzbier Oxford Brewers
2nd Graeme Coates Notfest Oktoberfest/Marzen Oxford Brewers
3rd Steve Syson Goodnight Vienna Vienna Lager Midlands Craft Brewers
HM Steve Syson Schwarze Engel Schwarzbier Midlands Craft Brewers

English Brown Ale (5 entries)
1st Christopher Eyett Andersons’ Brown Northern English Brown Ale
2nd Ian Ross-bain Three Rivers Northern English Brown Ale Midlands Craft Brewers
3rd Steve Crawshaw Ask Jon Mild Mild Bristol Craft Brewers
HM Paul Dodd Pd’s Nut Brown Ale Northern English Brown Ale

Here’s a brief breakdown of what was entered in the following categories and how they were boiled down:

IPA:
EIPA – 13
AIPA – 30
IIPA – 15

Stout:
Dry Stout – 16
Sweet Stout – 4
Oatmeal Stout – 5
Foreign Stout -2
American Stout -2
Imperial Stout – 14

American Ales:
Pale – 14
Amber – 16
Brown – 7

Bock:
Maibock – 2
Traditional Bock – 3

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I’ve been a fan of Schneider Weisse for a while now, their Hopfen-Weisse is lovely and @JamesClayBeers mentioned that it was *Amarillo hopped, and Schneider are bringing out a Nelson Sauvin hopped special version.

So I’ve got a vague brewing plan… having just started waking up some out of date Whitelabs WLP300 Hefeweizen yeast.
Current garage malt stocks are about half a sack each of Lager and Wheat malts, with a few kilos of Weyermann Munich I & II along with lots of cara/crystal-esque malts.
I’ve started the yeast off in 1 Litre of 1040 wort, which will hopefully get going ok, I’ll then add 2 or 3 Litres more after decanting the beer off the yeast sediment and let it ferment out and again decant off some of the beer then split the yeast 3-ways for three different Hefeweizen. One will be German hopped, one American Hopped and another will use New Zealand hops.

*Thanks to the kind email reply from Sandra at www.schneider-weisse.de I now know that its the Brooklyn Brewery Hopfen-Weisse which is hopped with Amarillo and the Schneider is hopped with Saphir. – Its brilliant when breweries are helpful towards homebrewers, gives you that warm fuzzy feeling ๐Ÿ™‚

The following recipes could change! (assume Mash Efficiency: 75 %) I’d probably treat my liquor to a Lager profile and I would be using Protofloc copper finings.

Nelson Weizen Brewday #1 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 50%
    Lager Malt – 45%
    CaraHell – 5%
  • Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 60 mins – 23g
    Nelson Sauvin – 13.0 % @ 5 mins – 40g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 40 EBU
    Colour: 13 EBC

Amarillo WeizenBrewday #2 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 50%
    Lager Malt – 40%
    Melanoidin Malt – 10%
  • Amarillo – 9.4 % @ 60 mins – 34g
    Amarillo – 9.4 % @ 5 mins – 40g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 40 EBU
    Colour: 16 EBC

Then one of the following, either a Munich malt based or a really basic Hefe.

Munich WeiรŸbierBrewday #3 Complete

  • Wheat Malt – 60%
    Munich Malt I (Weyermann) – 30%
    Munich Malt II (Weyermann – 10%
  • Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 60 mins – 20g
    Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.1 % @ 60 mins – 20g
    Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 10 mins – 10g
    Hallertauer Mittlefruh – 4.1 % @ 10 mins – 10g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 16 EBU
    Colour: 15 EBC

Hefe

  • Wheat Malt – 60%
    Lager Malt – 40%
  • Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 60 mins – 40g
    Hallertauer Hersbrucker – 2.9 % @ 10 mins – 20g
  • Final Volume: 23 Litres
    Original Gravity: 1.050
    Bitterness: 13 EBU
    Colour: 5 EBC

Thoughts on recipes most appreciated, cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

Builders Lager – a lager based on HH’s Lager recipe, but 1000g of Munich and replacing the Saaz with Perle & Hersbrucker hops and no sugar. I’m trying to stick with something simple! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Fermentables:
Lager Malt 3000g
Munich Malt 1000g
Caramalt 400g
Flaked Maize 400g

Hops:
Perle Whole @ 60 mins 20g (FWH)
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 15 mins 20g
Hallertauer Hersbrucker @ 0 mins 20g (20-30-ish minute steep)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.046
Final Gravity: 1.011
Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
Total Liquor: 33.1 Litres
Mash Liquor: 12 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 20 EBU
Colour: 12 EBC

Mash will be at least 90mins at 65c.
Diamond Lager Yeast to be well over pitched as its out of date.

The Grain bill, Lager malt, Caramalt, Crushed flaked Maize and 1 tsp Gypsum (Photo missing the Munich Malt):
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The Munich malt:
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Strike heat:
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Mash Temp, I was aiming for 65c:
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The hops, Perle and hersbrucker:
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I through half the bittering hops in as FWH and half when the boil started:
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Just coming to a good boil:
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the 15minute addition:
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The Hydro reading, 1046 ish:
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A full pudding basin full of rehydrated Diamond lager yeast:
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Running off into FV:
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Went pretty good, mash stuck a little, hit my predicted OG, day took longer to finish up as we had to go and meet with our electrician and plumber in the middle of it all, so the final soak hops got a very long soak!

**Racked to Cornie + 5 Large Swingtop bottles 31st Jan ’10

Geordie lager kit – wheat beer with Saaz hops
Here’s the idea….
Take one cheap ass Geordie Lager Kit, some Wheat Spray Malt, a jar of Golden Syrup, some Saaz hops and Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast… and it makes a Wheat beer of sorts.

I’m going to do the following:

  • Boil up the Wheat Spray malt and 15gย  Saaz hops for 40 mins
  • Maybe add 5g Saaz hops for the last 10 mins of boil
  • Add 5g Saaz hops at flame-out for a 5 minute steep
  • Tip the warmed Kit into the FV with the golden syrup followed by the hot spray malt and hops strained through a stainless sieve
  • Pitch re-hydrated Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast after aerating the wort lots
  • Maybe even dry hop the FV after fermentation has finished

Fingers crossed it should turn out like a nice hoppy wheat beer!? ๐Ÿ™‚

The Ingredients:
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The Wheat Yeast rehydrating in a little boiled water and wheat spray malt:
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The Hops just gone in the pan:
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The 40 minute boil:
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Spent hops in sieve:
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FV filled with yeast Pitched at 22 Deg C after a good aeration:
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OG reading of about 1038:
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Hopefully this will get fermenting by tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

**Update 7 days later**
Current Gravity reading of 1004 which should put the ABV at 4.46% I’ll bottle in the next weeks time. (Then maybe more Coopers Stout, or the Dark Ale) ๐Ÿ˜‰

**Update 10 days later – Bottled**
01/April/2009 – I’ve just bottled my Geordie lager/Wheat beer, it went pretty well and made 39-off 500ml bottles and about 5-off 330ml’s too. Chipped a bottle slightly to just dumped the whole contents down the sink and threw the bottle, I’ve read about how bad fragments of glass are in your body!!!
Added just over 80g of household sugar to a 100ml sanitized jug of the brew and microwaved to dissolve the sugar for the priming in the bottling bucket. Bottled with my bottling stick, easy as! ๐Ÿ™‚
I tasted a little and it was pretty nasty, nothing bad tasting and it certainly smells like an Erdinger… so its 7 days at 20 deg C now then at least 3 weeks (probably 4) at cellar temperature 11-13 Deg C approx.

**Update 19 days later – Sneaky Taste**

I’ve taken to filling a few 330ml Lefe’s when bottling, this way its easy to get a taste of whats conditioning / maturing without cracking open a full 500ml bottle.

Bearing in mind this has only had 9 days in the warm (20 Deg C) followed by a couple of hours in the fridge, its pretty good, the Safbrew WB06 wheat yeast has done its bit with the flavours with a yeasty estery taste, its lacking quite enough fizz but poured with a nice creamy head (3 or 4 more weeks in the cool should help), and I gave the last drop the customary swirl to raise the sediment so it looks like a wheat beer. The Saaz hops maybe aren’t coming through as much as I’d have liked, maybe the wheat and yeast are dampening it down a bit, but its still nice and dry and crisp ๐Ÿ™‚

Fingers crossed, this will improve further, its one to do again ๐Ÿ™‚

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From left to right;
Coopers Stout, Geordie lager, Thomas Coopers BrewMaster IPA, Brupaks Fixby Gold,Coopers Dark Ale, Geordie Yorkshire Bitter.

  • The ‘Geordie Yorkshire Bitter’ kit is going to be done with added Hops, Light or Medium Spray Malt, and I may split the batch so I can try out 2 different hop varieties (Fuggles & Target).
  • Brupaks Pride of Yorkshire Fixby Gold with added Fuggles Hops.
  • Coopers Classic Old Dark Ale with either Light or Medium Spray Malt.
  • Coopers Stout with either Medium or Dark Spray Malt (I’m tempted to split this batch with maybe some Liquorice and Muscovado sugar, maybe even some extra bittering from Target hops, but I might not as its going to taste pretty good without messing with it!).
  • Geordie Lager with Wheat Spray malt and Light Spray Malt with Saaz Hops and Safbrew WB06 Wheat yeast and maybe some Golden Syrup.
  • Thomas Coopers Premium Selection IPA with Light Spray Malt

That little lot should keep me busy and it should also keep me in beer for quite some time (not spending money at the *supermarket!)
*and a seriously smaller amount of recycling as I am re-using bought glass bottles which is much more eco-friendly ๐Ÿ™‚


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