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I'm entering my first homebrew competition! The Battle of the Brews IPA competition is sponsored by Hurricane Grill & Wings, Brew Story, Momentum Brewhouse, and the Southwest Florida Brew Crafters homebrew club. It will be held on June 11th from 6-9pm at Hurricane Grill & Wings in the Coconut Point Mall in Estero, FL. You can click the flyer to the left to get to the official rules, recipe sheet, and entry form!
Oh, and did I mention... the winner gets to brew their beer with the Momentum brewers and then have it on tap there!
It's time to see how my homebrew stands up against other local brewers. Yeah it's nice to hear friends tell you how good they think your beer is but are they being brutally honest? Perhaps. This is my opportunity to get some genuine feedback.
It was hard but I managed to keep two 32-oz growlers of my last IPA that I brewed up (my previous blog post talks about this beer). It is a coffee infused IPA that I will be entering into the competition.
Then, last minute, I decided to brew another IPA as the contest permits up to two entries per person. With three weeks to the competition I swung by Brew Story in Estero, FL and picked up all of my ingredients! I had written up a recipe for a Bourbon Oaked IPA that has an interesting grain bill and has contains four different hops. It would then be "dry hopped" with bourbon soaked French oak chips (recipe can be found below). I was advised to perhaps leave out the oak as I was already entering a unique IPA and that I should enter a "to style" IPA as my second entry.
I decided to meet in the middle and will be splitting my 5-gallon batch in half. I will enter the unoaked half to the competition and then oaking the other half for a week just to see how different the beer comes out!
I'm cramming for time as I only had 3 weeks from the day I brewed until the competition date! But I think I can pull it off.. I will have a short primary (~9 days), about a 7 day secondary/dry hop additions, and then 5 days to bottle condition (I've had a lot of luck with my beers bottle conditioning quick). It sounds ambitious but what the heck! I'm dying to see how they do!
I will post again with the results of the contest. Hope to see you at Hurricane's on June 11th for some great beer and food!
Bourbon Oaked IPA - 5 U.S. Gallons (BIAB; partial mash)
Target F.G.: 1.020
Target ABV: 7.5%
Mash at 153 degrees-F for 60 min
6.6 lbs CBW Golden Light Extract
6.0 lbs Maris Otter Pale Malt
1.0 lbs Crystal 40
0.5 lbs Briess Victory Malt
0.5 lbs Gambrinus Honey Malt
4.14 AAU Cascade - First Wort Hop
2.6 AAU Chinook - 45 min
8.9 AAU Amarillo - 30 min
15.6 AAU Warrior - 15 min
4.15 AAU Cascade - 0 min
*I use Alpha Acid Units (AAU) for my hop amounts as sometimes the alpha acid content is different from manufacturer to manufacturer, crop to crop, year to year. This ensures that you are adding the correct amount of Alpha Acids to your homebrew no matter where you get your hops!
The formula is simple.... AAU's = Alpha Acid% * Weight of Hops in ounces
So, if you have Cascade hops that contain 8% alpha acids then simply divide the above AAU by 8 and you will get how many ounces of 8% AA Cascade to add! (4.14/8 = 0.52 oz)
8.3 AAU Cascade - Dry hop for 1 week
7.26 AAU Chinook - Dry hop for 1 week
*will be splitting batch in half after dry hop additions*
1 oz Bourbon Soaked French Oak Chips - 1 week in secondary
Denny's Favorite 50 (Wyeast 1450) - 2 Smack Packs
I've never used Denny's Favorite 50 before. Someone bought the last 6 smack packs of 1056 right before me and so this strain was recommended to me. Click the above link to check out the profile! Interested to see how it turns out...may become Nick's Favorite!