NHC Score Sheets Arrive

On July 18, 2011, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

Shameless self-promotion:  You can view the awarding of my bronze medal at the 1 hour, 11 minute mark, of the award ceremony video, over at Justin.tv.

Today, I received score sheets for my two entries into the National Homebrew Competition final round.  The bronze medal American barleywine scored a combined 38.3 points and advanced on to the mini-Best of Show round.  It came in 3rd out of 252 entries in the strong ale category.  Here are the score sheets (click on the images to view a larger size version you can actually read:)

Cover Sheet Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Cover Sheet Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Score Sheet 1 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Score Sheet 1 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score Sheet 2 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Score Sheet 2 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Score Sheet 3 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

Score Sheet 3 Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Beanilla Porter scored a combined 34 points and did not place in the finals. I was surprised at some of the comments saying that the fresh vanilla overpowered the underlying robust porter style.  Upon further research in the BJCP style guidelines for spiced beers, they do repeatedly talk about a balance of the spice and the underlying style.  Strangely, this received much higher scores in the first round (and a first place regionally), and the level if spice was complemented several times.  Go figure…

Cover Sheet Beanilla Porter

Cover Sheet Beanilla Porter

Score Sheet 1 Beanilla Porter

Score Sheet 1 Beanilla Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score Sheet 2 Beanilla Porter

Score Sheet 2 Beanilla Porter

Score Sheet 3 Beanilla Porter

Score Sheet 3 Beanilla Porter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, this has been a good experience.  I was always just a bit wary of the whole judging process, and some of that is still there.  I can’t help but feel that judging beer ultimately comes down to very subjective calls by judges.  Aside from strong ales that didn’t meet the primary BJCP style guidelines, how exactly was my bronze medal barleywine better than 249 other strong ales?

The barleywine keg blew last Monday, but I’ve bottled eight bottles for potentially entering the ale again next year and see how it does after another twelve months of aging.  But, I also need to brew the barleywine again ASAP:)

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NHC 2011 Wrap-Up

On June 22, 2011, in Family and Friends, Homebrewing, Travel, by Mark Ranes
Table 30 at the Awards Ceremony

Table 30, with my favorite people, at the Awards Ceremony

We returned from NHC to blistering heat (over 100 degrees) in the San Joaquin Valley.  On top of that, our air conditioner crapped out, and we spent a very hot, restless night before a repair dude made it to our house yesterday.  All is good again!

The trip home for NHC was long, but uneventful.  After a couple days to detoxify my liver, I’ve had time to reflect on some of the things I learned at NHC 2011.

I learned that I can attended a three day beer conference and not over-imbibe, even though beer is available from 9:00 am to 2:00 am.  Never once did I have next-day blues from alcohol.  Every day, I had next-day blues from lack of sleep. The NHC conference is definitely a marathon event:)

My Bronze Medal for the American Barleywine

My Bronze Medal for the American Barleywine

I learned what pride is.  Pride is being on a stage, receiving a medal for your brewing accomplishments, in front of the people who love you the most.  Nine of the ten people at my Grand Banquet and Awards Ceremony table were actively rooting for my ales, maybe even more than I was.  The look in their faces when my name was called meant more than the actual bronze medal.  They were proud and happy for me like they themselves had actually won!  I love you guys:)

I learned the power of social media.  The kudos I received via Twitter and Facebook were amazing.  Some of my Twitter buddies could be heard cheering from other places in the banquet room.  That was cool!

We are already planning on attending next year’s NHC in Seattle.  Family in Oregon that we can visit, the huge beer culture in Oregon, and the fact that I haven’t been to Seattle since I was a child, are all huge draws.  I’m planning on setting up a brewing schedule, that favors competition entries for next year’s NHC, in the next couple weeks. Additionally, I’m going to bottle some of the winning barleywine and see how it matures over the year.  It would be interesting to submit it again next year and see how it scores.

If you are a homebrewer, and you’ve never been to a National Homebrewers Conference, start saving your pennies now!  Next year’s conference in Seattle should be killer!

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NHC 2011 Day 3 – Winning!

On June 19, 2011, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
Me and Gary Glass

Me and Gary Glass

Holy crap!  I won a bronze medal at the 2011 National Homebrewers Conference for my American barleywine!  I was so excited!  It was wonderful to have so many of my good friends around when it happened:)  And most importantly, it put The Central Valley Brewers Guild on the map.   I think I’m proudest of that:)

Many thanks to those of you who have reached out to me with congratulations!

Mr. and Mrs. Lazy Brewer

Mr. and Mrs. Lazy Brewer

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Time to Brew this Winter’s Barleywine

On July 25, 2009, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes
Mark's Big Foot Barley Wine Tap Handle

Mark's Big Foot Barley Wine Tap Handle

My Czar’s Pride Russian Imperial Stout keg blew recently, so I put my barleywine online sooner than I had originally planned.  The barleywine really needs a bit more time to mature, but I always like to have a big ale on tap, so it filled a need.

For the first time, I’ll be pitching this barleywine on top of a White Labs English Ale, WLP002, yeast cake.  I’ll need to rack five gallons of Eddy’s IPA to clean carboy in the morning, so that the yeast cake is ready to receive its new charge.  I’ve always been a bit suspect of reusing yeast, but Stephen, and Steve, used to do this all the time.  Additionally, commercial craft breweries reuse yeast all of the time.  I have a vial of White Labs Super High Gravity Ale yeast, WLP099, to throw into the carboy after a couple days of initial fermentation.  I usually have to baby my barleywines to get them to attenuate out completely.

I’ve tweaked my barleywine recipe a bit, so here’s the updated version:

Mark’s Bigfoot 5
19-C American Barleywine
Author: Mark Ranes
Date: 7/25/09

Size: 5.28 gal
Efficiency: 70.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 486.57 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.143 (1.080 – 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.036 (1.016 – 1.030)
Color: 19.64 (10.0 – 19.0)
Alcohol: 14.48% (8.0% – 12.0%)
Bitterness: 120.3 (50.0 – 120.0)

Ingredients:
1.0 tbsp 5.2 pH Stabilizer – added during mash
15.0 lb Pale Malt(2-row)
10.0 lb Maris Otter
1.0 lb Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
1.0 lb Carastan Malt
1.0 lb Aromatic Malt
0.3 lb Chocolate Malt
1.5 lb Corn Sugar
1.25 oz Summit (17.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
0.75 oz Nugget (13.0%) – added during boil, boiled 20.0 min
1.0 tsp Wyeast Nutrient  – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 ea Whirlfloc Tablet (Irish moss) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
2.0 oz Cascade (5.8%) – added during boil, boiled 2.0 min
0.5 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 2.0 min
2.0 oz Summit (17.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
2.0 oz Nugget (13.0%) – added dry to primary fermenter
1.0 White Labs WLP002 English Ale Yeast Cake
1.0 1000 ml White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale

The wort is chilling right now, and should be put to bed in the brew shed’s fermentation chamber soon!

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