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Judgement Day

The homebrew club that I’m part of, GRAB (Grand River Area Brewers), recently held a friendly competition with the HOZERs (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiast Ring). I submitted three beers: An APA, a Stout (Vanilla Bourbon, brewed with Scott), and my LISP

There were four judges, Kevin Freer, Jason Stranak, Nate Ferguson, and me. It was not a BJCP sanctioned competition but it was run fairly similarly to one. I had never judged before so it was a real learning experience for me!

Some photos from the day:

Results for the competition.

 


Moving Beer

It was as busy a day as they come in my “brewery”.

I have two competitions coming up in January: Ontario Beer Kegs and a friendly competition between my homebrew group, GRAB (Grand River Area Brewers) and the HOZERS (Hamilton Ontario Zymurgy Enthusiasts Ring). It’s all fun and I’ve been brewing a fair bit over the last month or so so I have a few things to enter.

I spent a fair chunk of time today in my brew space moving beer from carboy to carboy. I acquired my new filtration unit a few weeks ago and one of the bonus features of it is that you can bypass the filter pads/plates and just use it as a small pump. It’s perfect for transfers and I don’t have to worry about siphons, gravity or lifting heavy carboys.

I was able to transfer and dry hop an IPA I did a while ago and move it from the bottom shelf to the top shelf of my fermentation cupboard with the pump. Pretty painless!

moving beer

moving beer

There was a question asked of me about the filtration process and that is whether the pump introduced oxygen/air through cavitation. I’m happy to say that, no, there is no cavitation in this pump since I have used it. There was a bit of air introduced via filtration but it very quickly subsided and the lines were free of any air.

No aeration/cavitation

No aeration/cavitation

It may not be totally clear in the above photo but the lines are free of any air. The little pump was a work horse today. I not only used for the bigger transfers but also for taking out a gallon of a particular beer to add to priming sugar in a gallon jug and the using it for bottling. No siphon needed!

My to-do list for today:

  • transfer/dry hop IPA
  • transfer/dry hop competition APA
  • transfer/gel Christmas Ale
  • bottle RIS for comp
  • bottle LISP for comp

Done and done!

Peter’s Happy Pils and May the Schwarz be with you… It’s what’s on tap.

 


Scored a prize!

Submissions at Alan’s photo contest over at A Good Beer Blog have ended and prizes are being awarded. I’m thrilled to announce that I won a prize for this photo:

Beercation!

I have won a one year subscription to Taps magazine for “capturing glow”.

There is still the grand prize to be awarded in the contest but I’m not holding my breath. I’m not sure if winning an earlier prize takes me out of the running for the biggie but there were a lot of nice photos submitted so we’ll just wait and see. It should be announced later today.