Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

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Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by wcturnedec » Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:00 am

On tap: APA, Dubbel, Dark Mild
Fermenting: Brett Saison 2022, Schwarzbier, APA, Sour Brown,
Coming up: American Wheat (Fruited), Vienna Lager, Dortmunder
Bottled: Brett Saison 2020, Brett Saison 2021, Baltic Porter

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by BAbrewing » Tue Nov 16, 2021 9:58 pm

I think ill give this one a go.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Thu Nov 18, 2021 7:07 pm

Nice! I was thinking about there not having been a comp in awhile. I think I'll probably give this one a go too if I can find some ferementor space.

"(Note: anyone wishing to use a yeast strain they procure themselves is welcome to do so!)"
Interesting, I really like the St. Remy so I'll likely stick with it but this might be a good opportunity to stick out from the crowd.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by Hibernaculum » Wed Dec 08, 2021 10:54 am

I brewed a dubbel on Saturday (4 Dec), hopefully it's comp-worthy! I used the St. Remy's for this as well. I'd guess it's the Rochefort strain. I'm also planning to chuck a Belgian Dark Strong onto the cake once it's done! I have only entered a comp once before, so this will be a fun opportunity to be submitting a beer rather than judging.
On Tap:
Double-Decocted pumpkin ale w/ vanilla & spices (sans nutmeg)

Fermenting/Bulk-Aging:
Dubbel for Big Spruce comp
Mixed-ferm saison on peaches (Jester King culture + Mothership Brett Blend)
Wet hop Sumac ale w/ De Dolle yeast
NY Muscat saison (Belgian Saison II)
Brett saison w/ Dandelions & French oak cubes
Various wines & piquettes (Leon Millot, NY Muscat, Riesling)
Traditional Mead (base for a split batch)

Conditioning in bottles:
Imperial Stout (1.114 to 1.050 = 11.8% ABV)

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:16 pm

Ah, yeah I think it was actually the WLP540/Westmalle that I had used, not the 530/Rochefort. Wouldn't mind grabbing a bottle before brewing since I haven't had one in awhile, but Belgian stuff is slim pickins around here lately.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Sun Dec 26, 2021 4:16 pm

Long shot, but I don't suppose anyone still has yeast from this they saved or didn't use? Checked with Jeremy earlier in the month and he said he was out of yeast but would be getting more. Would prefer not to leave brewing for this much later if I'm going to do it but I don't think Escarpment is shipping again until early Jan.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by Jamveino » Sun Dec 26, 2021 7:30 pm

I have 2 mason jars of it on the fridge. I’m in the Valley though.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by jkdunbar » Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:14 am

Jamveino wrote:
Sun Dec 26, 2021 7:30 pm
I have 2 mason jars of it on the fridge. I’m in the Valley though.
I have the St Remy yeast that Jeremy gave me. Ended up not using it and went another direction.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:55 pm

I'd be happy to pick up and compensate you for it if either of you aren't planning on using it.

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Post by jkdunbar » Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:12 pm

PM'd you

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Tue Dec 28, 2021 1:40 am

jkdunbar wrote:
Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:12 pm
PM'd you
I don't think I received it!

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Post by jkdunbar » Tue Dec 28, 2021 10:32 am

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Tue Dec 28, 2021 3:08 pm

All sorted! Now fingers crossed I can churn something out before Feb 5 😅

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by jkdunbar » Wed Dec 29, 2021 5:30 pm

ConanTroutman wrote:
Tue Dec 28, 2021 3:08 pm
All sorted! Now fingers crossed I can churn something out before Feb 5 😅
Glad to help! Just save me two of yours in payment 😉

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Mon Jan 03, 2022 3:46 pm

Will do! It's coming across a *little* cidery at the moment but we'll see how it turns after it's had some time to clear up a bit.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by Bradbrewsbeer » Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:53 pm

Has a drop off location been announced yet ?
Kegged - Kolsch , American Stout 2.0, Altbier , 0.8% Pale , Cherry Saison , White Ipa
Fermenting - Cream Ale

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by GCR » Sat Jan 22, 2022 4:54 pm

We bottled our entry today! Good luck to all. I love this competition so much, it is truly the gold standard for any comps I've ever been in.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by AnarchistBrewing » Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:45 pm

Bradbrewsbeer wrote:
Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:53 pm
Has a drop off location been announced yet ?
I would like to second that question.
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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by PMackie » Wed Jan 26, 2022 8:11 am

They posted this on the BS facebook yesterday:
"What a huge number of entrants this year! We had to get the great folks at Escarpment Yeast Labs to send more yeast! Thank you to all those that have paid their entry fee. A lot of you are asking about drop off points for your entries - please email to request confirmation of the location and remember you can also drop entries off at the brewery during hours of operation. We will also send a group email to all entrants.
Regrettably, due to COVID restrictions, we will have to cancel the 4pm Gala at Wooden Monkey to announce the winners. We will endeavour to find an adequate way to make this up to you all, either in our swag sent to entrants, or at a later date when we can gather.
Good luck to you all!"
Kegged: Maritime Fog (NEIPA), All Ryell'ed Up (Rye APA)
Fermenting: Seltzer Water
On deck: Something over the Holidays
In the hole: ...

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by ConanTroutman » Wed Jan 26, 2022 11:03 am

Bummer about the awards getting cancelled, probably the best call though.

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by know1 » Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:17 am

FYI we have arranged for a pickup of five entries so far at my place here in middle sackville tomorrow Feb 3rd. If anyone else in the area wants to jump in and drop off here today/tonight just shoot me DM.
Kegged: TNT IPA, Rocketfuel 2.0, Wet Hopped Pale (Chinook + Hallertau), Wet Hopped Red Rye, Smoked Belgian, Tripel, Bretty Bitter
Planning: Big Spruce Dubbel
Thinking: Lutra Lager

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by buddha3004 » Wed Feb 02, 2022 3:29 pm

know1 wrote:
Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:17 am
FYI we have arranged for a pickup of five entries so far at my place here in middle sackville tomorrow Feb 3rd. If anyone else in the area wants to jump in and drop off here today/tonight just shoot me DM.
I sent a pm. I am interested in the drop off
Thanks
On Tap:English Pale Ale(Cone hops for Bittering), Belgian Pale Ale, ESB
Fermenting: American Lager
Planned: Maris/Wheat Pale Ale
Bottled: Cream Ale, Belgian Dubbel, ESB, Pale Ale

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by Tim Gregory » Wed Feb 02, 2022 5:13 pm

That would be great Jeramy. I sent you a text

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by GCR » Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:17 pm

Winner will be announced on Tuesday now, as per Big Spruce FB:

https://www.facebook.com/41779136161257 ... 238127205/

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Re: Big Spruce Homebrew Challenge 2022

Post by mumblecrunch » Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:33 pm

Just got home from judging this and can say the quality was really very good. Nine beers came through my table and though there was definitely a range of scores, none of them were undrinkable.

One thing I will say, though, is TAKE YOUR PACKAGING SERIOUSLY. We had a couple beers that we think would have been really excellent and would have scored higher if they’d had a better carb. We also had one that we literally judged twice because one judge had the presence of mind to ask for a second bottle. Sure enough, the flaw from the first bottle (dish soap, we thought) wasn’t present in the second and it went from a decent score with flaws to a trip to the final table.

All in all I’m glad I decided to drink Dubbel on a February Sunday afternoon rather than enter the comp myself Great job folks, some lovely beer being brewed in our region!!


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