In case you did not notice the new link in the header, the 2016 NHC Gold Medal Recipes are up! Head on over and check ’em out, all the recipes include the BeerXML download for easy import into your recipe builder of choice!
Picked up two silvers at the San Diego round of the National Homebrew Competition this past weekend, one for my Vienna lager and the other for some Straight Lambic I had bulk aging in a keg already (the same base I used for my crowd favorite Kumquat Lambic). Pretty exciting, see y’all down Baltimore way!
Part of the Brewcrafting series.
If you have not yet heard, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) recently released the guidelines for the 2016 National Homebrew Competition (NHC). This will be the first year the competition will use the updated 2015 BJCP styles [PDF warning], so many homebrewers–especially myself–have been eagerly awaiting the release of these updated guidelines. The AHA mentioned last year the NHC 2016 competition will be a transition year and will only be using a subset of the new styles; it will be especially important to closely examine the competition guidelines and not the 2015 BJCP Guidelines, as there will be significant structural differences between the two. Fortunately, the relevant updated style guides have been included within the NHC 2016 guidelines, so stick with them and you will be A-OK.
This is a good time for another installment of my Brewcrafting series, so take a look a the guidelines, read on, and let’s get ready for NHC 2016!
I know I have been under a rock for the past month or so; I have been keeping my head down and focusing on my presentation Berliner and Beyond: Sour Mashing and its Applications which I presented this past week at the National Homebrewers Conference. NHC was an awesome time and I really feel like I nailed my presentation, but without further ado I wanted to be sure I get my slides up as a reference.
I will see if I can get a copy of the audio recording and post it up here or a dedicated page. In the mean time, please feel free to ask me any questions you might have about sour mashing!
Update: Grabbed the audio and threw the slides and audio up on a dedicated page.
Now that the 2015 NHC Seminar List has been published I feel better about announcing this in a more official capacity: I have been selected to speak at the 2015 National Homebrewers Conference to give a talk titled Berliner and Beyond: Sour Mashing and its Applications. To commemorate this auspicious moment (and to focus myself for the conference) I am hereby dedicating 2015 as Year of the Sour Mash. It is my hope to not only inspire and inform my fellow homebrewers about the techniques and applications of sour mashing, but challenge myself to elevate the state of the art through experimentation and education.
Why sour mashing? Sour mashing is a fun, fast, and easy way to begin experimenting with sour beers, a topic more and more folks are getting interested in. I want to equip homebrewers of all skill levels to be able to successfully perform a sour mash and work it into a variety of their beers. A review of the conference seminars of past few years show that there have been no presentations dedicated to sour mashing and I want to be the one to change that.