First Annual Homebrew Crawl Competition

Orange County Mash Ups in conjunction with Windsor Homebrew Supply, is proud to announce the First Annual Homebrew Crawl Competition.  

The two best-in-show winners of this competition will have a chance to brew on one of the participating breweries system, as well as have their beer sold as a kit for sale.  The beer will be served at the First Annual Homebrew Crawl of 2017, on November 4th.

Quick Date Guide

Fill out the Sign Up Form by Sept 1st, 2017
Register your beer by Sept 14th with the Online Entry Form provided via e-mail
Bring your entries to Windsor Homebrew Suppl between Sept 17th and 23rd
Results will be announced September 24th online

Resources

BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines
Online Sign Up Form
Competition Labels

Qualifications

All beer entered must be developed by homebrewers, on a homebrew system. No individuals belonging to a professional brewing agency many enter.  Previous winning beer entries from any Orange County Mash Ups Competition within the last 12 months, or minor variations of, are not allowed.  Previous winning entrants may enter the competition using a different brew recipe.  In the event that a beer is judged by the competition organizers, staff, or Beer Judges as too similar to a previous entry, recipes will be compared to confirm eligibility.  In the event that recipes are not available, the beer will be disqualified.   Entries must be entered under the name of the person(s) entering it.  Do not use a business or fictitious name.

Guidelines

This competition is an extract only competition.  As such, homebrewers may not use a mash or sugar conversion process to produce this beer.  The beer must be produced from either dried malt extract or liquid malt extract.  Steeping grains or a “Partial Mash” is allowed, however the grains shall not be more than 16 dry ounces dry weight.

Ingredients shall be kept to malt extract, malt, grains, hops, and yeast.  No fruit, vegetable, herb, spice, or wood is allowed.  In addition, the total cost of a five-gallon batch of the recipe should not exceed $50.00 in price.

Beers cannot be wild, funky, or fermented with the use of yeast strains such as brettanomyces or bacterium.  However, kettle sours are acceptable.

The production timetable for this beer is four weeks maximum.  From brew-day to kegging, the winning beer must be able to be served within four weeks maximum, preferably much quicker.

Homebrewer’s should be thoughtful of the commercial scale brewing process and understand that production timelines and ingredient availability may impact the selection of the winners.  Any beer produced must be able to be made on a commercial scale, for profit.

Entry

Eligible entrants may submit up to three (3) entries for a cost of $7.00 each.  Paid and current Orange County Mash Up Grist members will receive credit for one entry.

Entrants must fill out the Online Entry Form no later than Friday, September 1st.  If an entrant enters beer without payment, all entries after those paid for will be disqualified.  In addition, if an entrant enters more beer than eligible, additional entries will be disqualified. If at tasting, due to labeling, it is unclear which entry is paid for, all entries considered to be possibly in error will be disqualified.

Submit three (3) 10-ounce to 14-ounce bottles per entry.  Bottles must be free of ink, paint, and labeling other than competition entry labels.  Bottles may not include any identifying marks.  Bottles with raised lettering or logos are acceptable.  If any member of the judging panel considers a mark identifying, the entry will be disqualified.  Operator(s) and Judge(s) have final discretion on the determination of identifying marks.  Attach a Competition Label to each bottle with one (1) to two (2) rubber bands.  Do not tape or glue.  Certain entry styles require additional entry information to be properly evaluated.  Refer to the BJCP 2015 Style guidelines for identification.  Do not provide additional details unless prompted to by the BJCP guidelines.

If you have special instructions for the judges (for instance, to roll a bottle before opening) this may be included on the competition label.

All entries must be dropped off at Windsor Homebrew Supply between September 17th and 7 PM September 23rd .  Facilities will be unable to receive entries before or after the submission period and entries will be turned away.  Entrants are responsible for the presentation of their bottles and delivery. Barley Forge, Orange County Mash Ups, Windsor Homebrew Supply, and Gunwhale Ales accept no liability.

Categories

Entries will be judged to the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines
Excluded styles include the following:

  1. American Wild Ale

               28A. Brett Beer
               28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer
               28C. Wild Specialty Beer

Judging

Judges will be BJCP qualified and entries will be judged against the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines. Judges have the power to disqualify an entry at any time.  Judges will have final say over the winning beer (by score) and best in show (by selection).  Results are non-contestable.

Results

Results will be announced online, at www.OCMashUps.org October 1st 2017.  Judging forms will be made available shortly thereafter.  The “Best in Show” winners will be eligible to, at the brewery’s discretion, brew a beer at the corresponding facility for sale.  If the “Best in Show” winner is unavailable or unable to do so, a backup will be selected.  Brewing facility has final discretion on selection of recipe and formulation.

For additional information & questions, please contact events@ocmashups.org