AHA’s Annual Spring Big Brew! • Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm

It’s almost time for the AHA’s annual spring Big Brew! This event celebrates National Homebrew Day, the first Saturday of May every year. The BHG will be participating again as we usually do by hosting a Big Brew in Chris Brehm’s yard, 2617 Cedarwood Ave.

For those new to the concept, it’s a fun opportunity to drag your equipment to a foreign location and brew in a social setting. It certainly raises challenges not faced in our normal home environments, but is a great opportunity to share our different equipment/processes/techniques with each other and can be quite educational. It’s open to the public and brewing is not required, so come hang out and see what people are doing and share a homebrew with us if you aren’t able to brew. More participation makes it more interesting though, so I encourage you to make the effort to put it on your calendar and bring some equipment over. If lack of equipment is your hold up please let us know, as we collectively have tons of extra gear between us.

As in years past, we’ve once again tied this with the Guild’s anniversary and have developed a recipe to commemorate our 8th year. This year, we hope you join us in brewing our Belgian Dubbel recipe, but it is by no means a requirement. The recipe this year is courtesy of Doug Burghart! This was a gold-medal winning recipe from the Best of the Bay last year, and his version was phenomenal. The recipe is below

NOTE: If you are going to brew the club recipe, and you’re using Belgian yeast, be sure to let Robert (North Corner) know by April 28 so he can get the order in by brew day.

The club will provide food, but feel free to bring additional snacks to share and most importantly homebrew! Bonus points if you have any bottles of your 5th and 6th Anniversary beers to share up.
When: Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9am – 6pm
No real fixed schedule, but most of us doing all-grain batches will probably be trying to get started by 9. Do what works for you!
Doug Burghart’s Belgian Dubbel:
  • 69% Belgian Pils
  • 14% Munich 10L
  • 3.3%. Aromatic malt
  • 3.3%. Special B malt
  • 3.3%. Caramunich malt
  • 3%. Amber Belgian candi syrup
  • 3%. Dark brown sugar
  • 2.8 oz. US Saaz 2.6 AA. 60 mins
  • 1.5 oz Tettananger 4.5% AA 60 mins
    (I used whatever noble hops I had around – you probably could use any noble hop, I prefer Tettnanger, just for bettering only)
  • Wyeast Abbey II yeast
    (I started it at 68, and just let it free rise, I think it got up to 73 at its
    highest). Did a 2L starter.
  • OG: 1.062
  • FG: 1.012
  • IBU: 20
  • SRM: 16

Best of the Bay 2012 Results

Best of the Bay 2012 Winners

Best of the Bay 2012 Winners

[Photos and additional information coming soon.]

Light Lagers (9 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Alex Cleanthous Charles’ Pils 2B: Bohemian Pilsener Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
2nd JONATHAN Permen Sitzung Helles 1D: Munich Helles Impaling Alers
3rd Todd Quessenberry Franklin 75 1A: Lite American Lager Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
HM Roger Kee Go to Helles 1D: Munich Helles Greater Everett Brewers League

European Amber Lager And Dark Lager (13 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jeremy Allison Munich Dunkel 4B: Munich Dunkel Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association
2nd Brian Searfass Bungle in the Dunkel 4B: Munich Dunkel Greater Everett Brewers Legue
3rd JONATHAN Permen Dark Dog 4C: Schwarzbier Impaling Alers
HM JONATHAN Permen Zwei Damen 3A: Vienna Lager Impaling Alers

Bock And German Wheat/rye (7 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Brian Searfass 1-2-3 Rock Bock 5B: Traditional Bock Greater Everett Brewers Legue
2nd Chris Brehm Maibock 5A: Maibock/Helles Bock Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Jeremy Allison Dunkelweizen II 15B: Dunkelweizen Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association
HM Ryan Meyer Heffervescence 15A: Weizen/Weissbier LOADED

Light And Amber Hybrid (13 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kelly Gambini Simply Blonde 6B: Blonde Ale Bellingham Homebrew Guild
2nd Josh Smith Lite Weight 6B: Blonde Ale
3rd JONATHAN Permen Kolsch 2012 6C: Kolsch Impaling Alers
HM JONATHAN Permen American Wheat 2012 6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer Impaling Alers

English Ale (8 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Ryan Meyer 4 Leaf ESB 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) LOADED
2nd Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
Best Bitter (BB 2.0) 8B: Special/Best/Premium Bitter North Seattle Homebrewers
3rd David Pucci AyeSeaEwe Daves Brown Ale 11A: Mild
HM Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
ESB (ESB 2.0) 8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) North Seattle Homebrewers

Scottish And Irish Ales (9 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st JONATHAN Permen Haggis Chaser 9A: Scottish Light 60/- Impaling Alers
2nd Josh Smith Scottish Lodge 9B: Scottish Heavy 70/-
3rd Eric Barnes Caramel Amber Ale 9D: Irish Red Ale Brewing Network
HM Josh Smith Scottish Props 9A: Scottish Light 60/-

American Ale (22 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st JONATHAN Permen Tasty’s APA 2012 10A: American Pale Ale Impaling Alers
2nd Chris Brehm Citra/Galaxy Pale 10A: American Pale Ale Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Ken Newton
Co-Brewer: Greg Smith
Big Tale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale

Stout And Porter (13 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st JONATHAN Permen American Stout 2012 13E: American Stout Impaling Alers
2nd Andrew Richardson A Nameless Stout 13C: Oatmeal Stout Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
Brown Porter BP (1.2) 12A: Brown Porter North Seattle Homebrewers
HM JONATHAN Permen Babooshka RIS 13F: Imperial Stout Impaling Alers

India Pale Ale (17 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st chris cain
Co-Brewer: pat cain
curveball imp ipa 14C: Imperial IPA snobs
2nd Robert Reyes USA IPA 14B: American IPA Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
Bitter Living IIPA (2.0) 14C: Imperial IPA North Seattle Homebrewers

Belgian And French Ale (10 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st JONATHAN Permen Revigorer 16C: Saison Impaling Alers
2nd Jesse Nickerson This is not the greatest Saison in the world. This is just a tribute. 16C: Saison Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Chris Mcclanahan Belgian Pale Ale 16B: Belgian Pale Ale Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
HM Chris Mcclanahan Belgian Witbier 16A: Witbier Bellingham Homebrewers Guild

Belgian Specialty (10 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jeremy Allison Rye Saison 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association
2nd Chris Brehm Dark Lord Of the Funk 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Kyle Jacobson Cascade Summer Ale 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Kyle Jacobson
HM Kyle Jacobson Mowing Monk 16E: Belgian Specialty Ale Kyle Jacobson

Sours, Belgian Strong, And Strong Ales (10 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Todd Quessenberry Quick & Dirty Flanders Red 17B: Flanders Red Ale Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
2nd Jesse Nickerson Kenya’s Pride 17D: Straight (Unblended) Lambic Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
Populuxe BDS (1.0) 18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale North Seattle Homebrewers
HM Jiri Zatloukal
Co-Brewer: Peter Charbonnier
Barley Wine #1 19B: English Barleywine North Seattle Homebrewers

Fruit And Spice, Herb, And Vegatable Beer (12 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Roger Kee Goblyns Folly Pumpkin Barleywine 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Greater Everett Brewers League
2nd JONATHAN Permen Fruition (Raspberry Biere de Garde) 20A: Fruit Beer Impaling Alers
3rd James Martini
Co-Brewer: Jessieca Martini
BrewBabe’s Strawberry Blonde 20A: Fruit Beer NorWA
HM Stephen Dahl Vanilla Porter 21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer Plato Republic

Smoke And Wood Aged (11 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Tim Mooney Whiskey Aged Peated Porter 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
2nd Roger Kee Cossack’s Charge II 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Greater Everett Brewers League
3rd Stephen Dahl Loki the Possum Killer 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Plato Republic
HM Tim Mooney Whiskey Caramel Doppelbock 22C: Wood-Aged Beer Bellingham Homebrewers Guild

Specialty (14 Entries)

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Roger Kee Apocalypto Brown 23A: Specialty Beer Greater Everett Brewers League
2nd Josh Smith
Co-Brewer: Caleb Atkins
Blaine Damaged 23A: Specialty Beer
3rd Josh Smith
Co-Brewer: Zach Brown
Count Chocul’orange 23A: Specialty Beer

Peoples’ Choice

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Kelly Gambini Raspberry Wheat 20A: Fruit Beer Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
2nd Justin Bajema Whiskey Porter 22C: Wood Aged Beer Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd David Pucci AyeSeaEwe Daves Brown Ale 11A: Mild

Best Of Show

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Jeremy Allison Munich Dunkel 4B: Munich Dunkel Whidbey Island Zymurgy Association
2nd Todd Quessenberry Quick & Dirty Flanders Red 17B: Flanders Red Ale Bellingham Homebrewers Guild
3rd JONATHAN Permen Haggis Chaser 9A: Scottish Light 60/- Impaling Alers

How to properly submit your bottles to the Best of the Bay Homebrew Competition

Last year we collected a lot of garbage from the entries to the Best of the Bay Homebrew Competition. The garbage consisted of bags, tape, entry forms, and receipts. All this extra stuff got thrown away. It created a lot of extra work for the fine folks handling the bottles at Boundary Bay and for the upstanding homebrewers who carefully submitted their brew with unneeded materials. Now that the bottle acceptance window is open for this years competition I’d like to take a minute and detail exactly what should be on your bottle when you submit it to our competition. For reference I took a picture:

proper bottle labeling

This is the proper way to submit your entries to the Best of the Bay Homebrew Competition.

Note the details. In the center of the image you will clearly see a bottle. That bottle is identified with a bottle ID form which is securely attached with a single rubber band. And that’s it. There is no tape, no plastic bags, and no extra paperwork. All we need to judge your beer is the bottle ID form. We require so little information because all of the ‘paperwork’ associated with entering a competition is contained in the database of the competition software we use. This information is referenced as we need it prior to, during, and after the judging process.

In conclusion, please keep your packaging materials to a minimum when submitting your beer to our competition. It keeps us happy and you don’t have to go through as much effort to send in your beer.

Also, six packs are ok too.

Best Of The Bay 2012

Attention Homebrewers!

The Bellingham Homebrewers Guild is sponsoring the second annual Best of the Bay Homebrew Competition.  This is a Washington Homebrewer of the Year qualifying event. Homebrewers can submit official entries for formal BJCP judging and all beer styles will be accepted (no mead entries). After the entry cut-off date of July 23rd, all styles will be grouped according to the number of entries received. All entries must be received by Monday, July 23rd at 5:00 PM and formal BJCP judging will take place on Saturday, July 28th.

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How to Enter:

  1. Brew beer!
  1. Register your entries at: http://www.bellinghambrewers.com/competition/
  1. First entry costs $5 and $4 for each additional entry. Entry fees must be paid online.
  1. Each entry must be submitted in 3-12 ounce unlabeled bottles (NO swing top or 22 oz. bottles will be accepted). Bottle registration information must be attached with a rubber band to each bottle.
  1. Entries must be received starting Monday, July 16th and no later than July 23rd, 2012 at  5:00 PM at the following drop-off locations: Boundary Bay Brewery (Bellingham), North Corner Brewing Supply (Bellingham), Homebrew Heaven (Everett), Larry’s Brewing Supply (Kent) or Northwest Brewers Supply (Anacortes).
  1. For more competition information or information on volunteering, please contact:

ian@bellinghambrewers.com

 

 

Cheers and Good Luck!

Black Mountain Ale

Silver medal winner in the BHG’s Best Of The Bay 2011 competition. Brewed by Kyle Galloway.

Style Information

Name: Specialty Beer
Recipe Type: All Grain
Category: Specialty Beer
Category Number: 23
 
Style Letter: A
Style Guide: BJCP
Type: Mixed
 

Grains & Extracts

Name Amount Notes
American Pale Malt (2-Row) 11 lb
Crystal Malt 40L 0.99 lb
American Chocolate Malt 0.51 lb
American Roasted Barley 0.24 lb

Hops

Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes
Chinook 1 oz 11.9% 11.9 60
Cascade 1 oz 8.9% 8.9 15
Centennial 0.5 oz 10.5% 5.25 15
Cascade 1.5 oz 8.9% 13.35 2
Centennial 0.5 oz 10.5% 5.25 2
Columbus 0.25 oz 13% 3.25 2
Cascade 0.65 oz 8.9% 5.785 0
Columbus 0.3 oz 13% 3.9 0

Yeasts

Name Amount Notes
American Ale 35273.96 oz Soft, smooth, clean finish. Very well balanced. Very versitile -- works well with many ale styles.

Boil

Amount: 0 gallons
Water Description:
Time: 60 minutes
Target Batch Size: 5.25 gallons

Profile

Estimated OG: 1.064
Estimated FG: 1.012
Actual OG: 1.064
Actual FG: 1.012
Bitterness: 52 IBU
Estimated Color: 24 SRM

Tasting notes

Soft, smooth, clean finish. Very well balanced. Very versitile -- works well with many ale styles.

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