July 13, 2015

Apple Blossom Is Having a Porter Homebrew Competition

 ABBC Porter Homebrew Competition

Apple Blossom Brewing Company is hosting our first ever statewide homebrew competition!!!  This go-around we are inviting any and all Porter style entries, with prizes as follows:

  • 1st  place:  Brew a 10bbl batch on the ABBC system, ABBC shirt, and a 1/6bbl keg of your beer when it comes out.
  • 2nd  place:  Dinner for Two certificate valued at $75, ABBC shirt, and a 64oz growler and fill.
  • 3rd  place:  ABBC shirt, and a 32oz growler and fill.

Judging will be held at Apple Blossom Brewing Company at 2pm on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 for brewing a 10bbl batch on the Apple Blossom system on Friday, November 13th, 2015. 

Judging will be conducted by a panel of judges, one of whom will be an ABBC representative.  The ABBC judge will have the right to exclude any beer from consideration if it is deemed unsuitable for any reason.  The winning recipe will become the property of ABBC.

All beers must arrive at ABBC by 5pm Friday, September 11th (1550 East Zion Road, Suite 1, Fayetteville, AR 72701).  Beers may be shipped or delivered, and packaged in either bottles or growlers.  To get labels to be adhered to your submissions, please go to: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/SCP_BottleID.pdf

Two submissions per contestant maximum.

Within reason, the winner will be invited to provide the name for their brew (no vulgarity, etc.).


Yeast: Wyeast 1728 (Scottish ale), Wyeast 3522 (Belgian ale), and GigaYeast 054 (Vermont ale).  We will make any of these available to home brewers by appointment.  Please bring your own container for transport (we can sanitize it for you here).  Other commercially available dry yeasts are also an option as long they are financially feasible.

Grain: We deal with Country Malt and Brewer’s Supply Group.  We get all of our grain pre-milled.  Please use their product lists when formulating your recipes.

Hops:  If we have it in inventory, we are happy to sell it to you at cost for use in your brews.  We currently have the following: Belma, Falconer’s Flight, Centennial Type, Zeus, Equinox, Citra, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic, EKG, Gr Herkules, Gr Northern Brewer, Gr Hallertau, Gr Perle, Bravo, Centennial, Columbus, Hersbrucker

As long as prices are reasonable, and there is ample spot purchase availability, we are happy to buy any other hops ya’ll choose to brew with!

Agents & Adjuncts:  We typically use YeastEx 82 and Whirlfloc, as well as Phosphoric acid, Calcium Chloride, and Calcium Sulfate, in every brew.  If you would like to use other yeast/fermentation agents, flocculating agents, or water treatment chemicals, please run them by us first. 

If you’d like to use flavoring adjuncts, please keep cost and feasibility in mind.  As you can see from our selection of beers, we have done quite a bit of work with adjuncts!  We are comfortable with each of the following methods of making such additions: loose in the mash, in large strainer bags in the boil, in small strainer bags in the fermenter, loose in the fermenter, inline through our hop-back during knockout or FV to Brite Tank transfer.  Also, keep in mind that we have a full kitchen that is capable of toasting grains, cracking beans, making syrups, preparing and pulverizing fresh herbs & spices, etc.

Misc:  The ABBC brewhouse vessels are all steam jacketed.  We pitch our yeast from chilled kegs of each pure culture.  All cellar vessels are fully glycol jacketed.  We have a plate-and-frame filter available for use with 700 or 1,000 micron pads.  We force-carbonate all of our beers.

We look forward to tasting your delicious brews, and getting a chance to work together!!!

To arrange to pick up yeast, or if you have any questions or comments, please be in touch with Sammie and Marcus at abbcbrewmaster@gmail.com.  Please give at least two days’ notice for picking up any ingredients.

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