Stockport Beer Festival Homebrew Competition 2017

Entries are now open for this years competition to provide 5 beers for Bar Nouveau at the Stockport Beer Festival. The competition last year was a great success and the beers at the festival where very well received. This year the competition is looking for five new beers which will be brewed in collaboration with some of the best of Manchester's professional breweries. The competition will be officially announced in the December edition of Opening Times and judging is planned to take place in March. There are five broad categories to encourage innovation Mild - 5% Bitter - 5.5%...

Building a kegerator

There comes a time when a homebrewer decides that simply making beer isn't enough and your thoughts turn onto how you serve your wares. Building your own kegerator is a very personal thing. Here we will explore the kegerator I have built for myself but remember its your kegerator so built it how you want it to be. I hope this will help with some of the questions you might be asking yourself. If you have any additional questions please do feel free to ask me on twitter @craigcsruk or in the comments section below. You may notice that I...

July 2016 Meet Writeup

This month we were at @CafeBeermoth and Rich kindly took us through the Introduction To Beer Judging by running a mini IPA competition. Welcome Chris Chris joined us at this meetup. He started homebrewing over 3 years ago but is just getting back into brewing after a year off back packing. Hes a stainless steel welder by trade so instantly became everyone's best friend. Chris brought along an all grain sour/bretted porter. On the topic of beer categories it was recommended that this one could be entered as an American wild ale. Introduction to Beer Judging and mini IPA...

Introduction to Beer Judging and IPA Mini-Competition

At the July Manchester Homebrew meeting I am going to be giving a brief introduction to judging beer in competitions like the UK National Homebrew Competition and the US NHC. I will be introducing how to judge beers using the Beer Judge Certification Program(BJCP)'s techniques and also running through what you need to do to become involved in judging beers at a national level. I will also talk a little about how to enter your beers into competitions and things to consider if you want to brew a high scoring beer. After this brief introduction we will be...

May 2016 Meet Writeup

This month we were at @CafeBeermoth and we had a couple of new members join us. I must say its been positive to see so many new members over the past few months. After sampling our homebrew we again cracked open some of the finest bottles @CafeBeermoth have to offer. Its becoming a nice habit of ours. As always if anything is missed we can only apologies as beer was consumed whilst writing notes. Welcome Julian and Keith On Sunday we welcomed Julian and Keith. Seems like both of them had heard of us and been intending to come down...