Sunday, May 13, 2012

2012 Siciliano's 9th Annual Honebrew Competition

It has been a very long time since I have last written on my blog. Hopefully after 31 May, 2012 I will be able to do a lot more writing on this, because after this date I will be done defending on Master's Thesis. This will give me a lot more time to catch up on the past brew that I have done, some with collaboration with friends, others done on my own. It will give me some time to brew also. My time will not be totally free, because, currently, I am hard at work at my Doctorate in Science. My goal is to keep to write at least once a month starting in June of 2012. Let see how that works.

For this blog, I wanted supply an update from a homebrew competition that I entered on 5 May, 2012. I entered a Saison ale into Siciliano's 9th annual Homebrew Competition. This is a slight modification from my recipe #19, in which a added 2 grams of Grains of Paradise. It was entry #8 out 10 entries in Category 16, the French / Belgian Style. If you know the BJCP categories, I entered my in the sub-category c. I took a bronze in this category with a score of 37/50,

Let's get on to what the judges had to say on the BJCP Beer Scoresheet. I am writing down exactly what they wrote (sorry if there are incomplete sentences).

Judge #1:

BJCP Rank: Undisclosed

No descriptors marked.

Aroma (9/12): Banana esters dominate with mild clove. Floral. Yeasty.

Appearance (1/3): Good head. Crystal clear.

Flavor (16/20): Spicy phenolics. Acis. Mild cardboard astringency.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium-light body. Acidic.

Overall Impression: Crystal clear – appears to have been sitting a while. Lack any hop aroma. Nice flavor. Easy drinking.

Total 38/50

Judge #2:

BJCP Rank: Recognized

No descriptors marked.

Aroma (9/12): A light spice, a bit of citrus fruit. More above there pepper.

Appearance (1/3): A medium gold in color. A slight hint of haze. Small white bubbles. Slight head retention.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A hint of alcohol warmth. A little bit of tart as ueele (cannot read what this word is).

Overall Impression (7/10): A tasty drinkable beer, but a bit light for this category. More tart and spice needed. Perkeys (again not sure what this word is) a bit more hop needed.

Total 35/50

My thoughts are that I need more hop late addition and mash at a higher temperature. I need to somehow make this beer more cloudy also. I'll see what I can do with a newer version entered into a competition next year. I will also what to see other comments from this beer after I enter it into Ohio Beer Week homebrew competition in Athens, OH sometime in June.

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