3 Fountains IPA/Grassmarket IPA Split Batch
|10 gallon IPA split batch coming out of the chiller|
Homebrew CompetitionThe longer that I brew the more people I meet and become close to who brew as well. Over the years we've had quite a few different competitions amongst local brewers, operating at levels of seriousness varying between drunken party and near BJCP level judging. All have been fun and educational-a great way to meet up with like-minded folks and brew something to talk about. This time around we focused on BJCP Category 21 - Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer. Everyone interested in participating submitted two chosen ingredients, and one select ingredient was chosen in a drawing.
Scott: Coffee, Honey
Danny: Squash, Grains of Paradise
Cracker: Maple Syrup, Watermelon
Eric: Coconut, Vanilla
Sisco: Chocolate, Nutmeg
Lewy: Popcorn, Powdered Peanut Butter
Jeff: Cilantro, Jalapenos
Sean: Kids Cereal
So coffee is the featured ingredient. It doesn't have to be present in any particular way, but must be used at some point in the beer. I'm thinking either cold-pressed (to cut down on bitterness and because it's nicely concentrated) or cracked beans. Either way the coffee would be introduced in secondary and I'm planning to go decaf because caffeine makes me shake. Recipe to follow.