The Iron Brewer competition this year will be a special one. The base wort will be from a collaboration with Feral Brewing. For those that can make it, we will go to Feral on the morning of the 6th of May
(Saturday) and brew a batch of beer. You bring along a 20 litre cube and Feral will fill it with the hot wort at the end of the brew. You can then change the base wort to make your winning beer. The main rule is that at least 60% of the fermentable sugar must come from the base wort. So you can use up to 40% of your own sugar, grain, whatever to finish off your beer.
The people's choice awards (coinciding with entry deadline) will be at the June meeting (Tuesday, 13th June), with BJCP judging the following Sunday (18th June), giving you about 6 weeks to finish off your brew.
The base wort will comprise of 100% Munich Type I malt, with only bittering hops added to 24IBU - most likely Hallertauer. This recipe is close to a Munich Dunkel, but Type I will give a lighter colour than a Dunkel. This gives you a bit more freedom to play with recipes.
If you would like to be part of the brew day, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Each person gets to bring along one cube fit for 20 litres of very hot wort. If you would like to take part in the competition but cannot make the brew day to pick up your wort, please let me know that you want your 20 litres. Then organise with someone who will be there to pick up your cube and return it to you full. PLEASE do not ask me to organise your cube for you, I¹ll be busy enough!
Note: the competition is ONLY open to fully paid up WCB members, with one cube per member, so don't go saying that you want 20 cubes for your mates whose names you can't remember!
After the brewing finishes, I dare say it will be time for lunch. If you intend to stay for lunch, please let me know and I'll organise a table or three. Final day for registration of this is the 6th of April (one month before the brew day). You need to be confirmed by this day so that we can organise the right volume of wort to brew.