Sunday, May 13, 2012

Homebruin Cup II Update

Rye Ale - Bronze Metal Winner for the American Beers Category

You may remember that we posted that a few beers would be entered in the the Homebruin Cup II club competition.  Judging took place yesterday and we are thrilled to have placed with one of the two entries that we supplied.  A simple American Rye Ale that we put together took the bronze metal in the American Beers category. I'll post an abbreviated version of the recipe below if anyone wants to give it a go. 

This was a tough competition with tons of great beers for every category.  I had the privilege to serve as a steward for the Amber Beers category that the eventual best of show came out of and can tell you that while I did not get the opportunity to sample all of the gold metal winners the Scottish 80 that won the flight was truly spectacular.

Ryevalry - Named for the combination of English and American Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU
11 lbs Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 1 52.4 %
8 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 2 38.1 %
2 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) Grain 3 9.5 %
1.25 oz Magnum [12.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 29.1 IBUs
1.25 oz Fuggles [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 5 2.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg East Coast Ale (White Labs #WLP008) [35.49 ml] Yeast 6 -
Est Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.3 %
Bitterness: 31.2 IBUs
Est Color: 15.2 SRM
Single infusion Mash @150°F for 60 minutes
Edit - The Yeast listed above was grown up in a 2 liter starter from the original tube for the 10 gallon batch

Many more posts to come!


  1. Congratulations Andrew. I will celebrate your victory by pulling a pint of this brew right now.

  2. Congrats on the placings. Competition is getting harder everywhere, so now anytime you win a medal its a well won victory.

  3. Interesting how the highest IBUs seemed to take the top spots... I guess the judges are like me and like their beers bitter.

  4. Good job, keep the good work man

  5. Dude, you totally desserv this medal and much more, this blog is great, thanks for all.

  6. congrats m8! keep up the good work

    maybe i can buy citadel beer in germany one day ;)