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Single Hop Competitiion 2024

We are proud to announce our Single Hop Home brew Competition that will be judged at our Big Brew event which is held on the First Saturday in May - May 4th.
"May the 4th be with you"

This competition is open to everyone and should be a good way to experience the total attributes of a single variety of hops in a controlled batch of beer. Both ALL-Grain and extract versions of the recipe are available.

Hops and yeast are not included in the ingredient kits so the styles of beer are somewhat limited. Brewers MUST use 4 ounces of the same hop variety. Hops, of coarse, are used to impart bitterness, flavoring or aroma to a beer depending on their use, so get crazy and have fun.

The ALL-Grain Ingredient kit will consist of: 9 pounds of American 2-row malt
American Carapils malt
American Caramel (Crystal) malt - 10 lovibond
5.2 pH Stabilizer, Whirlfloc tablet and 3/4 cup of Priming Sugar are also included in the kit.

The Extract Ingredient kit will consist of: Munton's Light Dried Malt Extract
American Carapils malt
American Caramel (Crystal) malt - 10 lovibond
Large Muslin Bag (for Specialty Malts), Whirlfloc tablet and 1 cup of Priming Sugar are also included in the kit.

The judging of the entries will be during our Big Brew Event which is held in our shady lake side park with its expansive grassy area is an inviting place to spend a lazy Saturday. Bring lawn chairs, coolers, Frisbees and other yard games. Did I say bring beer - yes, please bring your favorite homebrew or other favorite beverages to share (if you wish) with others. Bring the whole family, it will be fun. Pets on a leash will be the owners responsibility.

Entries will be limited to 12 ounce amber beer bottles with no distinguishing characteristics, no labels or distinctive bottle caps.

This recipe is intended for use in discovering the use and impact of hops on a simple malt platform. All uses of hops are totally up to the brewer as he becomes the brewmaster. There are no right or wrong ways to use the hop variety that you select. You might consider making this recipe again and again, using different hops each time or by varying the additions.

Yeast is totally up to you as well. Again there is no right or wrong selections that you can make. Get crazy with this recipe and do things that you have been thinking about trying. You can’t screw it up as long as you have good sanitizing habits and techniques.

This recipe will consist of 6 pounds of Munton's DME, Carapils malt and Crystal 10L malt, whirlfloc and priming sugar.

Select 4 ounces of your favorite hop (a single hop). Use the hops as you see fit to bring out the bittering, flavoring and/or aromatic characteristics. Select your own yeast.

Enter our Single Hop Challenge, with the judging to occur during Big Brew, May 4th on the waterfront at the Alternative Beverage Belmont Location.

So here are the rules:
  • You have a choice of Extract or All-Grain recipes which must be purchased from AltBev. This is how you register. (See special price below.)
  • You have a choice of hops, 4 ounces of any single hop variety to be used on your own hop schedule.
  • You must use all 4 ounces of hops and all the ingredients from the recipe.
  • Choose any yeast.  You may use a yeast starter if you like. 
  • Bottle your beer into three, unmarked, 12-ounce amber bottles. 
  • The week of April 22nd, you can begin to drop off your entries at either the Belmont locations. The entry will be kept refrigerated until the time of the judging.
  • You do not have to present to win.
  • There will be more details as we approach Big Brew.
The beers will be judged at Big Brew by recognized judges.

The winning entry will be receive a $50 gift certificate

Second Place will receive a $30 gift certificate

Third Place will receive a $20 gift certificate
GoldenPilsner Single Hop Challenge Home Brew ALL-GRAIN Recipe Kit SKU: Ax-AD-SHC Price: $31.29
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5.6% ABV

The Single Hop Challenge
Some YEAST suggestions are on this kitís product page.
GoldenPilsner Single Hop Challenge Home Brew Extract Recipe Kit SKU: T-AD-SHC Price: $36.59
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?????+/- IBU's
5.6% ABV

The Single Hop Challenge
Some YEAST suggestions are on this kitís product page.

Our next event will be Big Brew on the First Saturday in May - May 4th.

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