Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

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Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby buergermeister » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:24 am

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Hello fellow Home Brewers!

The Beer Barons of Milwaukee are very pleased to announce the fifth annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition will be taking place on February 21st and 22nd, 2014. This competition is held in conjunction with the 17th annual Midwinter Brew Fest at the Milwaukee Ale House, and is a circuit qualifying event for both the Master Championship of Amateur Brewers (MCAB) and the Midwest Home Brewer of the Year. The competition will be limited to 800 entries. All entries to be judged by at least 2 BJCP Judges, Professional Brewers, or Mead Judges.

Participant, judging, and steward registration for the competition will be coordinated through the web site at http://www.midwinterhbc.com. Entries will be accepted January 4th through February 8th at 11 different locations in WI, IL, & MN. Shipped entries should be sent to Northern Brewer in West Allis, WI. Please refer to the web site for drop off location cut off dates and addresses.

1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be issued for each category. Each award will consist of a medal and a gift certificate to Brew & Grow (Gold - $25, Silver - $15, Bronze - $10). Beer Best of Show, Beer Best of Show Runner-Up, and Mead / Cider Best of Show will receive engraved barrel head awards.

This year we are very happy to have two professional ramp ups affiliated with the competition. One of the Baltic Porter entries (BJCP category 12C) will be chosen to be ramped up by the Milwaukee Brewing Company for serving at the Milwaukee Ale House. Also one Mead entry (BJCP categories 25 A-C, 26A, & 26C) will be ramped up by Moonlight Meadery as a pilot batch.

The awards ceremony will again take place at Revere’s Wells Street Tavern on February 22nd at 6:30 PM central time. Gordon Strong is scheduled to present Brewing Better Beer: Practical Applications prior to the awards announcement. Both the presentation and the awards ceremony are open to the public. Results will be posted to the competition website shortly after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Additional details can be found on the competition web site, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. Information regarding judging and stewarding opportunities can be found on the Volunteers page at http://midwinterhbc.com/volunteers. Please pass this information on to your fellow home brewing friends and direct any inquiries to the Contact page on the registration page at http://midwinterhbc.com/contact

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Thanks and best of luck to all that enter!
Bruce Buerger - Competition Coordinator
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Coordinator - German Fest & Midwinter Homebrew Competitions
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby CA_Mouse » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:40 pm

This reply is more geared towards those that have shipped entries for distant competitions... How do you package and ship them (considering most places won't ship alcohol)?
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby buergermeister » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:44 am

The ones with the most success have bubble wrap around each bottle and shipped in a sturdy box. It's a good idea to put a bag inside of the box and then place the bottles in the bag in the event that a bottle breaks. Put bubble wrap on the bottom and top of the box as well as along the sides in the box. Also put newspaper in between the bottles, especially around the necks to prevent the bottles from rattling around inside of the box. Tape the whole thing shut with good masking or duct tape and it doesn't hurt to tape the sides as well.

Don't ship via US Postal as it's illegal. You can ship via FedEx and UPS but they do have the right to refuse you if you tell them what you're shipping. If they do ask you can always claim it is yeast samples. Hope this helps!
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby rplace » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:08 am

^^ yea that on shipping, but search the forum for more info it has been covered a million times
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:04 pm

buergermeister wrote:UPS but they do have the right to refuse you if you tell them what you're shipping. If they do ask you can always claim it is yeast samples.


I was shipping my wines through a UPS shipper, on their door was an official UPS poster stating the fact, "ship your craft beers here". I like your declare "yeast samples" better than my glassware description.
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1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby buergermeister » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:12 pm

Registration is now open!
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby turbo_ale » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:48 pm

Just registered and paid for three entries, 11B, 21A, 23A
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ON TAP:
1. 1C
2. 4B
3.
4.
5.
6.
Bottled: Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, 16B, 18B, 18E, 19B, 20, 21A, 23, 27
Fermenting:
Next: 5C

BEER, a mixture of malted grains, water, hops and yeast, that is transformed through the course of fermentation that transcends the simplicity of those basic ingredients, fundamentally into the drink of life.
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Re: Fifth Annual Midwinter Home Brew Competition

Postby CA_Mouse » Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:10 pm

I'm still on the fence on entering this one too... If I do, it would be 16E & 23.
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That which does not kill us makes us stronger. - Friedrich Nietzsche


Primary: Hopping Dead
Secondary: Mead - Cinnamon; Boysenberry; Blackberry; Tart Cherry
Barrel #2: American Barleywine
Secondary: Dark Cherry Sour '13
Secondary: Pom-Cran Sour '13
Keg #1: Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout
Keg #2: Cascade Pale Ale
Keg #3: Berliner Weiss
Keg #4: Cascade Pale Ale
Keg #5: Irish Red
Keg #6: Tart Walking IPA
Keg #7: Dad's Apple Cider
Bottled: Robin's Root Beer
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