2022 Hunter Homebrew Comp - 4th June 2022

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Cloud Surfer

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Tripel Karmeliet is my favourite Tripel. I haven’t brewed one yet.

I like my big, hoppy IIPA’s. The one I entered last year was my very first all grain beer. It was past its best at judging time. Didn’t stop Mark scoring it very highly though. 😁 I learnt a lot from that beer. I do everything with low/zero oxygen now to preserve the hops.
 

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G'day @bcavan - or anyone else who may know
Keen to put in a couple of entries. Are there any other drop off locations?
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Jason from IBC brought a couple of kegs of Tripple Karmeliet in some years ago, 1 keg lasted 90 minutes on tap at a pub. Which was a bummer as I only got 1 glass. Went back for a second and it was sold out...
Unfortunately the keg version is so much better than the bottled offering it sort of spoiled one of my favourite Belgians for me.

If you want to get close to the original get the right yeast, Wyeast offer it as a seasonal once a year, it makes a world of difference.
If you want to brew something close the recipe on the Candi Syrup Inc website is a great start. I probably wouldn’t invest the money required to use Blanc sugar, I think white cane sugar works well enough, maybe if it was aiming at the nationals, the Belgian Candi would be worth the extra but if it’s just for drinking, nah.
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If you want to get close to the original get the right yeast, Wyeast offer it as a seasonal once a year, it makes a world of difference.
If you want to brew something close the recipe on the Candi Syrup Inc website is a great start. I probably wouldn’t invest the money required to use Blanc sugar, I think white cane sugar works well enough, maybe if it was aiming at the nationals, the Belgian Candi would be worth the extra but if it’s just for drinking, nah.
Mark
Thanks for the tips! I never use Blanc Candi sugar and always substitute with cane sugar after reading similar suggestions. I have purchased D-90, D-180, and the generic Dark and Dark 2 and have found them pretty similar.

I have brewed about 6 or 7 recipes from Candi Syrup Inc and have found that for me, they don't taste like clones but are nice in their own right. This is probably more to do with my lack of skill though.

I didn't know there was a different Wyeast yeast for the Karmeliet, I was just going to try and source the sweet mead yeast (WLP720) as indicated on the Candi Syrup Inc recipe.
 

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Hi HUB, pretty keen to enter the comp again this year, from previous experiences it was very well run and well judged.

Like @Naboo I'm pretty keen to know if there are any drop-off locations. In the past there's been one in Sydney. Any chance of that again?

Edit: also, are cans allowed? The conditions of entry indicate bottles and kegs are allowed... If I end up having to send entries via mail, would prefer to send cans.
 
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Sorry depecid, there isn’t a specific Karmeliet yeast, I was thinking of Wyeast 3463-PC - Forbidden Fruit Yeast.
Which works very well in this beer. Mind you it’s only available occasionally so if you get some, maybe a Forbidden Fruit clone would be a good call. Probably do a bunch of Belgians back to back to build up enough yeast to do a Triple justice. I would be tempted to start with a Belgian Pale and work up in gravity from there.
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I thought the organisers might reply. But here's a list from the website. Needs to be received by 25th May.

Postal Entries
Hunter United Brewers
C/O Thirsty Messiah Brewery
140 Lambton Rd,
Broadmeadow NSW 2292

Newcastle Brew Shop / Noble Barons (02 4962 2442)
91 Maitland Road, Islington

The Brewers Market (02 4945 5333)
453 Pacific Hwy, Belmont
 

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