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manticle

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Hi,

Once again Melbourne Brewers will be running Beerfest on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of February at Grand Ridge Brewery http://www.grand-ridge.com.au in 2013

This event is Victoria's largest club run and oldest amateur brewing competition and indeed is also the largest club organized competition nationally.
Beerfest has been running since the early 1990s and over the years has built itself up to be a worthwhile competition for amateur brewers to enter: whether for the great prizes on offer the feedback on judging forms or the fun to be had over the weekend. Entry is open to anyone from anywhere in the country, regardless of whether you belong to a brewclub, a brew forum or are fiercely independent, whether you are a mash brewer, extract brewer or kit/kilo brewerr. You just need to submit beer you brewed/fermented on non commercial premises*.

We have a number of confirmed sponsors this year who will be offering some fantastic prizes for category winners. We have a few more to be confirmed but among those currently supporting the event we have Grain and Grape ( http://www.grainandgrape.com.au/ ), Brewer’s Den ( http://www.thebrewersden.com.au ), Bintani ( http://bintani.com.au) , Core Brewing Concepts ( http://www.corebrewingconcepts.com.au ), Temple Brewing Company ( http://www.templebrewing.com.au ), Mornington Peninsula Brewery ( http://mpbrew.com.au ) and of course the hosts: Grand Ridge Brewery (link above).

Both Mornington and Grand Ridge are sponsoring the two major prizes – Grand Ridge with Beer of Show prize ($500) and Mornington with Champion Brewer prize (the opportunity for the winner to brew a batch of beer on the Mornington system in conjunction with the head brewer). This beer will be officially launched at a premium Melbourne Craft beer venue.

Judging takes place over the course of two days – beginning on Friday evening and moving into Saturday evening with winners announced soon afterwards (ie Saturday evening).

While this list maybe subject to some slight changes, the categories and relevant styles to be judged may be found here: http://melbournebrewers.org/index.php?opti...&Itemid=123

There is a golf course nearby and a golf day is usually organized on the Friday should you wish to come up early. Accommodation is available through the brewery (http://www.grand-ridge.com.au/accommodation.html) and there are other accommodation options including limited camping spots nearby and the possibility of roughing it in the scout hall next door: both of these may be available for a nominal fee. Club members and non-members alike are welcome to come down for a day or the weekend. The event is family friendly but being a beer competition there may be some boisterous behaviour in the early AMs so don’t be too precious. As always, drunken fun is OK but alcohol related antisocial behaviour is not tolerated (nor any anti-social behavious besides sitting in a corner and brooding a lot). Drink responsibly and be responsible for what you drink.

The brewery has a restaurant and bar and there are a number of other eating options available in town, including a supermarket for those who wish to be self sufficient. Melbourne Brewers will run a barbecue on the Saturday evening which will be free for members and volunteers (judges, stewards etc) only.

Entries will be via compmaster ( http://www.compmaster.com.au ) but for those who struggle with online entries (and some older, excellent brewers are not well versed in such things) there will be paper entry forms available. Actual entries (as in the beer to be judged) will need to be dropped off at one of the official drop off points (to be confirmed but usually one of the main independent homebrew shops in Melbourne and metro areas). Entries open 4th January, 2013

http://www.compmaster.com.au/page/instructions

Cost will be $10 per single entry for independent brewers or $9 for all recognized Australian Brewing Club members. Those entering via compmaster receive a further $1 discount per entry and those entering more than 1 beer will receive $2 off subsequent entries.

Thus independent brewers: $10 for a single entry and $8 each for subsequent entries entered using paper based forms

OR

$9 for a single entries and $8 each for subsequent entries.

Recognised club members will pay $9 for a single entry and $7 each for subsequent entries entered using paper based forms

OR

$8 for a single entries and $6 each for subsequent entries.

Entries must be limited to one entry per style, two beers per category.
Please label beers correctly so that they can get judged correctly.
Entries close February 2nd, 2013 and entries must be dropped off at designated entry points by COB. Designated drop off points are as follows:

Grain & Grape, 5/280 Whitehall St., Yarraville.
Greensborough Home Brewing Supplies, 22 Louis Street. Greensborough.
The Brewer’s Den, 253 Dorset Road Boronia 3155
NB: Postal entries are to be sent to The Brewers Den

Later on the Saturday afternoon, MB will also run the Gippsland Cup which is a slightly less formal but still fun competition for brewers local to the area.

Finally, anyone interested in judging or stewarding, let me know and I will pass your details onto our judge director. Judging is fun – you get to taste some good beer (and some not so good), and train your palate (even experienced judges need more experience). You do not need to be BJCP qualified or an experienced judge although it is likely you will be paired with at least one other who is. As it is a voluntary role, actual details are slightly dependent on numbers but most likely, you will be grouped with an experienced/qualified judge, you will be given vouchers for the barbecue and some kind of discounted meal and you will enjoy yourself.

Stewards are also necessary so if you don’t feel up to judging (or you’ve done it a million times and feel like a break or whatever) then put your hand up. Stewards get to learn about judging should they wish or need to but more importantly, get to taste all the beers, including the winners. Again, PM me if you are interested and I will pass the details on.

That’s it: hope this year is even bigger and better than last year. Great beer, great prizes, great weekend. See you there.

*The competition is judged under AABC guidelines and therefore Fresh Wort Kits (fermented on non commercial premises) and the results of Brew on Premises type beers are allowable entries (see section D3 of the AABC rules here: http://www.aabc.org.au/docs/AABC_AimsRules...eb_20090319.pdf )
 

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Some damn fine beers come outa that place!Always stopped in on the way home after a days moto riding!Excuse me if I missed it,But when is this on???
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Feb 15th and 16th, 2013.
Can't believe I missed that - will ask a mod to edit.
Best laid plans, etc, etc
 

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Looking forward to this.. assuming that I can get the leave pass.. put me down as tentative steward?

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i'd like to enter a beer but will not be in attendance due to work. will i still be able to receive the judges scores and comments on my beer?
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I don't know of any BJCP/AABC amateur comp in Australia at which entrant attendance is compulsory. As mentioned, this comp is open to anyone from around the country as long as they can get their bottles to the designated points by the cutoff date. Please note only one of the drop off points is designated to accept postal entries - name and address in the first post.
 

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sounds like a good day out.

I'm interested in entering comps for the purpose of learning more about my beer... but I don't bottle, generally speaking (other than loading up some Grolsch swing tops when I have excess beer in my fermentor). Might have to look at getting some bottling bits and pieces for comps.
 

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if you need some 750ml bottles let me know.. I have an ever expanding collection of emptys :ph34r:
 

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Tis a great weekend.The Saturday night darts comp is gaining an infamous reputation ;) And if you happen to have a spare 5 litre Heinekin keg ,please bring it along;I'm told Lynton will play 'goalkeeper' again,barring a certain Irish fella being the kicker of said keg :lol:
 

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Tis a great weekend.The Saturday night darts comp is gaining an infamous reputation ;) And if you happen to have a spare 5 litre Heinekin keg ,please bring it along;I'm told Lynton will play 'goalkeeper' again,barring a certain Irish fella being the kicker of said keg :lol:

my days of keg kicking are well behind me, that was bloody funny though, the first shot I thought we were trying to score...hence the miss.

Manticle, tell Andy to bring a board, I'm doubtful to make it this year.

I've only ever seen this in the flesh 3 times, the first time over 10 years ago, in a game a guy went up to the board and pronounced he would finish on it & duly did...pub gave him free beer for the night.

The second, I scored in practice with no witnesses

Thankfully Craig got a shot of this peg in (after he figured out his camera wasnt broken, but the lens shutters stuck shut by a spill of stout). had to stand to the right for the third dart & thought it hit red until Craig corrected me.
Shame there isnt the same appreciation for the game in this country...got no free beer.


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my days of keg kicking are well behind me, that was bloody funny though, the first shot I thought we were trying to score...hence the miss.

Manticle, tell Andy to bring a board, I'm doubtful to make it this year.

I've only ever seen this in the flesh 3 times, the first time over 10 years ago, in a game a guy went up to the board and pronounced he would finish on it & duly did...pub gave him free beer for the night.

The second, I scored in practice with no witnesses

Thankfully Craig got a shot of this peg in (after he figured out his camera wasnt broken, but the lens shutters stuck shut by a spill of stout). had to stand to the right for the third dart & thought it hit red until Craig corrected me.
Shame there isnt the same appreciation for the game in this country...got no free beer.


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Didn't you peg a triple at the pub a couple of years back when we were practicing?

Spewing you won't be around - won't be the same without you old man! :) We'll have to catch up for a quiet one once I've got this house shifting thing under control...

Andy
 

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How much beer is required for an entry? 1 longneck or 2 stubbies?
 

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Either is ok as long as they are clearly labelled.
 

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Where it says bottle cap ID on the entry form what does this mean?
 

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I see the entry form asks what type of process was used, i.e. full mash vs extract or kit. Two questions:

1. Is a "mini mash/extract" the same as an extract using specialty grain recipe?

2. Out of curiousity, are the judges made aware of the brewing process of each beer at the time of tasting it?
 

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