Merri Mashers IPA Comp 2018

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What IPA will you be entering?

  • American IPA

    Votes: 5 62.5%
  • Double IPA

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • English IPA

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Belgian IPA

    Votes: 3 37.5%
  • Black IPA

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Brown IPA

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Red IPA

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • Rye IPA

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • White IPA

    Votes: 1 12.5%
  • NEIPA

    Votes: 1 12.5%

  • Total voters
    8

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The Merri Mashers IPA Comp returns in 2018!

Entries will be judged at The Terminus Hotel, Fitzroy North on Sunday 25th of March

Entry is online via the official comp web page

The deadline for online entry is Saturday 17th of March

If your beer can arguably be recognised as an IPA as described in sections 21A, 21B, 22A or 12C of the BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines, you may enter it here! In addition, we will accept adequately described Specialty entries of more experimental brews still identifiable as IPA:

The term ‘IPA’ is used as a singular descriptor of a type of hoppy, bitter beer. It is not meant to be spelled out as ‘India Pale Ale’ when used in the context of a Specialty IPA. None of these beers ever historically went to India, and many aren’t pale. But the craft beer market knows what to expect in balance when a beer is described as an ‘IPA’– so the modifiers used to differentiate them are based on that concept alone.
(BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines)​

This year we will only be accepting single bottle entries, with a minimum bottle size of 500 ml

Price per entry remains $10 for the first entry, and $8 for subsequent entries

Sponsors and prizes will be updated here and on the official comp page

As per last year, there will be sponsored category prizes, and awards for Champion Beer, Champion Brewer, Best Novice, Club of Show, and Brewer's Choice

Decisions of the Head Judge and Chief Steward will be final!

Ask your questions here or head to the Merri Mashers Facebook group
 
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The deadline for getting bottles to drop-off points is Saturday, 17th of March 2018.

Drop-off points will be announced via this thread and the official web page, but will include all the usual suspects, and the venue, The Terminus Hotel, North Fitzroy. Paid entries can be dropped at the venue up to Saturday, 24th of March.

Please DO NOT post entries to the venue.

Postal entries can be sent (carefully packed) to:

Home Make It, Reservoir
265 Spring St, Reservoir VIC 3073
 
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Please have all your entries at a drop-off point before 1pm on Saturday, 17th of March 2018.

Official drop-off points include:
  • Brewer's Den, 253 Dorset Rd, Boronia
  • Grain and Grape, 5/280 Whitehall St, Yarraville
  • Greensborough Home Brewing Supplies, 29 Beewar St, Greensborough
  • Home Make It, 4/158 Wellington Rd, Clayton and 265 Spring St, Reservoir
  • Keg King, 2/33-35 Smith Rd, Springvale
  • The Terminus Hotel, 492 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
(Entries will be accepted at the venue, The Terminus Hotel, Fitzroy North, up to the 24th of March, 2018).
 

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The Merri Mashers IPA Comp 2018 is being brought to you by an array of supporters.

Our major sponsors include:

The Terminus Hotel, Fitzroy North who are providing the venue for the fourth year running, as well as sponsoring the category prize pool.

Himmel Hund Brewing Co who are providing their brewhouse for the MM IPA Comp 2018 Calibration Collaboration beer, as well as supporting the event.

Keg King are sponsoring the Champion Beer prize, with the winner taking away a Fermentasaurus™ conical PET fermenter, complete with Pressure Kit.

Hawkers Beer are sponsors of the Champion Brewer prize. The brewer who tallies the highest number of points for category placing beers, across the comp, will receive a carton of Hawkers beer as well as the opportunity to visit the Reservoir brewery for a personalised tour. Hawkers are also donating malt towards the Calibration Collaboration beer.

Grain and Grape are sponsoring the Best Novice prize, with a $250 voucher for the brewer with the highest scoring beer who has not previously placed in a BJCP endorsed competition.

BeerCo are again sponsoring the Club of Show prize, with the club amassing the most points across the competition receiving a range of malts, hops, yeast & merchandise.
 

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Does the comp accept PET bottles, or glass only?
 

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Cool, thanks for confirming - may be on the website somewhere but I couldn't find it.
 

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may be on the website somewhere but I couldn't find it.
Not specifically on the website, about PET bottles at least, just the size requirements. Like all home brew comps (at least in Melbourne), we're fine with PET or glass bottles.
 

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In addition to some awesome major prizes, the Merri Mashers IPA Competition 2018 will be offering three Brewer's Choice Awards, thanks to the generosity of sponsors Clifton Hill Brewpub, Tallboy and Moose, in Preston, and The Craft and Co, Collingwood.

An expert industry panel will be evaluating the best beers on the day and selecting three outstanding beers that merit special reward. The criterion here is that the beer must not only be excellent, it must also be commercially viable when scaled up to a brewery volume.

Entrants are encouraged to submit a 640 to 750 ml bottle for consideration for these awards. The limit is still one bottle per entry.

Tallboy and Moose Brewer's Choice Award winner will have the opportunity to visit the brewery in Preston to be involved in wort production with Dan. The winner can ask as many questions as they like, get their hands dirty if they so please, and taste different beers in tank and on tap (potentially in barrel). Thanks very much, Steve (Moose) and Dan (Tallboy)!

Clifton Hill Brewpub Brewer's Choice Award winner will have the chance to have their recipe brewed on a commercial scale at the brewhouse in Clifton Hill, and see their beer on tap at the brewpub. Thanks go out to Ben and Michael.

The Craft and Co Brewer's Choice Award winner will also have the opportunity to have their beer rebrewed on a commercial system, at the brewhouse in Collingwood. This remarkable offer will involve seeing the beer on tap at the brewpub, but also packaged in cans for wider distribution! Thanks Heath and James for making this possible.

If you harbour the ambition to make the journey from home brewer to pro brewer, then the value of these prizes is obvious. The Merri Mashers are proud of our record as an incubator of start-up brewing concerns, including Old Wives Ales, CoConspirators, Cobalt Brewing and Tuesday Night Brewing. With the support of our magnificent sponsors, the next professional brewer could be you!
 
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Not specifically on the website, about PET bottles at least, just the size requirements. Like all home brew comps (at least in Melbourne), we're fine with PET or glass bottles.
Cool, thanks. I'm quite new to comps but some QLD comps have been firm with 'glass only'.
 
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some QLD comps have been firm with 'glass only'.
Ergh, that just sounds annoying! (I'm a firm believer in counter pressure filled PET bottles being superior to glass though)
 

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Yeah, it's annoying. I keg and haven't got a decent counter-pressure setup but have certainly come around to PET being preferable for bottle conditioning and general tolerance to being shipped/handled with minimal risk of breakage.
 

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I keg and haven't got a decent counter-pressure setup
It's super easy, get a carbonation cap from Keg King (and check on their video on how to counter pressure fill). Very low oxygen introduced, low CO2 loss, and like you've said, in the PET bottles, much easier to handle.
 

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The Merri Mashers IPA Competition 2018 has some great major prizes - for Champion Beer, Champion Brewer, Best Novice and Club of Show - as well as three fantastic Brewer's Choice Awards.

But wait - there's more!

Every category winner will receive a prize package to the value of $100 or more!

Trophies will also be awarded to all 2nd and 3rd place-getting entries.

This year's Category Prize Pool is brought to you by major sponsor The Artisan’s Bottega and by the support from the following contributors:


Our sponsors are an invaluable part of our competition, not merely for enabling us to offer impressive prizes, but also as demonstration of the great community involved with home brewing and craft beer.

Get your entries in! https://comps.merrimashers.org
 

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There are plenty of prizes up for grabs in the Merri Mashers IPA Comp 2018, but this year 2nd and 3rd place getters will not go empty handed.

Place 2nd or 3rd in any category and you will receive one of these engraved bottle openers:

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Is there a limit on the number of entries per category or style?

Haven't been able to find anything on the comp page...

Cheers!
 

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