I just found out that I’ve won my first homebrewing medals, a Gold and a Silver in the Strong Ale and the Specialty category! The results are posted here.
I entered my American Barleywine and a beer approximating the Alpine Brewing Company’s Nelson, a Rye IPA that I brewed with a friend, Andy Coppock. The latter is a little different than the Alpine beer, in that I used malted rye rather than flaked, and more of it. I believe Andy got the recipe from Chuck at Green Flash in San Diego.
My Barleywine was brewed back in July 2009, and made with absolutely copious amounts of late hops; mostly Centennial and Amarillo, with a little Chinook and Fuggles thrown in for depth. It came in at 10.6% ABV, which judging by the picture of my mash tun below is about the biggest beer I can make!
The Barleywine went off without a hitch, but brewing the Rye IPA was a giant pain in the ass as half the batch got ruined due to some infection issues my Flanders Red has caused. Also, I don’t dry-hop too often, so that caused a bit of hassle – though well worth it. I chalk it up to a learning experience.
I only have 2 bottles of the Barleywine left and those are destined for the VanBrewerAwards in May. Wish me luck.