Every year there are two homebrew competitions that I look forward to: The National Homebrew Competition (NHC) and Novembeerfest. I’m already my own worst critic, so I look forward to competitions where there’s plenty of — well… competition. These two foot the bill.
Novembeerfest is next on the horizon, and I’ve done a reasonable job of preparing this year. My last few beers are among the best I’ve brewed. These include Anchors Away Ale, Absconder Stout, and Oktoberfest. I have a couple of fringe beers that I also plan to submit, but I don’t expect much from them. As it is, I’m submitting the Anchors Away Ale in a different category than its intended style.
A while ago I made the decision to submit competition brews using only new bottles. When I gave one of my best beers to a friend and he said he had to dump it because it was so bad, I swore off of reused bottles for any beer I cared about, and that happens to be any beer I brew. This has encouraged me to have a couple of cases of “submission-ready” 12 ounce bottles on hand at any time.
It’s also where the Blichmann Beer Gun shines. Thanks to a donation from my dad, the Beer Gun was the first piece of Blichmann gear I ever purchased, and it’s brilliant! Look for me to discuss it in another post.