It will be no great surprise to you all that this months Brew of the month award goes to Chris’s Pioneer and Grains of Paradise Wit which was crowned Grand Champion at this months Recipe Roulette competition. Chris scored a mightily impressive 446 points out of possible 600 from the judges panel on the night to scoop the top prize, and I think there will be a lot of people wanting to brew this one for themselves in time for summer!
Wit beers are a Belgian Wheat ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to the high level of wheat that is used in the mash. They are always spiced, generally with coriander and orange peel but can include other spices and herbs in the background. Chris has probably gone a little ‘German’ on his recipe for the purists but this beer is so good I think we’ll let that slide on this occasion!
Chris’s recipe for the Pioneer and Grains of Paradise Wit is:
3Kg Maris Otter Pale Malt
3Kg German Wheat Malt
20g Pioneer Hops @ 60mins
25g Sweet Orange Curaçao peel @ 10mins
25g Bitter Orange Curaçao peel @ 10mins
50g Coriander seeds @ 10mins
1pkt Mangrove Jacks Bavarian Wheat Beer Yeast M20
5g Grains of Paradise (per gallon)
Chris brews on a Grainfather so used a stepped recirculation mash to mimic the complicated Mash profiles often used by German and Belgian brewers. He started with a Protein Rest for 30 minutes at 50C, followed by 30 minutes at 65C and then 30 minutes at 75C to Mash Out.
The brew was then split out into two parts and 1 gallon from the main 5 gallon batch was racked into a demi-john and Chris added the 5g of Grains of Paradise and pitched the yeast. The reported the OG was 1.065 and finished up around 1.018 to give an ABV of approximately 6.2%
The beer was fermented at 21C for 7days followed by 7days at 18C to release the banana and clove esters usually associated with this style of yeast.
Congratulations again Chris, I am looking forward to try this recipe out for myself and can’t wait for it to go on tap at the Cellar Bar in the next couple of months! Cheers!
March sees the culmination of our Recipe Roulette competition we set back in January. Out of the 18 entries picked a grand total of 16 were submitted for judging making this years competition over three times the size of last year!
Over the hours that followed our crack team of six judges tasted and scored each beer giving out a possible maximum of 600 points and gradually whittled them down to a Top 5. The judges then reconvened with fresh samples of these beers and as a group discussed their personal favorites and agreed on their final rankings!
Champion Pioneer & Grains of Paradise Wit (446 points) – Chris W Runner Up
Simcoe & Chilli Double IPA (416 points) – Ben 3rd Place
Goldings & Chocolate Milk Stout (414 points) – Ed 4th Place
Hallertauer & Chamomile Pale (380 points) – Neil 5th Place
Saaz & Salt Gose (370 points) – Charlie
I think it is fair to say that Chris was pretty surprised when his beer was announced as the Champion for 2017 but with judges comments including “amazing flavours”, “lovely beer” and “Everything a Wit should be!” it was clearly a resounding success and a well justified choice for 1st place!
Chris takes home a £20 voucher from Cellar Bar, a Beer Tasting Masterclass for 4 people from Brewhouse & Kitchen, a Stainless Steel False Bottom from Grainfather, a bottle of Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout from Cloudwater and most importantly Chris’s Wit beer will be brewed commercially by our friends at Top Rope Brewing and will be available on tap at Cellar Bar ready for Summer! Brilliant!
Overall 2017’s competition worked really well and I hope everyone who came along had a brilliant night! It would have been totally impossible to have held this event without all the people involved from both Cheshire Brew Crew and the Liverpool Homebrew club, our judges who selflessly gave up their time to battle through all the weird and wonderful creations the entrants had come up with, and of course the unbelievable generosity from Cellar Bar, Top Rope Brewing, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Malt Miller, Brew UK, Grainfather and Cloudwater for their donations to the prize pots! Thank you to everybody!!!