All it took was for a fellow Twitterer and homebrewer @MiltonJonUK to suggest that I should blog about entering homebrew into a competition. Before I knew what I was doing I had bypassed the tentative research stage and found myself completing my online entry form for the National Homebrew Competition before I could say “Mash Tun”.
Now, I’m not ordinarily the type of chap who would be so brave, but the website assured me that “the National Homebrew Competition is a BJCP sanctioned competition for amateur brewers of beer, cider and mead, in the UK”. I’m an amateur brewer and I live in the UK so a tick in both boxes….right?. No mention here that I should be any good at brewing, so no fear…right? Plus it’s all fairly anonymous and there is a chance I will receive some feedback from the judges regardless of whether it’s feedback I’d like to read.
I have gotten all carried away with the hype and entered my Retweet Summer Ale into the ‘6B Blonde Ale’ category; have paid for my entry (£5); and will post my two bottles of beer to the judges between 8th – 26th August 2011. The competition will be judged 3rd September 2011 at Green Room, Tobacco Factory, Bristol 10:00 am. Any other Twitterers and homebrewers care to join me? go on!