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Western Brewers Conference

Two-monthly, the Western Brewers Conference holds a brewing competition. The rules are simple: $10 to enter - winner takes all. At the end of the competition, the brewer who places third chooses the next style to brew. Every other style will be a clone - just to keep it fun

Location: Hallertau, Riverhead, Auckland
Members: 116
Latest Activity: Feb 14

Amended from above Sept 2015: Two-monthly, the Western Brewers Conference holds a brewing competition. The rules are simple: $10 to enter - all except for 2nd place who wins their entry fee back. At the end of the competition, the brewer who places third chooses the next style to brew. Choices are for 4 months hence so there is time to brew a lager if so chosen. 

Judging starts at 3 pm.

Discussion Forum

25th February 2017 - NZ Pale Ale

Started by Dunc Feb 14. 0 Replies

Location: Brothers at City Works Depot, Auckland. 2.30pm. Judging begins 3pm. The more the merrier.WBC members and events can now be found here:…Continue

WBC Keg for National Homebrew Conference

Started by Sam DT Feb 8. 0 Replies

Hi guys,The NZHC crew are keen to run a bit of a club night event along side brewmania again this year.Basically the aim is to have six kegs from clubs around the country to be served on the Friday…Continue

26th November 2016 - 1D. American Wheat Beer

Started by Peter Smith. Last reply by Dunc Nov 27, 2016. 18 Replies

Booking things for Saturday 26th Nov - get your brew in now!1D. American Wheat BeerOverall Impression: Refreshing wheat beers that can display more hop character and less yeast character than their…Continue

27 August 2016 - Oatmeal Stout

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Anatole Perry Aug 27, 2016. 16 Replies

What a fantastic style. I wish I had time to make this one but with travel plans (issue, which I will raise in a bit).Oatmeal Stout: BJCP Category 16BOverall Impression: A very dark, full-bodied,…Continue

21B Specialty IPA - Red IPA - 28May 2016

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Jul 4, 2016. 26 Replies

The next WBC style will be a Red IPA. Judging will take place on 28May at Hallertau. as always, judging will start at 3pm.Specialty IPA: Red IPA Overall Impression: Hoppy, bitter, and moderately…Continue

Tags: IPA, Red, competition, Hallertau

02April 2016: Classic Smoked Ale

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Apr 21, 2016. 13 Replies

Hi All,Ok, I have also moved this for Easter. Let me know if you can make it. Hoping the date doesn't clash with too many things. John has selected one of his favourite styles for our next…Continue

23Jan 2016: Czech Premium Pale Lager (Closest to Pilsner)

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Mar 3, 2016. 12 Replies

Couple changes to the format we had been following: The clones were not very popular so we have gone back to a BJCP 2015 based competition. Keep in mind that with our competitions are every other…Continue

Tags: Hallertau, WBC, Pilsner

BOCK!! 21Nov 2015 --> moved to 05Dec

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Jan 10, 2016. 20 Replies

Congratulations to Dunc for taking 3rd place (again) and for choosing a very interesting beer for us all to try. Dunkel bock - style 6C according to BJCP 2015link here: …Continue

Clone War - Tuatara Ardennes - Sept 19th 2015

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Sep 28, 2015. 13 Replies

Mike choose (with a little influence) the next style as Tutarara's Ardennes:…Continue

25th July 2015 ESB

Started by Barbara Joppa. Last reply by Barbara Joppa Aug 3, 2015. 17 Replies

As always, thanks to Hallertau for putting us up for these competitions. Our next style will be Extra Special Bitter: Category 1C - description can be found at SOBA NHC if you want a google search -…Continue

Tags: Homebrew, Competition, WBC

Comment Wall

Comment by Danimal on April 25, 2009 at 10:02am
Hi Guys, Don't know if I'm going to be able to get my Red ready (get it!) in time for the next meeting, I've got an Epic clone I'm doing at the moment but I'll bring in some of my other beers - a Honey beer and a Wheat.
Comment by JoKing on April 25, 2009 at 10:05am
C'mon bro... sort it out! Denimglen is doing his on today... it'll be ready in time... get motivated!
Comment by Martin Bridges on April 25, 2009 at 10:05am
Kegging my Red Irish Lord today so it gets chance to condition for the comp.
Comment by Barry on April 25, 2009 at 10:06am
Greig and myself are brewing ours (seperately) this ANZAC morning. I really wasn't going to but got swayed. C'mon Dan, you picked it!
Comment by JoKing on April 25, 2009 at 10:13am
Mine needs conditioning - it's way too full on for an Irish Red... good news too: Steve and Albrecht put their hands up to judge - they felt compelled to when they found out that I was sacrificing entry. I doubt I'll do well though... too much Cascade.
Comment by Greig McGill on April 25, 2009 at 10:23am
My last pack of EK Goldings are going into this beer. Well, 40g of it. All is going well, coming up to boil now, though it looks slightly more brown than red. I wonder where I was off? Hopefully it will clear up with kettle fining and it's just haze making it look brown. I should really get a pump for recirculation during sparge.
Comment by studio1 on April 25, 2009 at 10:26am
my wort looked really brown until i got it settled into a glass.
Comment by Shannon on April 25, 2009 at 11:49am
I stuffed mine up didn't let the yeast warm up before I pitched it that'll learn me
Comment by denimglen on April 25, 2009 at 11:51am
Should still be sweet mate, what temps?
Comment by Greig McGill on April 25, 2009 at 11:51am
Pitching the yeast now. I'm going with dirty old US-05. Not that I have anything against liquid yeast, just CBF buying some in for a style I'm not overly keen on in the first place! :)

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