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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 - or below.

Extra Special Bitters are amber to deep copper colored. Chill haze is allowable at cold temperatures. Fruity-ester aroma is acceptable. Hop aroma is medium to medium-high. The residual malt and defining sweetness of this richly flavored, full-bodied bitter is medium to medium-high. Hop flavor is medium to medium-high. Hop bitterness is medium to medium-high. Mild carbonation traditionally characterizes draft-cask versions, but in bottled versions, a slight increase in carbon dioxide content is acceptable. The overall impression is refreshing and thirst quenching. Fruity-ester and very low diacetyl flavors are acceptable, but should be minimized in this form of bitter. The absence of diacetyl is also acceptable. Body is full. English and American hop character may be specified in subcategories.


OG 1.046 — 1.06
FG 1.01 — 1.016
ABV 4.8 — 5.8
IBU 30.0 — 45.0
SRM 8.0 — 14.0

We're looking at 25th July for this competition. Let me know if there are major conflicts.


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I have an entry. See you all Saturday.

Apologies, the NHC is using the new BJCP Style Guide this year, so the old guidelines are no longer on the site.  Not that anyone should still be brewing or tweaking!

There is a fair difference between the two, so I imagine we'll be using Barb's description above for this weekend.

I was wondering about results and if the next style has been chosen.

Sorry for the delay. I forgot my binder with all the results at Hallertau - Had to leave early for NZIFF (although the film was terrible!)

I don't have results on me as I still need to collect my things from Maree (thanks, Maree, for grabbing things!) But I have just heard from Dunc who came is 3rd - Next style is bock

Im very excited. Just FYI, Bock is usually a lager so you should plan your brews soon.



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